Welcome to Chartist Ancestors

Chartism, Chartists and the People’s Charter

Millions signed the three great Chartist petitions of 1839 to 1848. Thousands were active in those years and beyond in the campaign to win the vote, secret ballots, and other democratic rights that we now take for granted.

Chartist Ancestors lists many of those who risked their freedom, and sometimes their lives, because of their participation in the Chartist cause. The names included on the site are drawn from newspapers, court records and books of the time, from later histories and other sources.

If you have reached this page and want to get a general idea of what Chartism was all about, I suggest you start with:

Chartism FAQs
Chartism Timeline
Contents Page

If you are looking for someone or something in particular, there is a search box at the top right of the screen. But if you prefer to browse, then the Contents Page is a good starting point.

You might also like to try the Chartist Ancestors Blog or follow Chartist Ancestors on Facebook.

Many historians, researchers and the descendants of individuals associated with Chartism have helped me in putting together Chartist Ancestors. They have provided names – sometimes substantial databases of names – information, advice and moral support. I should like to thank them all for their kindness.

Good luck in finding what you want. I hope you enjoy your visit.

Mark Crail

Available now: Download the full Chartist Ancestors Databank, with data on 14,000+ individuals drawn from across the site.