‘Exploring Black Ancestry: Secrets of the 1817 Slave Registers Uncovered’ by Ancestry Talks

Tuesday 10th July 2018, 2:00 – 3:00 PM @ Dulwich Library, 368 Lordship Lane, London SE22 8NB

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.
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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.
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
Ancestry Talks with Paul Crooks has reached more than 40,000 people and over 100 schools and organisations within community-based settings, since the publication of my books. Nearly 1,000 people have attended his 2017/2018 tour of London libraries.
Free to attend. Register at Eventbrite