Lambton County Archives Blog
Posted on Friday, December 20, 2019 12:00 AM
Twas the night before Christmas,
When all through the Archives
Not a student was stirring, for Christmas soon would arrive.
DVD’s were arranged in the Gift Shop with care,
In hopes that last minute shoppers soon would be there.
The staff were nestled all snug in the Reading Room
Rachel sharing truffles, too many to consume.
With the microfilm buzzing and doors locking at noon
Colleen’s at her desk listening to holiday tunes.
When back in the vault there arose such a clatter
Nicole sprang from her desk to see...
Posted on Monday, July 29, 2019 12:00 AM
A few months ago, our Archivist Nicole found a recipe page in the front of a small appointment book in the family files collection dating back to 1829. Although the top recipe was unusable due to the use of mercury in the recipe, the bottom recipe for Ginger Pop was a great opportunity for a historical recipe project!
Ginger Ale was my go to beverage whenever I felt feverish as a child. So when I came across this recipe for Ginger pop, I thought it might be interesting to give it a try and see how...
Posted on Friday, June 21, 2019 12:00 AM
Early Mechanic Institutes
The earliest Mechanics Institute was established in Great Britain during the early 1820’s as a means to address underlying class and moral issues in society. The upper and middle class believed the best way to ‘save’ the lower class communities from the grips of moral decay caused by past times such as drinking and gambling was to offer the access to knowledge otherwise held exclusively by upper class patrons, at a fee of course.
The Mechanics Institute was a hit and by 1835...
Posted on Friday, May 24, 2019 12:00 AM
Early in 2019, the Lambton County Archives acquired a transcript by Reverend George John Rawkin Salter taken under oath on September 20th 1887. The transcript, regarding a dispute between Alexander Vidal and the Incorporated Synod of the Diocese of Huron, shares valuable insight to the life of Rev. Salter in Sarnia including the Vidal family and St. Georges Church in Sarnia.
Who is Reverend Salter?
Rev Salter was born in Devon England on May 26th, 1815 to Reverend John Salter and Dinah Adams (some...
Posted on Monday, February 12, 2018 12:00 AM
One piece of advice that I always give to my researchers at the Lambton County Archives is to identify the individuals in their photographs. In your personal photograph collection, you may know the names of all the aunts, uncles, and cousins, but unless you document this information, that knowledge is lost to anyone else accessing your material. You should record as much information as possible, including the names of the individuals in the paper, the date the picture was taken, where the picture...