British Newspaper Archive
March 2 @ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM AEST
During the morning of Sunday, 4 November 1855, James Gemmell, at Acrehead, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, “whilst adjusting his plaid previous to going to church, fell down suddenly, and was taken quite dead.”( Dumfries and Galloway Standard, 7 November 1855) This death notice exemplifies how newspapers can enrich your family history research. The British Newspaper Archive (BNA), available directly through the BNA site or via Findmypast, is a continually improving resource. More than 71 million pages of newsprint, over 2,300 newspaper titles, and 323 years of history are available for searching. Coverage is not confined to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. You can also find newspaper titles from the Channel Islands, India, Pakistan, the West Indies, British Guyana, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and some African nations. There is a very short run of an Australian title. Some pages are available for viewing without a subscription. Find news articles, family notices, letters, obituaries, court cases, and advertisements to help you find your family, add to what you know, and solve problems. Join Sue Reid for a presentation on the best use of this excellent resource.
Bio Sue Reid’s family history journey was inspired when a cousin gave her a copy of a diary written by an ancestor who was a missionary in Russia in the early nineteenth century. Sue has presented at family history conferences and seminars, including the four most recent Australasian Congresses on Genealogy and Heraldry, the State Library of Queensland, and the National Archives of Australia. She is the author of articles on family history published in local and overseas family history journals and other publications. She has recently published a family history, The issue of gentlemen. This book was placed second in the 2021 Alexander Henderson Award. In 2022, Sue was awarded the Society of Australian Genealogists’ Certificate in Genealogical Research. A Fellow of the Queensland Family History Society, she convenes the QFHS Family History Writing Group and was the Chair of the QFHS Education Sub-Committee for ten years. In addition, she served on the Management Committee of QFHS for thirteen years.
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