British Newspapers Archive - a real gem!

Among the databases available for FREE at Auckland Libraries is the British Newspaper Archive. This is the British Library’s version of PapersPast. If you subscribe to Findmypast you may have access to this already as part of your subscription. Otherwise you can use the British Newspapers Archive at any Auckland Council Library. all you have to do is register – provide an e-mail address and password and "Bob’s your Uncle!"

The site includes newspapers from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales and the articles can be something of national interest and much better, of local interest.

A quirky example you may find are the results of ploughing contests that may name the person and their employer. The best of course, are those articles that are a little scurrilous. I have incidents that have caused me to sit down and research who the parties involved are and how they are related.

However, all articles have added insight into how my families lived, property owned and what their character was like. It may be that your temperament has not only come from your father/mother but great-great aunt Frances.

Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter 25 Jul 1885 (part of article)
You can read the full article here: 

The British Newspapers Archive is just one example of heritage newspapers that Auckland Council Libraries provide free for customers - but it is a fabulous resource and has so many titles not covered by others!

Happy hunting