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Halton-Peel Branch

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Streetsville, ON, L5M 2B7, Canada
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Halton Digital Newspaper Archive

On Wednesday, January 19th 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 OGS.

The official launch of the Halton Digital Newspaper Archive
    The projector screen displays an 1875 page from the Acton Free Press.
The people in the picture are (left to right):
Walter Lewis, Manager, Support Services – Halton Hills Public Library
Bob Crawford, Chairperson – Halton-Peel Branch OGS
Jane Watt, Secretary – Halton-Peel Branch OGS
Bernie Bradner, Treasurer – Halton-Peel Branch OGS
Mike Payne, Publicity – Halton-Peel Branch OGS

A number of years ago the Halton-Peel Branch received a financial bequest from a member with the condition that it be used to provide genealogical resources for people to use in their research.  After searching for the best places to use this gift, we decided to support the digitization of the newspapers from the area that is now Halton Hills.  These include the Acton Free Press, The Georgetown Herald, The Acton Tanner, The Georgetown Independent and many others.

The collection is on-line now at http://news.halinet.on.ca/search.  There are a few areas that need fixing, but it is essentially complete from about 1867 to 1967.  You 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 so you can read the full text.  The OCR software fails occasionally but is still very good, so there are not many search errors.

Go to Halton-Peel OGS introductory page


This page last updated 17 April 2013