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Hot off the press – titles added this week

We had a bumper week at the Archive this past week, we added 205,942 pages and are now just 200,000 pages from twenty-two million pages in the Archive.  We have three brand new titles joining the Archive this week.  One each for England, Scotland and Wales. We have also updated fourteen existing titles. The Welsh newspaper the Denbighshire Free Press was also know as the Denbigh, Ruthin and Vale of Clwyd Free Press, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Merionethshire News, a name

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Hot off the press – titles added this week

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This week we have 5 brand new papers for you, bringing our total number of newspapers to 820.  We have also added to nineteen of our existing titles.  In total we added 161,804 pages this past week.  We have added new papers for Somerset, London, Shropshire, Gloucestershire and Cheshire. Among our new titles is The Atlas – A General Newspaper and Journal of Literature.  One of the paper’s claims to fame was that it was ‘on the largest sheet ever

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Revealing Roots in Lisa Hammond’s Family Tree

This week’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? showed how family history research can reveal previously unknown histories from both the recent and distant past.  Using original documents and newspaper accounts Lisa Hammond was able to reconstruct the military service of her grandfather during World War 2, a part of his life that was unknown even to his children.  At the other end of the spectrum Lisa delved deep into her family’s past and discovered that their roots

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Hot off the press – titles added this week

We added 93,998 pages to the Archive this week.  After our bumper week of 13 brand new titles last week we spent this week consolidating some of our existing titles. We have added multiple years to two of our eleven sports titles, and added years to London, West Yorkshire and Shropshire titles. Register now and view 3 pages for FREE     The Athletic News was founded in 1875 and we currently have a selection of years between 1875 and

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Caribbean connections in Noel Clarke’s family tree

In this week’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, Noel Clarke knew his family tree would bring him directly to the Caribbean island of Trinidad.  Both his mother and father had emigrated to England from the island.  But in telling their story, he discovered a rich, and sometimes difficult, heritage which connected him deeply to several of the islands of the Caribbean.  His family story reflects the experience of many Trinidadians, and the events which affected their lives

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Hot off the press – titles added this week

It’s been a busy week at the Archive.  We’ve added 191,119 pages to the archive.  We have 13 brand new titles to share with you, and have updated 18 existing titles. With the addition of The Leitrim Advertiser this past week we are delighted to say that we now have a newspaper for every county in Ireland.  This brings the number of titles we have for Ireland to 150.  This week we also added The Portadown Times for County Armagh

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Courage of Convictions in Fearne Cotton’s Family Tree

This week’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? with Fearne Cotton delved into the difficult subject of conscientious objectors during World War I. The episode also exposed the precarious nature of success in nineteenth century Britain.  The episode made extensive use of newspapers, and as always we have taken the story further with our own investigations into the topics covered using the newspapers in the Archive. Fearne began her journey by looking to her Welsh roots.  As a

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Employment and Occupation History in the Newspapers

Discover more about specific occupations, industries and the history of working conditions and employment regulations in our historic newspapers.  In towns and villages across Britain and Ireland people plied their trades, from carters and hawkers, to seamstresses and tailors.  As the centuries passed agriculture gave way to industry and the ‘factory-worker’ was born.  Read our blog to discover more about the history of work & occupations. Of Cordwainers, Chandlers & Night-Soil Men There are some historic occupations that are no

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Hot off the press – titles added this week

This week we added 93,698 new pages to the Archive.  We added two brand new titles and additional pages to 14 existing titles.  For our brand new titles this week we are particularly delighted to announce the addition of The Illustrated War News for the First World War.  We have also added the Colchester Gazette for Essex, a paper still in circulation today.  Our additions this week included adding new years to several of our Welsh titles, and to the

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Community and Family Divides in Lulu’s Family Tree

In this week’s episode, singer Lulu traveled to her home-town of Glasgow, Scotland, to discover more about her mother’s family. Having been sent to live elsewhere as a baby, Lulu’s mother did not have a relationship with her parents, and so Lulu knew very little about the family. With the help of archivists, historians, and historical sources, Lulu was able to reconstruct the story of a family struggling to make love work across religious divides in 1920s Glasgow. We used

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