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Cookery Corner – Barbecue

It is that time of year.  The sun is shining and we have been to the DIY store at least three times to buy new patio furniture or get new flowers.  The gardens are set and now we need to get the barbeque prepped and have friends over to enjoy the sun.  This month, in Cookery Corner, explore the British Newspaper Archive for some delicious recipes to have for your barbeque. Barbecue Parties We can see from the newspapers, outside

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Headlines from History – Sports

Throughout the month of June, The British Newspaper Archive is celebrating its numerous sporting titles.  Today, we are taking a look at some of the sporting headlines from the newspapers during the month of June regarding tennis, racing, and cricket. According to the Illustrated London News, which published an extensive feature about sports as part of its 100th-anniversary edition, since the turn of the century, sports have become an international spectacle and a global passion.     Throughout our lives,

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#AskBNA on Twitter

In May, The British Newspaper Archive participated in #AncestryHour, a Twitter event which takes place every Tuesday 7 pm BST organised by @Ancestryhour.  Each week, the community gathers to discuss the latest news in the genealogy world, give expert advice to novice researchers, and share stories of their recent genealogy discoveries. In a special #Ancestryhour, @BNArchive  answered questions live on twitter about our site using the hashtag #AskBNA.  We had a wide range of questions and responses.  If you didn’t

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Webinar Q&A

During our first ever webinar, we have over 600 questions from more than 3,500 registered viewers. It was incredible to get so much feedback and interaction from our viewers.  Here we will share a sample of the questions from our webinar event. Didn’t get a chance to see the webinar?  Watch the event now. (Hint:  The discount offer is valid until 31 May) Questions Sometimes I try to find a name in the newspaper archive and it says there are no

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Our first webinar – a review

Last week, the British Newspaper Archive hosted its first ever webinar, and we are delighted to say it was a success.  We had over 3,500 people register to watch the webinar, and since then, we have had more watch on demand.  If you missed the event, you can watch it through our YouTube channel. The discount code displayed at the end of the webinar is no longer valid. During and after the event, the questions came in thick and fast.  Over

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175th anniversary of the Illustrated London News

First edition of the Illustrated London News

Illustrated London News   On 14 May 1842, 175 years ago today, the Illustrated London News, the world’s first illustrated newspaper, debuted.  Founded by Herbert Ingram of Lincolnshire, the paper was a pioneer in pictorial journalism.  The British Newspaper Archive is proud to hold more than 7,000 issues of the Illustrated London News across its 161-year run for you to explore.   Register today and explore the Illustrated London News.   From its inaugural edition, the editors were confident in their

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Cookery corner: Salads

The weather is starting to warm up, and the last thing most of us want to do is stand in a hot kitchen cooking.  This month we are taking a look at fresh, crisp salads.  After starting this exploration, I realised how little I knew about the fine art of salad creation and presentation.  Surprisingly, there were many full articles dedicated to salads as opposed to our other themes: cakes and biscuits.  Salad creation should be taken seriously; the newspapers

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Cookery Corner – Biscuits

In last week’s inaugural post for Cookery Corner, we looked at delicious cake recipes and found some that made our mouth water.  This month, we have toned it down a little and are taking a look at biscuits – our favourite cup of tea companion.  To begin our search, we identified a number of classic biscuits we wanted to find: ginger nut, shortbread, and digestive.  Along the way, a few other types popped up. Ginger Nut Initially, a search for

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Easter traditions around the world

This week for Easter, we took a look through our newspapers to find Easter traditions across the globe.  The papers in the British Newspaper Archive report events from around the world as well as explore international customs and traditions.  We found traditions in Romania, Russia, Bulgaria, France, and England. Easter Customs In 1933, The Sphere did a feature on Easter customs in many lands. In one image, you can see fishermen from Galilee, in present-day northern Israel.  The caption tells us

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Top 5 Search Tips Revealed at WDYTYA Live

We were thrilled with the number of people who visited our stand at Who Do You Think You Are? Live in Birmingham between 6 April and 8 April.  Many wanted to get to know more about the website.  We also spoke to long-term users who did not know about some of the new features or wanted to know if we had any search tips.  Here are the top 5 search tips we discussed with our visitors: 1. Search outside your

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