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Newspapers are a good source of information whether for genealogical or historical purposes. The ones listed here can be seen at the National Library of Canada in Ottawa. Other copies may be found elsewhere, such as the main Ottawa Public Library.

The papers listed here can be old or recent. You can borrow them on microform (could be either a microfiche or a microfilm) from the National Library. However, it is best to check out your local resources first - libraries, Family History Centre, and genealogical and historical societies before asking your local library to borrow this material for you.

Library & Archives Canada's policy on inter-library loans and other requirements are found here.

Religious newspapers

Births, marriages, and deaths found in many of these papers have been indexed. Some, but not all, were printed in provinces other than Ontario.

  • Canadian Baptist
  • Canadian Wesleyan
  • Christian guardian
  • Christian messenger
  • Christian messenger
  • Christian visitor
  • The Evangelist
  • Der Mennonitische immigrantenbote
  • Mennonitishce rundschau
  • The Presbyterian and Evangelical Protestant union
  • The Religious intelligencer
  • The Religious repository
  • The Wesleyan

Indexes and Inventories

Library & Archives Canada has a checklist of newspaper indexes that could be useful to consult.

The Inventory of Ontario Newspapers 17931986 (1988)
J. Brian Gilchrist, compiler and editor; Karen Harrison, preface
ISBN 0-88892-596-4
Consult at OGSL

Newspapers operating in 1869
NameLocationFrequencyPublisher / Owner
ChronicleWhitbyweeklyWm. H. Higgins
GazetteWhitbyweeklyGeorge W. Ham
ObserverBowmanvilleweeklyCephas Barker
ObserverPrince AlbertweeklyBaird & Parsons
StatesmanBowmanvilleweeklyW.R. Climie
SentinelCobourgweeklyD. McAllister
Son of TemperanceOshawamonthlyLuke & Larke
StandardPort PerryweeklyE. Mundy
StarCobourgweeklyWm. H. Floyd
SunCobourgweeklyThomas McNaughton
VindicatorOshawaweeklyLuke & Larke
WorldCobourgweeklyHenry Hough

Source: Ontario Gazetteer and Directory, 1869; Robertson and Cook, Toronto.

Online Newspapers

Pickering at the end of the Millenium: a historical newspaper database 1881 - 2000
Newspapers in the database include The Pickering News, Pickering News Advertiser, Pickering Post, and The Bay News.


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