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Search for stories in our extensive newspaper collections

Explore millions of digitised pages of newspapers and other publications from our British and Irish collections, dating as far back as the 1700s.

The storage void of the new British Library National Newspaper Building at Boston Spa in West Yorkshire. Photo © Kippa Matthews

Search tips and tricks

Findmypast's historical newspaper archive collection is a potential goldmine of information on your ancestors. Here's how to make the most of it.

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Search for multiple names

Search for more than one name to find articles that mention both people – just separate the names with a comma:

For example:
Lloyd George, Bonar Law
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Narrow your results with filters

Start your search with a name or keyword, then use the filters to narrow down your results by date, location, and title.

You can add and remove filters until you find what you’re looking for.
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Harness the power of phrase searching

Search for phrases exactly as they appear and in the specified order by using quotation marks around terms.

For example:
“Sutton Coldfield rail crash”
“Sutton Coldfield” “rail crash”
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