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Newspaper databases: Africa, Caribbean, Ceylon, India etc

Postby MaureenE » Sun Mar 12, 2017 1:37 am

The British Library in London has two databases containing historical newspapers from Africa and the Caribbean. These could be very informative sources if you are researching people who lived in these areas.

The databases are described in these links ... 800-1925-0
Note: British Library has Series 1 database. ... an-society

The British Library website advises for both these databases
“NB: Reader Pass holders can also access this resource remotely via our Remote Resources service

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Re: Newspaper databases: Africa and Caribbean

Postby LelandJackson » Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:59 pm

Great find!

Does anyone have any experience with these?

Just wondering about any reviews for these. Usability. The depth of available information. Etc.
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Re: Newspaper databases: Africa, Caribbean, Ceylon, India et

Postby MaureenE » Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:18 am

Title has been changed.

The British Library in London now has a newspaper database (which other large libraries may also have)
"South Asian Newspapers, 1864-1922" (Part of Readex World Newspaper Archive) which includes
*for (then) India
Pioneer Allahabad 1865-1903
Madras Mail 1868-1889
Tribune Lahore 1881-1922
*for Ceylon
Ceylon Observer Colombo 1864-1922

Particularly for the British In Ceylon, there is not much available online, so the birth, marriage and death notices could be a valuable source.

There is also a database Times of India—1838-2001 which is an option under the Proquest Historical Newspapers. This database is also available at the British Library (and elsewhere). The FIBIS database contains transcribed birth, marriage and death notices for the period 1862-1930 from the Times of India.

The British Library also now has extra databases for African newspapers.

There are also databases for English language newspapers in China and Japan available at various libraries.
All the above are detailed on the FIBIS Fibiwiki page
Subscription websites-online newspapers, journals and directories ... irectories

In addition to the library subscription websites above, there are free newspaper websites. including Singapore and Hong Kong, see the FIBIS Fibiwiki page Newspapers ... rnal_links

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