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History Collection

Much of our Local History Collection has been digitized and can be accessed at

Our current Heritage Collection is located just outside the teen area.

'It includes the library’s large collection of microfilm, with letters dating back to 1778. There are town records, archives, reports from commanding officers of the King’s Regime, military records, farmers journals, Black Canadian History files and more available to peruse. As well as newspapers. Lots of newspapers.'

- Niagara-On-The-Lake Town Crier

Index to Microfilm Holdings

Eight local collections are entered as Record Groups, identified by headings or series as follows: Municipality of Niagara-on-the-Lake; Niagara Historical Society; Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library; Jean M. Huggins Collection (Queenston); St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (Niagara-on-the-Lake); St. Mark's Anglican Church (Niagara-on-the-Lake); St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church (Niagara-on-the-Lake) and Grace United Church (Niagara-on-the-Lake).

This index provides access to the microfilm holdings under group headings as follows:
Government Records, Church and Clergy Records, Military Records, Institutions, Business and Commercial Records, Individual and Family Papers, Printed Materials, Maps and Plans.

Finding Aid Index

This index is to an eclectic mix of reports, lists, studies prepared by various residents, researchers who have undertaken research here and donated copies to the collection. Everything from "A History of Methodism in Niagara 1786-1925", to "A Compiled Genealogy of the Mildon Family of Toronto" to photocopies of cemetery records.

A biography card file is available for onsite consultation. Prepared in 1978, it contains cards which locate data in the microfilm collection for over 4,500 names of the early inhabitants of the community. A very valuable genealogical research tool.

1812 History Website

1812 History - This website is dedicated to make the surviving records and artefacts from this time period available to everyone. There is much to discover about the War of 1812 era.