More Essex titles on the British Newspaper Archive
More newspaper titles have been added to the collection of Essex newspapers on the British Newspaper Archive.
The additional titles are:
- · Saffron Walden Weekly News 1850 – 1899 157 issues
- · Southend Standard and Essex Weekly Advertiser 1850 to 1949 1872 issues
- · Colchester Gazette: 1870 to 1889 180 issues
These are now added to an impressive number of existing titles – all available for researching your family tree and local history.
- · Essex Standard: 1831 to 1900 4,245 issues
- · Essex Newsman: 1870 to 1950 4,554 issues
- · Essex Herald: 1828 to 1899 3,828 issues
- · Chelmsford Chronicle: 1783 to 1950 6,378 issues
- · Waltham Abbey and Cheshunt Weekly Telegraph: 1883 to 1896 156 issues
- · Grays and Tilbury Gazette, and Southend Telegraph: 1889 to 1908 573 issues
The British Newspaper Archive is a pay-to-view site; various packages are available, but sometimes they do offer introductory free articles or periods of time. The British Newspaper Archive was launched in 2011 and is a partnership between the British Library and DC Thomson Family History Limited who also own Findmypast. Their aim is to digitise up to 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library’s vast collection by 2021. Already millions of pages have been scanned.
The archive can also be accessed in certain subscription options on Findmypast.co.uk.
If you are unsure about searching the archive, try our example search to get you started.
Findmypast packages changed
Findmypast have just announced a change to their offerings to UK family historians.
There are now three options: Starter, Plus and Pro. The big change is that Plus and Pro now allow access to the 1939 Register even on a monthly package.
In brief, these are the new options:
Starter package is aimed to help beginners on their family tree journey.
Includes census and BMD (birth, marriages and death) records, and includes full access to Findmypast’s family tree hinting system, allowing users to quickly trace their family’s story back to 1837. The package also includes Findmypast’s search functionality, support content, live chat and instant help – and all new subscribers will receive a free Getting Started guide.
Plus package includes the 1939 Register and all the essentials for the keen family tree researcher.
The Plus package is designed for those wanting to make their family tree more detailed. Beyond the 1939 Register, all parish, military, education, institutions and social history records as well as all electoral registers, directories, and travel and migration records are included.
Pro package for some serious genealogical research.
The Pro package includes access to the largest online collection of British and Irish newspapers in the world and to all of Findmypast’s global record sets. Great for research ancestors who migrated abroad.
Their website contains more information and sets out the difference between the options.
Learn more about the options
Findmypast free access to military records
It’s Remembrance Weekend on the 11th and 12th November. Why not take this time of remembrance to research your ancestors’ role in World War 1 and 2?
Findmypast.co.uk is offering free access to their Military Records for the Army, Navy and Air Force from 8th to the 12th November (ends Midnight).
The databases include British Army WW1 Service Records, Medal Rolls and Honours, British Army Casualty Lists 1939-1945, Royal Naval Officers 1899-1919, British Army Lists 1839-1946, and several more.
For more information visit ‘Your family were heroes’ on Findmypast.
You may find our article on World War One Records also of help.
For Service Records after 1920 for the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, British Army and Royal Air Force personnel please see this Ministry of Defence advice on obtaining a copy of military service records.
Clacton’s Band Pavilion
Travel back in time with historian Norman Jacobs as he unveils the layers of history of Clacton’s Band Pavilion.
This illustrated talk charts the Pavilion’s journey from an open space and bandstand to 3000-seat theatre hosting the world’s top big bands and global showstoppers, to amusement arcade and on to today’s children’s fun park, bowling alley and restaurant.
The story of the Pavilion mirrors Clacton’s own rise, fall, and rise again; once a key attraction in one of Britain’s premier seaside resorts which fell into decline, we now celebrate its revival as part of the town’s regeneration.
Kindly hosted by Armstrongs @ the Pavilion restaurant, Marine Parade East, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1PS.
Free and open to all, free tea and coffee will be served as part of the event.
Doors open at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start.
Places limited so booking essential.
Booking on Eventbrite: https://changing-times-clacton.eventbrite.co.uk
Facebook event: http://bit.ly/changing-times-clacton
Art Exchange: http://www.artexchange.org.uk/event
As a fan of old maps and knowing how useful they are in family history research I thought I would recommend Oldmapsonline.org.
The website offers an easy to use gateway to the map collections of many libraries and archives across the world. It provides a search engine based either on a Place Name Search or by Map Navigation. Quite often it is faster and easier than the search engine of the organisation holding the maps. At the moment 383804 maps are catalogued and accessible through this gateway. The best coverage is for Britain, Europe and North America.
In the UK two of the most useful old maps websites, the National Library of Scotland and British Library, can be searched through this gateway.
For more information on maps and your family tree see our article on Maps
Find My Past – 5 Days of free British and Irish Records
Find My Past are offering free access to British and Irish Records over the long weekend of 22nd – 26th June (ending 9am).
If you are not already registered, after registration access will be free to the following datasets:
- Birth, Marriage, Death and Census Records from Britain and Ireland
- Irish Family History Records
- UK Parish Records
- British and Irish Military Service and Pension Records
- UK and Ireland Crime, Prison and Punishment Records
- Travel and Migration Collections, School Records and Occupation Lists
NOT included in the free offer is the 1939 Register, British and Irish newspapers, recent electoral registers, and rest of the world records.