CKPL Newspaper Card Catalog Project

Kent Branch Ontario Ancestors has partnered with the Chatham-Kent Public Library (CKPL) on an exciting project. CKPL’s newspaper microfilm index catalog has over 150,000 cards containing biographical and reference information from Chatham newspapers dating back to the mid 1800’s. The goal of this project is to digitize the cards for preservation, and then transcribe the information so that the CKPL can offer this valuable local research tool as part of their online database collection.

We have completed the biographical cards and are ready to move on to the subjects cards. Refer to the table below for the drawers of cards that are ready for transcribing. If you are just starting, we suggest reviewing the instructions first.

Drawers ScannedCards ScannedDrawers TranscribedCards Transcribed

Our transcription project has passed 2 critical milestones. All of the cards have been scanned and transcribed. A big THANK YOU to all the volunteers who have participated in this project. We are now busy behind the scenes doing edits and rescans. Stay tuned for more updates when this valuable resource will be available for searching.