Two fantastic family and local history resources are now available for free from all Edinburgh Libraries!
Find my past is a superb resource for all family history researchers. You can search across millions of genealogy records including UK parish records, census records, Irish records and British military records. Find my past also gives unique access to the 1939 register, which recorded 41 million citizens throughout Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the outbreak of World War Two.
The British Newspaper Archive is now available from within all libraries too! The British Newspaper Archive is a fantastic resource giving access to local newspapers from across the UK and Ireland going back as far as the 1700s.
Today is Valentine’s Day and with that in mind we’ve been having a look at some historical newspapers to see what we could find.
If you think that the heavy burden on the postie was a relatively new thing, think again. Back in 1876, the Edinburgh Evening News reported that the pillar box at the GPO had to be emptied 5 or 6 times to cope with the demand.
Edinburgh Evening News 14th Feb 1876
In the Dundee Evening Telegraph, you could win £2 2s for pouring your heart out….
Dundee Evening Telegraph 10th Feb 1931
And a few years later this little drawing appeared, can you work out the message?
Dundee Evening Telegraph 14th Feb 1936
And if you forgot to send off that card, there was even a belated Valentine’s message.
There are over 14 million digitised pages from more than 700 UK and Irish newspapers available on the British Newspaper Archive. You can browse for FREE in Central Library’s Edinburgh & Scottish Collection and Reference Library.
So do come and have a look yourself and use the Libraries’ computers or wifi to explore thousands of newspapers from 1710-1954 for FREE.
We’re still in the Christmas mood and have been flicking through the pages of the British Newspaper Archive, delving into Christmases past.
1918’s panto at the King’s Theatre was Jack and The Beanstalk… Oh yes it was!
5th January 1918
In 1900 there was a “Great Christmas and New Year Carnival” in the Waverley Market, which had been turned into “a veritable Fairyland” and not a big wheel or German Market in sight!
25th December 1924
In 1920 the coolest Christmas gift was a gramophone…..fast forward 96 years, and once again it’s appearing on Santa’s list.
24th December 1920
With Christmas Day only becoming a public holiday in Scotland in 1958, most workers were lucky to get a half days holiday to celebrate….
22nd December 1924
All these ads were taken from the Edinburgh Evening News, but there are over 14 million digitised pages from more than 700 UK and Irish newspapers available on the British Newspaper Archive. You can browse for FREE in Central Library’s Edinburgh & Scottish Collection and Reference Library.
So do come and have a look yourself and use the Libraries computers to explore thousands of newspapers from 1710-1954 for FREE.