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Research & Archives (By Appointment Only)

The Ridge House Museum maintains an archival collection that includes documents, correspondence, and photographs. The museum also has a collection of research and reference material pertaining to local history.

The archival and research resources are accessible to the public by appointment only from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. Appointments must be made at least 24 hours in advance.

The Ridge House Museum staff will also undertake research requests for a fee of $15/half hour (first 15 minutes FREE) and will copy photographic material by request (prices vary according to size and quality). Our fee schedule can be accessed by clicking the link at the right.


If you are interested in acquiring reproductions of archival materials in the Ridge House Museum collection, the process is outlined below. Please note that it can take four to eight weeks for the process to be completed and for you to receive your reproductions.

1. Contact us about available reproduction options and the reproduction fee schedule.

2. Contact museum with the following information if it is available:

  • the images you are interested in receiving reproductions for,

  • the type and size of reproduction,

  • your proposed use of the images,

  • the method by which you would like to receive the reproductions (ie. digital files can be emailed or transferred at no additional cost, paper copies can be picked up at the museum at no additional cost, or paper copies can be mailed at cost)

3. The museum will send you a reproduction agreement including the cost for your reproductions and intended use. You should review the agreement as it outlines your legal responsibilities pertaining to the reproductions you will receive.

4. Return the signed reproduction agreement and payment to the museum. Payment options include cash, debit, or credit at the museum or credit over the phone. The museum administrative staff is generally available 9AM-5PM Monday to Friday to process payments.

5. Museum staff will send you the reproductions

Other Community Resources

Many other community groups and local organizations also provide value information pertaining to local history.





Archives of Ontario

births 1869-1916, marriages c. 1801-1931, deaths 1869-1941 


CK Cemeteries 

"Find a Stone" listing of stones in Maple Leaf & St. Anthony's Cemeteries & Memorial Field 


Ontario Genealogical Society, Kent Branch

local genealogical information, research can be performed for you at a cost 

Ontario Genealogical Society, Essex Branch

local genealogical information, queries can be researched for you at a cost

Chatham Kent Black Mecca Museum

genealogical and census records, original photographs, military records, newspaper articles and land registries relating to Chatham-Kent's Black population

Buxton National Historic Site

personal histories and genealogies of the original settlers of the Elgin Settlement and their descendants

Tilbury & District Historical Society

genealogical research group for the Tilbury, ON area, located in a renovated log house

Marsh Historical Collection

local history & genealogical research, Amherstburg area

Library and Archives Canada

immigration records, military records, aboriginal ancestry

Pier 21

immigration to Canada from 1928 to 1971

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

family history records, direction for performing family history research

Ancestry Library Edition

access to family history via documents including records such as census and voter lists, birth, marriage and death, military, immigration and emigration, available through the Chatham-Kent Public Library

Local History

Chatham-Kent Public Library digitized collection

directories, almanacs, municipal documents, Kent Historical Society publications, books by local authors 

Thames Art Gallery digitized collection

the collection represents the work of visual artists relevant to the development of Chatham-Kent's art history and contemporary Canadian artists from Southwestern Ontario


Sports Hall of Fame

information on Hall of Fame inductees


Agricultural Hall of Fame

information on Hall of Fame inductees


Land Registry Office

Remote Online Search Capability Ontario kiosk workstations provide access to the Government of Ontario’s land records database.

Land Registry Office - Teranet Express

access to the Government of Ontario’s land records database from your personal or business computer


CK Physician's Tribute

list of doctors who practiced in Chatham-Kent pre-1970s including biographical information


CK Heritage

list of designated and listed properties in CK, resource on architectural styles, definitions, and Ontario examples


Gathering our Heroes

a compilation of the names and stories of all C-K World War I and II veterans

Uncle Tom's Cabin

history of the Dawn Settlement founded by Josiah Henson


full text Chatham Daily News articles from 1999 to present, available through the Chatham-Kent Public Library

Ontario Visual Heritage Project 

Chatham-Kent: A Place of Refuge -short films and history resources on significant local history events

Chatham Music Archive

information and examples of recordings/performances by local bands

Are you a community group or organization that provides research services or reference material relating to local history? Would you like to be added to our listing? Please contact the museum so we can update our list.