Thanks to a Yahoo alert today, I received notice from iAfrica.com about an announcement of a new Ancestry.uk database released yesterday.
"The social history website Ancestry.co.uk has compiled the details of more than 2.7 million slaves and 280 000 slave-owners from 17 former British colonies for internet users to explore. Stretching from 1812 to 1834, the records of the slaves are searchable by name, year of birth and gender, as well as by the name of their holder."
The short iAfrica.com article also discusses when Britain outlawed slavery.
A quick search of the Ancestry.uk website easily located the database in question, which is not listed in either the newsroom or "what's new".
Slave Registers of former British Colonial Dependencies, 1812-1834
Ancestry.com. Slave Registers of former British Colonial Dependencies, 1812-1834 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data: Office of Registry of Colonial Slaves and Slave Compensation Commission: Records; (The National Archives Microfilm Publication T71); Records created and inherited by HM Treasury; The National Archives of the UK (TNA), Kew, Surrey, England.
One may search the collection's index to find an entry, and then click to view the original entry.
Alternately browse the collection by clicking first on a colonial dependency
Each dependency link has a list of parishes within that colony. For Barbados, one finds the following parishes in this collection: Unknown, Christ Church, St Andrew, St George, St James, St John, St Joseph, St Lucy, St Michael, St Peter, St Philip and St Thomas.
This database may prove a great breakthrough for those with African roots.
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