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Transcripts from historical newspapers

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A 19th century picture of a lady and a working man, sitting on a bench, each reading a newspaper; used to highlight this section about historical newspapers : transcripts and extracts.
Absorbed by the news of the day. Image credit.

Many of the transcripts from historical newspapers presented on Arborealis pertain to Alison Kilpatrick’s family history research interests. However, many more have been transcribed which might be of general interest to family and local historians alike. Coverage, current and pending, includes several countries dating from the 18th to the 20th centuries, and several regiments of the British Army for limited periods during the early 19th century.

A few notes about these transcripts:

  1. News transcripts are presented in chronological order. However, the two-column format means that a long article might displace the apparent chronological order. Please scroll up and down as needed.
  2. While indexes are not provided, the search function should be helpful to find a page containing a news item of interest. Each page features two search boxes.
  3. Some news articles contain language and characterizations which may have been in common use at the time the articles or stories were written, but which are no longer acceptable. These articles do not reflect the opinions of the transcriber or website owner.
  4. Please cite your sources. Following is an example of an appropriate source citation:
    The Belfast News-Letter, 4 December 1832 (pg. 2). Marriage notice for William Barrett of Inniskea, and Mary Sophia de la Tour d’Auvergne Folvil of Carricknagore, both of the county Donegal. Digital image online at (accessed by subscription); transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2019-04-15), posted to Arborealis, accessed [insert date of access].
  5. Important notice:—These transcripts may not be copied, transmitted, or reproduced for profit or for gain in any medium including websites that ask for donations, feature advertisements, or link directly or indirectly to any commercial concern. This rule applies to websites or any other medium with commercial interests, whether entrepreneurial, charitable, or educational in intent, and no matter how small the benefit, monetary or otherwise. Please use our contact page to forward questions, suggestions, or requests for permissions to the Editor.

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Source citation for this page: — Kilpatrick, Alison. Index page for transcripts from historical newspapers. Online at Arborealis,, accessed [insert date of access].

Image credit:Two 19th century readers lost in their historic newspapers; comprised of two images, combined and enhanced by Alison Kilpatrick ©2020.