Archive for February, 2014

Victor Hugo, a “man of genius”

Posted on February 26th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

Novelist Victor Hugo was born on 26 February 1802. In this review of Les Miserables, the Dublin Evening Mail stated that he was “almost the only French imaginative writer of the present century who is entitled to be considered as a man of genius.” Dublin Evening Mail – Friday 17 October 1862 Image © THE […]

Top tips for searching the newspapers

Posted on February 25th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

The British Newspaper Archive attended Who Do You Think You Are? Live at London Olympia this month, helping a number of people track down their ancestors in our newspapers. Don’t worry if you weren’t able to attend the family history show – we’ve asked our lovely team to share their top search tips here so that […]

Your newspaper discoveries: The case of the poisonous Bath buns

Posted on February 18th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

Michelle Higgs, author of A Visitor’s Guide to Victorian England, got in touch to share this shocking story she found in The British Newspaper Archive. What have you found in the newspapers? Let us know by emailing ************** Victorian Britain was a hazardous place to live, and not just because there was a potential […]

Pluto discovered and nearly named Percival

Posted on February 18th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

Pluto was discovered on 18 February 1930, though the Nottingham Evening Post reported that the planet was very nearly given a different name. The article states that Atlas, Prometheus, Tempus, Marconi and even Percival were considered as potential names. Nottingham Evening Post – Thursday 10 April 1930 Image © Local World Limited. Image created courtesy […]

Your newspaper discoveries: A mother loses her children in three separate coal mining disasters

Posted on February 15th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

Writer and historian Denise Bates sent us a message recently to explain what The British Newspaper Archive and the family history records available at findmypast have helped her discover about a nineteenth-century mining family. Denise wrote Pit Lasses: Women and Girls in Coalmining c1800-1914 after discovering her great-great-great-great-grandmother listed as a miner in the 1841 census and wondering […]

10 unusual vintage Valentine’s Day cards

Posted on February 13th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

The tradition of sending and receiving Valentine’s Day cards is well documented in The British Newspaper Archive, but not all were as sentimental as you might expect. We’ve found a number of references in our historical newspapers to the unusual Valentines that were exchanged. Here’s a selection of the best for you to enjoy.   […]

125,000 extra pages now searchable

Posted on February 7th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

January was a busy month at The British Newspaper Archive – we added thousands of newspaper pages to the website and also moved our scanning equipment to Boston Spa, the new home of the British Library’s newspaper collection. We’ve updated 40 newspaper titles, including the Cheltenham Chronicle, the Hastings and St Leonards Observer and the […]

Facebook in the Edwardian era

Posted on February 4th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

Facebook is 10 years old today, but did you know there was actually also a ‘Face-book’ in 1902? We’ve found this reference in the Western Times, describing a book in which ‘everyone who comes to stay has to draw a face in… however badly, and sign his name underneath’.   View the whole newspaper page […]

Help us improve The British Newspaper Archive

Posted on February 3rd, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

We’re planning some exciting changes in 2014 and would love to get a better understanding of what you want from The British Newspaper Archive.   Complete our survey and win a 12 month subscription Please spare us 10 minutes of your time to complete a short survey, telling us how you use the website and […]

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine special offer

Posted on February 1st, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

The lovely people at Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine have sent us this special offer to share with you: *********************** Try five issues for just £5! Build your family tree and discover your ancestry with Britain’s best-selling family history publication. Packed with practical advice, from getting started in genealogy to expert tips, Who […]