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New search bar

Today we are excited to announce the launch of our new homepage! What is on the new homepage? All the features you are used to on The British Newspaper Archive homepage are still available to you. However, their look and placement may have changed with the launching of the new homepage. Let’s take a closer look at the new layout. At the top, you’ll notice that the menu is laid out in the same manner: home, saved links, blog, help, about, and

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How to search for historic events in the newspapers

Britain’s favourite horticultural happening is right around the corner once again. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show begins on 23 May and will be held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, for the 105th time. To celebrate, we’re showing you exactly how to go about unearthing newspaper stories on the Flower Show, and other long-running events, using our ever-growing Archive. Register now and view 3 pages for FREE Searching for an event in the Archive is much like searching for a person’s

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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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Newspapers – More than obituaries

This week thousands have assembled at Who Do You Think You Are? Live in Birmingham to demolish those brick walls, learn new tricks of genealogy, and hear about the latest news of family history.  Most of us have searched the newspapers for obituaries, but much more can be revealed about our ancestor’s lives than the memorials at their death.  Today, we will take a look at the divorce courts, bankruptcy notices, illegitimacy cases, and committee minutes. The mid- to late

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Tragedy and triumph in Warwick Davis’ family tree

  “I won’t be embarrassed by what I discover, bring it on! Let’s have an adventure.” – Warwick Davis In last night’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? we joined Warwick Davis, best known for his acting career, as he uncovered a few family secrets including bigamy and multiple marriages on his mother’s side of the family, as well as tragedy and another successful performer on his father’s side. Searching for a Local Pub Warwick wanted to find out

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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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New feature: In Pictures

Using our brand new feature called In Pictures you can now search for pictures in newspapers on The British Newspaper Archive. We have specially selected five newspapers from the new illustrated titles introduced last month to introduce this feature with; The Sketch, The Sphere, The Graphic, Illustrated Sporting & Dramatic News, and Britannia and Eve. You can currently access the In Pictures search by visiting the title page of each of these newspapers and clicking on the new In Pictures

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Updated Feature – My Research becomes Saved

We are excited to introduce you to our updated My Research tool, now called ‘Saved’. Here you can organise your viewed articles into bookmarked folders, resume previous searches, and easily download your research when needed.       Here’s how it works Review: Saving your search 1. Search the keywords for your research 2. On your search results page use the ‘Save this Search’ button to save your entire search for future research.     Organise: Viewed articles Forgot to save an

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Personal and National secrets in Amanda Holden’s family tree

We followed Amanda Holden’s journey of genealogy in last night’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?. She kick-started her research by searching for one of her ancestors on The British Newspaper Archive. Amanda’s mum, Judy, who had been working on their family tree, had been having difficulties finding out the last name of Collin’s wife, Radgoude, Amanda’s 5th great-grandmother. But, thanks to Amanda’s discovery on The British Newspaper Archive, she now had a new trail of clues to

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