September 2012 – The British Newspaper Archive Blog

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The First Ryder Cup Tournaments – Wentworth in 1926 and the Worcester Country Club in Massachusetts in 1927

With the Ryder Cup much in the news at the moment, we thought we’d post two newspaper reports about the first two years of the famous tournament. The first story reports on the build-up to the match that took place at Wentworth in early June 1926. This story also reports that Mr Samuel Ryder has kindly put up a cup for this match. The second story reports on the first official tournament, which took place at the Worcester Country Club

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Using Historical Newspapers for Family History Research – William Roache on ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’

Being a curious bunch, we did a quick search in the Archive to see what we could find out about William Roache’s family ancestors. We searched for the surname, ‘Waddicor’, and then used the website’s filtering options to find stories for the late 19th Century in the Blackpool and Darwen areas – which is where William’s family lived. We found loads of stories, and think that many of these stories will be about family ancestors of William Roache. We also found a report

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William Roache on ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’

We really enjoyed hearing about the ancestors of William Roache in last night’s episode of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ In particular, we loved learning about the evolution of Blackpool as a blingy mecca for tourists, and the very interesting role that William’s ancestors played in the development of the city. If you live in the UK and missed the programme, you can watch it on the BBC iPlayer. – www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01n2thm/Who_Do_You_Think_You_Are_Series_9_William_Roache/

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‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ – William Roache

The ancestors of William Roache are up for inspection in tonight’s episode of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ We’re especially looking forward to learning about his entrepreneurial great-grandfather, who dealt in some very unusual wares in 19th Century Blackpool.  Curious and curiouser. . . We hope that, as in last week’s show on Alex Kingston, old newspapers will be used to add colour and character to the lives of William Roache’s family ancestors. – BBC1, Wednesday, 26 September, 21:00

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‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ – by Erich Maria Remarque

Erich Maria Remarque, author of ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’, died on 25 September 1970. To remember his life and writing, we thought we’d post this newspaper review from 1929 of his famous anti-war novel, and also a newspaper advert for the same book. The Archive contains scores of interesting news stories about Erich Maria Remarque and ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ – to find these stories, just do a ‘Phrase Search’ for his name or the book

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Newspaper Obituary for Branwell Bronte – ‘The Leeds Times’, Saturday 30 September 1848

It’s amazing the stories that can be found in the Archive. We could easily spend all day there, reading stories about historical events, famous people and our own family ancestors! As Branwell Bronte died on 24 September 1848, we thought we’d do quick search to see if we could find any newspaper reports of his death. We found this fascinating obituary in ‘The Leeds Times’ of Saturday 30 September 1848. The complimentary nature of this obituary certainly acts as a

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Using Old Newspapers for Family History Research – Alex Kingston on ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’

We really enjoyed watching the programme about Alex Kingston’s ancestors in this week’s episode of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ We especially liked the information that Alex discovered by searching in historical newspapers. We did a quick search for one of Alex Kingston’s family ancestors (Elizabeth Braham) in the Archive and found the following stories. As you can see, the old newspaper stories that Alex Kingston found certainly added colour to the BMD records that she’d previously been looking

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‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ – Alex Kingston

The ancestors of Alex Kingston will be featured in tonight’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? In addition to learning about the death of her great-grandfather in World War One, Alex will be trying to discover if there is any Jewish ancestry in her family tree. In the trailer for the programme, it looks like historical newspapers are one of the resources used for Alex’s research – so we’re really looking forward to see which newspapers are featured!

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The Hull Family History Fair – Saturday 29 September 2012

If you’re in the Hull area on Saturday 29 September, then you might like to attend the Family History Fair that the East Yorkshire Family History Society is organising. The venue is the Costello Stadium, and the admission price is £1 (children get in for free) – oh, and there’s free parking, too! The fair runs from 10am to 4pm. – www.eyfhs.org.uk/_public/events/HullFair/2012-visitors.php

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On This Day…

31 August Mary Ward: the first fatality in a car accident in the UK & Ireland, 31.8.1869 – find out more on the BNA blog http://bit.ly/1duuKBB “He who would valiant be ‘gainst all disaster” – John Bunyan died in London on 31 August 1688, aged 59 http://bit.ly/160Pzyp 30 August Evacuation of children & other ‘priority classes’ from UK cities, 30/31 August 1939 – visit the BNA blog to read more http://bit.ly/16QhwtN 29 August The sinking of HMS Royal George at

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