Many of the most significant Chartist newspapers have now become available online to the public thanks to a British Library initiative to digitise and publish more than 2 million pages of material from 19th century newspapers.
papers that can now be viewed are the Charter, Chartist, Chartist
Circular, Northern Liberator, Reynolds's Newspaper and the Southern
significant of the Chartist papers, Feargus O'Connor's Northern Star, is
also available using the new service, although this has been separately
available for some time wtihout cost at the Nineteenth Century Serials Edition website.
Up to now,
the British Library initiative, carried out in partnership with JISC
(Joint Information Systems Committee) and Gale, part of Cengage
Learning, has been available only through academic libraries and at the
papers more widely available will be a massive boost to family
historians who believe they may have Chartist ancestors since newspapers
are among the best sources for names and often detailed accounts of
drawback is cost. A 24-hour pass which allows access to 100 articles
costs £6.99, while a seven-day pass limited to 200 articles costs £9.99 –
so it will pay to plan searches in advance.
Both the Penny Illustrated paper and The Graphic can be searched and viewed free of charge.
Articles from Chartist Ancestors that may help you