Among the reference materials at the archives are the following sources which are specifically useful for genealogical enquiries:

  • Canada Census in microfilm for Lennox and Addington, Frontenac, Hastings and Prince Edward County (1851-1911). Also published indices to the Census.
  • Published and unpublished "one name" genealogies
  • Lots of published genealogical reference works by Linda Corupe, Russ Waller, Phil Ainsworth and others.
  • Newspapers: Birth, marriage and death index for Napanee Standard, Express and others circa 1854 - 1942 (card file).
  • Computerized index to surviving headstones in the county (but only a third of those buried in our county ever had headstones). The Museum is a participant in CemSearch ©.
  • The Crown Land Grant index
    (these are on microfiche).
  • Microfilm of the old, index to the Ontario Vital Statistics, which is different to the index available online.
  • The family files: these contain the research notes and finds created by volunteers or offered to us by outside researchers. They are "secondary sources", and we don't check for accuracy.
  • Microfilm of the muster rolls of the local militia, Upper Canadian period.

The archives does not have:

The Society does not collect church records as they are the responsibility of specific religious archives. If you are seeking baptism, marriage or burial records before 1869, you will need to explore possibilities at other sites, such as the United Church of Canada Archives, Anglican Diocese of Ontario Archives, etc. The Society has few burial records. Very few burial registers for cemeteries of Lennox and Addington survive. Those that remain are usually recent and in the hands of the pertinent cemetery board. Although the Museum has the index to the Vital Statistics of the Province of Ontario (1869 on), for the actual registration entries, staff use ancestry.ca online. The computer is popular with clients, so the Society recommends that visitors allocate enough time and have patience.

Photocopying, Photographing, Videorecording, Scanning and other forms of Mechanical Reproduction

A photocopying service is available at the Museum. However, many items in the Society's collection are the unpublished work of living individuals. The Canadian Copyright Act places some limits on making copies of such sources without the prior consent of the author. The Society recommends that researchers come prepared to spend time reading and taking notes. Museum staff also reserve the right to restrict copying of very fragile originals.

If you are unable to visit the Lennox and Addington County Museum and Archives in Napanee...

Museum staff will answer simple queries. If the need is more complex, staff may suggest contacting one of the contract researchers available in Ontario. Fees vary but on average a first search with a contractor is CAD 50.00 which will include a generous three hours of work. You negotiate fees with the contractor yourself.

Need to Find a Contractor? The Lennox and Addington Historical Society can supply a list of some The Lennox and Addington Historical Society local contractors It will be mailed to you by Canada Post if you supply your name and postal address.

The Society maintains a website with historical sources which you can browse from home. Go back to the online sources

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