Finding Aids are documents that contain detailed information about specific collections in the archives. They are tools that can help users find relevant records. Most of these finding aids include names, locations, and dates. As you are looking through the inventories, keep track of the documents you might be interested in looking at by recording document and/or box numbers. You will need this information when you visit the Archives.
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Chattel Mortgage Records
A loan arrangement where items of movable personal property are used as security for a loan. Useful information includes mortgagor and mortgagee, location and occupations, and description of property.
The fonds consists of textual records and other material created and accumulated by Eloise A. Skimings during her career as a newspaper correspondent, teacher, poet, and composer in Goderich, Ontario.
Lists of who is able to vote in municipal and/or legislative assemblies (give information like names, lot and concession). Include persons, both landowners and tenants (predominately male) who were eligible to vote. Lists are often alphabetical by surname. They provide the resident address for the voter and may include occupation. These lists were compiled by town or township and collected annually from approximately 1858 to 1900. Records are limited to certain municipalities and selective years.
Information which may be contained within Court Records includes: the cause for action, where the named persons live, their occupations, etc.
These are complete or partial files for 535 Coroner’s Inquests that span from the Huron District 1841 to Huron County 1904. Coroner’s inquests were conducted by a government official to determine the cause of a person’s death.
Huron County Library Assessment Roll Project
this site contains a transcribed and alphabetized version of the 1842 Huron District Assessment Rolls, the earliest official population and land assessment for this area. Assessment lists were used by the government to “assess” the worth of a person’s net assets and determine how much money they needed to pay in taxes; they contain such useful information as name, acreage owned, lot number and concession.