Tracing Your Ancestry | Emancipation and the Slave Compensation Records

Thursday 1 August

Paul Crooks explores reparations through the lens of his ancestry research drawing on his research into the 1834 Slave Compensation Records.


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 directly benefited individuals who had already profited from the system of slavery.

In this Black History masterclass, speaker Paul Crooks will discuss:

  • His personal journey in successfully tracing uncompensated ancestors once enslaved in Jamaica.
  • Specific evidence of compensation linked to the enslavement of his ancestors.
  • The Slave Compensation Act of 1834.
  • Research on slave-owners.
  • Exploring ancestry as a means to bring ancestral stories of Africans in the diaspora to life.

Who Is This Talk For?

This talk is suitable for you if:

  • You’re new to exploring family history.
  • You have some experience searching for your ancestors and want to know about other sources of information.
  • You’ve started and are having problems furthering your search.
  • You want to develop your knowledge and understanding of Black History.

Receive discounted access to one-on-one advice on tracing your African ancestry with Paul Crooks – Genealogy Specialist. More details will be available upon completing your registration for this event. Trailer video:

How to gain access to this event

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

This event will not be recorded for later distribution or upload to Youtube.

Plus Ticket: Along with event access, Plus Ticket holders will receive a digital copy of the ‘Black History of Resistance and Abolition Timeline’ interactive PowerPoint, which will be sent via email after the event.

Premium Ticket: Premium access includes all Plus offerings, plus a digital copy of Paul Crooks’ latest novel ‘Descendants,’ sent to you electronically after the event.

Deluxe Ticket: Deluxe attendees enjoy all Premium benefits, with the added bonus of the ‘DNA Testing Demystified: Separating Fact from Fiction in Genealogy’ eBook to deepen your understanding of genealogy which will be sent via email after the event.

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