Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) is a volunteer run organization. Over 800 volunteers are committed to the organization and its aim to assist and bring together those pursuing their family history.
Together, volunteers have transcribed 95 per cent of Ontario’s cemeteries and produced original research, indexes, and “how to…” books and CDs.
Notable books are
Genealogy in Ontario: Searching the Records by Brenda Merriman and the series
Index to the Upper Canada land books, edited by Susan Smart.
Over the last 40 years OGS has been an excellent source of primary genealogical research material. All branches have excellent genealogy resources and knowledgeable staff that can help those new to genealogy or those with years of experience expand their family trees.
The OGS has 31 branches across Ontario, with the main provincial branch located in Toronto.
For more information on the Ontario Genealogical Society, visit
Kent Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society is located on the second floor of the Chatham-Kent Public Library, right next to the McKeough Local History Room.
It is run by volunteers and is open Wednesday to Saturday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm and on Mondays by appointment only. The OGS has access to a wealth of genealogical information within and beyond Chatham-Kent.
If you are searching for family and have used all the resources in the McKeough Local History Room, the OGS is a great place to further your search. The volunteers are very knowledgeable and welcome walk-in visitors. They can direct you to useful resources housed in their collection or refer you to other OGS branches and genealogical organizations.
You can contact the Kent Branch of the OGS at:
Kent Branch OGS
P.O. Box 964
Chatham, ON N7M 5L3
Phone: 519-354-2940 x4873