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Take your Family History further with Newspapers

Newspapers are a fabulous source for family historians. You can be confident at least one family member will be named in the pages of newspapers in some capacity. From national stories to local notices newspapers carry details not found in traditional family history sources.  In this blog post learn what these papers have to offer you in your search for your British and Irish ancestors. In our previous blog post, we outlined some of the main uses of newspapers for

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Newspapers for Family History

Newspapers are an invaluable resource for researching your family history. Contained within their pages are tens of millions of reports, advertisements, and notices that can help you break down brick walls and tell richer stories about your ancestors. The Archive works with the British Library and publishers to bring you 300 years of newspapers from the UK and Ireland.  Get the most out of our historical newspapers with these hints and tips. What newspapers do we have? We add more

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A Lost Great Grandmother found

I started researching my family history over 20 years ago. I knew that my Grandmother and her sister had been left with guardians in Boston, Lincolnshire when they were very young. My Grandma died when I was young, but in later years my Granddad told me that her parents, my great-grandparents, had gone to Canada and had promised to call for their daughters when they were settled. They never did. As I started my research I soon discovered the names

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New titles this month! January

We have added another eight brand new titles to the Archive this month. These include the local newspaper for the southern English seaside town of Bournemouth, the Bournemouth Daily Echo and no fewer than seven new titles for Ireland, four from counties new to the Archive. Click on each of the titles below to learn more about the newspaper and read a Sample Issue for FREE. Bournemouth Daily Echo Ballyshannon Herald Donegal Independent Kildare Observer and Eastern Counties Advertiser Leinster

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New titles this month! December 2016

We have added eight brand new titles this month.  These include the lavishly illustrated titles we blogged about earlier in the month, and the greatly anticipated Lloyd’s List.   This month also saw the arrival of The Homeward Mail from India China and the East which is a huge boon for those researching the history of empire, or for those with British or Irish ancestors who lived in India. Most recently we added an exciting new title for sports fans, we

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Pushing girls through windows and throwing punches in the street: What would you do for a bargain?

    The Christmas rush is over, but now it is time for the January sales to begin.  A search through the newspaper archive for bargain hunting mishaps proved shockingly easy. It turns out that shoppers throughout history have been prepared to go to incredible ends to get a good deal, with confrontations often leading to brawls on the streets. However, not everyone was so ruthless. One group of women sang songs while queueing for a summer sale at a clothing

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New titles this month! November 2016

We’ve added ten brand new titles to the British Newspaper Archive this month: two national papers and eight county papers from seven counties in England and Ireland. Cornwall & Devon Launceston Weekly News, and Cornwall & Devon Advertiser Cornish & Devon Post Hampshire Southern Echo Kent Thanet Advertiser Lancashire Northern Daily Telegraph Yorkshire Yorkshire Evening Press Sheffield Weekly Telegraph National Sporting Times The Naval & Military Gazette and Weekly Chronicle of the United Service Ireland Tyrone Courier     Remember!

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The Crown

Since its release on 4 November, Netflix’s new series The Crown mirrors true life events found through the pages of the British Newspaper Archive. You can follow the real life drama through contemporary newspapers from the death of King George VI and the coronation of the young Queen Elizabeth to the political intrigues of the day. The Crown chronicles the lives of the royal family and the Queen’s accession to the throne. The Independent has called the series ‘sumptuous but empty, Netflix’s

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Your July British newspapers round-up

Since our last round-up, we’ve added a further 14 brand new titles and over 1.8 million new articles to the British Newspaper Archive. The latest newspapers to join the line-up include local and regional publications from around the UK including titles from London, Wales, Yorkshire and Essex. A highlight is the Illustrated London News which contains exquisitely detailed Illustrations of life in London at the turn of the 20th century. As well as the brand new additions we’ve also updated

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The Battle of Jutland: A message from Admiral Jellicoe

After the Battle of Jutland, Admiral Jellicoe sent this message to his Fleet, as recorded in the Cornishman on the 15th June 1916: “I desire to express to the flag officers, captains, officers and men of the Grand Fleet my very high appreciation of the manner in which the ships fought during the action of May 31, 1916. At this stage, when full information is not available, it is not possible to enter into details, but quite sufficient is already

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