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Military Records: Resources at LCA

What is microfilm?

Microfilm reels consist of very small photographs of records. Reels of film take up much less space than original records and also allow researchers to have access to information not in our collection.

Research Tip: Newspapers!

Newspapers are a valuable resource when conducting historical research. Articles and announcements in newspapers can sometimes be the only surviving historical record of an event. The information they contain is directly from the past and can be extremely useful when conducting historical research.

Resources at LCA

Local Newspaper Collection

We have dozens of local newspapers in our collection on microfilm which can be consulted for obituaries of those who died in service. Articles also provide information on what life was like on the home front, and local reactions to events overseas.

Many newspapers have been indexed to aid in accessibility, meaning you can consult the index to locate an obituary or article and the date and page of the issue in which it appeared.

Family Surname Files

We have thousands of family surname files of Lambton families. Files may contain family trees, newspaper clippings, and family histories. Researchers often donate a copy of their findings, so be sure to ask to see the family file of the soldier you are looking for in case records have already been collected on them.

Military Files 

We have files on Lambton's contribution to defending Canada. There are files on major conflicts such as the War of 1812, Boer War, WWI, and WWII and many others. Files contain newspaper clippings, collected histories, and some diaries and letters.

70th Overseas Battalion, C.E.F. Cards

These cards are records of soldiers who served during the First World War in the 70th Battalion. Recruited from Lambton, Kent, Middlesex, and Essex, these battalion cards contain information from the attestation papers of soldiers. These cards are rich in information as they contain the regimental number, rank, birth place, date of birth, next of kin, address of kin, enlistment date, marital status, and religion.

These cards also provide insight into a soldier's physical appearance as  height, complexion, eye colour, and hair colour were also collected.