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The hair, violence, and craftsmanship of Emma Willis’ ancestors

Trinity College, Dublin

Emma Willis explored the back streets of Birmingham, uncovered a violent ancestor, and revealed magnificent Irish craftsmanship in her family tree.  In this week’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, we followed the lives of three of Willis’ ancestors: James Gretton, Richard Fowler, and Michael Kirwan.  We will take a closer look at the newspapers and explore what more we can discover about the stories and lives revealed. James Gretton Emma Willis found out that her three-time great

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A Guide to Historical Yorkshire Newspapers

If you’re interested in the history of Yorkshire, you’ve come to the right place. The Archive holds over 50 titles from ‘God’s Own County’. Search Yorkshire Newspapers Not only that, but you can use our clever search tools to focus on the region of Yorkshire you are most interested in. Our counties filter allows you to view pages from East Riding of Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire or West Yorkshire. While our place filter can help you zone in even more, offering

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How to Use the Archive for Local History Research

Preserving local history is at the core of what we do here at The British Newspaper Archive.  Every week we add thousands of pages to the Archive from county and regional newspapers.  These papers are filled with the long-forgotten news from the villages and towns of Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.  No village is too small, and no place is too obscure to find its way into the newspapers.  The Archive is the single-best research tool for re-creating the history

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An Essential Guide to Historical London Newspapers

London is steeped in rich history. Every borough, street and building in the UK’s capital city has a past and the British Newspaper Archive is one of the best resources available for unlocking the stories behind them. No matter what part of London you’re interested in researching, you’ll find newspapers covering every locality, with contemporary reports from some of the most pivotal eras in British history. Register now and view London newspapers for FREE One of the quickest ways to focus only on our

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Journeys Through Time webinar Q&A

The British Newspaper Archive travel and migration webinar

On 20 July 2017, many of you joined us for our webinar, Journeys Through Time: Discovering Travel & Migration in Old Newspapers.  In the webinar, we reviewed how to find passenger lists, emigration notices, letters from abroad, and so much more.  If you were not able to attend the live webinar, you can watch it on demand through our You Tube channel.   The theme of this month’s webinar was travel, thus we received many questions about early passport requirements.

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Headlines from History: The Month of August

Michael Faraday

A new month, a new blog post! Today we’re exploring three events that took place in August – one from 150 years ago, one from 125 years ago, and the last from 75 years ago. Michael Faraday As we kick off this month’s theme of occupations, we are happy to remember the British physicist and chemist Michael Faraday (22 September 1791-25 August 1867) who died 150 years ago this month. Of all occupations, those relating to the sciences have been

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Hot off the Press – papers added this week

The British Newspaper Archive

In the last seven days, we added 182,120 pages to The Archive. This includes four new titles and additional issues to fourteen existing titles.  Joining The British Newspaper Archive this week are two new titles from Wales – Abergavenny Chronicle and Tenby Observer – and one from Scotland – Milngavie and Bearsden Herald.  Another new title is the Weekly Casualty Lists (War Office & Air Ministry) published during the First World War.  The weekly lists printed the names of soldiers who died as well

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On this day, an arrest at sea

Dr Crippen

On 31 July 1910, Hawley Harvey Crippen, better known as Dr Crippen, and Ethel Le Neve, his typist-turned-lover, were arrested on board the Montrose while trying to flee west to Canada. On top of being a sensational case and arrest, it was the first example of an arrest aided by wireless telegraphy. A cross-Atlantic chase of a fleeing couple is an apt ending to our July theme of travel and migration. When you ask yourself why your ancestor or the

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Cookery Corner – International Cuisine

The Menu with The Bystander

  This month in the Cookery Corner, we are taking a looking at international dishes to continue our theme of Travel & Migration.  Diving into the newspapers, we uncovered recipes for Flemish Carbonnade de Boeuf, Spanish Paella Valenciana, and Canadian Maple Bread, as well as tips to cook the perfect rice and details about the fashionable war dinners in London. International dishes To launch our culinary world tour, I found an article in The Tatler with recipes from multiple countries: Italy, Spain,

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Hot off the Press – papers added this week

This past week we added 91,374 pages to the archive.  We have added three brand new titles and pages to eight existing titles.  Joining the Archive this week are two brand new titles for Ireland.  The Limerick Chronicle gives news of the western seaboard of Ireland, our holdings cover both the pre and post-Famine period.  The Mid-Ulster Mail was published in Tyrone and our current holdings offer insight into the period before the Great War.   Joining the Archive this week

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