Your amazing newspaper discoveries 

We love hearing about what you've found in The British Newspaper Archive. Email press@britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk to tell us what you've discovered.

Here are some of the fascinating stories you've told us about so far.

Sandra

'I stumbled across a fantastic little sketch of my great grandfather William Watson in the Edinburgh Evening News. I think the artist achieved a real likeness – compare it to the photo I have of him:

I think The British Newspaper Archive is an amazing resource for genealogists, particularly those of us who live overseas and aren’t able to access local archives.

You have no idea how delighted I was to stumble across the sketch of William – imagine a ‘happy dance’ happening at 2am in my house in New Zealand!’

What will you discover in The British Newspaper Archive?


There are millions of fascinating stories waiting to be found. Search the newspapers for a person, place or event to get started.


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Maxine

'I have found so much out about my gg-grandfather's life. There are literally dozens of articles mentioning him alone, never mind the other people in my family tree.

I've even found a picture of him - all thanks to you! To find a picture is the absolute Holy Grail of family history, so I was delighted with that one.'

Lisamarie

'I recently found this photo of my great-great-uncle in a newspaper article on your website:

I have been searching for one since my grandmother told me about meeting him before the First World War.

Thanks for making a wish I have held since I was 15 years old come true.'

Lynne

'I've just bought a subscription to The British Newspaper Archive and found some cracking stuff about my granddad.

He played the piano on a cruise for the Prince of Wales and Prince George in 1931!'

Bob

'I got some fabulous insights into characters that had only previously been names on a census listing or on a birth or marriage certificate.

I’d strongly recommend it to anybody looking for a new dimension to their research.'

Claire

'I'm a PhD student researching the passengers who travelled on the SS Great Britain in response to news of the Goldrush in Victoria.

So far I've traced 250 of them, many of them thanks to invaluable clues from the newspapers. One passenger discovered a lump of gold the size of a leg of lamb and came home a millionaire.'

Sarah

'I have been trying to find information about my great-great-great-grandfather for more than 30 years. 

Through a simple newspaper search, I found an article about his death. I now know he was from Brettenham in Suffolk, that his father’s name was William and his mother was Susannah Pawsey.'

Make your own amazing discovery


Find out more about your ancestors or unearth a forgotten story from the past - start searching the newspapers today.


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