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Old newspapers provide a rich resource for the family historian, the first published in Wales was The Cambrian in 1804 in Swansea, soon followed by others throughout Wales. The first daily newspaper to be published was The Cambrian Daily Leader in 1861.

The Library has digitised over 1 million pages of out-of-copyright newspapers published in Wales up to 1911, these are available to search and view online free of charge.

The following are just a few examples of what can be found amongst the pages of historical newspapers:

  • Birth, marriage and death notices
  • Baptism and marriage reports
  • Obituaries
  • Local reports on news and events
  • Accident reports
  • Coroner's inquests
  • Criminal reports
  • Reports on historical events