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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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Getting the most out of Irish newspapers

If you’re interested in Irish history the Irish titles on the British Newspaper Archive can give you an insight that you won’t find in any history book. With more than 136 titles available to browse going back to the mid-18th century and right up to an independent Ireland they are a rich resource for political and social historians alike as well as the more casual reader. You’ll find a picture of day to day life, from the highest scented halls

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Top tip: Saving newspaper articles to your computer

Did you know that you can save the stories you find at The British Newspaper Archive to your computer? This step-by-step guide will explain how you can download a whole newspaper page and also how you can save individual articles or images. Watch this short video tutorial or follow the steps below:     Search the newspapers –>   How to save articles from The British Newspaper Archive   Use the ‘Download’ option at the top of our image viewer

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