Marsh Collection Society

Local History Research Centre – Amherstburg
General Information And Holdings


 

  • Contents
  • What is the Marsh Collection Society?
    What is in the collection?
    How does one use the collection?
    Publications
    Holdings for genealogical research in Essex County
    Contact Information




  • WHAT IS THE MARSH COLLECTION SOCIETY?

    The Marsh Collection Society, a non-profit organization, is based on the historical collection of John Marsh and his sister Helen, owners and operators of the Amherstburg Echo for over 50 years. They founded the Marsh Collection Society in 1983 with the intent that a research facility be opened after their deaths. Helen passed away in March, 1986 and John in February, 1993. The research centre was opened October 1, 1994.

    The mandate of the Marsh Collection Society is to collect, preserve and encourage research into the heritage of Amherstburg and the lower Detroit River district.


  • WHAT IS IN THE COLLECTION?

    The Marsh Collection comprises photographs, books, documents, postcards, artifacts and other items relating to the Town of Amherstburg, the lower Detroit River district and the Great Lakes. The Marsh Papers contain information files on local people, events, buildings and businesses. Microfilm holdings include Essex County censuses, the Amherstburg Echo (1874-present) and other local newspapers. The collection also contains genealogical materials and reference books. Donations of relevant items are accepted.


  • HOW DOES ONE USE THE COLLECTION?

    The Marsh Collection is available to researchers Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 am to 4:30 pm. Calling ahead is recommended. There is no charge for the use of the materials. Photocopies are 20 cents each; copies from microfilm are 50 cents.

    We welcome researchers and will gladly help you to utilize our collection. However, we cannot conduct in-depth research or genealogical searches on your behalf. While we usually can answer quick-reference questions (ie, a specific question about a specific person) over the phone or by mail, we encourage researchers to visit our facility in person. If this is impossible, we can recomment a local researcher for hire.


  • PUBLICATIONS

    The following hardcover publications are available through the Marsh Collection Society:


  • The Marsh Collection Society is a member of the following heritage organizations:


  • HOLDINGS FOR GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH IN ESSEX COUNTY

    CENSUS RECORDS (microfilm)

    • 1851 (indexed) (no Amherstburg)
    • 1861
    • 1871 (indexed)
    • 1881
    • 1891
    • 1901 (indexed for some areas)



    TOWN AND TOWNSHIP RECORDS (microfilm)
    Amherstburg
    • Council Minutes 1878-1939
    • Bylaws 1869-1910
    • Assessment/Collector’s Rolls 1860-1932
    Anderdon Township
    • Council Minutes 1881-1918
    • Bylaws 1859-1925
    • Assessment/Collector’s Rolls 1874- (incomplete)
    Malden Township
    • Council Minutes 1852-60, 1887-96
    • Bylaws 1850-83, 1909-22
    • Assessment/Collector’s Rolls 1900-30
    Essex County Council Minutes 1853-59


    DIRECTORIES & VOTERS’ LISTS
    Essex County (selected townships)
    • 1866-67, 1870-71, 1883-84, 1903
    • 1904 telephone directory
    • Voters’ lists 1906, 1919, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1936, 1947
    Colchester North Township
    • Voters’ list 1913
    Malden Township
    • 1823 lot holders list
    • 1843 assessment
    • 1899 directory
    • Voters’ lists 1882, 1886, 1889, 1933, 1937
    Sandwich
    • Voters’ lists 1884, 1894


    NEWSPAPERS (microfilm)
    • Canadian Emigrant (Sandwich) 1832-36
    • Western Herald (Sandwich) 1838-42
    • Voice of the Fugitive (Sandwich) 1851-52
    • Amherstburg Echo 1874-present
    • RiverTown Times (Amherstburg) 1995-present


    CHURCH RECORDS
    • Anglican
    Christ Church, Amherstburg
    Index to records
    St. John, Sandwich
    Records 1801-27-, 1842-60
    • Presbyterian
    St. Andrew’s, Amherstburg
    Selected marriages
    • Roman Catholic
    Annunciation, Pointe-aux-Roches
    Marriages & Burials 1867-1983
    Assumption, Sandwich
    Marriages 1700-1982
    Burials 1768-1985
    Immaculate Conception, Paincourt
    Marriages & Burials, 1851-1988
    Our Lady of the Lake, Windsor
    Cemetery stones
    St. Anne, Tecumseh
    Marriages & Burials 1859-1985
    St. Clement’s, McGregor
    Records c.1880-
    St. Francis Xavier, Tilbury
    Marriages & Burials 1855-1985
    St. Joachim
    Marriages & Burials 1882-1982
    St. John the Baptist, Amherstburg
    Baptisms 1802-July 1955 (microfilm)
    Marriages 1802-1985
    Burials 1802-1985
    Cemetery stones to 1987
    St. Simon & St. Jude, Belle River
    Marriages & Burials 1840-1985
    Cemetery stones


    CEMETERY RECORDS (see also under Churches)
    • Colchester South Cemeteries – stones
    • North Bay Cemetery, Pelee Island – stones
    • Rose Hill Cemetery, Amherstburg – stones to 1987
    • St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Ecorse, Michigan – stones
    • Monuments and Graveyards in Essex County (booklet)


    BIRTHS (see also under Churches (baptisms) and Newspapers)
    • More Notices from Methodist Papers 1830-57
    • Births in the Amherstburg Courier 1849-50


    MARRIAGES (Civil; see also under Churches)
    • Marriage Register of the Eastern District 1796-1856
    • Marriage Records of Essex County 1858-64
    • Early Marriage Records of Monroe County, Michigan
    • Marriage Bonds of Ontario 1803-34
    • Marriage Notices of Ontario 1813-54
    • Ontario Marriage Notices 1830-56
    • More notices from Methodist Papers 1830-57
    • Marriages in the Amherstburg Courier 1849-50
    • The Canada Evangelist July 1851-October 1858
    • Index to Marriage Records of Ontario 1869-73


    DEATHS (see also under Churches (burials) and Newspapers)
    • More Notices from Methodist Papers 1830-57
    • Death Notices from the Christian Guardian 1836-50
    • Deaths in the Amherstburg Courier 1849-50
    • Death Notices from the Christian Guardian 1851-60
    • The Canada Evangalist July 1851-October 1858
    • Obituaries from Ontario’s Christian Guardian 1861-70


    WILLS
    Essex County Wills index (selected; early 1800s)


    RELEVANT COLUMNS FROM THE AMHERSTBURG ECHO
    • ‘Just Folks’ 1988-present (indexed)
    • ‘Upsetting the Hour Glass’ 1982-94 (indexed)
    • ‘Yesterday’s News’ 1995-present (indexed)
    • Births, Marriages & Deaths 1877-98 (index in progress)


    PUBLISHED FAMILY HISTORIES
    • Garant
    • Barrowman/Borrowman
    • Craig


    MILITARY RECORDS
    • West Kent militia, 2nd Kent militia and St. Clair Volunteers Pay List, 1838
    • Men of Upper Canada: Militia Nominal Rolls, 1828-29


    BOOKS
    • Amherstburg 1796-1996: The New Town on the Garrison Grounds
    • Commemorative Biographical Record of Essex County (1905) (microfilm)
    • French Families of the Detroit River Region 1701-1956 (Dennissen)
    • Harrow-Colchester South
    • Historical Atlas of Essex and Kent Counties (reprint of 1881 edition)
    • La Paroisse St. Clement Parish (McGregor) 1880-1980
    • Led by the Shepherd: St. John the Baptist Parish (Amherstburg) 1802-1992
    • Paroisse St-Joseph Parish (River Canard) 1864-1989
    • St. Mary’s Parish (Maidstone) 1846-1996
    • Simon, Peter & Polly 1775-1825: A Chronicle of Malott & Girty Families Malott)
    • Windsor Border Region (Lajeunesse)


  • CONTACT INFORMATION

    235A Dalhousie Street
    Amherstburg, Ontario
    N9V 1W6
    (519) 736-9191
    fax 736-7166
    mcschin@mnsi.net




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