Newspapers

We are very fortunate to have access to a wide array of on-line newspaper resources for the Halton and Peel areas.

A number of years ago, the Halton-Peel Branch received a financial bequest from a member – on the condition that it be used to provide genealogical resources for people to use in their research. After doing some research for the best way to use this special gift, the Branch decided to support the digitization of newspapers from the area now known as Halton Hills.

On Wednesday, January 19, 2011, the Halton Hills Library held the official launch of their segment of the Halton Digital Newspaper Archive. This project was completed using software technologies and hosting by Our Ontario as a service of Knowledge Ontario and the financial support of the Halton-Peel Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society.

The collection is on-line now at http://news.halinet.on.ca/search and is essentially complete from about 1867 to 1967.

Researchers can now search this collection of newspapers by word, or browse by year or day. Often there are images of the actual page from the newspaper, letting you read the full text. And you can see what was happening in the area on that day too, adding another dimension to your research.

Additional newspapers from Burlington, Oakville and Milton have been added to the Halton Digital Newspaper Archive. Prominent among them at http://news.halinet.on.ca/search are:

  • Acton Free Press
  • Burlington Post, Gazette
  • Georgetown Herald, Independent
  • Hamilton Spectator
  • Milton Canadian Champion
  • Oakville Beaver

For the Region of Peel, the Halton-Peel Branch has also contributed financially to the digitization of newspapers through the Mississauga Library System.

As a result of that work, the following newspapers can be viewed via http://pub.canadiana.ca/

  • Port Credit News (Port Credit, ON, 1930-37)
  • Port Credit Weekly (Port Credit, ON, 1938-59)
  • The Weekly (Port Credit, ON, 1959-67)
  • South Peel Weekly (Mississauga, ON, 1968-69)
  • Mississauga Times (Mississauga, ON, 1969-80)
  • Mississauga News (Mississauga, ON, 1965-70)