They were known as the 'Lost Souls' - thousands of people thought to have been lost forever from Manchester's 1851 census. Their names were left virtually unreadable when the Manchester census reports were flood damaged in storage.

Now the latest forensic techniques have been used to decipher another 50,000 of the most difficult to read entries. The work completes a task begun 20 years ago by the Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society.

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