Digital Services

Let’s Get Digital: researching with microfilm and microfiche

The Windsor Public Library has a large collection of microfilms. One of the largest components of the microfilm collection is the Windsor Star (Border Cities Star, The Evening Record) from 1893 to the present.

Hard copies (paper printouts) may be made from the microfilms.

Our newest machine, the Minolta MS 6000 digital microfilm reader allows the researcher to print hard copies of articles, or to save to a computer file.

Small files may be saved on memory sticks.

Larger files may be saved on cd-roms or memory sticks.

An enhanced image can be produced by our Digitization Office.
(May take up to 3 days for completion, $5.00 charge applies).

46 Responses to "Digital Services"

  1. Derek Lawson says:

    I am looking for an obituary for Dan Laforet. According to the Windsor Public Library the death notice was December 26,1989.

  2. Adriana says:

    Hi there,
    I’m looking for an article from I believe 2005 however I don’t know the title yet know the names of whom the story is about. How would I go about finding the article?
    Thanks kindly,

  3. Ron Hebert says:

    Do you have an archive of full obituaries? Not just names and dates?


    • Windsor Public Library says:

      The names and dates will help you find the obits on our microfilms located at Central. The date is the date of the newspaper where the obituary was posted (Windsor Star, The Saturday Windsor Star, The Windsor Daily Star, The Windsor Record, Windsor Herald)
      You can also visit the Google News Archives ( Google has digitized some of the newspapers.

      • Michele Crocker says:

        Further to this query. I am also interested in some obituaries that are listed in your archives, but I live in Alberta. Is it possible to get copies mailed out for a fee?
        The obituaries are newer than 1959 so they are not on the Google link

  4. Kendall Dunlop says:

    Im looking for an article from 2005-2010 the name of the article was “Riding Along At 96” and there was a picture of an older lady’s and a young girl. I believe it wasn’t on the front page.

    • Saverio Artale says:

      Hello, I was her nurse. Her name was Eva Price. Her family owned the land that is now Huron Church line. I would have been before Sept 2005 as i left my job at that date. Article was between March 2002 and Sept 2005. We had a “wish foundation” for our seniors in our home. Hers was to go horseback riding….hence how we heard of her story. Hope this helps.

  5. Angelo Ciardella says:

    Hello, Im looking for articles on the Kiwanis Club of Windsor as well as Kiwanis Sunshine Point Camp, our club is celebrating our 100th anniversary and Id love to get my hands on some material. Any help is great appreciated!

  6. H. Robertson says:

    I’m looking for an article written by Ronald Robertson ,a reporter for the Windsor Star. It was published the same day that there was a front page story on Hurricane Hazel.
    Thank you

  7. JILL horn says:

    Would the library happen to have records for marriages announcements from the 1970’s? Any help would be appreciated.
    Jill Horn

  8. Shelley says:

    I’m looking for the article about an accident that happened around the now value village plaza on Tecumseh Rd. and Roseville Garden drive. A female pedestrian was hit and killed between 1987-1995. I believe her name was Chris/Christine William(s)

  9. Liz Goupil says:

    I am looking for an obituary for Janice Lynn Bennett dod March 10, 1975 there would also have been a front page story on March 11, 1975 regarding the drowning in Pike Creek. Thanks for your help.

    • Windsor Public Library says:

      I sent your question to our “ask a librarian” service. Someone will get back to you asap. Thanks.

  10. Brian Watson says:

    I am looking to get a copy of an obituary from November 5th 1986 for George Richards. His parents were William and Dorthy Richards and a brother Glenn Richards. I would be looking for any other information available as well.

  11. Bryan says:

    Somewhere around May 18-20 of 1948 there was a photo of sisters or a family immigrating from Europe published in the Windsor Star. One of these girls is my mother who was 6 years old at the time. I would love to find this photo/article for her.
    Many thanks!

  12. Maureen Bezaire says:

    I’m looking for 2 things: #1 is the obituary that was published November 9, 1948 for my great aunt Carol Judith Bezaire. She was 6 when she passed away. #2 is a news article that appeared around the same time (give or take a week) about my dad and his family, centered around the death of Carol. (She had been hit by a car and killed.).

    I’m willing to come to the library to search, but I thought I would find out if it’s there before I come.

  13. Tom says:

    Good day..searching for obit for my great grandfather, William Brew, passed May 1929 and his daughter Catherine Brew Swinhoe passed July 24, 1944.

    Thank you, Tom

  14. Sky Weir says:

    I am wondering if it is possible to search the Windsor Start microfiche archives digitally? I am looking for any articles/files/photos about Bert Weir, Elena Weir, Percival “Percy” Weir and Bob Monks. I know there were many articles/cartoons in the Windsor Star but need direction on how to access/download the files to ultimately print hard copy from them.

  15. Ken Kerr says:

    Hi – I’m hoping to get a copy of the obituary for William Roy Murphy, who is listed in your Obituary index on June 3, 1972. He lived at 1017 Gladstone Ave. This is in regards to his invention, the ‘Murphy Troller’ trolling rod and reel, patented in 1946. His company was called the ‘W.R. Murphy Mfg. Co.’ and it appears the company address was also his home address. It seems he expanded the company to Detroit, then Seattle and Tarzana, California.
    Thanks for any help.

    Ken Kerr
    Researcher & Newsletter Editor

    • Arthur says:

      I have a Murphy Troller made by the W.R.Murphy Mfg.Co. patented in 1946 and I would like to know the value of this unit.

  16. Wm. Perry says:

    I am looking for a full page, feature story written by Mark Bonokowski sometime between 1971 and 1973 in the Windsor Star. I think the article was entitled “Welcome to the world, the world of welfare”. It was about crown wards of the CAS reaching the age of majority and losing there wardship and financial support to stay in school. Is this something you can help to locate? Or, should I travel from Toronto to Windsor to search your archive in person?

  17. Dan Cousins says:

    Looking for story from June 1946. Two girls missing from Windsor. Joy Saundercock and Violet Urquhart.
    Any help finding this story would be appreciated

  18. Paul Babin says:

    I’m in search of getting a copy of an article printed in the Windsor Star in 1997. They sent me your way. I live in California and would need assistance getting a digital copy. Please let me know how I can acquire services or inquire about retrieval services. Thank you kindly in advance!

  19. Tim Brush says:

    Can You help with locating an Obit for my great grandmother named Rose Gilbert who died June 21 1989. Thank you for your help with this. 🙂

  20. Dan C says:

    looking for death notice or obit for Alice Saundercock who died July 19 1969 in Windsor. Her husband was George Saundercock who died in 1953

    • Windsor Public Library says:

      Dan, I replied directly to you using the email address you provided along with your question.

  21. Linda Erickson says:

    Looking for a date for an article “Heritage begins in Cemetary” and “winery opens new branch at island vineyard” , referring to an article about Pelee Island .

  22. Lawrence King says:

    I am looking for an obituary for Laura Corkran whose obit appeared in the Windsor star on or about Jan 31 1980


  23. sharon says:

    I am looking for an obituary of my Great-Grandmother that was in the Windsor Star on May 2, 1961 – Hannah Rivers. As well as an obit for Ruby Willcox death notice in the Star on July 5, 1955
    thank you

  24. Tom Brew says:

    Good day….My Grandfather, Thomas Brew passed away in October 11, 1983 and an article was written about him in the Windsor Star saying he was the Canadian Lightweight Boxing Champion from 1922 through 1926. Now I understand this was for Canada, he fought under the name of Tommy Williams. I cannot find any other information on this on a internet search. Nothing comes up on the Border Cities Star site. Can anyone help in this search? Any suggestions as where to look would be appreciated. Please contact me at my email address Thank you for your time in reading.


  25. M mallen says:

    Hi looking for an article from June 28 or 29, 1945 about a young girl drifting in a boat on detroit river landing in Detroit being held by immigration .Everyone looking for her . I KNOW THE Detroit Free Press ran the story was wondering if the Windsor Daily ran it. Thanks for your help.

  26. M. J. Ferrari says:

    My 90 year old father used to make a Christmas cake every year that he found in the Star. He must have started in the 1970’s or 80’s. It was a white cake with cherries and lots of fruit very moist and tasty. I have looked among his and my papers and am unable to locate it. So it would have been published in a Christmas edition of the Star starting sometime in the 60’s or 70’s – full page with photo. Thanks.

  27. Linda Pringle says:

    I am working on ancestry of my family and my husbands I would like to know if you have newspapers on line dating about 1860 to about 1892 windsor area and do you have a website I can check out about my families thank you

  28. Hi, Do you have the back volumes of Rempart (French language newspaper) on microfilm? The historian is especially interested in late 1990s to early 2000s. If you get it on microfilm, where does it come from? Judging from the library catalogue, you appear to keep only current issues in print. Please advise. thanks! Desmond. @ Laurentian U.

    • Windsor Public Library says:

      I have forwarded your question to our Local History expert. He is currently out of the office until Nov 27, but will get back to you asap.

  29. Mary-Ann says:

    A picture was posted in November (2004) of Paul Diemer and Jennifer Hall skating on the Charles Park Square Ice rink where Paul swept Jennifer off her feet with a kiss. They are looking for an electronic version of this article, we are hoping you locate it. Both names are listed in the article. Thanks for your time, fingers crossed!

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