While the British Newspaper Archive is a wonderful resource - and comes up with gems of information it can be very frustrating. I use FindMyPast to access it and if you get a "Nil" response it does not tell you that you are, for example, searching in a county for a year for which there are no newspapers available yet! It also does not remember which articles you have already viewed
The Archive is continually being updated and if you access it using FindMyPast you are regularly reminded that further newspaper pages have been added. There is a list of newspapers online and the current list has the URL
which suggests that it is the list on 6th September 2013. The problem is that the list does not mark which papers have been updated since the previous list - so you don't know if there is any new material for Hertfordshire (including papers in adjoining counties which cover parts of the county). So here is a list of the current coverage - and I will post news of any updates I spot in this Newsletter.
|Cambridge Chronicle and Journal||Cambridgeshire||1813-1871|
|Cambridge Independent Press||Cambridgeshire||1839-1913|
|Hertford Mercury and Reformer||Hertfordshire||1834-1868|
|Herts Guardian, Agricultural Journal & Advertiser||Hertfordshire||1852-1867|
|Luton Times and Advertiser||Bedfordshire||1856-1914|
I list two London Newspapers which start early - but there are many others which I am not keeping tracks of. In addition I have not included gaps in the sequence - for instance I recently discovered that the Buck Herald for 1854 is missing.