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Join us in improving the BNA’s search

One of the features of The British Newspaper Archive is the OCR editing tool.  This allows every user to contribute to the improvement of The Archive.  OCR stands for Optical Character Recognition–the process we use to rapidly digitise millions of pages of newspapers.  The computer takes an image of the page and then turns each line into text.  However, as many of us have encountered, the text is not always correct and needs improvement.  As a group, we can improve

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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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#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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Our first webinar – a review

Last week, the British Newspaper Archive hosted its first ever webinar, and we are delighted to say it was a success.  We had over 3,500 people register to watch the webinar, and since then, we have had more watch on demand.  If you missed the event, you can watch it through our YouTube channel. The discount code displayed at the end of the webinar is no longer valid. During and after the event, the questions came in thick and fast.  Over

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How to search for historic events in the newspapers

Britain’s favourite horticultural happening is right around the corner once again. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show begins on 23 May and will be held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, for the 105th time. To celebrate, we’re showing you exactly how to go about unearthing newspaper stories on the Flower Show, and other long-running events, using our ever-growing Archive. Register now and view 3 pages for FREE Searching for an event in the Archive is much like searching for a person’s

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