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).

71 Responses to "Digital Services"

  1. Cynthia says:

    I am looking for wedding announcements from August 9, 1969 for H. Pump and E. Boylan. Failing that, it would be great to get all of, or at least the front page of the Windsor Star from that date.

    • Deborah Fairbairn says:

      Hi can I get a reprint of a newspaper from 60 years ago. I would like it to look like an actual newspaper?
      Thank you

      • Windsor Public Library says:

        I have forwarded your question to our Ask a Librarian service. Someone will get back to you as soon as possible. Have a great day.

  2. Sandra Lahdo says:


    I am looking for news video for my uncle who died by a train accident while he was driving a Motorcycle in Windsor – Canada in 11th of August 1981, Called Samir/Sameer Lahdo, the news were publish on different TVs in Canada for 15 days, and I would like to find them, if you can help please.
    Also this was publish in different newspapers, I would like to find them.

    Thank you

  3. Cindy says:

    I am looking for a copy of an obituary of Harry Robinson that was in the January 5, 1974 edition of the Windsor Star. Thank you for any assistance you can give.

  4. Linda Rush-Sleeth says:

    I would like a copy of a death notice dated March 26, 1982 for Catherine Margaret Peterson, thanks in advance. Linda

  5. Cathy McLellan says:

    Iam looking for a picture of my son . His school was at Harem Walkers museum. It was around Christmas 88 or 89 He was at a table making crafts . His school was William G Davis

  6. Jennifer Fraser says:

    My father was killed in a single vehicle accident somewhere along Walker Rd, possibly in the McGregor area when I was about 10 years old. The date was June 15, 1975 and his name was Thomas W Barton (wife Margaret). I was wondering in the days following if there was an obituary, but also was there a news article on the accident itself at all. How could I go about procuring a copy of these if they are available? Thank you so much for any direction you can give. I live in the Niagara area now and never travel to Windsor at all.

  7. Meaghan Drummond says:

    I’m look for the murder trial of Linda Rockwood in 1977. If you can find it please let me know

  8. Tony Marra says:

    Looking to get an enhanced image of the WECSSA Boys Soccer All Star Team. It was published on Page B4 in the June 18th, 1992 edition of the Windsor Star.

    Thank You

  9. Sean Hayes says:


    I am looking for any Windsor Star articles that might name a John Hayes killed in a car accident in the Windsor/Tecumseh area 1964-1966ish. Married to an Ella Hayes.

    Thank you,


  10. Troy says:

    My wife and I are searching for the obituary of Riccardo Francesco Costa who passed away in 1961 in Windsor (wife was Amelia Olivia Zaniol Costa). Specifically, we are hoping that the obituary will reveal more about his parents. Can you please assist? Feel free to e-mail me at the e-mail address above. Thank you!

  11. Lynne C says:

    Is it possible to get a copy of the following:
    The Windsor Star, Tuesday, 24 August 1926, p.14
    short mention of ALBERT SIDDLE.
    I found this on but cannot see the whole image there as I do not have a Publisher’s Extra subscription.
    I am willing to pay for this service.
    Thank you.

  12. Mary Ferraro says:

    I would like to know if can locate a picture of my mother circa spring/summer or 1954. We were moving from London street to Giles and she was carrying a bushel full of home items to help with the move.
    We were immagrants with no vehicle or man power
    Thank you

  13. Betsey says:

    Hi. I am interested in getting a copy of my father’s obituary. His name is Richard J. Desjardins. His obituary appeared in the Windsor star Oct. 3, 1984. I don’t live in Windsor, so how can I get a copy of this? Are you able to email it to me? Thank you!

    • Richard E Taylor says:

      Hi Betsey.. Sen me your email and i’ll attach a copy of the obit… Can’t send an attachment on this site..

  14. Chris Smith says:

    I am looking for articles specifically related to the construction of the new track at Essex High School from the late 80’s/early 90’s.

  15. Harry Abbink says:

    Is there any way I can get an image of the obituary for Otto Jason Boyes, which appeared in the Windsor Star of September 14, 1999? I live in Edmonton, so it is not possible to visit the reading room. Many thanks.

  16. Elle says:

    Hi there, how wonderful to see newspapers online, to browse!
    I am looking for a marriage announcement from 1955, September. I do not know the exact date. It does not appear that I can search in the papers therefore, hoping you can assist. Thank you!

  17. 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.

  18. 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,

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  21. 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!

  22. 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

  23. JILL horn says:

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

  24. 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)

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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!

  28. 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.

  29. 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

  30. 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.

  31. 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

  32. 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?

  33. 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

  34. 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!

  35. 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. 🙂

  36. 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

  37. 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 .

  38. 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


  39. 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

  40. 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.


  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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

  44. 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.

  45. 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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