Old British News Research

Old British newspapers are invaluable for the researcher.

I can find out if your ancestor was in the news.

Old newspapers are a real treasure trove. Revealing the real lives of our ancestors. From transported convicts, crime reports, births, deaths, obituaries and marriages.

How can I help?

  • Determine what newspapers are available based on the detail you send me.
  • Where and when any relevant news articles were published.
  • What news items are available and coverage of the event.
  • Consider what each item tells you and it relevance.
  • Identify the articles based on the detail you have provided me.
  • Send you the news articles based on my comprehensive research.
Old British News

Stamford Mercury – Friday 10 July 1863

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Old newspapers expose every possible aspect of life as it really was.

Court proceedings, police activity, probate, bankruptcy, sport – even garden parties.

Old British News

Lichfield Mercury – Friday 13 December 1878

If it happened it was in the news

If I find any news items or other related archive, I will send you one email containing the details of the results of my research together with the cost of the copies. A total fee of £5.50 for up to 8 news articles for each enquiry is all you would normally expect to pay if I find any news reports (click here to see my small fees). A PayPal invoice with my research details will be sent by separate email (you do not have to be a PayPal member to participate).

Old British News

Brighton Gazette – Thursday 09 June 1825

How old newspapers help you?

  • Life events data, such as birth, marriage and death notices are the basics for family history.
  • Local news can provide a lot of detail, especially about relationships and residence of various family members. This sometimes picks up lost links or branches of a family who stayed or moved. It may also account for a youngster who was born and died between census enumerations.
  • Many snippets of information are buried in the advertisements and legal notices.
  • Marriages, death notices and other short items
  • Notices of sale of land, bankruptcy, dissolutions of partnership which could give clues to a change of financial status.

Old British News is devised and operated by Ian Waugh. Find out more here.