Tuesday 29 November 2011

British Newspaper Archive Now Live!


The major news story of the day (week/month?) is the unveiling of the British Newspaper Archive website - a joint venture by the British Library and commercial concern BrightSolid. The story is all over the Internet, but why not go straight to the horse's mouth and the British Library's formal announcement. There's very little available without parting with some cash, but you can at least perform a full search of the records for free. The mammoth 10-year project is on-going, of course, so this is just the start - with currently only around 4million of the 40million page-target online. Some useful comment from The Family Recorder blog on the subject can be found here.

The weekly 'Events Listing' continues to dwindle as the winter deepens...

  • Monday 12th & Tuesday 13th December - British Library's 'Royal Manuscripts Conference';
  • Saturday 3rd December - Norwich Book Fair;
  • Postcard Fairs at Haywards Heath (3rd), Northampton (3rd), Birmingham (4th - see top right of page - a major event), Cirencester (7th) - see here. Please check with organisers that fairs are still going ahead before travelling to venues;
  • And what is left of the SoG's talks for the rest of 2011 can be found here (you'll have to be very quick to book).

If the topic of Welsh wills interests you, then you'll want to check out this lengthy news report from The National Library of Wales.

The FFHS has made an announcement regarding their 'Projects' department.

The specialist genealogical search engine Mocavo have launched a 'UK' version of their facility which, obviously, focuses on searching UK web-based resources - further details here.


There's a History crossword for you to tackle, here.

Dead End Hobby: Oddments from the World of Family History - last few days of special pre-publication offer. See here for full details.

The Genealogist - UK census, BMDs and more online

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