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Ron Leech
24-01-2005, 12:08 PM
Apart from searching at the British Library site does anyone know of a web site where it is possible to identify local newspapers published back in past centuiries?

Colin Moretti
24-01-2005, 12:56 PM
Hello Ron

Not exactly answering your question, but an email to the record office for the areas(s) you are interested in, with dates, would no doubt result in a list, at least of the papers that they have.


24-01-2005, 3:55 PM
Try the GENUKI site at http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/Newspapers.html You should find plenty of help there |book|

Best wishes

Ron Leech
24-01-2005, 7:33 PM
I had looked at the GenUKI site before by county but that was less helpful than what you found AnnB. Colin I like your idea as well. Perhaps this is one of those little sub categories that Rod (When he comes back from holiday) might find a home for. I am sure others have would be interested.

Sue Mackay
24-01-2005, 8:38 PM
A site that is generally very useful for beginners, especially but not exclusively for those reseaching in Wales, is Gareth's Help Page at

Click on Newspapers and there is a link to the on line British Library catalogue search page at http://prodigi.bl.uk/nlcat/welcome.asp

Enter a county or a town under Place and it will list all the newspapers for that area

To find out if your local library holds copies (and find out what other genealogical holdings they have) try http://www.familia.org.uk/

24-01-2005, 9:04 PM
There's also a useful book - "Local Newspapers 1720-1920" compiled by Jeremy Gibson, Brett Langston and Brenda W. Smith, ISBN 1860061575; this is one of the Gibson Guides published by the Federation of Family History Societies. With these details you should be able to get it from any bookseller, but you can also order direct from the FFHS at http://www.genfair.com/

The book covers newspapers published in England, Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, and lists holdings at the British Library Newspaper Library at Colindale, and at local libraries around the country.


Ron Leech
24-01-2005, 9:10 PM
Thanks Arthur and Sue