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Libraries, Archives & Museums

Libraries

Chatham-Kent Public Library
See the list of holdings for genealogy at Chatham-Kent Community Resources Kent County Branch OGS has its library in a room on the second floor, usually open in the afternoons.

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.

  • The Main Branch is located at 120 Queen St., Chatham, ON, N7M 2G6, phone (519) 354-2940.
  • Blenheim Branch is located at 16 George St., Blenheim, ON N0P 1A0 Phone (519) 676-3174
  • Bothwell Branch is located at 320 Main St., Bothwell, ON N0P 1C0 Phone (519) 695-2844
  • Dresden Branch is located at 187 Brown St., Dresden, ON N0P 1M0 Phone (519) 683-4922
  • Highgate Branch is located at 291 King St., Highgate, ON N0P 1T0 Phone (519) 678-3313
  • Merlin Branch is located at 13 Aberdeen St., Merlin, ON N0P 1W0
  • Ridgetown Branch is located at 54 Main St., Ridgetown, N0P 2C0 Phone (519) 674-3121
  • Thamesville Branch is located at 3 London Road (Lower Town Hall), Thamesville, ON N0P 2K0 Phone (519) 692-4251
  • Tilbury Branch is located at 2 Queen St., Tilbury, ON N0P 2L0 Phone (519) 682-0100
  • Wallaceburg Branch is located at 209 James St., Wallaceburg, ON N8A 2N4 Phone (519) 627-5292
  • Wheatley Branch is located at 35 Talbot W., Wheatley, ON N0P 2P0 Phone (519) 825-7131

Archives

Museums

Chatham-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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