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Monday, September 23, 2013 adds searchable Irish Newspapers

From time to time I read comments and blog post criticizing the practice of quoting from or re-posting press releases. In answer to all of those negative comments, I have a question. Where else do you think you will learn about what is happening in genealogy? If you don't care. Don't read the post. But realize that, in part, some of the blogging community is acting as your daily newspaper for genealogy. I only report things I am interested in and further, if I see that several bloggers have posted the same press release, I will skip it. But as long, the British online family history database provider, announced the launch of its Irish Newspaper Collection, providing almost 2 million historical Irish newspaper articles to search on the website. From the press release:
Digitized from the collections of the British Library, the Irish Newspapers Collection on is a rich resource for genealogists in search of their Irish roots.

The collection features six newspaper titles (both national and local) covering areas in Leinster, Munster, Connaught and Ulster namely; The Belfast Morning News, The Belfast Newsletter, The Cork Examiner, The Dublin Evening Mail, The Freeman’s Journal and The Sligo Champion.

Each newspaper title covers different dates in Ireland’s history with articles from  the pre-Famine era to post-Irish independence in 1926. For family historians, the newspapers contain valuable entries like advertisements, obituaries and letters to the editor which provide details on what local and national life would have been like in Ireland hundreds of years ago.
Anytime Irish records become more available it is news, actually really good news. If you do Irish research you know exactly what I am talking about.

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