The Denning’s Ltd. Records File is an index to the names of those people whose burials were handled through Denning’s of Chatham and their previous owners.  Originally the Needham Funeral Home, Murray Bowman purchased the business in 1967 and it was operated as the Murray Bowman Funeral Home. Murray Bowman retired in 1997 and the funeral home was run by the Arbor Corporation until the Denning family took it over in Apr 2016.

This index includes reference to almost 5,000 funeral home records from 1939 to 2014 held by Denning’s of Chatham.  The searchable index on-line includes the name of the deceased individual and the birth and death date.  Requests to view the original records can be made to Denning’s of Chatham.  The original funeral home records include a variety of information varying in content and quantity depending upon the time period and owner/operator.  They could include such items as:  exact name of deceased, dates and places of birth and death, names of family members (spouse, parents), informant, residence of deceased/informant, cause of death, funeral service details, place of disposition, etc. Please note that contents vary widely.

Members of Kent Branch of The Ontario Genealogical Society — Judi Bouchard, Fran Barko and Linda Paterson — donated their time and skills to digitize the Chatham, Ontario collection for preservation purposes.  Fran Barko created the index which was edited by the other team members before inclusion in the Kent OGS Master Index file.

Placement of this index on the Kent OGS website is provided courtesy of Denning’s Ltd.  Denning’s management asks that requests to view records from this collection, or any of the Denning’s sites, be made by email only to: