Friday 16 February 2024

A rare treat:'s entire database is free for four days, Ancestry's specialist database of historical news publications, is free to access until 11:59pm MT on Monday 21 February.

The online archive holds images from more than 24,000 titles and 924million pages of newsprint from around the world. More than 90% are from the USA, but there are also 550-ish titles from Great Britain and another 30 from the island of Ireland, while Canada is the source of up to 200 more.

When searching, you can focus on obits only, BMD announcements only, your preferred location, or really go for it with a search of the full collection.

If you don't already have one, you'll need to register with to take advantage of the free access. This is a quick and easy process.

Click the image above right to reach the free access landing page.