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What are reference books?
Reference books are those that can provide background information on a topic to help you with your research.
They cannot be borrowed, and must be consulted in the Archives. They are located on the shelves in our reading room.
Books in Our Collection
Canada West's Last Frontier: A History of Lambton by
Written by a local historian, this book highlights the development of Lambton County, the history of the townships and villages, and also touches on education and transportation across the county. This is a very useful book in that it includes quotes from historical records as well as reproductions of images. The inclusion of an index makes the content very accessible.
History of Lambton County Officials: 125 Years, 1850-1975 by
This book was written in part by a former county clerk and treasurer, and is a great resource to locate county officials. It includes a list of previous wardens, councillors, clerks, judges, various officials, and members of parliament and provincial legislature. For many individuals the entries include a pictures and brief biography. This resource also includes information on the early history of Lambton as well as townships, villages, towns, and buildings.
Lambton County's Hundred Years: 1849-1949 by
This book was written by a veteran newspaperman to celebrate the county's centennial in 1949. Each chapter focuses on an aspect of Lambton's history such as the early pioneers, the development of the city of Sarnia, the oil fields in Enniskillen, the railroads, and industry. An index, written by local historian George Smith, makes this book much more accessible.
Commemorative and Biographical Record of the County of Lambton, Ontario
This book of biographical sketches of prominent citizens and early settlers was compiled by the J.H. Beers & Co. of Toronto. These records were compiled in 1906 and provide insight into citizens at that time. For some entries, there are images of the subject, and some even contain signatures. This book is made even more accessible by the accompanying index compiled by the Lambton Branch OGS which is much more extensive than the one included in the book.