Tracing Black Ancestry: Secrets of the 1817 Slave Registers Uncovered

Date and Time: 
Sat, 22/04/2017 - 15:00 - 17:00

Walthamstow Library, High Street, London, E17 7JN

Trailblazing family historian and author Paul Crooks captivates his audience with his account of how he traced his African forebears enslaved on a sugar plantation in Jamaica, 200 years ago. Come and hear Paul’s account of how he traced his Great, Great, Great, Great Grandmother and his roots in Africa.

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 uncovered the potential of the National Archives 1817 Slave Registers and the 1834 Slave Compensation registers for researching Caribbean Ancestry and African Roots. Paul’s revelations preceded a flurry of inquiries into the slave registers and slave compensation records.

Come and ask questions about how to start exploring family history.

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