Research

Our Branch would be pleased to receive your research request,

either by post at Kent Branch OGS
120 Queen Street
PO Box 964
Chatham ON
N7M5L3

or by email at kent@ogs.on.ca

Please provide as much information about your request as possible.

Once you research fee (see below schedule of research fees) has been received,

either by cheque or money order or through Pay Pal, your request will be completed.

1. Basic Research $25.00 per Individual Name:

  • Kent County Census (1851 – 1901) – about 74 separate books to be checked
  • Kent County Transcribed Cemeteries – about 115 cemeteries with thousands of names
  • Kent County Church Records – an assortment of register entries
  • The Commemorative Biographical records of the County of Kent – 874 pages (plus index), some 25,000 names
  • The Western District Marriage Register (1786 – 1856)
  • County Marriage Register (1858 – 1869)
  • Kent County Marriages (1869 – 1911)

Research can involve at least 3 to 4 hours of research per individual name within our library. Due to high demand, it may take several weeks before your research can be undertaken by our volunteers. The fee of $25.00 for each individual person to be researched can include up to 10 photocopies and the postage to mail the results. Research will be undertaken only after payment has been received. Fees are for research. We cannot guarantee information will be found.

2. Photocopies of Cemetery Transcription Pages

Photocopies of single pages of Cemetery Transcription are $5.00 per order plus $1.00 per page for postage and handling. To determine which entries you want from the tombstone inscriptions, consult OCFA and/or OGS Ontario Cemetery Ancestor Search. These transcriptions were made from the tombstones at the time the branch did the transcribing (circa 1978 -1982) and inscriptions made subsequent to that time have not been added.

3. Copies of Newspaper Articles:

Our volunteers researchers do not search area newspapers. The Chatham-Kent Public Library has an extensive card file index of the the Chatham newspapers (up to about the year 2000). These are their holdings. Please contact them for copies of those obituaries, birth, marriage and death announcements, etc. Please see their web page of available services and scroll down to the local history section for their fee-based research service prices or telephone them at 519-354-2940.

4. Specialized or Extended Research:

If you feel you need more in-depth research, you might like to contact the Association of Professional Genealogists. (We do not assume responsibility for agreements contracted between individuals). Kent Branch does not have volunteers who will do individual contracted research.

5. Newsletter Queries

  • Contact the newsletter editor at kentogs.newsletter@gmail.com to submit a newsletter query
  • Queries are short messages about a specific person or family from Chatham-Kent (former Kent County) that you are researching. Include your contact information (limit 75 words)
  • Queries may be submitted for inclusion in the Kent Branch Newsletter “Roots, Branches & Twigs” at the discretion of the editor, for circulation to 200+ members.

6. Research Opportunities outside our Library

Outside the door to our room, you will find the McKeough Local History “Room” which houses a comprehensive local history collection. This resource of course, is available during normal library hours (usually opens at 9:30 am) and many visitors find it helpful (newspaper indexes, newspaper on microfilm, historical collections, etc) especially while waiting for our room to open at 1 PM

While in Chatham you might also wish to visit the W.C. McGeorge Building and explore the archival records available in their collection at:

McGeorge Building
325 Grand Avenue East
Chatham, Ontario
N7M 5L8
519-436-0977

Also there is the Chatham-Kent Museum where you may view their displays. They do have an “Archival Collection and Research Area” but they prefer that you make an appointment, in advance, for the use of those specialty locations in the Chatham-Kent include the Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society and their “Black Mecca” exhibit, Buxton National Historic Society and Museum and Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site.