A Tree Without Roots: The Guide to Tracing African, Anglo and Asian Ancestry in the Caribbean

A Tree Without Roots: The Guide to Tracing African, Anglo and Asian Ancestry in the Caribbean


By (author) Paul Crooks


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  • Publisher: BlackAmber
  • Format: Paperback | 202 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 194mm x 22mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 30 March 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1905147813
  • ISBN 13: 9781905147816
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, map
  • Sales rank: 736,082

Product description

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 be 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 British, Africans and Asians interested in finding 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.

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Author information

Paul Crooks was born a stone's throw from Wembley Football Stadium and lives in London. He started searching for his African slave ancestors after being told it was not possible and it took him eleven years of research to trace them. Arcadia was pleased to publish the product of his labour, Ancestors, a fictionalised account of his great-great-great grandfather's part in the struggle for emancipation from 1798 to 1838.

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Praise for Ancestors'I was moved' - Doreen Lawrence, And Still I Rise'A moving account of a black British family that travels through the ages from slavery and beyond' - BONNIE GREER, Guardian'Groundbreaking, a riveting read' - The Voice'An inspiring piece of literature' - The New Nation