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Sarnia, Ontario, Canada


Notes: Sarnia is a city in Southern (Southwestern) Ontario, Canada (city population 71,419, census area population 88,793, in 2006). It is the largest city on Lake Huron and is located where the upper Great Lakes empty into the St. Clair River.
The city's natural harbour first attracted the French explorer La Salle, who named the site "The Rapids". The name "Sarnia" was the Latin name for Guernsey in the Channel Islands just off the coast of Normandy, France. The Sarnia port is still an important centre for lake freighters and "salties" carrying cargoes of grain and petroleum products. It is the largest community in Lambton County.
The aforementioned natural port and the salt caverns that exist in the surrounding areas, coupled with the oil discovered in nearby Oil Springs lead to the massive growth of the petroleum industry in this area. Since Oil Springs was the first place in North America to commercially drill for oil, the knowledge that was acquired there and strengthened in Sarnia led to Sarnians traveling the world teaching other nations how to drill for oil. What is now known as the Chemical Valley, located downriver of downtown Sarnia, once adorned the back of the Canadian ten-dollar bill.
Since 1938, Sarnia has been the Canadian side of Ontario's second busiest U.S.–Canada border crossing (after Windsor-Detroit). The Blue Water Bridge (also known as the "Sarnia Bridge") links Sarnia's neighbouring village of Point Edward to the city of Port Huron, Michigan.
From "The Rapids" to "Port Sarnia" to "Sarnia", the city has undergone many changes—from an Indian hunting ground to an up-and-coming settlement and an industrial centre. In 1812, Sir John Colborne was appointed Governor of the Isle of Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands. In 1829, the area and Townships of Sarnia and Moore were surveyed by Boswell Mount, and named by Sir John Colborne.
Previously thought to be the Roman name for the Isle of Guernsey, it has now been found that the name Sarnia…


City/Town : Latitude: 42.97791476701577, Longitude: -82.39797592163086


Matches 1 to 5 of 5

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Died    Person ID 
1 Braaksma, Theunis  04 January 1991Sarnia, Ontario, Canada I356258
2 Hulshof, Hendrik  02 September 1969Sarnia, Ontario, Canada I682193
3 Schoonbeek, Geessien  1981Sarnia, Ontario, Canada I235416
4 Velema, Jacob Harkus  01 June 1991Sarnia, Ontario, Canada I347724
5 Winters, Marrigje Hendriks  Before 1966Sarnia, Ontario, Canada I485920


Matches 1 to 1 of 1

   Family    Married    Family ID 
1 Nonkes / Volders  27 November 1951Sarnia, Ontario, Canada F135585


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