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Offline KitCarson

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British Newspaper Archive - offer of free access?
« on: Friday 08 April 22 16:50 BST (UK) »
I no longer subscribe to Find my Past which I understand had some access to BNA?  On a recent post someone mentioned I could access 3 free searches.  I downloaded 2 yesterday and I've had emails from them initially saying I still had 1 more free search.

I've now received an email from them saying I have free access on the Community Edition?

Clicking on various links I've found:

"Why do I have free access?
This library has subscribed to The British Newspaper Archive - Community Edition.

While you are within this library/authority premises, you will have unlimited access to the millions of scanned pages of newspapers that the British Newspaper Archive site holds.

To view pages from the archive, you'll need to register (for free) and be signed in to the service.

All the articles you view will be kept in your Saved area – it’s your personal area in which to store and organise your favourite articles. Here you can create folders for different articles and categorise them however you like – the beauty of "Saved" is that you can make it whatever you want. You can also add notes to any of your articles to record your thoughts and track your progress.

Please see our Getting Started page for useful advice on searching.

We hope you enjoy searching The Archive.
The British Newspaper Archive team"

Anyone else access free access this way?  They don't have my financial details so can't charge me for searching.  I'm just a bit suspicious as I know other people pay a subscription?

EDIT: when it says 'this Library' I have not joined a library and they don't mention what that is.  I subscribe to National Records but only free access mainly for their maps.

cheers, Kit
Rimmer/Appleton/Ashcroft: St Helens, Lancs // Cul(le)y:St Helens & Little Bolton // Stott: Huyton Quarry & Sutton, Lancs
Carson:Belfast & St Helens // Kelly:Mullingar, West Meath & St Helens // Ronan: Ferns, Wexford & St Helens // Daley:Oranmore & Athenry, Co Galway //
Cunningham: Heworth, Gateshead & Widnes & St Helens, originating Ireland
Edgar: Bellie, Moray // Anderson: Selkirk // Rutherford: Hobkirk, Roxburghshire //
Watson: Moray & Jamaica // Watt: Cairnie

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Re: British Newspaper Archive - offer of free access?
« Reply #1 on: Friday 08 April 22 17:40 BST (UK) »
I was given this link by a friend a while ago for free newspaper access.  It sounds as if it's the same place you're talking about.  I'd assumed it was just a free site available to everyone.  I've never used Find My Past.

 https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/content/free_access

EDIT - I've just added up the number of free searches I've done and it's 9.
London: Bethell, Bradbury, Butlin, Cantrill, Corfe, Darby, Fisher, Medcraft, Postill, Small, Standivan, Trotter, Walker, Woodley
Beds & London: King                      Essex: Mitson, Wicker
Gloucestershire & London: Kear     Hampshire & London: Eldridge
Herts & London: Dawson                Lancs  & London: Fogg
Notts & London: Barber                  Oxfordshire & London: Hemmings
Suffolk & London: Turner                Wilts & London: Brown, Wilkins, Wise
Scotland: Allan, Insch, Stephens

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Re: British Newspaper Archive - offer of free access?
« Reply #2 on: Friday 08 April 22 17:57 BST (UK) »
  There is a free to view section for newspapers on Findmypast, but I think it is fairly limited. I had noticed it was there, but never explored it, as I have a subscription. It seems to be mainly some local newspapers and small specialist publications, though I haven't looked in great detail.
Pay, Kent
Codham/Coltham, Kent
Kent, Felton, Essex
Staples, Wiltshire

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Re: British Newspaper Archive - offer of free access?
« Reply #3 on: Friday 08 April 22 18:05 BST (UK) »
Thanks to both Pandacub and TOTH.

I may then see what is available in the areas I'm interested in a go on from there.

I should explore the cost of a full subscription to BNA as opposed to what FindMyPast and this new offer provide.  If anyone has any thoughts, I'd be interested in your knowledge.

Kit
Rimmer/Appleton/Ashcroft: St Helens, Lancs // Cul(le)y:St Helens & Little Bolton // Stott: Huyton Quarry & Sutton, Lancs
Carson:Belfast & St Helens // Kelly:Mullingar, West Meath & St Helens // Ronan: Ferns, Wexford & St Helens // Daley:Oranmore & Athenry, Co Galway //
Cunningham: Heworth, Gateshead & Widnes & St Helens, originating Ireland
Edgar: Bellie, Moray // Anderson: Selkirk // Rutherford: Hobkirk, Roxburghshire //
Watson: Moray & Jamaica // Watt: Cairnie


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Re: British Newspaper Archive - offer of free access?
« Reply #4 on: Friday 08 April 22 19:43 BST (UK) »
It depends how much you would use the rest of Findmypast.  I find the BNA search more intuitive and sometimes use that to locate something on FindMyPast to which I subscribe. If you would use FindMyPast for other records, I would stick with them. FindMyPast are the digitisers of the papers for BNA so you shouldn’t find any difference in the papers held by both.
CHOULES All ,  COKER Harwich Essex & Rochester Kent 
COLE Gt. Oakley, & Lt. Oakley, Essex.
DUNCAN Kent
EVERITT Colchester,  Dovercourt & Harwich Essex
GULLIVER/GULLOFER Fifehead Magdalen Dorset
HORSCROFT Kent.
KING Sturminster Newton, Dorset. MONK Odiham Ham.
SCOTT Wrabness, Essex
WILKINS Stour Provost, Dorset.
WICKHAM All in North Essex.
WICKHAM Medway Towns, Kent from 1880
WICKHAM, Ipswich, Suffolk.

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Re: British Newspaper Archive - offer of free access?
« Reply #5 on: Friday 08 April 22 20:11 BST (UK) »
Thanks Jebber  good to know.  Kit
Rimmer/Appleton/Ashcroft: St Helens, Lancs // Cul(le)y:St Helens & Little Bolton // Stott: Huyton Quarry & Sutton, Lancs
Carson:Belfast & St Helens // Kelly:Mullingar, West Meath & St Helens // Ronan: Ferns, Wexford & St Helens // Daley:Oranmore & Athenry, Co Galway //
Cunningham: Heworth, Gateshead & Widnes & St Helens, originating Ireland
Edgar: Bellie, Moray // Anderson: Selkirk // Rutherford: Hobkirk, Roxburghshire //
Watson: Moray & Jamaica // Watt: Cairnie

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Re: British Newspaper Archive - offer of free access?
« Reply #6 on: Saturday 09 April 22 14:57 BST (UK) »
It says in the Terms and Conditions:

>> Searching the site is free, but to view the newspapers you have to pay a fee <<

I wonder what use that is, to be able to search but not see the results.
Bagwell of Kilmore & Lisronagh, Co. Tipperary;  Beatty from Enniskillen;  Brown from Preston, Lancs.;  Burke of Ballydugan, Co. Galway;  Casement in the IoM and Co. Antrim;  Davison of Knockboy, Broughshane;  Frobisher;  Guillemard;  Harrison in Co. Antrim and Dublin;  Jones around Burton Pedwardine, Lincs.;  Lindesay of Loughry;  Newcomen of Camlagh, Co. Roscommon;  Shield;  Watson from Kidderminster;  Wilkinson from Leeds

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Re: British Newspaper Archive - offer of free access?
« Reply #7 on: Saturday 09 April 22 15:26 BST (UK) »
You get several lines of each result so that you can see if it's worth persuing further. If it's something short, like a BMD notice, you may have all you need anyway :)
Researching Penge, Anerley, (incuding the Crystal Palace) and neighbouring parts of Beckenham, currently in London (Bromley), formerly Surrey and/or Kent.

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« Reply #8 on: Saturday 09 April 22 17:56 BST (UK) »
It says in the Terms and Conditions:

>> Searching the site is free, but to view the newspapers you have to pay a fee <<

I wonder what use that is, to be able to search but not see the results.

Go into a newsagents and the headlines of the newspapers are freely on view, but would you expect to walk out with the paper of your choice without paying for it?
CHOULES All ,  COKER Harwich Essex & Rochester Kent 
COLE Gt. Oakley, & Lt. Oakley, Essex.
DUNCAN Kent
EVERITT Colchester,  Dovercourt & Harwich Essex
GULLIVER/GULLOFER Fifehead Magdalen Dorset
HORSCROFT Kent.
KING Sturminster Newton, Dorset. MONK Odiham Ham.
SCOTT Wrabness, Essex
WILKINS Stour Provost, Dorset.
WICKHAM All in North Essex.
WICKHAM Medway Towns, Kent from 1880
WICKHAM, Ipswich, Suffolk.