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Michigan-based educational database company Gale (part of Cengage Learning) whose products include the ProQuest line of historical newspapers and genealogy collections offered in libraries, has introduced a new database of 19th-century British newspapers for at-home subscribers.
British Newspapers, 1800-1900, lets you search and browse more than 2 million pages from 49 newspapers published in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland during the 1800s.
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.
National titles include The Morning Chronicle and The Illustrated Police News, both published in London. Among the regional papers are The Northern Echo (Darlington, England), Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), The Newcastle Courant (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England), The Ipswich Journal (England) and The Bristol Mercury (England).
Articles from The Penny Illustrated Paper and The Graphic, both published in London, are free.
You can browse by issue or place, or search the full text of the papers by a person’s name or a keyword. See the search tips on the Advanced Search page for help using wildcards and Boolean operators.
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).
Check the “display only free content” box when you search to get results from just these papers.
The database is a partnership with The British Library and the UK’s Joint Information Systems Committee.
From the January 2010 Family Tree Magazine