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Museum Strathroy-Caradoc has many resources that are useful to researchers of both genealogy and family history.

Resources

Secondary Resources
Secondary resources include family files of accumulated research on specific families that have lived in former Adelaide and Caradoc Townships; The Strathroy Age Dispatch newspaper on microfilm; copies of church registers; census records on microfilm; published books (including genealogies); subject files relating to historical events and organizations.

Primary Resources
Primary resources include: Adelaide Township Heritage Group Collection of genealogical research covering over 100 family groups; documentary artifacts including diaries, deeds, ledgers, personal correspondence; directories; published books; photographs.

Levels of Service

We offer three levels of service to researchers:

1. Self-Directed Visiting Researcher: The researcher is provided with access to the Museum's secondary resources and conducts his/her own searches. Staff will be available to briefly familiarize the researcher with Museum resources and to assist with photocopying. Appointments are necessary.

2. Visiting Researcher With Curatorial Assistance: The researcher is provided with access to primary resources through the assistance of our curatorial staff. Appointments must be arranged in advance to ensure that the Museum has resources that will assist the researcher and, if so, to ensure that space and appropriate staff are available to retrieve materials from our archives.

3. Corresponding Researcher: We offer two levels of service to researchers who are unable to visit the Museum personally:

Initial Review: A staff member will review our finding aids to both primary and secondary sources of genealogical information and report to you on any listings found for your specific subject, within the time frame provided. For details on any such listings, directed research would then be required.

Directed Research: A staff member will conduct research on a specific subject and a customized written report of our findings will be provided. Correspondents who make use of this service are encouraged to direct our work by providing us with any specific questions that they would like answered.
 

Reproduction Services

Museum Strathroy-Caradoc offers photograph prints, photocopies and printouts of our archival collection. Our photograph collection cannot be photocopied but print duplicates are available. According to the Canadian Copyright Act, copies of documents and images are for personal research and study only, and the researcher is responsible for obtaining copyright for publication.