Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

11/6/2004

Newspapers, Magazines and Genealogy

This is a wonderful website from British-Genealogy.com on the use of British Newspapers and Magazines in Genealogy a link can be found on the rhs. Old newspapers and magazines can be found in most libraries in the the country.

Newspapers
Old newspapers and magazines can be a really wonderful source of material for both historians and genealogists.

They fall into four main categories:

Broadsheets
Local newspapers, usually published weekly during the 1800s or earlier
National weekly magazines
Specialist magazines

Broadsheets
Broadsheets were usually large sheets of paper, printed on one side. The same terms is used today of course, but is based on these very earliest forms of newspapers. In addition to news, they were used for advertisements and announcements. Old broadsheets are very rare, as they were not intended to survive.

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