Tracing Your Roots: Secrets of the 1817 Slave Registers Revealed

By on March 6, 2019

Trailblazing author and family historian Paul Crooks captivates his audience with an account of how he traced his African forebears enslaved on a sugar plantation in Jamaica, 200 years ago.

Paul was told that it would be impossible to trace records of slave-ownership let alone his African ancestors enslaved on plantations in Jamaica. “No one had tried because such records did not exist.” In the 1990’s, undeterred, he embarked on a journey of discovery that led from suburban North London to Jamaica and ultimately back to the Gold Coast of Africa; an effort that has brought him international recognition for his breakthroughs in African Caribbean genealogy research.

By 1999, Paul had realised the slave Registers’ potential for researching Caribbean Ancestry and African Roots. Paul’s revelations preceded a flurry of inquiries into the slave registers and slave compensation records.

The 1817 Slave Registers

Paul will :

  • discuss how the slave registers can support exploration of Black Ancestry and self-identity
  • reveal what the registers reveal about the roots of British racism
  • the origins of the slave registers and how and how he discovered
  • talk about his journey and how he traced his roots
  • create space for questions and answers

Paul Crook

Paul Crooks pioneered research into African Caribbean genealogy during the 1990s. He traced his family history from London, back 6 generations, to ancestors captured of the West African coast and enslaved on a sugar plantation in Jamaica.

Paul gained national recognition for his work when his acclaimed historical novel Ancestors (based on the true story of the author’s African ancestors) was published in 2002. Heappeared on Who Do You Think You Are? (Moira Stuart). His second book A Tree Without Roots is the authentic guide to tracing African, British and Asian Caribbean 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 researching African Caribbean genealogy. 

Tracing Your Roots: Secrets of the 1817 Slave Registers Revealed can be hear on Tuesday 12th of March 2019 at North Kensington Library.

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