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Obituary of Thomas Cavers Hall (1850-1917)

Here’s another obituary of an ancestor, this time another great-great grandfather. Southern Reporter, October 4 1917 DEATH OF A WELL-KNOWN FARMER.- We regret to learn of the death, following an accident, of Mr Thomas C Hall, for over 20 years … Continue reading

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“Bun-Bun” the rabbit is dead – tale of a much loved family pet (1938)

When the British Newspaper Archive was launched I tried searches for various family surnames. And I ran into problems with the search, because it wasn’t precise enough. For example searching for the surname Bunning – a surname in Martin’s family … Continue reading

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Obituary of Alexander Burnett Dodds (1836-1895)

Probably in the late 1980s I visited, with my Dad, the Southern Reporter newspaper head office in Selkirk, and pulled out a number of obituaries for relatives from their bound volumes of old newspapers. Here’s the first one, for my … Continue reading

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Relative breaking car side screen in 1937 Fife

Oh dear! I was searching the British Newspaper Archive again last night. Had a great time, including finding more goings-on at Cupar Mills in Cupar where we lived in the late 1990s. Anyway I then tried a search for “cavers … Continue reading

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Ancestor’s new seedsman business in 1844

My 4xg-grandfather Francis Somner (1803-1891) moved from farming in Berwickshire to becoming a seedsman and commission agent in Kelso, Roxburghshire. Thanks to the British Newspaper Archive I’ve just found a pair of adverts referring to his new business, where the … Continue reading

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Guy Fawkes celebrations in 1890s rural Somerset

My husband grew up in a tiny Somerset village, Maperton, near Wincanton. When I first accessed the British Newspaper Archive I looked up references to Maperton. Fortunately the online archive had good coverage of West Country newspapers, so I found … Continue reading

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