Friday 10 January 2020

Westmeath and Longford newspaper joins online BNA

The online British Newspaper Archive (BNA) continued to grow at an astonishing pace last year, but it wasn't a great 12-months for the addition of new titles published in Ireland.

Only 12 such titles joined the archive. Shouldn't grumble, especially since so many additional pages and editions were added to the existing Irish holding, but it was noticably lower than in previous years.

2020 is getting off to a good start, however, and the year's first historical Irish paper has landed: The Westmeath Guardian & Longford NewsLetter. All weekly editions published in 1900, 1901, 1903 and 1905 have been uploaded thus far, with the planned holding to span 1835 to 1928.

It should prove a useful addition to the resource bank of Irish genealogists with connections to the two counties.

The paper, along with the rest of the titles in the online BNA, are shared with FindMyPast's Irish Newspaper Collection.

SPOILER ALERT: Another three Irish titles are in the pipe and will be uploaded in the next few days. I'll let you know...

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