The Northamptonshire Black History Association is helping African, Asian and Caribbean people trace their ancestry.
They are holding a family research session to help people have a better understanding of where they came from. It can be harder for people of African, Asian and Caribbean decent to trace back their family history because of the slave trade. Slaves often lost their lineage because they took the names of their masters.
For more than 200 years Britain was at the heart of a lucrative transatlantic trade of millions of slaves. By 1807 the practice had been banned, but this did not free those who were already slaves. It was not until 1833 that an act was passed giving freedom to all slaves in the British empire.
Uncovering your family’s past
The slave trade has caused many ancestral links to be lost or buried, so the Northamptonshire Black History Association is offering practical advice to aid people’s searches.
The session is taking place on Saturday Oct 16 at Northampton’s Central Library, Abington Street, Northampton, NN1 2AY.
Author Paul Crooks who has written books about heritage will be at the session offering practical advice about uncovering family history.
The Northamptonshire Family History Society will also be on hand to help answer questions.