Saturday 25 July 2020

Sligo Chronicle joins BritishNewspaperArchive database as it passes 38million page milestone

With The Sligo Chronicle joining, the database has tipped past the impressive milestone of 38 million pages. of this morning, the online repository holds 38,011,080 pages of historical newspapers published since the 1700s in Britain, Ireland and some colonial outposts.

The entire database is available on both the (BMA) and its sister company FindMyPast (FMP).

This latest addition means the number of Irish titles available to search in both the BNA and FMP newspaper collections tot up to 194 (55 of them from Northern Ireland),

The Sligo Chronicle weekly paper was launched in 1850. It started out as a Wednesday publication, but quickly changed to Saturday, and ran until 1891. It also carried advertisements for everything from furniture and insurance to quack cures.

It also carried a mix of news relating to world news (Indian Mutiny, murder in Van Dieman Island), Westminster politics, local shipwrecks, workhouse matters, Union meetings, gossip, announcments of fair dates and produce prices, reports from petty session courts and local assizes, and birth, marriage and death listings.

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