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Using Slave Compensation Records to Trace Ancestry


In 1833, The British government passed legislation to end its system of enslavement. Britain raised the equivalent of £20 billion to compensate Britain's slave owners for the 'loss of human property.' It was the largest state-sponsored payout in British history before the banking crisis in 2008. Taxpayers' money went straight into the pockets of people who had already profited from its system of slavery. 

In this Black history masterclass, speaker Paul Crooks will discuss 

  • his personal journey successfully tracing uncompensated Ancestors once enslaved in Jamaica 

  • evidence of compensation linked to the enslavement of his ancestors on the Cousins Cove Sugar Plantation, Jamaica 

  • the Slave Compensation Act 1837 

  • researching Slave-owners 

  • exploring ancestry and bringing your back stories to life. 

You will gain insights into how public records can help you explore your ancestry. 


About the speaker: Paul Crooks Pioneered research into African Caribbean genealogy during the 1990s, Tracing his ancestral roots from London, back 6 generations, to the West African coast. He is the author of two books,  Ancestors, a historical novel (based on the true story of the author's African ancestors) and A Tree Without Roots, a guide to tracing African, British and Asian Caribbean ancestry.

Paul appeared on Who Do You Think You Are? (with Moira Stuart) as the expert African Caribbean genealogist. He is the founder of ‘Ancestry Talks’ where shares his love of learning about family history, Black history, world history, and builds staff networks, working across cultures to bridge cultural gaps.

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