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 1870.
Why is the site called “Last Chance To Read”?
The name “Last Chance To Read” was chosen to highlight the scarcity of the content. While many copies of each issue of a newspaper were printed, very few survive today, so few in fact we believe that some of the images on this website could be the last copies in existence of that issue.
- 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.
- Historic American Newspapers
Search America’s historic newspapers pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.
- Newspaper Archive
Explore historical newspapers from the U.S., the UK and Canada with the world’s largest online newspaper archive.
- The Spectator Archive
The Spectator Archive contains every page of the magazine from 1828 to 2008. The archive can be searched by content, keyword, date or location. Searching and viewing content is free.
- Historic Newspapers
Search and order genuine Historic Newspapers by date and title going back over 100 years at the world’s largest private archive. All carefully preserved to ensure they are in perfect condition and all guaranteed as 100% authentic originals only.They have the largest newspaper archive in the UK, with over 7m newspapers dating back to the late 18th century. They also have scanned newspapers from most dates over the last 100+ years.
Local Newspaper archives
- Teesdale Mercury Archive
Free search and view of the archive from 1855-1954.
- Old Mersey Times
Liverpool and Merseyside’s life and times transcribed from old newspapers.
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