A Deeper Dive into the SDG Digitized Newspapers

You probably saw coverage of the launch for a digital newspaper archive for SDG (Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry to the uninitiated). Find a newspaper report here; go directly to the online archives here.

Over 200,000 pages of history in 15,634 editions of 13 newspapers is a laudable achievement. While of greatest interest to those with roots in the United Counties, it can also serve as a role model for other localities.

Taking a deeper dive into the newspapers here’s a listing of the title, number of pages and years with digitized content.

Winchester Press: (5467): 1895-1898, 1901, 1910, 1912, 1915, 1917-1958, 1960-1988, 1990-1991, 1993-1998, 2001-2020
The Glengarry News: (2477): 1961-2004
The Chesterville Record: (2391): 1902-1905, 1910-1913, 1915-1924, 1928, 1954-1963, 1965-2000
The Chieftain: (1442): 1982-2006
The Morrisburg Leader: (1342): 1907, 1911-1919, 1921-1929, 1934-1938, 1940, 1942, 1947-1949, 1952
The Iroquois Post: (739): 1956, 1964, 1968-1982
The Iroquois Post and Matilda Advocate: (549): 1931, 1936, 1943, 1945-1946, 1959, 1952-1963, 1965-1967
Dundas County Herald and St. Lawrence Reporter: (145): 1874-1877
The St. Lawrence News – Iroquois: (82): 1894, 1901, 1905-1906, 1908-1909. 1917-1920, 1922
Morrisburgh Courier: (32): 1865-1866, 1869, 1873, 1879, 1885-1987, 1892
The Williamsburg Times: (16): 1935, 1938
Morrisburg Banner: (7): 1977
The Mountain Herald: (1): 1905

No intense scrutiny is needed to see that the Winchester Press accounts for over one-third of the content. Add The Glengarry News and The Chesterfield Records and you have more than two-thirds of the content.

The table doesn’t tell the whole story.

The Winchester Press, an eight-page weekly, starts in 1895 but there are only one to two issues a year available until 1918.

The Glengarry News, also an eight-page weekly, has good coverage from 1961 to 2004. Much earlier editions (Feb 1892 – Dec 1960), as well as of The Glengarrian (Feb 1887 – Dec 1910), are available here. Hopefully, they’ll be added to the new site soon for simplicity of searching.

The Chesterville Record has good coverage for the years mentioned except for only a single issue in 1929 in the middle of a gap from 1925 to 1954.

The search is a two-step process. From the main page search your term. You can select a newspaper first. This will take you to an array of papers where after a click or two a pdf will download that can be searched with CTL-F. The page will show with the hit highlighted,

Congratulations to United Counties researchers who now have a very nice free resource at their fingertips and to the local people who made it happen.


2 Replies to “A Deeper Dive into the SDG Digitized Newspapers”

  1. Thank you John for this helpful post. I was on the site yesterday and have to admit that I was having problems searching. Thanks for the tips and also the listing of the titles and years of content.

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