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Ontario, Canada Digital Newspapers

No matter which region a newspaper covers, big cities or small towns, that newspaper and its articles can really provide a family researcher with the most actual view of people, events, places, occasions, etc. that are possible. Nothing better than really being there at your great grandmother’s wedding in 1893 can outshine what is found in news articles and images of that moment.

For those with ancestors from the Ontario Province of Canada there is a nice online digital database of many newspapers from the Ontario region. It is part of the Community Digitalized Project of ‘Our Ontario’, offering digital images of actual newspapers, some dating back to the 1810s and 1840s as life was in Ontario. As you review papers closer to the end of the 19th century there is also an increase in drawings and even photographs placed in the newspaper. These as digital images are also available.

For each selection of newspapers for various regions, some have every page of each newspaper in digital form. This included advertisements in the paper. For some they many range between a set of years, with some years unavailable.  A few newspapers carry only the general news items and many others have all the birth-marriage and death announcements in an complete and / or index format. If it is in a index, only the name, event and date for which newspaper would be listed.  You would still need to do further research to get the actual obituary or wedding announcement.

The following list of regions in Ontario and the newspapers available have been checked and sorted to make your search easily.  Each has a search box for a surname, a hometown or other key word.  After placing the selection all matches for that region with all available newspapers will appear. Select the one that match what you are looking for and a thumbnail image will be to the right. Click on that for a larger view and the ability to zoom in to read the article or view the image better.

Each offer some fascinating articles and images.

Barrie 1847 to 1968  with birth-marriages and death index

Cobourg  1900-1918 and 1980- to present  with birth-marriages and death index

and news articles

The Essex Free Press Full issues, 1895 – 1968 and 2006 – 2009

Grey Highlands  Full issues, 1890 – 1958  with two titles

Burlington in Halton Region 1899 to present

Halton Hills  1855-2009 with eight titles

Milton in Halton Region  1862-1970 and 1997-2000

Oakville in Halton region 1843-to present

Kingston Frontenac  1810 – 1850

Newmarket  1852-1884 and 1930 to 1851 with ten titles

Nipigon 1960 to 1977

Oshawa  1846 to present with seven titles

Richmond Hill 1858 – 1863 with two titles

Timmins 1912-1950

Whitchurch-Stouffville  1871 to present with four titles

Woodstock 1840 to present

Photo:  Nov. 2, 1899 issue of the latest stove called ‘Happy Thought’ in the Stouffville Tribune


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