- Birmingham Gazette 1876
- Chester Chronicle 1893
- Dundee Courier 1952 - 1953
- Middlesex Chronicle 1870, 1896 - 1897
- Newcastle Journal 1872, 1882, 1898, 1916
- Northants Evening Telegraph 1902
- Post, The 1915 - 1950
- Reading Mercury 1881, 1958
I like the fact that the latest additions give you a break down year by year of what is being added - but this is not the case for the main listing of titles, which is something that is beginning to irritate, as I am unable to clarify exactly what it is that I am searching through without a lot of hard work.
For example, I was excited to learn that the Inverness Courier was going online, but in terms of trying to understand what is there I am having a hell of a time trying to work out what is online, and what is not. As listed in the Newspaper Titles page, when clicked on, the site suggests that at present there are issues of the Courier available from 1817-1930. When I click on it I get taken to a page that allows me to search this title alone. At this point, it then breaks down the holdings a bit further in terms of identifying the coverage, as follows, with year range and number of issues:
- 1800-1849 (528)
- 1850-1899 (1,150)
- 1900-1949 (313)
What this does not do though, is tell me what the gaps might be in this coverage. If I look at the second tier, for example, 1800-1849, I am told there are 528 issues. But missing from this 1800-1849 collection are any issues at all from the following periods:
There may well be a good reason for this - they may not exist, they may not yet be digitised, they may exist but not be intended for online presentation. Either way, such information would be extremely useful to know. It can be very easy to do a search for a person or event, and when no result is returned be tempted to think that the newspaper never covered that person or event - when in fact, they may well be flooding the headlines, but not in an issue available online. And if the whole collection does exist, why not work on it in one go and place each collection online at a time, instead of via a fragmented delivery schedule?
I am flagging this up merely because this is one title I am particularly interested in - I don't know how widespread the issue may be for other titles. I'd be interested to know from readers if they are experiencing similar problems. (It may well just be an Inverness issue!)
My new book, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet, is now available from Pen and Sword. My Scottish land and church records ebooks are available at http://www.gen-ebooks.com/unlock-the-past.html, whilst my next Pharos Scottish course, Scottish Research Online, starts Sep 4th - see http://pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102. Time to smash a few brick walls...!