Black History | Using Slave Compensation Records to Trace Ancestry

Black History | Using Slave Compensation Records to Trace Ancestry

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Blending Black History with Black ancestry. Paul Crooks reveals how he used the Slave Compensation Records to bring his back story to life.

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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.

This talk is part of the Ancestry Talks with Paul Crooks’ Season of Empowering Black History.

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Premium Ticket holders will receive African, Irish & the Music of the Caribbean, A research project by Paul Crooks following the event.

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About the speaker

Paul Crooks is a published author and pioneering genealogist with a specialist interest in Black ancestry and Black history.

Paul came to prominence with his pioneering research into Black genealogy During the 1990s, when he became the first to trace his family history back 6 generations, from London to his ancestors enslaved on a sugar plantation in North America 200 years ago. He discovered his ancestors were enslaved on a sugar plantation in Jamaica.

His books Ancestors and A Tree Without Roots - The Guide To Tracing British, African and Asian Caribbean Ancestry have brought him international recognition for his breakthrough research into Black genealogy.

Paul Crooks has appeared on Who Do You Think You Are? with Moira Stuart as the expert in Black genealogy and has been recognised for inspiring an upsurge in interest in Black and British ancestry.

Paul is credited with inspiring an upsurge in interest in Black and British ancestry. He is also recognised for having spawned an industry in Black genealogy.

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Tree Without Roots - The Guide To Tracing British, African And Asian Caribbean Ancestry by Paul Crooks

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This talk will be held over Zoom. Details of how to join the session will be in your registration confirmation email.

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