British Pathé releases 85,000 vintage films on YouTube

British Pathé announced yesterday that it has uploaded its entire newsreel collection of 85,000 vintage news reports and cinemagazines to its YouTube channel. More than 3,000 hours of footage are searchable and viewable online. To make searching easier, the archive has been put into categories, from A Day that Shook the World to Weird Newsreels. The news stories vary from the Battle of the Somme and the first flight of the Wright brothers to disasters and movie stars.

These films that span 90 years, from 1896 to 1976, provide genealogists with an opportunity to see what life was like for some of our ancestors. The WWI collection is particularly worth looking at. You can also explore British Pathé’s newsreels on its website.

For more information, read British Pathé’s news release.

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About Gail Dever

Gail Dever is a Montreal-based genealogist and blogger and a webmaster for the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa.
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