In the Autum of 2011 The British Newspaper Archive plans to start to make available millions of pages of historical newspapers online for the first time. The aim is to start with Newspapers published before 1900 and to include titles from cities such as Birmingham, Derby, Manchester, Nottingham, Norwich, Leeds and York, along with local titles from London boroughs.
This will unlock a major resource for Family Historians. Up until now researchers have had to travel to London to search the papers. Now you will be able to do so from anywhere in the world. Searches will be able to be carried out for birth, marriage and death notices, engagements, anniversaries, in memoriam, birthdays and congratulations as well as obituaries and News articles both national and local.
The digitising is being carried out in partnership with brightsolid online publishing who will make them available online via a paid-for website as well as integrating it into its family history websites. How much the cost will be we will have to wait and see.They will be free to search at the British Library. Full details can be found at The British Newspaper Archive you can also register for up to date news about the project.
Historical Pubs, Public Houses & Beer Retailers in Kent
If you had ancestors or family who were Publicans in Kent this site will help you locate them. Not just in Kent, but London and other counties as well. I tried it to check the details on some of my family involved in Pubs in the 1880's and early 1900's it not only gave me details about them but some others who I had not realised were in the trade.
Dead Pubs Kent will allow you to search the London & Southern England Pub History site and Street directory by historical Pub name, surname or street address. This information is udated daily so it is worthwhile checking every so often It also has the 1882 Kent Post Office Directory Listing which gives details of Pubs and publicans. This is also updated regularly and you can also help by giving any information or post cards of pubs.
There is lots of information about Pubs and Publicans in Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Middlesex, Suffolk, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Sussex, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Devon and Dorset. There is so much on this site that it would be worth your while to explore and see what is there. All the information is freely available. The Home page can be found at Dead Pubs Index