With my Christmas money I bought a year's subscription to Find My Past purely with the intention of looking up my ancestors in the newspaper collection. They had sent me a 10% off voucher so it seemed a reasonable step to take as I had used several (well more than several actually!) two day packages at the British Newspaper Archive at £6.95 last year. And I had bought some credits on Find My Past to look up Merchant Navy Records and Teacher Registration Records.
The only problem is that as we currently have a 10Gb cap on our broadband I am limited to searching newspapers at the end of the month if we have lots of broadband left. Or using my mum's broadband when we visit her. It was a cost cutting measure when we moved house to change from unlimited Virgin broadband, phone and TV to a limited BT account.
However BT has just offered us an unlimited broadband contract for 12 months with Infinity (that's the fibre optic version) for just a fiver more than we pay now ... hmmm, £5 is what they will charge us each month if we go over the 10Gb cap and that would only be for another 5Gb. So ... we've ordered it. I guess it will go up in a year, but we'll cross that bridge then. In a week's time I may be able to browse as many newspapers, maps, old parish records (new collection from Essex Record office announced today) as I want! Yay!!
I have found that the search on Find My Past is not as good as the one on the British Newspaper Archive.
|British Newspaper Archive search|
|Find My Past Newspaper Search|
Find My Past do provide a filter on the results page which lets you reduce your hits to areas or specific papers, however I haven't yet found a way to, say, look at the Shipping OR Maritime Intelligence for a specific ship for a specific week, which is the kind of search I was doing on the 19th century site searching for shipwrecks.
My best tip so far is put all your search terms in the keywords box - even the names. And bear in mind that the results are ordered by relevance, so only the first few may contain ALL your key words.
To finish - here's a cutting of my 5x great grandfather's brewery - Elstob & Co, in Bishopwearmouth (Sunderland, Co. Durham) celebrating the installation of a new brewing vessel in some style. I've visited a few breweries in my time but never seen one this big!
|Newcastle Courant 4 Oct 1800 (from Find My Past)|