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Local newspapers are packed with information about the community. They can include contemporary news reports, commentary and debates, business advertisements, letters to the editor, obituaries, notices of birth and marriage and more.

What records can I find at my North East Wales Archive branch?

North East Wales Archives holds a number of newspaper titles although they are rarely complete.

You can see a list of newspaper held at Ruthin here.

You can see a list of newspapers held at Hawarden here.

What language were the newspapers written in?

Most of the newspapers we hold are in English, but we do hold a number of Welsh-language local publications such as local magazines and Y Baner.

It is our policy to catalogue records in the language they were originally written.

How can I access these records?

Newspapers are either available in hard-copy or on microfilm. To view a hard-copy newspaper Book a place in the search-room today.

If you want to view newspapers available on microfilm, you will need to book a microfilm reader.

There are no restrictions on accessing records except where the item is too fragile to view. If this is the case, you will see NOT TO BE PRODUCED in the catalogue entry.

What records can I find in other archives and organisations?

The National Library of Wales

The National Library of Wales provides online access to Welsh newspapers online free of charge. Welsh Newspapers Online currently lets you search and access over 1,100,000 pages from nearly 120 newspaper publications generally up to 1910.

For North East Wales this includes;

Yr Amserau (1846-1859, selected dates only)

Baner ac Amserau Cymru (1857-1919)

Carnarvon and Denbigh Herald (1836-1910)

Chester Courant and Advertiser for North Wales (1897-1908)

Colwyn Bay and North Wales Weekly News (1892; 1894-1907)

The Denbighshire Free Press (1882-1910; 1914-1919)

Flintshire Observer Mining Journal and General Advertiser for the Counties of Flint Denbigh (1864-1915)

Llangollen Advertiser Denbighshire Merionethshire and North Wales Journal (1868-1919)

North Wales Chronicle and Advertiser for the Principality (1827-1919)

North Wales Express (1878-1910)

North Wales Gazette (1808-1825)

The North Wales Times (1897-1901)

The North Wales Weekly News (1909-1910)

Prestatyn Weekly (1909-1910)

Rhos Herald (1909-1910)

Rhyl Advertiser (1878-1893)

Rhyl Journal (1889-1910)

Rhyl Record and Advertiser (1884-1910)

Wrexham and Denbighshire Advertiser (1854-1900)

Wrexham Guardian (1875-1879)

The British Library

The British Library provides online access to over 6 million fully searchable newspaper pages, featuring more than 200 newspaper titles from every part of the UK and Ireland.

Find My Past

Many newspapers covering the North East Wales area have been digitised and are available to view on Find My Past. You can access this site for free in the search-room by booking a computer.