Black British family history research discovering British involvement in the transatlantic slave trade


By the abolition of the Slave Trade, c10,000+ British ships left Africa with 4 million+ slaves, travelled via Britain, and onto America. DNA testing in the UK, Caribbean and USA has now led people to want to investigate the missing links between their Caribbean & African ancestors. Researchers can investigate records through port customs archives, maritime insurance records, plantation records, some census records. The slave trade triangle involved enslaving, selling and transporting people, returning home with goods, and distributing some of the wealth altruistically, but this presents ethical dilemmas, for example, the philanthropic generosity of traders. How do these findings impact on people researching their family tree now?

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