Tracing African Caribbean Roots: Secrets of 1817 Slave Registers Uncovered

Sunday 30 June

Join Ancestry Talks’ Paul Crooks for a captivating account of how he traced his African Caribbean ancestors who were enslaved on a sugar plantation in Jamaica 200 years ago.


This event will offer a profound insight into the discourse on Black history.

Paul will:

  • Provide unique insights into his journey of tracing African ancestry.
  • Discuss the origins of the slave registers.
  • Explain how the slave registers can help you explore your Black ancestry and self-identity.
  • Reveal how the registers shed light on the roots of colorism and racism.
  • Share how he used the registers to construct a narrative that enabled him to uncover his identity.

Who Is This Talk For?

The talk is suitable for you if:

  • You’re new to exploring family history.
  • You have some experience in searching for your ancestors and are interested in learning about additional sources of information.
  • You’ve started your genealogical search but are encountering difficulties in progressing further.
  • You want to enhance your knowledge and understanding of Black History.

Receive discounted access to one-on-one advice on tracing your African ancestry with Paul Crooks – Genealogy Specialist. More details will be available upon completing your registration for this event. Trailer video:

How to gain access to this event

This talk will be held over Zoom. Details of how to join the session will be in your registration confirmation email.

Plus Ticket: Along with event access, Plus Ticket holders will receive a digital copy of the ‘Black History of Resistance and Abolition Timeline’ interactive PowerPoint, which will be sent via email after the event.

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Premium Ticket: Premium access includes all Plus offering, plus a digital copy of Paul Crooks’ latest novel ‘Descendants,’ sent to you electronically after the event.

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Deluxe Ticket: Deluxe attendees enjoy all Premium benefits, with the added bonus of the ‘DNA Testing Demystified: Separating Fact from Fiction in Genealogy’ eBook to deepen your understanding of genealogy which will be sent via email after the event.

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About the speaker

Trailblazing family historian Paul Crooks pioneered research into Black genealogy during the 1990s. He traced his family history from London, back 6 generations, to ancestors enslaved on a sugar plantation in North America.

Paul was told that it would be impossible to trace records of slave-ownership let alone his Ancestors enslaved on plantations in North America. “No one had tried because such records did not exist.” Undeterred, he embarked on a journey of discovery that led from suburban North London to North America and ultimately back to the Gold Coast.

His books, Ancestors and A Tree Without Roots – The Guide To Tracing British, African and Asian Caribbean Ancestry brought him international recognition for his breakthrough research into Black genealogy.

Paul is credited with inspiring an upsurge in interest in Black and British ancestry.

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