British Newspaper Archives

Newspapers can open up a whole new world for genealogists and family historians. You can find records of criminal ancestors and their crimes, obituaries, marriage notices and much more. Listed below are links to British newspaper archives that are available online.

  • British Newspaper Archive
    This archive has over 7 million pages of news with thousands added every day. Searching is free but you need to subscribe to view detailed records. However, you get 15 free credits just for registering. You can see which titles are included in the archive here.
  • British Newspapers 1710-1953
    Find My Past has a huge collection of historic newspapers online in partnership with the British Library.
  • Welsh Newspapers Online
    A free online resource from the National Library of Wales where you can discover millions of articles from the Library’s rich collection of historical newspapers.
  • Last Chance to Read
    Last Chance To Read makes available a searchable collection of thousands of pages of scarce British and Irish newspapers and other publications, most of which were printed between the years 1710 and 1900.
  • The Scotsman Digital Archive
    The Scotsman Digital Archive allows you to search through decades of historic—high definition—digital scans from The Scotsman’s history.
  • Google News Archive
    This archive has newspapers from all over the world, including many British titles.
  • Irish Newspaper Archive
    A very expensive subscription needed to access the archive.
  • Irish Times Digital Archive
    The Irish Times Digital Archive is a searchable database of all the articles from 1859 onwards. It’s free to search but a subscription is needed to view the articles.

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