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The Common Room / Re: Looking for people whose families were involved in slavery
« on: Saturday 27 March 21 19:21 GMT (UK)  »
One thread, and already the two biggest bits of nonsense ever spouted about slavery are being aired. You see these two tropes being repeated ad nauseum on extremist pages, so it's sad to see them here on Rootschat.

1. No, slavery was never a good outcome for Africans. Guy talks about the fact that many slaves were prisoners of war, captured by rival tribes and sold on (somehow "sparing their lives"). What he didn't mention was that these wars were a direct result of the slave trade itself, with Europeans bringing firearms to the continent, arming favoured tribes and ensuring a regular supply of prisoners.

2. "But what about all the Cornish people enslaved by the Barbary pirates". Sure, this happened, and must have been awful for those individuals. Trying to draw a parallel with the industrial enslavement of millions of Africans, shipping them off to the other side of the world and, in the process, wrecking the economy of an entire continent and creating an  underclass in another continent is plain silly. Can anyone point to any lasting effects of enslavement of these famously unlucky Cornish fishermen that persists to this day? I doubt it.  It still gets trotted out in any discussion of African enslavement though.


And Shirley was originally a male name ( from Shire Ley)

Occupation Interests / Re: Timber factor.
« on: Monday 15 March 21 17:20 GMT (UK)  »
A sworn measurer could have been a land surveyor, but given the Bristol location, he was probably involved with measuring, assessing and selling imported timber from the docks

Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Re: A bit of a challenge...
« on: Sunday 14 March 21 19:59 GMT (UK)  »
I had a go and abandoned after an hour or so! I'm impressed that you're all persisting.

Just going back to the first post reminds us that some things don't change:

"As a warning to female virtue and a humble monument to female chastity, this stone marks the grave of Mary Ashford who on the twentieth year of her age having incautiously repaired to a scene of amusement without proper protection, was brutally violated and murdered on 27th May 1817"

Victim-blaming still persists.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: 1869 letter and Old saying
« on: Saturday 13 March 21 09:26 GMT (UK)  »
My great grandmother was that creaking gate - spent 40 years complaining about how sick she was, and lived to a ripe old age.

Family History Beginners Board / Re: What Is This Occupation
« on: Thursday 11 March 21 07:22 GMT (UK)  »
The second part is an abbreviation of maker, the first part is drugget, a kind of cloth.

a coarse woven fabric used to make floor coverings.
a floor covering made of drugget.

Technical Help / Re: Help to delete unknow contacts from e-mail
« on: Wednesday 03 March 21 07:23 GMT (UK)  »
Hi, I use Gmail. When I send an email at the bottom it has "sent from mail for windows 10"
My problem is when I put the first letter of the person I want to send an email too it shows me a list of contacts. Only 1 or 2 are my contacts so how do I get rid of the extra's as many of them seem to be spam accounts.
I have checked my contacts through Gmail and it tells me I only have 42 contacts. After checking them this is correct.
Hope you can understand what I want to do. I am not a techy person so simple instructions would be appreciated if you can help

Click on Help (the question mark symbol on the top menu)
Scroll down until you see "Edit or Delete Contacts"

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