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“I highly recommend this british newspaper archive.They...”

Written on: 07/07/2016 by janets12 (4 reviews written)

I highly recommend this british newspaper archive.They have so many great information and will keep you up to date with current event and past events. The prices are extremely reasonable as well… Read Full Review

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“The British Newspaper Archive”

Written on: 10/04/2015 by alleghenyancestryandgenealogytrails (1 review written)

The British Newspaper Archive is terrific and fabulous, I found my ancestors using and searching for death notices. I was very successful and happy with the service. I highly recommend this to anyone with ancestors in the UK. Sincerely, Allegheny Ancestry & Genealogy Trails… Read Full Review

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“no stars for you”

Written on: 07/02/2015 by gvines (1 review written)

clunky interface, poor search tools and excessive cost -… Read Full Review

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“Essential resource for historical research”

Written on: 10/10/2014 by gbBaird497 (1 review written)

Checking for information on the British Newspaper Archive of old newspapers is now part of my historical research. No matter what subject I am researching, people, places, events, or a particular subject, I will always find something that adds to my knowledge. In the past couple of days I have followed through a court case and tracked whaling ships coming into Whitby, followed the fortunes of particular race horses and garnered lots of family information from Births Marriages and Deaths. I… Read Full Review

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“Probably the most valuable social history source...”

Written on: 27/06/2014 by mervynsellick (1 review written)

I have subscribed to this fantastic archive virtually since it went on-line and have found a great deal of minutiae about my family history. It may be a court hearing, bankruptcy, house fire or that my grandmother won a newspaper competition for art but it all paints a picture of our ancestors and their lives. So far I have downloaded and noted around 400 articles, advertisements and family notices. It has allowed me to 'put some flesh' on the bare names on my database and make the people come… Read Full Review

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“Donald Macleod of Gualtergill alia "Palinurus"”

Written on: 05/06/2014 by Cassie1207 (1 review written)

It absolutely amazes me that a simple search i.e. "Donald Macleod" on British Newspaper Archives, can turn up the death notice in the Caledonian Mercury, Edinburgh, dated Thursday July 6, 1749, of "Palinurus" my Scottish hero. This newspaper article appeared 38 years before the First Fleet of 11 ships and about 1530 people including 736 convicts, 17 convicts' children, 211 marines, 27 marines' wives, 14 marines' children and about 300 officers and others, under the command of Captain Arthur… Read Full Review

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“Great resource, could be excellent with further...”

Written on: 03/06/2014 by Dominic145 (1 review written)

To be able to access such a wealth of British newspapers without even having to leave the comfort of your office is worth every penny of the subscription fee! The scope of the local papers is great though those looking for those important national tabloids and broadsheets will be disappointed - only The Daily Mirror out of the 'big hitters' so far. Navigating the site is straightforward if a little clunky and basic - it would be really useful to have some more sophisticated features in the… Read Full Review

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“How the mails moved”

Written on: 02/06/2014 by Makait37 (1 review written)

I have been coming to London for the past 1+ years doing research on the arrival and departure of American Sailing Packets during the period 1818 - 1840 sailing between New York and Liverpool and New York and London. I have enjoyed the trips to Coledale but now really the ability to read the Liverpool Mercury on my computer here in the states is making my continued research faster and more enjoyable. The first research has been published and my efforts mow are to increase the data base out to… Read Full Review

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“Uncover those family secrets”

Written on: 30/05/2014

I have found the British Newspaper Archives absolutely invaluable for three main reasons. First and most importantly is that they help bring to life long dead relatives, with newspaper articles about what they got up to in their everyday lives, in a way that no other medium could, for so many people. Secondly, dates of births, baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials can often be found when other methods have failed, particularly pre-1838, when official birth, marriage and death records first… Read Full Review

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“History at a keystroke”

Written on: 29/05/2014 by Stuart1e (1 review written)

I started off with a specific area of interest (old Edinburgh Taverns. Inns and Pubs) and fairly easily and quickly found a substantial amount of great and useful information. It did take me longer than it should have because I was distracted by fascinating articles outwith my area of interest. Political reports and commentary as well as war coverage were prominent and very interesting. Another distraction were the adverts for theatres, cure-all medicines, clothes, job vacancies, property sales… Read Full Review

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“Weak search”

Written on: 28/05/2014 by gary-martin (1 review written)

I have been using the British Newspaper Archive since it first became available and am impressed by the large amount of content in the database. However, the badly named 'Exact' search mechanism lets this system down completely. I use the database to search for the first usages of English phrases, like, for example 'take a horse to water'. Without going into details the search methods provided make this a tedious task, not dissimilar to the scanning of microfiches we had to do in the old… Read Full Review

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“Great to find stuff - hard to retrieve saved searches”

Written on: 28/05/2014 by Bellmy240 (1 review written)

There's no doubt that the British Newspaper Archive site has transformed newspaper research in the UK: the ability to search using different criteria, dates and titles makes it a powerful tool. My problem with it is that having found an entry, it's painfully difficult to manage. Unlike other similar sites, one can't cut and paste from the page, only bookmark a whole page. And then, just try finding your item again! The blue squares that were so helpful in the first search have all… Read Full Review

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“If you hunt about there is so much to discover....”

Written on: 28/05/2014 by MakenzieWalsh74 (1 review written)

The BNA has done an excellent and wonderful job in transferring countless pages of information for us to access with a few simple requests. Every time I visit I find something new. A new journey through the pages. I raise a glass Hugh… Read Full Review

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“Time consuming,difficult specific items, fascinating...”

Written on: 28/05/2014 by MarcBond (1 review written)

Time consuming, smaller year groups would be more beneficial,especially for those who know the years they need to search, and more specific areas would possibly be a benefit. Papers of more recent times would be very useful. Difficult to decide what to type for your search as all sorts of others items of similar spelling also appear, you can spend days reading the snippets for just one year to find nothing. If and when you do find an article that's great, saved lots of time in archive offices… Read Full Review

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“Limited”

Written on: 27/05/2014 by Kirkpatrick420 (1 review written)

I had a Month trial hoping to find information on local matters.Unfortunately I find very few of the publications I want are archived and even those were not the dates I wanted… Read Full Review

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“The Silent World, tap in to release”

Written on: 27/05/2014 by lrBerry493 (1 review written)

For homework, research, home or world news, its all written there, just tap in, you'll be amazed at what you discover… Read Full Review

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“Having spent many fruitful AND fruitless hours in...”

Written on: 26/05/2014 by MikeCasey (1 review written)

Having spent many fruitful AND fruitless hours in Colindale looking for an article in a local paper using a rough date, the online index system is a joy to use. Using name and locality I have come across news i did not know about my ancestors - drowning at sea, fatal accident at work. My only gripe is that I do not know if the main publications I accessed at Colindale will ever become available online. I seem to remember a quote of 115 years to digitise the entire colection of British… Read Full Review

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“Family History”

Written on: 26/05/2014 by Hectorf350 (1 review written)

Loving the ability to access historical documents , I decided to buy a months subscription and started to research key family names . How wonderful when I found a series of articles about my Grandpa in the Derbyshire Times during WWII , an added bonus it would have been his 93rd Birthday. What would help would be a guidance page on how to get the best out of the research… Read Full Review

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“Truely Amazing!”

Written on: 26/05/2014 by 486Wallace (1 review written)

I have found the newspaper archives a truely remarkable resource for historical research. They say that that truth lies in the words of those who experienced the most remarkable events in our worlds history. To be able to read those words as they were spoken and recorded in print at the time they occured, rather than some present day interpritation, is in some way to step back in time and live life as they did. I can't at this time, think of a down side or problem with the service provided… Read Full Review

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“Adds A New Dimension to Family History Research”

Written on: 25/05/2014 by Peytony459 (1 review written)

Not long ago newspaper research usually invlolved travel followed by exhausting scrutiny of page after page,so easy to miss something relevant. Online searchable newspaper resources have transformed newspaper archive research. By simply typing a search term, newspaper archives are searched for you. I think there is still research skill involved in deciding what to search for and in what database and I have been sidetracked in interesting ways in the same way as when I was using, for… Read Full Review

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