You are searching the British Newspaper Archive
- You are searching the British Newspaper Archive. There are over 3 million scanned pages of regional British newspapers from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
- We will search the newspaper archive for the terms you have entered. You can enter words or phrases, such as "Jack the Ripper".
- You will see a scanned copy of the newspaper page. You can zoom in and out of the image and up and down the page. You can use the filters to amend your search, searching by year group, article type and county.
- The articles and advertisements will give you an insight in to how your ancestors lived, providing some fascinating context.
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Search British Newspaper Archive
Discover your ancestors through newspaper entries.
Enter the keywords or phrases you are looking for in the search box. You can enter more than one, for example Locomotive or Jack the Ripper.
You can narrow down the results by county, year and article type to get more specific results.
The text in the results may look strange. This is because we have scanned the original newspaper pages using high quality scanners and an optical character recognition (OCR) process which creates the electronic text. Both these processes produce the most accurate results possible; however, it is inevitable that some errors slip through due to the age and condition of some of the original pages. When you view the original image the text will display correctly.
The British Newspaper Archive
Read about historical events at the time they were happening. Perhaps you'll discover your ancestor in their local newspaper?