Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Free access to Ireland's Southern Star newspaper archives

A digititally searchable archive of The Southern Star, a newsaper serving Cork since 1892, is now free at: http://www.irishnewsarchive.com/Default/Skins/SST/Client.asp?Skin=SST&enter=true&AppName=2&AW=1290492002718

The blurb on the paper mentions that "The Southern Star archives are a wonderful resource for all those interested in family genealogical research with their detailed births, deaths (obituaries) and marriages. The provincial press was also far less censored by the British authorities than their national equivalent. As a result they give both the professional and amateur historian a unique perspective of Ireland’s turbulent past as well as the local impact of major national and international events."

The image is an excerpt from the paper, part of a letter written by Carroll Levis from London in 1946 seeking genealogical information. It mentions his ancestor, a detective in the Vancouver Police who was murdered in 1914. Information on that incident is at http://www.vancouverpolicemuseum.ca/FallenOfficers/richard_levis.html

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