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BatMansDaughter Report 9 May 2011 10:34

Giving a well deserved nudge.

Chris Ho :)

Chris Ho :) Report 26 May 2011 15:35



Jonesey Report 15 Jun 2011 17:39



opal Report 4 Jul 2011 22:17

I have already got a local library card with a bar code and numbers above , how do i go about searching ? confused . :-S


AuntySherlock Report 4 Jul 2011 22:30

Hi Susan, I'm not really stalking you. This is another of my interests.

If you go back to the first post on the thread it gives you the information you need to access the library. There is a link mentioned, copy and paste it into your address bar and take it from there.

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 4 Jul 2011 22:36

Susan - find the site for your local library, for instance as an example:



Then type in your library card number under
Please enter your borrower card number here:


Elaine Report 5 Jul 2011 00:50

thanks are truly a mine of information!

wonder if a N.Ireland library card will work?


Elaine Report 5 Jul 2011 00:55

oops....i typed in the http given,but it said:-

"the specified request cannot be executed from current Application Pool"

what the heck does this mean?


Jonesey Report 5 Jul 2011 09:05


Not sure what is causing the problem that you are experiencing unless you may have mistyped the website address slightly. Use the link below to join Lancashire Library and hopefully everything should then be fine.


Elaine Report 5 Jul 2011 19:41

Cheers Jonesy.....followed the link and filled in the application form.

now,how do i get to see old newspapers?

what do i click on?

please don't think i'm daft,but i couldn't seem to find anything mentioning old copies.



Jonesey Report 5 Jul 2011 21:55


Follow these instructions:

Once you log into Lancashire Libraries site click on "Online Reference Library" on the left hand side of the page.

The click on "19th Century British Library Newspapers" on the left hand side of the page.

Enter your library barcode number and press "Proceed".

From there click "Browse Publication Title" and click one one that interests you. Then away you go.


Elaine Report 6 Jul 2011 01:01

thankyou again Jonesy.

just realized the time!!

have written all down ready for tomorrow.

Elaine. :-)

Chris Ho :)

Chris Ho :) Report 25 Jul 2011 16:42



Amanda2003 Report 30 Jul 2011 21:52

A hundred thousand " thank you" for having put up this thread Jonesy :-D

Having said that , I've just found out one of my Great Grandfathers was an embezzling thief :-0 He was had up on at least two different occasions , I dread to think what else I'm going to unearth !

Excellent site :-)


Gins Report 31 Jul 2011 11:42

Book marking for when I get home...thanks Jonesey


oldbean Report 12 Aug 2011 22:06

Stupid question-how do I prove that this is my Ancestor that I have found in the Newspaper? Yes, the name is the same, correct area as far as I know, is that proof enough though?

I have my Library card, thanks for the tips everyone!


Jonesey Report 13 Aug 2011 08:21


Unfortunately there is no simple answer. All that you can really do is examine the newspaper article looking for clues that might assist you in deciding whether or not the person named is your ancestor.

You might also check to see if there are any more reports in any other journals detailing whatever the incident was. Just as today I have found that newspaper reports were often syndicated or copied by other publications so it is possible that there are more details to be found.

Good luck.


oldbean Report 13 Aug 2011 08:28

Thanks Jonesey

I hoped you would come up with the goods! So pretty much as I thought, great taking a look though, I shall enjoy exploring further, thanks again.


BatMansDaughter Report 27 Aug 2011 15:46

A well deserved nudge!!!


DrJan Report 28 Aug 2011 20:07

Many UK libraries will allow library members to access the site; certainly members of Glasgow District libraries can access the site with their library membership number and bar code. Very well worth joining your local library for this reason alone; newspapers from all over the UK are accessible, check out the list.