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Marking the 40th Anniversary of ROOTS Mini-series
Tue 11 April 2017, 19:00 – 20:30 BST
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.
Come and ask questions about how to start exploring family history.
Tell your friends that registration is essential. You are advised to book your ticket early as venue space is limited.
Who knows? Maybe you'll be inspired to explore your Ancestry.
Light refreshments available.
Click here for more information 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.
In the late 18th century, at the age of ten, Paul Crooks' great-great-great-grandfather John Alexander Crooks was captured and put aboard a slave ship from West Africa bound for Jamaica. Ancestors is the fictionalized account of John’s experiences in the forty years from 1798 to 1838, the year the slaves in the British West Indies were set free. Masterfully blending fact and fiction in a tale of power and justice, religion, loyalty, and ethics.
Paul brings alive an episode in British and Caribbean history that saw the rise of the slave revolt to end slavery in British Colonies. Paul Crooks also describes some of the research he undertook, the sources and repositories of information he accessed, the barriers that he had to overcome, and his joy at discovering lost families, past and present.
Author's Message: Ancestors is my attempt to reconstruct my family’s pre-emancipation history in a way that is both informative and enjoyable.
For more about Paul Crooks: https://paulcrooks.info/