The Halton Digital Newspaper Archive is a new online resource is all about preserving community memory by indexing newspaper articles from the north part of Halton County, Ontario. The Archive builds on the indexing already performed by Halton’s public libraries but now provides much more convenient online access to community newspapers, an index previously available only on microfilm.
The work began with Halton Hills volunteer Marshall Neilson who entered births, marriages and deaths from the back files of the Acton Free Press. He started that work in 1984 and over the next 10 years added over 150,000 names from the Acton, Georgetown and Milton papers. Volunteers, staff and summer students have now contributed hundreds of additional hours to this index. The new database contains the index only, not images of the newspapers. Photocopies of the original articles are available by contacting the library that contributed the information to the index.
The Ontario Ministry of Culture honoured the project with the Angus Mowat Award of Excellence. The digitization of the back microfilm of the Acton and Georgetown papers was made possible through a $14,200 grant from the Ontario Genealogical Society: Halton-Peel Branch.
You can read more about this great project as well as find the URLs to access the information in an article by Lisa Tally in the InsideHalton.com web site at http://www.insidehalton.com/news/article/933245--libraries-launch-digital-newspaper-archive
My thanks to Bob Crawford of the Halton-Peel Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, for telling me about this great new online resource.