Newspaper Names and History:
The Newmarket Public Library holds the microfilm collection of Newmarket’s local newspapers including The Era Newspaper, from 1852 to the present. Indexing of this collection began in 1977.
In 2009, digitization (scanning and indexing) of this collection began as part of the Shared Digital Infrastructure project (SDI). At the end of the project, the newspaper years covering 1852-1979 were scanned, indexed and available online. Indexing is still ongoing for current years with the hope of adding more scanned images in the future.
on the Homepage to view all years available. Select Newmarket Newspapers
under Browse Collections to view individual mastheads.
The available titles are:
The New Era
, North York Sentinel
, Newmarket Courier
, North York Reformer
, The Newmarket Era
, Newmarket Era and Express
, The Era
, The Era and Post
and The Era-Banner. York Region Media Group is the copyright holder to all these publications.
Record Types and Searching:
:The indexing of The Era and other newspapers is a blend of manual and OCR methods.
Records manually indexed by staff cover the years 1852-1862, 1874-1884, 1930-1950
, and part of 1960
. You may search subjects, article titles and name fields.
Automated indexing uses an OCR (Optical Character Recognition) program that converts scanned pages into searchable text. Issues that are available using this method are 1863-1873, 1885-1929
The results lists and page displays will differ depending on which indexing method was used.
Searches of OCR indexed articles will produce highlighted results which colour mark the search terms on the newspaper page.
Records indexed manually will return results of articles that have the search terms in the appropriate data fields, such as personal name, title or subject.
If you would like more information or assistance using the database or the microfilm please contact the Adult Services Department, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Unsure about correct spelling? attempts to enlarge the search by allowing the search engine to find words spelled nearly the same as the ones you entered. It does this by simple letter substitution. For example a Close search on "Macdonald" returns records with "McDonald" and "Macdonalds" as well. A Similar search adds variations like "Donald." A Something like this will return even broader results.
Currently the The Era: Newmarket's Digital Newspaper Project does not use fuzzy dates. Please use the between two dates function.
The Geographic Location limits your search to records tagged with that specific place name. Since all newspapers were published in Newmarket, Ontario, this search function is not enabled.
For those who wish to analyze their search results more in-depth using mapping software, we offer the download of KML files on any search results page. By clicking this, you are downloading a Keyhole Markup Language (KML) file, which delivers location-based information. KML files are read by tools such as Google Earth to display points and data on a map or 3D model. Each place located by the KML file gives at least a longitude and latitude. The first step to using a KML file is to have an application like Google Earth or another application on your computer that is capable of handling this file format. There are excellent Google Earth Help files and documentation available. You may also wish to search for browser plug-ins that will generate maps using KML files.