If you are travelling to The Municipality of Chatham-Kent, Ontario (former Kent County) to pursue your family history, Kent Branch of The Ontario Genealogy Society (OGS) is the place to visit.
Suggested Places to Stay:
Retro Suites Hotel – 2 King St W, Chatham-Kent, ON N7M 1C6 (519) 351-5885
Holiday Inn Express & Suites – 575 Richmond St, Chatham, ON N7M 5K8 (519) 351-1100
Other Research Opportunities in Chatham-Kent
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 519.360.1998.
There are multiple museums in Chatham-Kent where you may view value pieces of history. Many have an “Archival Collection and Research Area” but they prefer that you make an appointment, in advance. There are also other specialty locations in Chatham-Kent including the Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society and their “Black Mecca” exhibit, Buxton National Historic Society and Museum and Josiah Henson Museum of African-Canadian History.
We look forward to your visit.