Gale (a Michigan-based company that creates educational databases), along with The British Library and the UK’s Joint Information Systems Committee, has introduced a new online database of 19th-century British newspapers.
British Newspapers, 1800-1900, gives users access to more than 2 million newspaper pages from 49 19th-century national and regional newspapers in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Content from two of the papers is free; other content is accessible with a fee (see below).
You’ll get a good look into your ancestors world and maybe find genealogical details in articles, property and legal notices, marriage and birth announcements and photographs.
Supplementary resources include timelines and histories of the 49 newspapers.
You can search the full text of the papers by a persons name or a keyword and link to high-resolution digital images of the pages. You don’t have to pay to merely search, and you can click on a thumbnail image in your search results to see a snippet of the article containing your search term.
To download an article, you must purchase a pass. A 24-hour pass (during which you can view up to 100 articles) costs 6.99 pounds (about $12); a seven-day pass (allows 200 article views) costs 9.99 pounds (about $17).
Articles from The Penny Illustrated Paper and The Graphic are free. When you search, you can check a display only free content box that will show you results from just these papers.