About the Local History Collection

The Library owns an ever-growing historical and genealogical collection of the City, the Niagara River and Falls, and the Niagara Peninsula. The wide variety of rare material in these collections - including guidebooks, atlases, local histories, magazines, maps, photographs, art reproductions, newspapers, clippings, government reports and City Council minutes - are used extensively by staff and the public. 

These materials can be viewed at the Victoria Avenue library. Due to the rarity and nature of these materials they are not available for loan and cannot be borrowed through the InterLibrary Loan system.

Birth Records

The Library has many resources with leads to birth records. These include census records, newspaper announcements, and baptismal records.Baby

Birth Announcements from the Niagara Falls Review

Resources from the Local History Collection

Newspapers include:

Review, Daily Record, Evening Review and the Niagara Falls Review Births, deaths & marriages

Jan 1908 - Dec 1912 Indexed 

Jan 1913 - Dec 1913 See Note* 

Jan 1914 - Dec 1945 Indexed 

Jan 1946 - Dec 1946 In process

Jan 1947 - Dec 1962 Indexed 

Jan 1963 - Dec 1966 Not indexed

Jan 1967 - Dec 1971 Indexed  

Jan 1972 - Dec 1983 Not Indexed

Jan 1984 - present Indexed