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Record Description
Record Type Newspaper
Collection years 1800-1900
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The British Newspaper Archive

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains family notices found in British newspaper collections covering the period 1800-1900. This is a collaborative project with Findmypast.

A family notice is similar to an obituary but with certain differences. An obituary provides information about an individual’s life, a family notice often was created to announce when and where funerals or other memorial services will take place. While the collection is titled "Family Notices" some of the images contain birth and marriage information.

The notices in this collection come from a variety of newspapers across Britain. Major newspapers from the nineteenth century include The Courier, The Scotsman, The Chartist Northern Star, The Daily Telegraph, The Illustrated London News, the Western Mail, and the Daily Mail.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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For additional information about image restrictions see Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:


  • Birthdate
  • Names of parents
  • Place of birth
  • Gender of child


  • Date married
  • Names of bride and groom
  • Name of one or more parent
  • Place married
  • Place of residence


  • Name of deceased
  • Date of death
  • Place of death
  • Age at death
  • Relatives of deceased

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

As of 20 July 2018 this collection contained the following records.

Country Birth Marriage Death
England 374,661 724,399 2,477,513
Ireland 8,049 4,481 22,336
Northern Ireland 4,859 4,470 24,556
Scotland 134,366 88,629 381,816
Wales 253 285 614

Digital Folder Number List[edit | edit source]

This collection was published as a DGS browse collection. For a list of the content of these folders see British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices Digital Folder Number List

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the individual
  • Approximate time range for the event

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

To view images in this collection:
  1. Look at the British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices Digital Folder Number List article to determine the folder/film number for the images you want to see
  2. Go to the Browse Page
  3. Select the Film number to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Save or print a copy of the image if possible
  • Use the estimated age given in the notice (if provided) to calculate an approximate year of birth
  • Use the information to find the individual in other records. Particularly useful for research are Church Records, the England Census, and Civil Registration records
  • Continue to search the record to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives, any of whom might be listed within the text of the notice

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Check for variations of given names, surnames, and place names
  • Transcription errors could occur in any handwritten record
  • Also remember that it was not uncommon for an individual be listed under a nickname or an abbreviation of their name
  • Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of possible matches
  • Search the records of nearby locations
  • Look at the actual image of the record to verify the information found in the online description, if possible

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and England

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]

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