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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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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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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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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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Migration and Shipping Titles

Emigrant leaving the harbour. The Graphic. October 1891

    The British Newspaper Archives holds a unique collection of newspapers.  Along with local and national papers, you will find a number of speciality titles.   Here are some of the titles we hold that focus on the themes of migration and shipping. The Homeward Mail from India, China, and the East First published on 1 January 1857 by Messrs. Smith, Elder, & Co. this title is a compendium of political, military, and economic news from the East. A predominant part of

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British reaction to America’s Declaration of Independence

American Declaration of Independence, Philadelphia, 1776

Today, millions of Americans are celebrating the 4th of July, America’s Independence Day.  The day commemorates the date that the Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia in 1776.  The event was met with celebrations in the colonies, but what did the British think of this declaration?  We will look through The British Newspaper Archive to understand the reaction of the British press to America’s Declaration of Independence. America’s Revolution At the time of the Declaration of Independence, America

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On this day, 30 June – Yosemite Valley Grant Act

Yosemite Valley

On this day, 30 June, in 1864, American President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Valley Grant Act.  The Act gave the Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Big Tree Grove to the state of California, ‘upon the express conditions that the premises shall be held for public use, resort, and recreation’.   Today, more than 4 million people visit the site every year, which has become both a national park and World Heritage Site.  We have rambled through the pages of The British Newspaper

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Cookery Corner – Barbecue

It is that time of year.  The sun is shining and we have been to the DIY store at least three times to buy new patio furniture or get new flowers.  The gardens are set and now we need to get the barbeque prepped and have friends over to enjoy the sun.  This month, in Cookery Corner, explore the British Newspaper Archive for some delicious recipes to have for your barbeque. Barbecue Parties We can see from the newspapers, outside

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Headlines from History – Sports

Throughout the month of June, The British Newspaper Archive is celebrating its numerous sporting titles.  Today, we are taking a look at some of the sporting headlines from the newspapers during the month of June regarding tennis, racing, and cricket. According to the Illustrated London News, which published an extensive feature about sports as part of its 100th-anniversary edition, since the turn of the century, sports have become an international spectacle and a global passion.     Throughout our lives,

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#AskBNA on Twitter

In May, The British Newspaper Archive participated in #AncestryHour, a Twitter event which takes place every Tuesday 7 pm BST organised by @Ancestryhour.  Each week, the community gathers to discuss the latest news in the genealogy world, give expert advice to novice researchers, and share stories of their recent genealogy discoveries. In a special #Ancestryhour, @BNArchive  answered questions live on twitter about our site using the hashtag #AskBNA.  We had a wide range of questions and responses.  If you didn’t

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