Local history digitized at South Mountain Library

Members of the Friends of the South Mountain Library at the digital archives open house. Courtesy photo

SOUTH MOUNTAIN — The South Mountain Branch of the SD&G County Library and the Friends of the South Mountain Library Resource Centre welcomed over 50 visitors to their open house on Thursday, March 2. The open house was planned to showcase the Friends’ latest project.  The launch party was an opportunity for community members to come and see the historical documents that were preserved, as well as learn how to access the digital copies and other genealogical resources available through the Library. The project digitized 1,200 pages of history and the database making it available online through Canadiana, a non-profit organization set up to help preserve Canada’s history.

To access the collection, visit http://pub.canadiana.ca and use the search term “South Mountain”, or visit the branch, located at 10543 Main St. in the village, where staff will start you on your search.

Thursday’s event was a culmination of a couple of years of hard work and dedication by the group.

The SD&G County Library offers access to a number of resources related to genealogy and local history, including free access to ancestry.ca for library members.

The initiative to digitize a part of the local history collection, undertaken by the Friends group, was done to preserve the history and make it accessible for more people to enjoy.

 

SD&G County Library District Supervisor Jenna Lamarche shows North Dundas Deputy Mayor Gerry Boyce how to access the database. Courtesy photo