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Top tip: How to find newspapers from your county

This handy step-by-step guide will help you find out which newspapers are available from a particular county at The British Newspaper Archive. Watch this short video or follow the five simple steps below.     Search the newspapers     See which of your county’s newspaper archives are online From the homepage, click on the ‘choose a county’ dropdown menu.     Scroll down until you find the county you’re interested in and click on it.     You can

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Family tree research: How newspapers can help

Newspapers are a fantastic resource for family history research. They can reveal incredible details about your ancestors.   View 3 newspaper articles for free   You’ll find millions of pages from local British and Irish newspapers at The British Newspaper Archive. They date from the 1700s to the 1950s. Register a free account and the first three newspaper articles you view are on us.   Create a free account     Find a photo of your ancestor   Lisamarie has

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Top tips for searching the newspapers

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 you can take advantage of them too.   1) Put “quote marks” around a name This will tell the website that you only want to

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Quality prints of the newspaper pages – new sizes and cropping feature now available

If you’re seeking inspiration on the Christmas shopping front, then you might be interested in the quality prints of the Archive newspaper pages that are available. Iconic and quirky front pages from the Archive make for superb prints and gifts, as do any containing memorable stories about family ancestors. With over 6 million pages now included in the Archive, there are plenty of pages to choose from. You can choose to have the print just by itself, or you can

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Tip 3: How to see all article text

When you are viewing a newspaper page . . . 1. Select the article of interest 2. Select ‘Edit Article Text’ form the left hand side options 3. Click ‘Show Article Text’ (green/blue button below the article text in the left column) 4. A popup (blue) will then show with the heading, ‘Article text, suitable for copy and paste’ 5. You can then copy and paste the OCR text for personal use   I hope this helps! More tips coming

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Tip 2: How to print an article

Unfortunately, currently we only have the option to print whole pages. This can be a little frustrating as the original image is scaled down to print in your home printer (usually A4) so will make it quite tricky to read! I have a few tips for you. . . The best way to retrieve a readable copy of a particular article at the moment is to: 1.  Rather than selecting ‘Print’, choose to ‘Download’ the newspaper page image from the

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Tip 1: How to search for a name in The British Newspaper Archive

TIP: Searching for a name? If you are looking for a specific forename/surname combination, a company name or any other multiple ordered word searches we suggest using Phrase search in the advanced form. This will bring you the most relevant results (well, the most specific!). Why? This is because the search engine looks for the word coordinates which are closest together on a given page or in an article (rather than just giving you separate instances of those words). You can also carry

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