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Offline putti

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« on: Wednesday 24 August 11 18:31 BST (UK) »
Hi all,

Greetings from a rather wet and windy Denmark

My question is, is there any way I can look up obituries and other items such a marriage announcements etc online in the local newspapers of Blackburn or any other area from the 1900,s onwards.  I am aware that I can access the British newspapers with my library number but this is only up til 1900 and the nearest newspaper ares is preston .....  I am coming to Blackburn in October so would be able to use the library then but am hoping I do not have to wait that long......

Any ideas or suggestions would be gratefully recived.


Offline Barbara.H

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« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 24 August 11 20:46 BST (UK) »
Hi Tina,

I don't know of any online papers specifically covering Blackburn.
There is the Guardian and Observer digital archive, which is a pay-per-view site (unless your library subscribes, as with the British library one). I think it goes right up to the present day. The Guardian stopped being the Manchester Guardian in the 1950s, but still carried a lot of northern news, so might be worth a look.

Googling, I found this free trial offer which I used a while ago. It might still be valid, give it a try!

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Offline msr

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« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 24 August 11 21:57 BST (UK) »
Hi Tina

You could try e-mailing the community history department at the library

community.history  AT

Someone may be willing to look through the Blackburn Times fiche for you.

I was once lucky enough to receive help from them.