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That ‘Eureka!’ Moment – Finding Images of Your Ancestors in the British Newspaper Archive

One of our favourite moments from the recent WDYTYA? Live show, was when the image of an ancestor suddenly appeared at the top of the search results page.

A lady called Marion asked us if we could do a search on the BNA for her gg-grandfather, James Clarke.

So we entered ‘james clarke’ into the Phrase Search box on the Advanced Search page and, ‘Eureka!, there was a sketch (from ‘The Graphic’ newspaper of 1888)of Marion’s gg-grandfather sitting at the top of 67,000 search results.

It’s a wonderful feeling when you find an image of an ancestor in the Archive, as well as a story.

If you find any images of your ancestors, please give us a shout on Twitter or Facebook.

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