Findmypast’s newspaper archive goes global

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Findmypast’s newspaper archive goes global

  • The world’s largest online collection of historic British & Irish newspapers branches out into new territories for the first time
  •  Titles from Canada and the wider Commonwealth now available to search 
  • New publications covering regions of North America, the Carribean and Asia to be published online in the coming months 

Salt Lake City, Utah,  February 28th 17, 2019. For Immediate Release

Findmypast and the British Newspaper Archive, have today announced a major new development in their project to digitize the British Library’s vast collection of historical newspapers.

Following the recent addition of brand new titles covering Canada and British India, including some of the first English language-newspapers ever to be printed in these regions, Findmypast will continue to add thousands of pages from a variety of Commonwealth publications throughout 2020.

Findmypast’s newspaper collection now contains over 36 million pages from over 1000 titles covering England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and beyond. Spanning over 300 years (1708 – 2009) years of local, national and world history, it contains over 3.2 billion names found within notices of births, marriages and deaths, obituaries, advertisements, letters, news reports and much more.

In the coming months, newspaper enthusiasts can expect to see a variety of new additions from Canada, India, Pakistan, Jamaica, and Barbados added to the collection. Researchers will soon have the ability to instantly access millions of articles in titles such as the Toronto Daily Mail, Hamilton Daily Times, Times of India, Calcutta Gazette, The Jamaica Mercury & Kingston Weekly Advertiser and more.

This exciting development marks the latest step in Findmypast’s drive to help researchers across the globe transform their understanding of historical events both great and small, while adding colour, context and depth to their family history research.

The past 12 months has seen a dramatic increase in Findmypast’s rate of newspaper digitization, with over 5.9 million pages containing roughly 533 million names made available to search online since January 2019.

Today’s announcement builds on Findmypast’s historically strong coverage of the UK and the millions of pages recently added from Scottish and Irish titles.

Tamsin Todd, CEO of Findmypast, said; “We are delighted to be working with our partners at the British Library to welcome these new international titles to our collection. Newspapers supplement the facts of our family histories with rich stories –  in them we might find a picture of the place an ancestor lived or worked, or what was happening in sports and politics and entertainment on the important days in their lives. With its new international reach, the British Newspaper Archive is becoming an ever more useful source for the social historian and family researcher alike.” 

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