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Finding Peterloo roots

The Peterloo Massacre in Manchester in 1819 was a turning point in British history. Now the city is gearing up to mark the 200th anniversary with a commemorative project that includes helping descendants of those killed or injured trace their family trees. Simon Wills finds out more

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On 16 August 1819 a crowd of 60,000 peaceful protesters assembled in St Peter’s Square, Manchester, to listen to speakers urging democratic reform since fewer than 2 per cent of the population had the vote. Soldiers and police charged the crowd and 18 people were killed and nearly 700 injured.

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Make the most of hibernation indoors this winter with our January 2018 issue. It’s full of family history tips and stories, plus a masterclass guide to essential church records. In addition, there are this issue’s Family Tree Academy challenges for our genealogy learn-along. If you have a new smart phone or device, you’ll love our new series with technology tips for family historians (don’t miss a trick that the web or your mobile can help you out with!). There is so much to enjoy, there’s no time to waste! Wishing you a very Happy New Year of family history to come.