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Our collection at the Archives consists of archival documents that tell the stories of the people and places of Lambton County. We have primary and secondary sources to help you with your genealogy and local history research.

Reference books, indexes, and published books are accessible in our Reading Room.

Letters, photos, historic ledgers, and unique books are held in our storage vault. Staff will happily retrieve documents so that you can access them in the Reading Room.


Key Items in Our Collection

  • Family Files: thousands of family surname files which may contain family trees, family group sheets, letters, wills, photographs, and newspaper clippings.
  • Local Newspapers: dozens of local newspapers, including the Sarnia Observer from 1853-present, Petrolia Topic from 1874-present, and Watford Guide-Advocate from 1878-present
  • Land Records: land abstracts and instruments (deeds, mortgages, bargain and sales, wills) for Lambton County
  • Cemetery Records: transcriptions for cemeteries in Lambton, Kent, Middlesex, and Huron Counties
  • Directories: city and telephone directories for Lambton can be used to locate individuals geographically at a certain point in time
  • Municipal Records: local government records including by-laws, council minutes, assessment and collectors rolls
  • Historical Atlases: originally published in the late 19th century, these historical atlases for Ontario counties were edited and reprinted in the 1970s. Maps, directories, and historical sketches of townships provide great insight into local history
  • Census Records: microfilm reels of Canadian census records for all of Ontario and most of Canada
    (early censuses, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, and 1911)
  • Ontario Vital Statistics: microfilm reels containing registrations of Ontario births (1869-1914,) marriages (1869-1929), and deaths (1869-1939), as well as Overseas Death Registrations of Ontarians who died in military service during 1939-1947
  • Lambton Branch of Ontario Genealogical Society Library: reference books, indexes, and family histories housed in the Archives’ reading room and accessible to the public. For a full listing of their library holdings, please visit their website.


Looking for Something Specific?

If you are looking for a specific document or resource, search for it in our expanding online collections catalogue.
If you are unable to find anything, please contact us.