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Free access to 19th century Newspapers

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Jonesey Report 31 Jul 2010 07:56


It is rare to get something worthwhile for nothing. Lancashire County Library and Information Service offers its members just that however and you do NOT have to live or work in Lancashire to benefit from their generosity. All that you need is to be a UK resident and have a home computer with internet access.

The site which anyone living anywhere in the UK can join for free has something for everyone and should be particularly useful to anyone interested in family history. It offers free online access to the 19th Century British Library newspaper collection which has digitised copies of old local newspapers (National coverage), ideal for looking up reports of criminal proceedings, inquests ect. It also has free access to The Times Digital Archive (From 1785~1985). Both of these give access to news and events of the day via a simple search procedure. Just reading the old newspapers can give you an insight into peoples attitudes and priorities at the time.

In addition there are countless links to other sites of just about every type and subject.

To join all that you need to do is visit their site:

Fill in your details and you will be given a temporary log in number. Within a few days you will receive your membership card through the post which will give you access to their resources from your home computer. Just to reiterate membership is open to everyone no matter where you live in the UK and it is FREE.

Now that’s a bargain in my book.


Janet Report 31 Jul 2010 09:59

You might also be able to do this via your own local library if you have a library card with the digital bar code on it.

I can access these on line from home using my Essex library card issued here in Chelmsford


Gai Report 31 Jul 2010 12:40

If you live outside the UK the library emails your log in code so you can access the information.

I found so many articles about Thomas Moremon the blind evangelist from Bristol who was my gt grandfathers brother I was over the moon to read about his exploits.

Thanks again Jonesey for sharing this tip.


gemqueen Report 31 Jul 2010 12:54

Thanks Jonesey
I have just signed up and already found details of an ancestor.



PricklyHolly Report 31 Jul 2010 23:11

Thankyou Jonesey............. Susan

Mick from the Bush

Mick from the Bush Report 1 Aug 2010 05:19

Hey - thats fantastic!

They even let ME join!

I've already found half a dozen articles in Leicester papers
mentioning my GGGF!

xxxx mick

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~~~Secret Red ^^ Squirrel~~~ **007 1/2** Report 1 Aug 2010 08:17

ooh, you'll have a long way to travel to collect your library books Mick ;)


teesdale Report 1 Aug 2010 11:13

does that mean you can access newspapers from all over like nottingham and leicester then

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~~~Secret Red ^^ Squirrel~~~ **007 1/2** Report 1 Aug 2010 12:00

Yes, most of my finds were in London and Scotland newspapers lol


Janet Report 1 Aug 2010 12:40

teesdale- just to confirm that information, on all events, is accessible. I thought at first they would be Lancashire papers, which in my case, would have been of interest. If for example there was a bankrupt case then that would appear in the London papers even though it might take place in Nottingham. I was struggling with one member of the family who was born in 1748, and appeared to have'disappeared'. His marriage was reported and he was living in the next parish to where he was baptised (Huddersfield) and he married a lady in Flintshire in 1772. Now thats what I call a pearl. Equally my gt gt grandmother, a very poor widow,living in a cellar dwelling in 1851 in Blackburn was called as a witness for the prosecution because her neighbour had blocked up the sewer on his land and caused 8 cellar dwellings to be flooded.My poor gt gt grandmother was one of them. To me information like that was brilliant. There is a place for a Keyword and the word is highlighted in green so searching is quite easy.I would suggest if a name is sought to enter the first and second name within inverted commas e.g."John Smith"- happy searching -JLe

Mick from the Bush

Mick from the Bush Report 4 Aug 2010 00:36

I cant recommend that site more highly!
I have found articles about my GGGFs barn being burnt down (he was an overseer of the poor, and the story was even taken up by London papers!),
the sale of various parcels of land he owned, an assault at his pub, the trial of said offenders - all in amazing detail and it has given me so much insight into his life in the early 19th C! Just amazing l

xxxxx mick


Jannny47 Report 4 Aug 2010 01:19

thank you for that very usefull Jan


GeordieLad Report 4 Aug 2010 01:45


Two minutes in and I'm already finding things that happened in Glasgow.

Edit: Better than I could have imagined - even finding unexpected bankruptcies in the family (should I really be shouting about this?)

Brilliant - thanks for posting the link.


Janet Report 7 Aug 2010 17:50



Jacqueline Report 9 Aug 2010 15:45

Many thanks - my card has just arrived!


Renes Report 9 Aug 2010 19:14

Many thanks - Will spend many hours rooting about I am sure



alviegal Report 9 Aug 2010 22:59

Thanks so much for this. I have found articles about my grandfather in Devon, including a football match he took part in! It also has his brother in law playing, so this connects them beautifully. Absolutely wonderful.



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JoyDean Report 18 Aug 2010 22:00

As Janet said, if you live in England, you can probably use your own library card.


KarenInScotland Report 18 Aug 2010 23:42

Thanks for the info, I've found it useful already although my husband was mighty curious when my card arrived as we are in Scotlannd :)