Wednesday, 29 October 2014

British Newspaper Archive now hosts 9 million pages

The British Newspaper Archive ( now has over nine million pages available on its site.

Some 282 British and Irish newspaper titles have now been made available since the site's launch in November 2011, though it's not possible to tell how complete the years ranges are yet for the titles available, with gaps still to be found within many. It's worth knowing that the site only states what the intended range will be once all the content for each title has been uploaded. Nevertheless, this is a major milestone, and DC Thomson is now almost a quarter of the way through the project, which aims to have forty million pages of British Library newspaper content online once complete.

(With thanks to Amy Sell)

COMMENT: For more on how to look for British and Irish newspapers for genealogical research, both online and offline through local archives and libraries in the UK, Ireland and Australia, my book British and Irish Newspapers, published by Unlock the Past in Adelaide, Australia, is available from the following suppliers.

Australia - Gould Genealogy, AU$18.50 Inc GST, plus p&p

UK - My History, £7, plus p&p

E-book - GenEBooks, AU $7.95

Here's what it contains:

Part 1. The genealogical value of newspapers
Part 2. Finding British and Irish newspapers
- The British Library
- The British Newspaper Archive
- E-resources / Licensed digitised collections
Part 3. British Gazettes
- The websites
- London Gazette on Ancestry
Part 4. Online collections
- Times Digital Archive
- The Guardian and The Observer
- UK Press Online
- The Scotsman
- Welsh Newspapers Online
- Manx newspapers and publications
- Irish Newspaper Archive
- The Irish Times
- Ancestry (England, Scotland and Ireland)
- Newspaper Archives
- TheGenealogist
- FindmyP
- Google newspapers
- Historic Newspapers
Part 5. Additional British sources
Part 6. Additional Irish sources


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