The British Colonist adds 30 years of digitized newspapers


The Daily Colonist: June 6, 1944

The British Colonist Online Edition is a wonderful and free resource for researchers and family historians. I wrote about the website in December 2013, shortly after it was expanded to include digitized newspapers from 1910 to 1920. It’s been an invaluable tool for those of us interested in the First World War.

I’ve been using this website extensively this week as I pull together my list of soldiers from Greater Victoria who died and are buried in the Ypres Salient. While conducting my research I couldn’t help but notice that the website has very quietly added 30 years of newspapers. As of today you can search and view editions from December 1858 to December 1950!

The inclusion of editions covering the interwar years and the Second World War will be of immediate benefit to military and family historians. Thank you to the publishers of the Times-Colonist and to the University of Victoria for making it happen.

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3 replies

  1. What a marvellous resource this site is. And free which is a huge bonus. Thank you for the information about it. And I agree with you, a big thanks to those who made it happen.

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