Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Ancestry adds Irish newspaper collection

Click to go to Irish Newspaper Collection
Ancestry has added a collection of Irish newspapers to its subscription site. They aren't indexed, so you can't search for ancestors by name or by events, but you can browse through selected batches by date. They span the years 1763 to 1890.

The collection is as follows:

  • Cork Mercantile Chronicle 1802-1818
  • Northern Star 1792-1797
  • Notes from Ireland 1886-1890
  • The Belfast Mercury 1783-1786
  • The Belfast Evening Post 1786-1787
  • The Cork General Advertiser 1777
  • The Dublin Builder 1859-1866
  • The Dublin Evening Mail 1855
  • The Dublin Penny Journal 1832-1836
  • Freeman's Journal 1763-1882
  • The Hibernian Chronicle 1769-1802
  • The Irish Builder 1867-1890
  • The Irish Felon 1848
  • The Irish People 1863-1867
  • The Irish Times 1864-1889
  • The Irishman 1819-1825
  • The Leinster Journal 1800-1828
  • The Londonderry Journal 1785
  • The Meath People 1857-1863
  • The Morning News 1882-1887
  • The Nation 1850-1852
  • The Nationalist 1886-1890
  • The Northern Star 1792-1793
  • The Roscommon Constitution 1889-1890
  • The Tralee Chronicle 1870-1875
  • The United Irishman 1848
  • The Waterford Chronicle 1777
  • The Waterford Herald 1792-1793
  • The Waterford Mirror 1801-1827
  • The Waterford News 1848-1868

The span of dates shown does not mean that every issue within that time frame is available.

In addition, a copy of Thom's Directory 1904 can be browsed. (Update: Blogger John Reid of Anglo Celtic Connections has done some research into the online availability of Thom's Directories – well-worth reading and noting.)

It looks as though this collection is currently available only to those with a Premium (UK) or World Explorer subscription.