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Community and Family Divides in Lulu’s Family Tree

In this week’s episode, singer Lulu traveled to her home-town of Glasgow, Scotland, to discover more about her mother’s family. Having been sent to live elsewhere as a baby, Lulu’s mother did not have a relationship with her parents, and so Lulu knew very little about the family. With the help of archivists, historians, and historical sources, Lulu was able to reconstruct the story of a family struggling to make love work across religious divides in 1920s Glasgow. We used

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Occupations: innovators and inventions

Balloon ascending

In thinking about using newspapers to discover more about the vast array of occupations that have existed over the centuries — some of which still exist while others have been lost to annals of time (bunters, decretists, and gummers, to name a few)  — it’s inevitable to end up thinking about the innovators and inventors who have made headlines over the years. Don’t miss a thing, follow us on Instagram! Lasting power Some inventions have lasting power and others, sadly for

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Hot off the press – papers added this week

This past week we added significantly to our most recently added titles.  We added 112,987 pages to nine existing titles, and published three years (1890-1892) of the short-lived Scottish newspaper, the Brechin Herald and Angus and Mearns News. This paper covers both the historic eastern counties of Angus and Kincardineshire. Local titles, such as the Brechin Herald and Angus and Mearns News, could often have very short runs. In a nineteenth century version of the .com boom the latter half

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Cookery Corner – Summer Fruit

Blackberry time

With the end of summer rapidly approaching, you’ll want to make sure you eat up all your ripe fruit before their season ends. Blackberries Blackberry-based recipes make the perfect end-of-summer treats; some of the most prevalent blackberry-themed treats we’ve found numerous recipes for are blackberry-and-apple-based jams or jellies, blackberry fool, and blackberry shortcake.   The Linlithgowshire Gazette assures us that the efforts gone to in picking blackberries are well worth it. They also include recipes for blackberry jam, blackberry and

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Hot off the press – papers added this week

Over the past seven days, we’ve added 17,122 pages to The British Newspaper Archive. These additions include three brand new titles as well as additions to three existing titles. For the first time ever, we offer articles from these three English papers: Alcester Chronicle (published in Alcester, Warwickshire), Eastern Daily Press (published in Norfolk, Norwich), and Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press (published in Ripley, Derbyshire). Register today and view 3 free pages! By clicking on the titles below, you can

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The hair, violence, and craftsmanship of Emma Willis’ ancestors

Trinity College, Dublin

Emma Willis explored the back streets of Birmingham, uncovered a violent ancestor, and revealed magnificent Irish craftsmanship in her family tree.  In this week’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, we followed the lives of three of Willis’ ancestors: James Gretton, Richard Fowler, and Michael Kirwan.  We will take a closer look at the newspapers and explore what more we can discover about the stories and lives revealed. James Gretton Emma Willis found out that her three-time great

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Journeys Through Time webinar Q&A

The British Newspaper Archive travel and migration webinar

On 20 July 2017, many of you joined us for our webinar, Journeys Through Time: Discovering Travel & Migration in Old Newspapers.  In the webinar, we reviewed how to find passenger lists, emigration notices, letters from abroad, and so much more.  If you were not able to attend the live webinar, you can watch it on demand through our You Tube channel.   The theme of this month’s webinar was travel, thus we received many questions about early passport requirements.

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Headlines from History: The Month of August

Michael Faraday

A new month, a new blog post! Today we’re exploring three events that took place in August – one from 150 years ago, one from 125 years ago, and the last from 75 years ago. Michael Faraday As we kick off this month’s theme of occupations, we are happy to remember the British physicist and chemist Michael Faraday (22 September 1791-25 August 1867) who died 150 years ago this month. Of all occupations, those relating to the sciences have been

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Hot off the Press – papers added this week

The British Newspaper Archive

In the last seven days, we added 182,120 pages to The Archive. This includes four new titles and additional issues to fourteen existing titles.  Joining The British Newspaper Archive this week are two new titles from Wales – Abergavenny Chronicle and Tenby Observer – and one from Scotland – Milngavie and Bearsden Herald.  Another new title is the Weekly Casualty Lists (War Office & Air Ministry) published during the First World War.  The weekly lists printed the names of soldiers who died as well

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On this day, an arrest at sea

Dr Crippen

On 31 July 1910, Hawley Harvey Crippen, better known as Dr Crippen, and Ethel Le Neve, his typist-turned-lover, were arrested on board the Montrose while trying to flee west to Canada. On top of being a sensational case and arrest, it was the first example of an arrest aided by wireless telegraphy. A cross-Atlantic chase of a fleeing couple is an apt ending to our July theme of travel and migration. When you ask yourself why your ancestor or the

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