Old newspaper articles research

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

I research, identify British newspaper stories and supply the articles published in the British press between 1750 and 1950.

Please fill in the form on the right. If I find any articles I will send you the news reports by email as attachments.

Old British News

Stamford Mercury – Friday 10 July 1863

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 its relevance.
Old British News

Lichfield Mercury – Friday 13 December 1878

If it happened it was in the news

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

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

Old British News

Brighton Gazette – Thursday 09 June 1825

How old newspaper articles 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.