Saturday, November 1, 2014

The British Newspaper Archive reaches 9 million pages

There are now 9 million historical newspaper pages to explore at The British Newspaper Archive (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) after the website reached a major milestone this week. 
Product Director Ian Tester commented, ‘We’re thrilled to have reached 9 million pages and have already started chasing the next big milestone. Customers tell us that they’re making amazing discoveries every day, whether they’re researching their family history, the First World War or the history of their local area. Our focus on local titles means that you can find stories from all around the UK and with the recent addition of more Irish titles, we’re becoming a more useful resource all the time’.
The British Newspaper Archive has grown massively since it was launched in November 2011. 282 British and Irish newspaper titles are now online, covering 1710-1954.
45 newspaper titles added so far this year
Thousands of pages are added every week, so coverage will just keep getting better. More than 2 million pages and 45 new titles have been added to The British Newspaper Archive so far this year, including the Daily Mirror, Daily Record, Dublin Monitor, Lancashire Evening Post, London Evening Standard and Sports Argus.
Register for free at www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/account/register to receive monthly updates about what’s being added to the website.
Vote for the newspapers you’d like to see online
Is there something you’d like The British Newspaper Archive to digitise? You can now suggest titles and vote for other people’s suggestions on the website’s feedback forum:http://help-and-advice.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/forums/243704-newspapers-we-should-add-next

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The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership project between the British Library and Findmypast. From November 2011 to 2021, up to 40 million pages from historical newspapers across the UK and Ireland (spanning the period 1700 to 1954) will be uploaded to www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk.
The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom. It provides world class information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offers unparalleled access to the world’s largest and most comprehensive research collection.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Index to Scottish Valuation Rolls Free on ScotlandsPeople

From ScotlandsPeople:

We're delighted to announce the Release of Valuation Rolls 1875! You can search the index for free until 31st December 2014.

see the link here

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Vital & Court Records for USA



I just received notice about a website that helps people researching their family history/genealogy in the United States. The site is www.county-clerks.com and was recently updated to include the Official contact details for every single county clerk in the USA.
If you were not aware, researchers trying to learn about their family history in the USA need to contact a county clerk if they are in search of any court records as well as marriage, divorce, birth and death records (vital records). County-Clerks.com makes it easier for people to contact the county official they need to find for this research.
There are no other sites like it (vitalrec.com for instance hasn't been updated in years) and it serves as a valuable resource for people looking for archived records. This has the potential to be a valuable resource for US researchers.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Mocavo - Free Access to Gold Membership for the Weekend



What better way to top off Mocavo's Back to School Week than with an Open Access to Universal Search weekend? Usually you need to be a Mocavo Gold member to search all of our databases at once, but for this weekend only, you can search more than420,000 databases to your heart's content. Kick start your research today and see who you will discover.
 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Oshawa Union Cemetery - Sept 7 - Grave Stone Symbols

John Alford forwarded a photo of this notice in the Oshawa Express, as it appeared on August 20 - page 19.

Sunday, September 7 at 2 p.m. (only $2)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Genealogy Software Reviews   

Yesterday Dick Eastman in his Online Genealogy Newsletter began a series of reviews of  popular genealogy data base software products.  The first was Legacy Family.
The link follows >>
    http://blog.eogn.com/2014/08/17/genealogy-software-review-legacy-family-tree/.
If you are looking to buy genealogy database software this series will inform you and could help you  in making your decision.
It is not clear if all reviews will be in the free standard edition as this first one is.
I think you will find Dick's reviews very frank and worthwhile.  He also included yesterday's readers comments in today's edition.

Guy



Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The British Newspaper Archive starts digitising eight new titles

The British Newspaper Archive starts digitising eight new titles

More than 8 million newspaper pages from 1710-1954 are now available to search at The British Newspaper Archive (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

In the last month, the website has started digitising the newspaper archives of eight new titles. These cover England, Scotland and Northern Ireland and include the London Evening Standard, Glasgow’s Daily Record and the Northern Whig.

The first years from the following new titles have been added to The British Newspaper Archive:

·         Biggleswade Chronicle, covering 1912
·         Daily Record, covering 1914-1915
·         Lake's Falmouth Packet and Cornwall Advertiser, covering 1864
·         London Evening Standard, covering 1860-1862 and 1866-1867
·         Newcastle Evening Chronicle, covering 1915
·         Northern Whig, covering 1869-1870
·         Surrey Comet, covering 1854-1857 and 1859-1870
·         Watford Observer, covering 1864-1865, 1867, 1869-1870


The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership project between the British Library and Findmypast. From November 2011 to 2021, up to 40 million pages from historical newspapers across the UK and Ireland (spanning the period 1700 to 1954) will be uploaded to the website www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk
The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom. It provides world class information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offers unparalleled access to the world’s largest and most comprehensive research collection.