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Tracing Black Ancestry: Secrets of the 1817 Slave Registers Uncovered

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East Ham Community Neighbourhood Centre and Library

328 Barking Road

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E6 2RT

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

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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. 

The 1817 Slave Registers

Paul will :

  • discuss how the slave registers can support the exploration of Black Ancestry, Black history 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 them
  • talk about his journey and how he traced his roots
  • create space for questions and answers

Come and ask questions about how to start exploring family history. Who knows? Maybe you'll be inspired to explore your Ancestry.

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East Ham Community Neighbourhood Centre and Library

328 Barking Road

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E6 2RT

United Kingdom

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Ancestry Talks delivers history on a personal scale. We help people satisfy a deep need to understand how we fit into the broader world around us. Ancestry is a journey of many lifetimes woven together from the past, the present and the future.

Our events are at the forefront of tracing  African Caribbean roots because we're inspiring a love of Black ancestry, a love of Black history and self-identity.

 

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