Black Genealogy: Secrets of the 1817 Slave Registers Uncovered

Tue 22 May 2018 18:00 – 19:00

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

Come and ask questions about how to start exploring family history. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be inspired to explore your Ancestry.

For more about Paul Crooks:


About Ancestors by Paul Crooks

Ancestors is a dynamic and inspiring novel is the result of Paul Crooks’ thirteen-year quest to find his African forebears. His amazing journey took him from suburban north London to the Caribbean and from there to the Gold Coast of Africa where his story originally began.

About A TREE WITHOUT ROOTS: The Guide to Tracing British, African and Asian Caribbean Ancestry

Paul’s second book published in 2008 revealed the sources of information to help people trace African Caribbean ancestry and learn about their family history.

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