Last week I wrote about my cousin Mary Brown Wood and the many, many family deaths she experienced. My friend Su Leslie who blogs here and here suggested that I look for a newspaper article to help learn the fate of Mary’s son, John Wood. I shared with her that I haven’t become a savvy Scottish newspaper searcher yet. She shared a few tips and her favorite newspaper website for Scottish newspapers – The British Newspaper Archive.
I gave it a try. I was pleasantly surprised that they offer three free views to give you a taste of how their website works with your free registration. I wasn’t going to use any of those credits on a guess, so I still haven’t found a record for John Wood, but I did find three records for my family using all of my three free views productively. Among them was this marriage announcement for Mary’s granddaughter Agnes Blair Boyd Wood. What a sweet treasure! It felt wonderful to look into the beautiful, smiling face of Agnes and feel a bit of happy closure to the very sad tale of Mary.
I am definitely a fan of The British Newspaper Archive!
Once the busy-ness of RootsTech is over, I’m going to have to decide which subscription level is right for me.
Have you tried The British Newspaper Archive? If so, do you have any search tips to share?
Important side note: I LOVE newspapers and use them frequently. But if you have been following along, then you know that my tree is very diverse and I research all over the world. I hadn’t yet chased Scottish newspaper research because I have so many irons in the fire already, and the need wasn’t pressing. But it’s something I have been wanting to learn more about. I am so glad that Su shared a few tips and her favorite website. She is all Scottish so I especially value her opinion on this one. Thank you, dear Su! <3