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FREE access to 19th century newspapers online

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TheProvincialLady Thu 05-Feb-09 13:39:17

Has anyone been using the Gale historic newspapers archive? If you join Lancashire library service online - you don't have to be a Lancashire or even a UK resident - they give you a bar code that lets you access them for free...there is a link from the library website.

I joined and luckily the Birmingham Post is online as most of my ancestors lived in Brum, and I have found well over 100 articles involving ancestors of mine. Took me ages but was incredibly well worth the effort. So far I have discovered ancestors who were vaccination refusers (v topical today!), baby murderers, pickpockets, church wardens, coroners and women of ill repute. Fascinating stuff!

TheProvincialLady Thu 05-Feb-09 14:19:45

Sorry, should have added that you don't need to read the papers, they are fully serchable by any word. I just put the (fairly uncommon) surname in.

TheProvincialLady Thu 05-Feb-09 14:20:21


Ivykaty44 Sat 07-Feb-09 15:14:26

Thanks for that - will have a look. Have scoured the times archive now and agian for info and found a few gems. Again the bedfordshire library has a subscription and you just join online.

TheProvincialLady Sat 07-Feb-09 20:17:37

None of my ancestors was illustrious enough for The Times!

Ivykaty44 Sat 07-Feb-09 21:52:15

ww1 reports and medals, along with ww2 reports and all that died. the boar was also. They don't need to be illustriuos - anyone can get in the times - esp if they are crimanly minded wink

TheProvincialLady Sat 07-Feb-09 21:57:12

Maybe I'll have a look tomorrow then. Plenty of criminal types in the TPL linegrin

Ivykaty44 Sat 07-Feb-09 22:14:05

makes a note about criminal desendants on mn......

cat64 Sat 07-Feb-09 22:33:49

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TheProvincialLady Sun 08-Feb-09 11:33:45

If you join online they give you a temporary bar code which gives you instant access. Then you need to go to the online reference library here and go to the link on the right hand side for 19th century british newspapers.

cat64 Sun 08-Feb-09 12:40:14

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Jampot Sat 21-Feb-09 12:54:46

this is very interesting.

dh's great great great grandfather (or maybe another great on that) is thought to have won a VC at Indian Mutiny. He isnt named as a recipient but is thought to have had a different identity. There were a few articles published about it. The VC is at Bristol Museum. I may look at the 19th century papers to see if anything is mentioned.

JudgeJudyAndExecutioner Wed 08-Jul-09 09:57:13

This is Fab thank you!!

NizzyNoodles Mon 13-Jul-09 22:19:57

Thanks for the heads up - very useful!

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