Monday 15 June 2015

British Newspaper Archives hits 11million pages
The British Newspaper Archive (BNA) raced through the 11million pages milestone over the weekend and now has 423 publications in its database.

While there haven't been any new Irish titles added to the site for awhile (the last one was the (London)Derry Journal in early April, bringing the total number of Irish titles to 72), many more editions have been added.

The most significant recipients of additional editional coverage in the last two or three months are Saunder's News-Letter, which now has 21,411 editions online; Southern Reporter & Cork Commercial Courier, which has 8,504; Tipperary Free Press, with 4,544; Waterford Mail, with 5,038; and Dublin Morning Register, now with 5,523 editions to search and browse through.

In total, the BNA database now holds 195,223 editions of Irish newspapers dating from 1719 to 1950. Some 52,286 editions are from Northern Ireland titles. The remainder – 142,937 editions – are from historical newspapers published either as national (all-island) titles or as regional publications in what became the Republic of Ireland.

A regular month's subscription to the British Newspaper Archives costs £9.95.

UPDATE, 16 June: To celebrate the milestone, the BNA has a special 20% discount, valid until 28 June.

Depending on where you are with your Irish family history research, you might find that a FindMyPast Ireland/World subscription is better value as it includes access to the BNA's Irish/British&Irish collection in addition to FindMyPast's genealogy records. Better still, if you act before the end of June you can take advantage of a special discount: a one month's subscription to FindMyPast for just €1/£1/$1.