Rumours and theories about the identity of the notorious Victorian murderer Jack the Ripper have been whispered, shouted, and otherwise bandied about ever since his grisly reign of terror nearly 130 years ago in London’s Whitechapel. While the truth has never been conclusively revealed, the investigation is by no means over. In our exclusive series, findmypast explores the history –… [Read more]
…from the past. The lost Great Gatsby silent film. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s magnum opus, has been at the heart of America’s literary pride since 1925. Since it’s debut, the best-selling novel has been repurposed for every artistic medium possible, sometimes to the chagrin of Fitzgerald’s ‘purest’ fans. While we rush off to the theater to see Baz Luhrmann’s modern… [Read more]
In the spirit of mother’s day, we wanted to look back on moms of the past whose selfless acts made headlines. We found 15,748 articles recounting extraordinary acts of heroism and sacrifice women made for their family within the collection of British, US and world newspapers on findmypast.com, an archive covering nearly 300 years of world history. While… [Read more]
Ever participate in – or even hear about – ‘A Pigeon Eating Wager’? Odds are, most likely not, but that is just one of the strange headlines you can read about in the collection of British newspapers on findmypast.com. Through an exclusive partnership with the British Library, brightsolid is digitizing 50 million pages of British newspapers, from 1700 to 1950, over the… [Read more]
Find out exactly how to search the new collection of British newspapers on findmypast.com. Learn how to both use and have fun with newspaper archives on our site. CONTENTS 0:32: How to search the newspapers on findmypast.com – by name and keyword 1:21: How to specifically search names to get the results you want 2:20: How to use the filters… [Read more]
With the official day of love around the corner, many have looked back at the past year and may have wondered if Cupid took a hiatus—at least when it comes to celebrity couples. As award season takes hold (the native stomping grounds of power couples), there will be some notable couples that will walk alone after a decade of union and a split in 2012.
Want to know more about the new collection of British newspapers on findmypast.com? Listen to Josh Taylor discuss what you can expect with this unprecedented collection. CONTENTS 1:25: The digitization of the collection in partnership with the British Library 2:10: The importance of British newspapers and family history 4:09: Example of what you can find in the collection 4:45: What… [Read more]
The British newspapers include original images of local and regional newspapers from England, Scotland and Wales from 1700 to 1950, and encompass nearly 200 titles. The stories featured in this collection are infinite. You can see great events reported as they appeared to people at the time, from the Crimean War to the Boston Molasses Disaster.