Welcome to Kent County
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Libraries, Archives & Museums
Chatham-Kent Public Library
Genealogical Resources at Chatham-Kent Public Library. See also my Newspapers of Chatham-Kent page for info on their newspaper holdings. If you want to visit any of these libraries in person, check ahead for their hours, because some of the smaller branches are only open certain hours of the day. The hours are listed on the web site for most branches.
OGS Kent Branch has been relocated in a room on the second floor of the main library. The renovated library will have a local history room which will house microfilms, the newspaper name index, and the local history books including Illustrated Historical Atlases.
MuseumsChatham-Kent Museum lLocated at 57 William St. N., Chatham, ON Phone: (519) 354-8338
Their holdings include old maps of the area, some family histories, newspaper clippings and historical papers, and a photograph collection.
Chatham Railroad Museum can be contacted at 2 McLean St., P.O. Box 434, Chatham, ON N7M 5K5. Established in 1989, it is located in a boxcar at the corner of McLean and Queen, Chatham (near the Via station).
Ridge House Museum located in Ridgetown is a restored house from the mid-1870s. It sounds like it doesn't have much of genealogical value.
Wallaceburg and District Museum is located at 505 King St., Wallaceburg, ON N8A 1J1 Phone (519) 627-8962. The museum's features include a Sports Hall of Fame, information on the Baldoon Mystery (a famous ghost story), and, of the most interest to genealogists, a research room and archives of local family histories.
Fairfield Museum, R. R. #3, Bothwell, ON N0P 1C0 Phone (519) 692-4397 is located on Highway 2 between Bothwell and Thamesville, and is an important resource for Moravian history, Indian culture and settlers in the area. It is open only May through October. It is located on the site of Old Fairfield, a settlement burned during the War of 1812.
Buxton National Historic Site (formerly Raleigh Township Centennial Museum) - A Black Historical Settlement, preserves black heritage. It has a research library and a cultural room.
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