9781905147816

A Tree Without Roots; The Guide to Tracing British, African and Asian-Caribbean Ancestry

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    9781905147816

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    1905147813

  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2008-09-01
  • Publisher: Arcadia Books Ltd
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Summary

"From a man who dedicated eleven years of his life to uncovering the saga of his African slave ancestors comes a guide for others to capitalize on his informed techniques and discover just what it means to know where one is from. Offering groundbreaking insights on how to delve into one's past, this book is intended both for beginners and experienced researchers and provides inspiration to those who believe that their search may be hampered by having a mixed parentage or a history of migration through the ages. An instructive guide for those interested in finding out more about their family connections with the Caribbean islands, it nevertheless offers techniques and approaches that can be applied to anyone researching their ancestors around the world."--BOOK JACKET.

Author Biography

Paul Crooks devoted 11 years to tracing his African family tree after being told by experts that it would be impossible to find historical records. He persevered, locating documents that led from London to Jamaica to Cuba, 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. He is the author of Ancestors, a novel based on his family's history.

Table of Contents

Tracing Back in Timep. 7
Identifying Your Quest?p. 16
Breaking Down the Psychological Barriers to Moving Forwardp. 18
That First Go at Creating a Family Treep. 22
Oral Tradition: the Key to Unlocking the Pastp. 24
Why Is It So important?p. 24
But I Have No Information About Father or Mother?p. 26
Making the Best Use of Relativesp. 27
Public Records and Their Hidden Treasuresp. 35
The Internetp. 36
The Family History Centresp. 38
Royal Geographical Societyp. 45
The National Libraries of the Caribbeanp. 52
The National Archives, Londonp. 54
Monumental Inscriptionsp. 68
The Newspaper Library, Londonp. 69
The National Maritime Recordsp. 75
In Summaryp. 78
Potential Pitfallsp. 80
Interpreting and Documenting Your Findingsp. 87
Recording Interviewsp. 87
Recording Information from Original Documentationp. 89
Presenting Informationp. 89
History Unmasking the Mysteryp. 93
The People of the Caribbeanp. 95
Helping You to Trace Backp. 95
African Peoplep. 113
Introductionp. 113
African History Doesn't Begin with Slaveryp. 114
Trafficking of Africans to the Caribbeanp. 115
Plantation Societyp. 122
Geneticsp. 126
The Islands of the Caribbeanp. 131
Notesp. 141
Appendices
Parish Index of Baptisms 1800-1836p. 146
Parish Index - Jamaica 1868p. 147
Parish Registration - Baptism Record, Jamaica, 1813p. 148
Mass Baptisms 1814p. 149
Passenger List for the Ship Irpinia, 1957p. 150
Slave Register - Hanover, Jamaica, 1817p. 151
Triennial Update 1823p. 152
Slave Register Triennial Update - 1826p. 153
Compensation Claim, Cousins Cove, Hanover, Jamaica, 1834p. 154
A List of Inhabited Islands in the Carribeanp. 155
Map of Properties - Extract Jamaica West, 1768p. 158
African Slaves Advertisementp. 159
Africans Disembarked in the Caribbean, 1776-1800p. 160
Extract From the Crooks of Jamaica Websitep. 161
Resourcesp. 165
Family Tree Templatep. 166
Websitesp. 167
Public Records - Britain and the Caribbeanp. 169
Family History Centres in Englandp. 173
Family History Centres in Scotlandp. 178
Family History Centres in Walesp. 179
Family History Centres in Northern Irelandp. 180
Family History Centres in Irelandp. 180
Caribbean Newspapersp. 180
Lloyd's Listp. 190
Bibliographyp. 199
Acknowledgementsp. 201
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