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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
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Historic Niagara Digital Collections, Niagara Falls Public Library, Ontario
Niagara Falls is located on the Niagara River in the Golden Horseshoe region of southern Ontario, across the river from Niagara Falls, New York. The city was incorporated in 1903. The Niagara Falls Public Library has made a number of resources available on its website. Descriptions of two of these follow.

 

Newspaper Index
The database is an index to birth, marriage and anniversary announcements, death notices, and news articles related to the city of Niagara Falls that can be found in the Daily Record, the Evening Review, and the Review, as well as other area newspapers. Detailed information on the years indexed can be found by clicking on the link on the main Newspaper Index page. The index covers births, deaths and marriages for various periods between January 1908 and the present. There are gaps in the years indexed. News articles have been indexed for various years from January 1908 to January 2004. Post-2004 articles are currently being indexed. Newspapers for 1913 are believed to no longer exist.

 

Enter a keyword, headline word, or subject word to run a simple search. The advanced search function allows one to limit the search by date, by type of article, or newspaper source. Researchers can also browse the collections by name (creator or contributor) or by subject. The data fields in the search results include headline, page number, date, newspaper title, and type of article. Click on the Headline link for the detailed record, which has additional fields such as creator (writer), notes, and subject area(s) under which the article falls. Subject(s) is a link. Clicking on that link will bring up all articles falling under the subject. For example, there are 387 articles under Niagara River and Falls — Daredevils and Stunters.

 

On the Historic Niagara Digital Collections search page you will find a link to an index to the Welland Tribune, which can be found on the Welland Public Library’s website.

 

Images Database
This database contains an index to the collection of images in the holdings of the Niagara Falls Public Library's Local History Collection. The types of images include are photographs, postcards, negatives, daguerreotypes and digital images of selected print material. The subject areas include portraits; the city of Niagara Falls; businesses and stores; the Niagara River; Niagara Falls; construction; streets; sports, recreation and leisure; buildings; factories and industries; Chippawa, Ontario; churches; aerial views; ships; events; and historic buildings.

 

The database may be searched by keyword(s) and restricted by medium. Search results are in the form of a thumbnail image and a brief description. The data fields in the brief description include title, description, notes, date, collection name, and a filing number and format for physical items. Click on the title link to enlarge the image and view a detailed description of the item in the search results.

 

Greenwood Cemetery, Owen Sound, Ontario
The city of Owen Sound is located on Georgian Bay in the northern Great Lakes area of southwestern Ontario. It is the county seat of Grey County. The city has created an online index to the approximately 20,000 interments in Greenwood Cemetery and St. Mary’s Cemetery available on its website. The vast majority of the burials indexed in the database took place in Greenwood Cemetery. The index is in PDF format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. The data fields in the database include lot ID, grave number, name of the interred, person’s title, age, burial date, and date of death. Click on the Cemetery Map and Interment List Legend link to open a page with a key to the abbreviations and a map of the cemetery, which can also be downloaded in PDF format.


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