"Our Loose Ends" Genealogy Column
by Lynna Kay Shuffield
Houston, Texas

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 24 October 2002


British Newspaper Archives Opened to the Public

For the first time in the history of Britain’s oldest newspapers, “The Guardian” (founded in 1821) and “The Observe” (founded in 1791) have made their newspaper collection accessible to the public through the “Newsroom, Archive and Visitor Centre” (“the Newsroom Centre”).

The development of the Newsroom Centre is an initiative of the Scott Trust, the body that owns both titles. The collection will preserve and promote the histories and values of the Guardian, the Observer and Guardian Unlimited through collecting, recording, researching and making accessible material that relates to all aspects of the history of the company.

Access to newspapers will be available via a digital text archive for the Guardian (from 14 July 1984) and the Observer (from 3 January 1993) and on microfilm where available. Bound volumes of the original newspapers are held but for preservation reasons and surrogates are used where available. An index to the Guardian from 1842 to 1985 exists on microfiche (please note earlier years are currently not available at the Newsroom).

Other series held in hard copy include Guardian Weekly (1920-1949, 1972-current), Guardian Commercial (1920-1939), and the Observer magazine (1964-1994).

Materials are used in the Centre’s Reading Room; however, an advance appointment is required.

The collection is in a building that was built in 1875 as a bonded warehouse and consists of three floors. The Newsroom Centre will occupy the ground floor of the building and a new three-floor structure to the rear. Additionally, there is a café in the building that is open to the public, Monday to Friday, from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.

The collection is located at 60 Farringdon Road, London, England, EC1R 3GA (zip code), telephone, 020 7886 9898 or visit the Newsroom Centre on-line at: <http://www.guardian.co.uk/newsroom or e-mail <newsroom@guardian.co.uk.

1880 U.S. Federal Census & 1881 United Kingdom/Canadian Census

In honor of Family History Month, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) is making the 1880 United States Census, the 1881 British Census and the 1881 Canadian Census, representing more than 85 million names, available in free on-line searchable databases at: http://www.familysearch.org.

In this column, I will be glad to highlight and review any family history, genealogy, county history, or similar book, free of charge, if you donate a copy of the book or item. After it has been highlighted and reviewed, on a space available basis, it will be donated to the genealogy section of a library. You will receive an acknowledgment of the donation from the library. Mail item or book to me at the below address.

Lynna Kay Shuffield has written several books related to Texas genealogy and military history. She has spoken before numerous genealogy and veterans groups. Also, is a County Coordinator for the Texas GenWeb Project. Regretfully, she cannot help with individual genealogical research. Please visit the website for this column at: http://www.geocities.com/lks_friday/COLUMN-001.htm or if you have any questions, comments, suggestions for column topics, genealogy or historical society announcements, please contact her at: P. O. Box 16604, Houston, Texas 77222-6604 or e-mail: lksfriday@sbcglobal.net

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