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Services | December 31, 2014

Historical documents on microfilm and microform readers are kept at our Idea Exchange, Queen's Square location. Please ask at Member Services for assistance.

Our microfilm holdings include local newspapers dating back to 1849, census, church records, and local history. Browse the complete list below or skip to:

 

What is Microfilm?

Microfilm is a 16 mm or 35 mm continuous roll of photographic film containing miniaturized (micro) images of text. Micro filming is a way to preserve fragile documents, e.g. rare books, back runs of newspaper titles and/or journals.

 

Newspapers (Local)

Cambridge Times

January 1985 – December 2003 (Microfiche)

Dumfries Reformer

November 10, 1849 – October 7, 1892 (Reels 1-21)

Reel 1 Nov.10, 1849 – Sept.17, 1856 Reel 10  July 2, 1879 – June 8, 1881
Reel 2 Sept.24, 1856 – Dec.14, 1859 Reel 11  June 15, 1881 – Dec. 27, 1883
Reel 3 Dec.21, 1859 – Dec.31, 1862 Reel 12  Jan. 3, 1884 – Jan. 28, 1886
Reel 4 Jan.14,1863 – Apr.26,1865 Reel 13  Feb. 4, 1886 – Aug. 25, 1887
Reel 5 May 3, 1865 – Oct.28, 1868 Reel 14  Sept.1, 1887 – Jan.31, 1889
Reel 6 Nov.4, 1868 – Dec.27, 1871 Reel 15  Feb. 7, 1889 – Aug. 7, 1890
Reel 7 Jan.10, 1872 – June 25, 1873 Reel 16  Aug. 14, 1890 – Feb. 4, 1892
Reel 8  July 2, 1873 – April 26, 1876 Reel 17  Feb. 11, 1892 – Oct.7, 1892
Reel 9  May 3, 1876 – June 25, 1879    

 Name Change: to Dumfries Weekly Reformer – October 14, 1892 – December 30, 1897 

Reel 17 Oct.14, 1892 – June 16, 1893
Reel 18 June 23, 1893 – August 16, 1894
Reel 19 Aug.23, 1894 – Sept.12, 1895
Reel 20 Sept.19, 1895 – Oct.29, 1896
Reel 21

October 29, 1896 – Dec.30, 1897

Additional Single Issues:

  • 50th Anniversary Dec.21, 1899
  • May 12, 1904; March 16,1905; April 12, 1907
  • 60th Anniversary Dec. 18, 1909

Galt Daily Reporter

1857-September 19, 2003 (ceased publication)

Special Notes:

  • Masthead Name Changes: 1922; 1932 (Apr-June); 1933 (Apr.4); 1948 (Nov.29 & Dec.31)
  • December 1947 (film b) Reunion Special Edition (includes 1901, 1926, 1927, 1946, 1947)
  • Flood 1974 (May)
  • Missing Dates (Mostly during WWI, WWII, and the 1950s polio epidemic):
1900 – 1901 1921 Jan-Mar; July-Sept 1950 July-August
1903 January-June 1924 Jan-Mar, July-Sept 1951 May-June
1904 April-December 1925 1952 Sept-Oct. Polio
1905 1926 July-September 1953 July-August Polio
1906 1927 April-June; Oct-Dec 1955 May-June
1908 July-December 1929 October-December 1956 September-October
1910 July 1930 October-December 1957 Jan-Feb; July-Aug; Nov-Dec
1911 July-September 1935 April-December 1958 Sept-Oct; Nov-Dec
1912 April-June 1936 October-December 1959 May-June
1913 October-December 1937 Jan-June; Oct-Dec 1970 June; Sept; Dec
1914 WWI 1938 Apr-June; Oct-Dec 1971 July-October
1916 April-Dec 1939 Jan-Mar; Oct-Dec 1972 Sept-December
1917 January 1-16 1940 Jan-Mar 1973 Jan; August; Sept
1917 May-December 1941 July-Sept 1974 Jan; Feb; July
1918 Sept-December 1948 Mar-April  

The Hespeler Herald

1902 – 1930 (Reels #1-10)

  • Missing: 1907, 1919, 1920

Reel 1 1902,1903,1904,1905 Reel 6 April 18,1918-December 1918
January 1921-December 1922
January 1923-March 8, 1923
Reel 2 January 18, 1906-Dec.27,1906
January 6,1908 – Dec.31 1909
Reel 7 March 15,1923-Jan-Dec 1924
Reel 3 January 1, 1910 – Nov.21, 1912 Reel 8 1925 – 1926
Reel 4 November 28, 1912 – July 8, 1915 Reel 9 Jan.6, 1927 – Dec.27, 1928
Reel 5 July 15, 1915 – April 11, 1918 Reel 10 Jan.29, 1929 – December 25, 1930

The Prestonian

September 19, 1912 – September 10, 1931 (Reels #1-16)

  • Missing: (World War I) September 17, 1914 – March 9, 1916

Reel 1 Sept.19, 1912 – Sept.10, 1914 Reel 9 Sept.10, 1925– July 11, 1926 (pg3)
Reel 2 March 16, 1916 – May 30, 1918 Reel 10 July 22, 1926 – June 2, 1927
Reel 3 June 13, 1918 – December 24, 1919 Reel 11 June 2, 1927 – February 23, 1928
Reel 4 January 2, 1920 – March 24, 1921 Reel 12 March 1, 1928 – January 3, 1929
Reel 5 March 31, 1921–May 4, 1922 Reel 13 January 3, 1929 – October 31, 1929
Reel 6 May 11, 1922 – May 17, 1923 Reel 14 Oct.31,1928 (pg16) - July 31,1930 (pg3)
Reel 7 May 17, 1923 – July 10, 1924 Reel 15 July 31, 1930 – May 21, 1931
Reel 8 July 17, 1924 - Sept 3, 1925 Reel 16 May 21, 1931 – September 10, 1931

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Census

1851 Canada West Census: (Reels 200-201)

  • Townships: North Dumfries, Wilmot, Waterloo, Woolwich and Wellesley
  • Villages: Galt and Preston

1861 Canada West Census (Reels 202-203)

  • Townships: North Dumfries
  • Villages: Galt and Hespeler
  • Waterloo County: includes villages of Preston and Waterloo
  • Townships: Waterloo North; Waterloo South and Wellesley

1871 Waterloo County South Census (Reel 204)

  • Wilmot, New Hamburg Village, Dumfries North, Galt Town, Waterloo South, Preston Village, Hespeler Village

1881 Waterloo County Census (Reel 205-206)

  • Counties Brant and Waterloo
  • Townships: Wilmot, North Dumfries, Waterloo South, Waterloo
  • Towns: Galt, Preston, Hespeler and Berlin

1891 Waterloo County South Census (Reel 207)

Waterloo County South

  • Villages: Hespeler, Preston, New Hamburg, Ayr, Galt
  • Townships: Waterloo South, Wilmot, Dumfries North

Welland County & Victoria South County

  • Villages: Chippewa, Fort Erie
  • Townships: Bertie, Crowland, Humberstone

1901 Waterloo County (North & South) (Reel 208-209) (includes Victoria South and Welland County)

Waterloo South (Reel 208)

  • Villages: Ayr; Town: Galt
  • Townships: North Dumfries

Waterloo North and Welland County (Reel 209)

  • Villages: Hespeler, New Hamburg, Preston, Chippewa, Fort Erie

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Gazetteer & Vernon's Directories

Reels #101-108

  • Gazetteer Directory – 1880
  • Voters List: Town of Galt – 1896
  • Vernon's Directories - 1912-1972

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Galt Church Records

Waterloo County Churches by Rosemary Willard Ambrose is an excellent guide to the history of area churches, which records have survived and where the records are located.

Central Presbyterian Church, Galt 1846-1980 (Reels 20-22) (including Union, Melville and 2nd Canada Presbyterian Churches) 

Union Presbyterian Church - founded 1870
 St.Andrew’s and Union Churches joined to form Central Presbyterian (Reels 20 & 22)

2nd Canada Presbyterian Church - founded 1861
Originally the United Presbyterian Congregation founded 1857. Renamed Melville Presbyterian Church in 1866

Central Presbyterian Church– founded 1880

    • Baptisms 1857 – 1880
    • Communion Roll 1857
    • Session Minutes 1870-1880
    • Communion Roll 1863
    • Session Minutes 1856 – 1870
    • Marriages 1849-1880, 1898-1925
    • Marriages Baptisms and Burials 1856-1870
    • Baptisms 1879-1979
    • Communion Roll 1880-2000
    • Church History 1882-1982

First United Church, Galt 1833-1895 (Reel 13)

  • Baptismal Records 1833-1902
  • Burial Records 1850-1907
  • Communion Roll 1824, 1889, 1896
  • Congregation Minutes 1828-1910
  • Marriage Records 1835-1901
  • Session Minutes 1861-1895

 Knox’s Church, Galt 1856-1890 (Reel 12)

  • Baptismal Registers 1856-1901
  • Annual Report and Directory 1889-1890

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church founded 1832; closed 1880. A schism here formed Knox’s Free Church (Reels 21-22)

  • Baptisms 1832-1875
  • Board of Trustees Minutes 1846-1884
  • Communion Roll – 1876
  • Marriages 1849-1879
  • Session Minutes – 1849

Trinity Anglican Church, Galt 1877-1916 (Reels 1-2)

  • Parish Registers (Baptisms, etc.) 1850-1916 (N.B.: 1850-52 almost illegible)
  • Vestry Meetings, marriages, families of Parish, baptisms (Reel 24)
  •  Vestry Minutes book 1877-1915

Wesley United Church, Galt 1888-1904 (Reels 2-3)    

  • Marriage Register – 1888-1902
  • Membership Register – 1888-1902
  • Church Pamphlets
  • Trustees Minutes Book 1897-1924
  • Women’s Missionary Minutes 1888-1898

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Local History (Galt, Hespeler and Preston)

History of Galt from 1798

(Reel 6)

  • Insurance Plan of Galt, 1910 (map includes hydro, water, railway, type of building construction)

(Reel 7)

  • Jubilee Souvenir, 1897
  • Picturesque and Industrial Galt, 1902 (index)
  • Canadian Industrial Record, 1914
  • Historical Reminiscences, 1915 (index)
  • Waterloo County Outlook

(Reel 8)

  • Our Todays and Yesterdays, 1967
  • Galt, the gem city
  • Galt USA 1971
  • Galt Centennial & Old Home Week (incl. Picturesque & Industrial Galt)
  • Galt Street names
  • 1974 Flood, Souvenir Book
  • Early History of Galt by R.S. Hamilton
  • Also letters, documents re: Fort Niagara, 1814 (land grants, indentures, etc.)

(Reel 9)

  • Scott’s Opera House, (Galt), programs
  • Galt Centennial and Old Home Week
  • Biography of William Dickson by James Kerr
  • Dickson Petition re: installation of Russian cannon from Crimean War on Queen’s Square

Gouinlock Manuscript (Reels 8 and 9)

  • A reading book for children and schools in prose and verse; includes the original textbook lessons in spelling, reading, the bible, arithmetic.

Galt Daily Evening Reporter Highlights 1951-1978 (Reel 6)

  • Includes 100th Anniversary edition, 1952

Galt Deeds

  • 1853-1875 (Reels 14-19)
  • Index to Galt Deeds (Reel 19)

Galt Obituaries

  • 1896-1903 (Reel 5)
  • A-W – Reel 9
  • W-Z – Reel 10

 Galt Town Council Minutes: 1850-1900

  • Council Members 1850-1903 (Reel 24-26)

Maple Grove Women’s Institute (Reel 23)

  • Tweedsmuir History

History of Preston (Reel 10)

  • Fire Insurance Plan of Preston, 1910 (revised up to March 1924)
  • Souvenir of Industrial Preston – 1908
  • Report to Niagara Historical Society – by William Dickson (1917) re: WWI conditions

 
History of Hespeler (Reel 10)

  • Winfield Brewster’s History of Hespeler (includes novellas, plays: La Rue de Commerce, the Barefoot Farm Boy, New Hope, The Floodgate).  Includes Brewster Index
  • Lot 6 in the 3rd of Waterloo (Hespeler Mill industrial development)
  • Hespeler Souvenir: Hespeler 1947
  • Hespeler a good place to live
  • Founders, Jacob Hespeler, etc; C.W. Panabaker, biography
  • History of Hespeler by Berry Davis

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Historical Records

Ontario Land Records Index: ca. 1789 - ca. 1920 (Microfiche)

(Reels 1-29)

Municipal Records: 1842 – 1895 (Galt and Dumfries Township) (Reels 1-5)

Dumfries Township: Assessments 1850

North Dumfries Township: (Waterloo Co.) (Reel 29)

  • Assessments: 1855, 1871
  • Town Council Minutes: 1852

South Dumfries Township: (Brant Co.) (Reels 27 & 28)

  • Collector’s Rolls: 1852, 1895;
  • Town Council Minutes: 1819-1901

Statute Labour Certificates: 1842 (Reel 1)

Dickson Ledgers: 1817-1866 (Reels 3-5)

Plowing Match Records: 1855-1877 includes scrapbook (Reel 5)

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