Top three: News­pa­per facts

You can find out lots about your lo­cal politi­cian an­ces­tor, us­ing The Bri­tish News­pa­per Archive

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1If your an­ces­tor was a coun­cil­lor or a mem­ber of a com­mit­tee, the re­sults may have been recordedinthe lo­cal news­pa­per. Here is a re­port from an 1869 edi­tion of the Northamp­ton Mer­cury, show­ing my an­ces­tor Wil­liam Crick’s re-elec­tion as an im­prove­ment com­mis­sioner. It re­veals his po­lit­i­cal per­sua­sion and the num­ber of votes he re­ceived.


2Did jour­nal­ists ex­pose your an­ces­tor’s dodgy deal­ings or lewd se­crets? This ar­ti­cle from a 1894 is­sue of the Pall Mall Gazette re­ports the ar­rest of the Lib­er­alMP for Tam­worth and Burn­ley, Jabez Bal­four. Bal­four em­bez­zled half a bil­lion pounds in to­day’s sums, es­cap­ing to Buenos Aires be­fore he was kid­naped and brought back for trial.


3The death or res­ig­na­tion of a lo­cal politi­cian was bound to be noted in their lo­cal pa­per. Us­ing the Bri­tish News­pa­perArchive, do a search for their name, nar­row­ingthe re­sults to within a week or so of their po­lit­i­cal or mortal demise. Also see if read­ers have writ­ten let­ters pay­ing trib­ute tothem.

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