A relatively new website makes these newspapers such as this one available for research right in your own home. Quoting directly from the company making this possible: “Before “British Newspapers, 1800-1900” was created, a genealogist would have to visit various libraries and scroll through hundreds of screens of newspapers on microfilm to look for this information. Now, researchers can keyword search millions of pages of text with one key stroke from the comfort of their homes, drastically reducing the time and energy needed to research family genealogy. With this new resource the task of researching family genealogy, once arduous and seemingly impossible, is now relatively easy and very exciting."
"Gale, part of Cengage Learning, along with The British Library and the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), have made nineteenth-century British newspapers available on the internet. The database, known as “British Newspapers, 1800-1900" and available at http://newspapers.bl.uk/blcs/, gives users access to over two million newspaper pages from 49 different national and regional newspapers from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Chosen by leading experts and academics, the newspapers represent a cross-section of nineteenth-century society and contain illustrated materials on a variety of topics, including business, sports, politics and entertainment.”
“To make this collection available to users, Gale turned The British Library's collection of nineteenth-century newspapers into a high-resolution digital format with searchable images. The database presents online access to a key set of primary sources for the study of nineteenth-century history. For the 49 newspapers selected, every front page, editorial, birth and death notice, advertisement and classified ad that appeared within their pages is easily accessible from what is a virtual chronicle of history for this period. Users of the database can search every word on every page.”
Among the features I used on the website:
- Short history of the individual newspaper
- Short history of British newspapers in general which has sources cited!
- Searched all newspapers for an uncommon surname
- Searched a specific newspaper for a surname within a range of years
- Searched for names in a specific newspaper
- Searched for a surname and a city in the U.S.
- Searched for a surname and a city in Scotland
- Checked my search history
- Printed an article (also could have downloaded, saved, or emailed it)
- Browsed the alphabetical list of publications
- Checked the map showing what cities’ newspapers are included
Among the types of articles I saw:
- Lists of births, deaths and marriages from these countries
- Some U.S. b, d, and m in these newspapers
- Accident notices
- People sentenced to jail and to gaol
- Business partnerships dissolved
- A 24-hour pass for £6.99 that provides you access to 100 articles over that period. [ca. $11.52 US]
- A 7-day pass for £9.99 that provides you access to 200 articles over that period. [ca. $16.46 US]
Check out the website at http://newspapers.bl.uk/blcs/