This weekly national newspaper was published from 1838 to 1939. It’s a great potential source of information about theatrical ancestors and is available to search at local britishnewspaperarchive. co.uk and findmypast.co.uk. Vivien discovered more about the whereabouts of her nomadic ancestors by going through her family papers and finding a notebook that one of them had kept.
Contacting such groups can give access to specific knowledge and help keep the costs of researching down. These societies stretch across the length and breadth of the country and are a fantastic resource for researchers.