03 June 2014

Yorkshire Newspapers: digital copies online

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The online British Newspaper Archive includes many Yorkshire newspapers. Recent additions include the Yorkshire Evening Post.

I have used newspapers to find birth, marriage, death and funeral notices, obituaries, and other articles that provide information and historical context for my family history. I usually start by searching for surnames, village names and relevant keywords such as 'accountant', 'carpenter' or 'inquest'.

The rapidly expanding collection of searchable digitised British newspapers is available on two sites:

Both sites now offer very affordable one-month subscriptions.

Before searching, read Top Tips for Searching the Newspapers.

As more papers are digitised, details are added to the list of newspaper titles online.

British news and family notices were often reprinted in Australian newspapers, so you should also search Trove (a magnificent free site created by the National Library of Australia).


  1. Thanks for the comment on my post about middle names. I hope you discover your Bradshaw and Goddard connections! Those are pretty unusual middle names... especially for girls! But, maybe it'll help you identify someone in the future.

    Thanks for your post about these newspapers! I'll have to scroll through this site. So far, I've only traced one family back to England but they lived in Yorkshire & Lancashire. So, your information could be useful!

    1. Dana, do you know exactly where in Yorkshire your ancestors lived? It is a beautiful place. My families were mainly in the North Riding of Yorkshire but there were a few in the West and East Ridings too. I recommend that you go to the Yorkshire collection on FindMyPast and search each record set separately. Good luck!


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