Thursday, May 26, 2011

British Newspaper Archive now live

Received this promotional blurb today and thought it worth signing up to...

The British Newspaper Archive microsite is now live at

Why not encourage friends and family to register now to be the first to know when the newspapers go online?!
Please use the links to post on Facebook, Tweet about us. Stumble, tell all!
I have now set up a Twitter account (@TheBNA1):!/TheBNA1. Please follow us!

This exciting digitisation collaboration between brightsolid and The British Library means that unlike many other newspaper digitisation projects, we have been able to scan some of the rarest and most fragile newspapers in the collection.

The Archive will be an invaluable resource to all types of researchers and we have chosen some examples to demonstrate this (  

Full text searching will be available and users will be able to refine their search to focus on:
Family notices – birth, marriage and death notices, related announcements including engagements, anniversaries, in memoriam, birthdays and congratulations
Obituaries – a wealth of contemporary information on the lives of notable individuals and ancestors
News articles – national events, along with issues of local and regional importance – the first draft of history and a window into the world of the past
Illustrations – photographs, engravings, graphics, maps and editorial cartoons
Advertisements – including classifieds, shipping notices and appointments
Letters – letters to the editor written by the newspaper’s readers – illuminating contemporary debates, aspirations and anxieties

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Welcome Wall

The National Australian Maritime Museum has a Welcome Wall immigration project with a family history focus.

My HOBBS family went up on the wall today.

If you are interested in this family Bev Woodman looks after an email group

Thanks to Bev for all her hard work looking after this large family branch....