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#FamilyHistoryMonth Day 8 – The British Newspaper Archive for UK research

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Family History Month OnGenealogy British Newspaper Archive

For #FamilyHistoryMonth Day 8, check out The British Newspaper Archive for UK research. There are both fee and free options so keep reading and learn how to use it to your advantage for free.

British Newspaper Archive

British Newspaper Archive

“The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership between the British Library and findmypast to digitise up to 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library’s vast collection over the next 10 years.”

It’s free to search and you’ll see snippets from each paper where they find a “hit”. If you want to read the entire article you’ll need a subscription plan. Don’t stop here, I’m going to show you the subscription options, but you don’t have to subscribe to benefit!

You can always do free, unlimited searches. If you decide it’s worth it to see the entire article, choose a subscription plan, including a pay as you go option.

 

British Newspaper Archive subscription plans

British Newspaper Archive subscription plans

 

Now, for how you can benefit from free searches.

I did a quick search for a Welsh ancestor, Sophia Webber, from Monmouthshire. I’ve hit a brick wall tracing her family. I typed “Monmouthshire” into the search window to see what papers they have from that area.

I selected the paper with the most digitized pages, the Monmouthshire Beacon.

Then I searched for “Sophia Webber” and one of the top search returns gave me this snippet: “… St. Woollos church, Newport, the Rev. Edward Hawkins, M.A., Augustus, youngest son of Mr. Webber, proprietor of the Guardian newspaper, Cardiff, to Miss Sophia Lee Bishop, niece Henry Williams, Esq., Victoria-place, Newport. …”

So from the free snippet I learned:

  • Augustus Webber is Sophia’s husband (knew that already)

  • Augustus Webber’s father was the proprietor of the Guardian newspaper

  • Augustus is the youngest son

  • Augustus is from Cardiff

  • Sophia’s full maiden name is Sophia Lee Bishop

  • And I finally know Sophia’s connection to Henry Williams-she’s his niece

Saving a favorite newspaper snippet at BNANext, I created an account (there’s no fee to create an account) and saved my search results.  The benefit of creating a free account is they allow you to save your discoveries.

As you can see in the image on the left, next to each snippet there will be a bookmark with a + symbol inside it.

If you select the + symbol, the bookmark will turn red and BNA will save this article to your “Saved” folder for you to use whenever you need it.

 

 

 

 

 

On any page at British Newspaper Archives (BNA) you’ll see the menu options and next to the “Home” category is the “Saved” category. Select the “Saved” category to find all your bookmarked newspapers. You can create folders in the “Saved” area to organize your finds. (I’ve created a folder and labeled it with the surname I’m researching.)

Saved searches at BNA

Saved searches at BNA

 

All this was free, took less than 5 minutes of my time, and I’m on my way to breaking through a brick wall. Not bad, huh? I’ll do more searches and saves before I opt to pay but I’ll definitely be choosing one of their subscription plans for my UK research.

Best in your research whether it’s fee for free!

 

October 8, 2017 |

#FamilyHistoryMonth Day 4 – Free FindMyPast Offerings

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family history month findmypast freebies

 

FindMyPast is a family history company based in the UK and its primary focus is UK records but it also has U.S., Canada, and other collections as well.

 

FindMyPast has some exclusive images from UK parish records which are quite helpful if you have ancestry here. Some FindMyPast freebies include:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
1940 US Census free at FindMyPast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • US Billion Graves Index free at FindMyPastUS BillionGraves Index, FindMyPast lets you search the US BillionGraves index for free to find an ancestor’s burial site, which may include a birth and death date; you’ll need to register for free in order to see search results

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • US and Canada free BMD at FindMyPastUS & Canada birth, marriage, and death records (BMDs); you’ll need to register for free in order to see search results

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By registering for free at FindMyPast, you’ll get to try out their search system and use some of their collections. FindMyPast specializes in UK records with many original scanned images that won’t be found at other genealogy sites. These scanned images are only available with a subscription service.

Follow FindMyPast on Facebook, TwitterPinterest, YouTube, or Google+ for the latest offers and updates and best in your searches, whether they’re fee or free!

October 3, 2017 |

Fee or Free Online Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850

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The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), The Essex Institute, and others were commissioned to publish Massachusetts Vital Records up to 1850 for various towns in Massachusetts.

From AmericanAncestors (NEHGS): “At the turn of the twentieth century NEHGS was instrumental in introducing and passing legislation to appropriate funds to produce books of vital statistics to the year 1850 for the cities and towns in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. …Not all Massachusetts towns are included.”

 

FEE options

 

AmericanAncestors

AmericanAncestors.com has a Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 Collection that includes these commissioned books as well as some substitutes for towns whose vital records were not collected/commissioned. You can search by individual town volume.

Ancestry

Ancestry.com has these individual books available online and you can search by individual town volume.

FindMyPast

FindMyPast.com has this collection available online searchable across the entire collection.

 

FREE options

 

OnGenealogy

OnGenealogy.com has a list of the free, online Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 books including a few substitutes for towns whose records weren’t commissioned. Most of these books are out of copyright and the versions not currently available online (for the towns of Ashfield, Charlestown, Eastham, Fairhaven, Harwich, Lowell, Marshfield, Milton, Montague, Otis, Pepperell, Sandisfield, Swansea, and Taunton) may still be under copyright.

If you’re trying to find free records for a town not included in this list, Internet Archive, Google Books, or HathiTrust are great places to start searching. Also try Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915 at FamilySearch.

Best in your searches whether they’re fee or free!

 

 

 

April 10, 2017 |

FREE FindMyPast June 29th-July 6th!

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If you have UK or Irish Ancestry this offer is for you!

FREE FindMyPast all week!

FREE FindMyPast all week!

Starting today a full week of FREE FindMyPast genealogy record access!

FindMyPast is celebrating their release of over 10 million Irish Parish Registers with an offer of free access to over 1 billion UK, US, and Irish records including:

  • 118 million “Immigration and Travel” records
  • 116 million US marriages
  • all UK, Irish, and US Censuses
  • over 7 million new US Naturalization records
  • over 1.7 million US Passport Applications

Even better, the Irish Parish records will stay free forever! The only caveat is you may need to register (for free) at FindMyPast to access and use these free records.

From June 29th to July 6th, enjoy your free week at FindMyPast and if you already have a membership, enjoy the new Irish record sets!

 

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