Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Wexford Constitution debuts on British Newspaper Archive
The Wexford Constitution has joined the British Newspaper Archive. It's the third Wexford title to appear in the database, but only three months' worth of editions published in late 1858 are searchable so far for this particular newspaper.

In time, the digital archives offer for this paper will span 1858 to 1887.

The holdings of several other relatively 'new' Irish newspapers have been extended in the last week or so.

Of particular note are the Kilkenny Journal which now covers 1832 and 1834-1871; the Evening Freeman, now with editions from 1851-1857, 1860-1864, 1866, and 1868-1871 ready for searching; Downpatrick Recorder spanning 1840-1842, 1846-1864, and 1866-1871; and the Belfast Commercial Chronicle which debuted on the site less than four weeks ago with only 154 editions and now offers more than 5,000 spanning (with gaps) 1805 to 1847.

The holding for the Clare Journal and Ennis Advertiser has also grown quickly. The archive now holds editions from the following years: 1835-1836, 1839-1840, 1843-1845, 1848-1849, 1854-1859, 1861, and 1864.

The entire digitial archive of newspapers is available for a monthly subscription of £12.95. However, all 88 Irish titles in the British Newspaper Archive are automatically included as part of a FindMyPast Ireland or World subscription, which may be a better value option if you are actively conducting genealogy research.