Monday 12 October 2015

Ballymena Observer joins online BNA database
The Ballymena Observer has joined the online British Newspaper Archive (BNA) database.

Launched in 1855 as a weekly broadsheet, it was Ballymena's first newspaper. It merged with the Ballymena Times in 1980s and the paper continues to be published – still a weekly but now a tabloid – in the town.

A full run of editions published from 1880 to 1892 is already available in the online database, and this will eventually be extended to cover 1857 to 1950.

Subscriptions to the BNA, which now has more historical Irish newspaper titles than any other online database, are available at £12.95 monthly or £79.95 annually.

The entire Irish holding can also be accessed on FindMyPast with an Ireland or World subscription. If you are currently actively engaged in Irish family history research, you may find this route more cost-effective. Use the links below.

Ireland €1         UK £1         USA $1         Aust/NZ Aus$1