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Free access to 19th century Newspapers

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Jonesey Report 21 Jan 2012 21:45

"How does this compare to the new British Newspaper Archives?"

As far as content is concerned I do not know as I have not accessed the BNA.

As far as cost is concerned access to the British Library 19th century Newspaper collection is free via Lancashire Libraries whereas I believe that access to the BNA direct costs from £6.95 for 2 day access to £79.95 for 12 months. Access to the BNA is also available to Genes Reunited Platinum members upon a further payment of £39.95.

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~~~Secret Red ^^ Squirrel~~~ **007 1/2** Report 21 Jan 2012 21:56

Thanks Jonesey. I've got access to the 19th century one through my library. Looking at the BNA site, there doesn't seem to be much past 1900.

Thanks again :)


Autumnleaves Report 23 Jan 2012 01:15



LindaB Report 23 Jan 2012 02:32

In comparison for me anyway...I found 15 newspaper articles regarding an ancestor (all good I hasten to add!) using my Lancashire library card...thank you again Jonesey :-D

Where as on the BNA site I have found a mere 3...2 of those I had already found through using my library card.


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~~~Secret Red ^^ Squirrel~~~ **007 1/2** Report 23 Jan 2012 08:38

thanks Lynda :)


LindaB Report 24 Jan 2012 03:27

Just to add...when researching don't confine to just looking for articles in the county/town where ancestors lived.

My ancestor in question lived in Cheshire however I have found articles written about him in other newspapers all around England.



sharonlondon Report 24 Jan 2012 05:02

I'm still waiting for my card to arrive!!
I bet after this tip they've been inundated so I'll give them another week then I'll contact them.
Really looking forward to checking out the papers (I know of 2 ancestors that were at The Old Bailey!!)
It's good of them to allow non Lancastrians to join though - they could make a small fortune by charging!!


WhiffingSiggs Report 24 Jan 2012 20:26

All libraries offer this service across the country. You can access a whole lot more than just the papers of Lancashire !!


Janet Report 29 Jan 2012 20:15

Just as an example

The 19th C British newspapers has a clip from The Darlington Echo which said that my gt gt grandmother had died in 1870 whilst peeling potatoes for dinner.............. a truly hazardous occupation you will agree

The new British Newspaper Archive has the paper from the town where she lived in Alnwick and this has a much longer report which gives more info, what caused it, who found her, where, what her physical appearance was etc etc

So whilst the first collection is good, you might find more in the second if you know what to look for .

Just my personal experience.



MaureeninNY Report 25 Feb 2012 14:34


Chris Ho :)

Chris Ho :) Report 1 Mar 2012 11:54

Can access The Times, but not 19th C... is it just me?

Chris :)

edits (all ok, now in!)


littlelegs Report 2 Mar 2012 08:54

hi jonesey
just to say thank you i signed up to the library and have found one or two of mine in the papers
so thank for sharing
lorraine :-D


MaureeninNY Report 15 Apr 2012 16:36

up we go


MaureeninNY Report 26 May 2012 00:40

It's about that time...


Rosie Report 29 Jun 2012 13:52


Rosie of Alfred Howell Maitland fame here ! - I have just signed up and ready to start searching - maybe some more scandals and skeletons lurking out there somewhere - thanks for the tip Jonesey


lainie39 Report 29 Jun 2012 18:34

Hi Rosie,

I found scandal and crime for my family. ;-) My finds certainly added to the picture I have been building of my family!! :-D

Good luck and happy searching! [but be warned! - you will lose hours searching - it is addictive! :-S]


Jackdaws Report 29 Jun 2012 19:55

How do you receive your pin number?

I have applied many times over the last year or so, but never receive a pin
number either by e-mail or post.
I get the initial e-mail confirming application and then nothing.

I do not live in the UK, but have seen posts here for others getting a pin
number and not living in the UK.

Am I doing something wrong or missing something??


MR_MAGOO Report 30 Jun 2012 11:09

Jackdaws.......You need to have a library card....the one you use to take out books. There is a number on the back & that's the one you log in with.
As you don't live in the UK i would suggest that if you have a relly here that you get them to get you one or if they have one ask to use their number.


Jackdaws Report 30 Jun 2012 12:19

Mr. Magoo, Thank you for taking the time to reply, however, none of what
you suggest is possible. Looks like I will have to give up trying to get to look at newspapers on this site.


Moonbeam Report 30 Jun 2012 12:49

You used to be able to sign on even when not living in the U.K. That has changed and you now have to have a U.K. address to register.

I signed on a couple of years ago and still have access.