Unique Local Digital Collections

The Richmond Hill Public Library continues to develop and expand our digital local history and genealogy collections to facilitate and support the research needs of local historians, genealogists and history buffs.

Historic Cemeteries of South York Region

Genealogists and students of local history can now examine images of historic tombstones (pre-1930) of Southern York Region from cemeteries at:

  • Carrville United Church
  • Headford United Church
  • Holy Trinity Anglican Church
  • Richmond Hill Presbyterian
  • St. John's (Jefferson) Anglican Church
  • St. Luke's (now St. Volodymr's) Church
  • St. Mary's Anglican Church/Arnold Family Burial Grounds
  • Temperanceville Presbyterian Church
  • Temperanceville United Church
  • Thornhill Community Cemetery

Additional photographs of related churches, including memorial windows are also available in this database.

Access Historic Cemeteries of South York Region

Early Days in Richmond Hill by Robert M. Stamp

Read the electronic version of the popular book by Robert M. Stamp. This online resource has been designed to make finding information about Richmond Hill's rich history and past citizens easy and convenient for students, genealogists, and local history enthusiasts.

Read Early Days in RIchmond Hill

Richmond Hill Photo Archive

Access to over 1,000 photographs of daily life in Richmond Hill from 1860. Drawn from the Library's local history photographic collection, it has been assembled from donated family photos provided by local residents, as well as from images from the Liberal newspaper archives.

Access the photo archives

Richmond Hill Public Library Digital Archive

This archive is currently having content added daily. This collection includes searchable full images and indexes of the local newspapers (see below), photographs, local history books and brochures, rare documents, and vintage posters.

The digitized local newspapers in this collection include:

  • York Ridings' Gazette (1857 to 1858)
  • York Commonwealth (1858 to 1859)
  • York Herald (1859 to 1890)
  • Richmond Hill Liberal (1878-1979)

Note that the Richmond Hill Liberal from 1979-present is available on microfilm.

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Commercial Digital Collections

Your library card is also a gateway to other valuable digital history collections freely available to you. These include:

Ancestry Library Edition (in Library use only)

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

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Toronto Star Pages of the Past (1894-2014)

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.

Access Toronto Star Pages of the Past


The Globe & Mail (1844-2013)

Canada’s Heritage from 1844. Online searchable articles and pictures from Canada’s national newspaper.

Access The Globe & Mail Archive


Early Canadiana Online

This collection 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.

Access Early Canadiana Online 


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...

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