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History through local newspapers in Yorkshire & the Humber Region

Local newspapers



Indexes to Local Newspapers

Database of Newspapers in Yorks & Humber

Public Use of Newspapers Survey 2001


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The earliest existing newspaper in the region, the Leeds Mercury, was published in 1719.

Local newspapers are a starting point for anyone studying family history or the local and social history of a community.  The information once reported in the press is read by students of all ages. It can be used in school projects, college theses, local history work, genealogy.

...Births, marriages and deaths, contemporary accounts of historic events, old commercial advertisements, reports of criminal cases, descriptions of popular entertainments...

Local newspapers are an important historical resource but, because of the fragile nature of paper, many have not survived and originals are at risk.


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These pages updated:
19 Sep 2003



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