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British Colonization (1787-1961)[edit | edit source]

British colonization began in 1787 following the Revolutionary War, when thousands of freed slaves arrived in Sierra Leone from England to form a settlement. In 1896, a British protectorate was established. After World War Two, the people of Sierra Leone began to increase their demands for freedom from British rule. In 1961, Sierra Leone became an independent state within the Commonwealth of Nations, and in 1971 the Republic of Sierra Leone was declared.[1]

Record collection Years covered Record type Language Who is in the records
The Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC), 1384-1858 1659-1856 Wills English Until 1858, all wills had to be proved by the church and other courts. Most of the individuals in these records were relatively wealthy.
British Armed Forces and Overseas Births and Baptisms, COUNTRY at FindMyPast - index and images ($) 1821-1995 Births and Baptisms English Children born to those working within the armed forces, merchant navy, and consular forces, as well as, civilian ship passengers.
British Armed Forces and Overseas Banns and Marriages, COUNTRY at FindMyPast - index and images ($) 1844-1964 Banns and marriages English British armed forces members and civilians who were married abroad and at sea
British Armed Forces and Overseas Deaths and Burials, COUNTRY at FindMyPast - index and images ($) 1849-1979 Deaths and burials English Members of the British armed forces who died while serving their country overseas, British civilians who died while traveling or working overseas, and individuals (including seaman) who died at sea.
British Civil Service Evidence Of Age at FindMyPast - index ($) 1831-1863 Civil Service applications and paperwork English Individuals who worked for, or applied to join, the British Civil Service.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Sierra Leone," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 23 July 2019.