The Belfast Newsletter

First published in 1737, The Belfast Newsletter is thought to be the oldest English-language newspaper still published today.

Findmypast has issues of The Belfast Newsletter dating to between 1828 and 1900. The newspaper had national circulation and is an invaluable source for Ireland and particularly those counties in modern day Northern Ireland.
The Belfast Newsletter changed from a twice weekly to a weekly publication over the course of the nineteenth century.

1828 – 1850 – twice weekly, Tuesdays & Fridays
1851 – 1855 – thrice weekly, Monday, Wednesdays & Fridays
1855 – 1900 – Daily (Monday – Saturday)

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Date Coverage

Overall Coverage: 1828 – 1900

The Belfast Newsletter boasts an impressive coverage from two decades before the Great Famine to the turn of the twentieth century.

Due to the delicate nature of the materials involved gaps in the collection are inevitable. Newspapers are usually printed on cheap paper with lower quality inks. This makes their storage and preservation more challenging. As a result where date ranges are listed this does not guarantee that every issue in that date range has survived.

There are some small gaps in the coverage of this publication:

1868: July – December

1878: May – December

1880: July – December

1883: January – April

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