Tracing Black Ancestry: Secrets of the 1817 Slave Registers Uncovered

Saturday 9 October 2021

A Black History of how trailblazing author Paul Crooks delivers an account of how he traced his African forebears using the slave registers

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 enquiries into the slave registers and slave compensation records. He will talk about his journey and how he traced his roots.