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1,200 British and Irish Newspapers

Started Nov 24, 2010

Essential Reading for Newspaper Research (England and Wales)
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Drake Jul 19, 2009.

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What surnames are you interested in researching?
Spanswick
Spanwick
Dutillieul
Cuttriss
Burniston
Southwood
Cuttriss
McCormick
MacCormack
Gemmell
McElroy
McIlroy
Duncan
Mertens
Southwood
What countries and other locations are you interested in researching?
Worldwide for Spanswick other names UK and Ireland
What is your level of genealogy knowledge?
Advanced Family History Researcher
If you are a genealogy expert, what are your specialties?
British and Irish Newspapers
English Family History Research
How to find your heirlooms
Online research
Breaking through brickwalls
For what reason did you start genealogy research?
It would take too long to explain !
Do you have a genealogy website or blog?
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~dutillieul/index....

Richard J Heaton's Blog

Local Knowledge of Local Newspaper Collections

While on holiday in Yorkshire last week I stopped off at Harrogate and was reminded how valuable local knowledge of local newspaper collections can be.



For several years I've been trying to track down copies of the very rare Burniston's Northern Luminary, printed at Knaresborough. Its not particularly old, but the one copy I have seen is extremely well written and lists a number of marriages of the local registry office - which might indicate non-conformity - but with only one copy… Continue

Posted on August 9, 2009 at 8:30am

"A Buck's head, decorated with flowers, fixed to a pole" (Marriage in the Newspapers from 1786)

Broadly I find two catagories of marriage entries in newspapers -

The normal Mr.X son of Y married Miss Z daughter of .... at .... on so and so date.



And then we have the more uplifting one's. For example this came from one of my recent transcriptions of the Salisbury and Winchester Journal, 1786.



"A few days since was married at Compton, near Shaftesbury, John Jeanes, aged 83, to Elizabeth Fisher, alias Rideout, alias Thrifty, a brisk young widow of 25. They were… Continue

Posted on July 26, 2009 at 7:30am

Finding Female Ancestors in 18th and 19th Century British and Irish Newpapers

Dick Eastman (who's blog I try to read every day) has highlighted an interesting article by Gena Philibert Ortega on the subject of tracing female ancestors - the content is US based newspapers and I thought it worth contrasting this with earlier newspapers.



Newspapers are a brilliant resource for family and local historians - but you do need to mindful that early newspapers had a number of objectives, they were commercial enterprises, which in practical terms means they needed to… Continue

Posted on July 25, 2009 at 3:30am

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At 8:27am on October 25, 2011, Myra Vanderpool Gormley said…

Hi -- nice to see you again. I seem to miss posts here for some reason. Sorry about that.

Myra

 
 
 

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