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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).