Digital Resources Databases

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Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library includes genealogical information from over 1,000 international databases.

In-Library use only; not accessible remotely


Canadiana holds the most complete set of full-text historical content about Canada, including books, magazines and government documents. Content spans 21 languages, including French, English, Latin, Greek, and many First Nations languages.

Globe and Mail: Canada’s Heritage from 1844

Canada's Heritage from 1844. Online searchable articles and pictures from Canada's national newspaper. 1844-2019.

Our Ontario

This is a portal to local history resources contributed by libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, community groups, and government ministries throughout Ontario. Highlights include historic local newspapers, photographs, maps, oral histories, videos and more.

RHPL Digital Archive

Browse or search our archival collection of photos, postcards, Tweedsmuir History of Richmond Hill, rare documents, letters, postcards, scrapbooks and more.

Richmond Hill Newspaper Archive

Find digitized copies of old issues of local Richmond Hill newspapers from 1857-1979, including the York Herald, York Commonwealth and Richmond Hill Liberal. Full-text searching is available.

Toronto Star: Pages of the Past

Pages of the Past includes high-quality digital images in the original page format of over 30,000 issues of The Toronto Star. It includes editorial and opinion pieces, advertisements, want ads, birth and death notices, in addition to the stories detailing the events of the day. 1894-2020.