Welcome to the largest digitization project of British newspapers in history– 10 years in the making, three centuries of information, more than 65 million articles– and it’s found all together on findmypast.
Findmypast’s collection of nearly 200 titles accessible through our exclusive partnership with the British Library will open a treasure trove of family history to explore. British Newspapers provide a vivid window into the past – people will be able to find their ancestors and discover what life was like on their street, their town and their time period from 1710 to 1963.
Early British newspapers captured the pulse of the time and reflected the beliefs of the people. Learn about your ancestor’s hobbies, work accomplishments, community involvement, bizarre community tales and how major historical events affected local communities.
The British Library has one of the world’s most comprehensive newspaper collections – more than three centuries of local, regional and national newspapers from every corner of the United Kingdom. During a 10 year project, findmypast.com’s parent company brightsolid partnered with the British Library to scan and upload up to 6 million pages dating from 1700 to 1950. This evolving collection of British Newspapers will be available on findmypast.com with about 8,000 new pages to search online every day.
To gain access to these newspapers, family historians had to travel to London and trudge through the British Library’s newspaper archives page by page. Now you can search your family tree at home with ease.
Ancestors are fully searchable by name, keywords, dates, title and tags. This accurate search is possible using optical character recognition, software that searches through thousands of pages, clippings and letters to find the exact word or ancestor that you are looking for.
Our newspaper archives search uses what is known as a fuzzy search:
First findmypast.com will match the exact spelling of the name or word you are looking for (for example, archive), then match any related word variation (archives, archived, archiving). The findmypast.com search hunts across 12 billion words in seconds. You have the ability to search by a relative’s name or by keyword, such as an historical event that touched your family history.
This fuzzy search captures a wide set of results when searching across a variety of newspaper sources. To make your search even easier– exact word matches will always appear first in the search results when ordered by relevance.
Use filter options to search the collection of British Newspapers by: