The State Library of Western Australia has launched new databases for National Family History Week.
The 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection has about 1 million pages of digitized rare material published in Britain and the colonies, including pamphlets, broadsides and newspapers; while The 19th Century British Library Newspapers database has more than 2 million pages of digitized newspaper titles in the British Library, including Ireland, Scotland and Wales as well as England.
To search across the two collections at once, select British Newspapers 1600-1900.
With many regional newspapers in the database, the library says researchers have a good chance of finding references to ancestors. Unfortunately, these new databases are only accessible from computers at the State Library.
Maybe this is the time to make friends with genealogy society members down under and offer to trade lookup services with them?
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