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

Publisher: Arcadia Books

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 220 pages
Author: P. Crooks
Year: 2008
ISBN: 9781905147816
Other: b&w photos, charts, appendixes, addresses
Publisher: Arcadia Books

From a man who dedicated 11 years of his life to uncovering the saga of his African slave ancestors comes a guide for others to capitalise on his work. 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 mixed parentage or a history of migration through the ages. An instructive guide to those interested in finding out more about their family connections with the Caribbean Islands, it nevertheless offers techniques and approached to anyone researching their ancestors round the world.

IntroductionPart 1. Tracing Back in Time
Identifying Your Quest?
Breaking Down the Psychological Barriers to Moving Forward
That First Go at Creating a Family Tree
Oral Tradition: The Key to Unlocking the Past
 - Why Is It So Important
 - But  Have No Information About Father or Mother?
 - Making the Best Use of Relatives
Public Records and Their Hidden Treasures
 - The Internet
 - The Family History Centres
 - Royal Geographical Society
 - The National Libraries of the Caribbean
 - The National Archives, London
 - Monumental Inscriptions
 - The Newspaper Library, London
 - The National Maritime Records
 - In Summary
 - Potential Pitfalls
Interpreting and Documenting Your Findings
 - Recording Interviews
 - Recording Information from Original Documentation
 - Presenting Information

Part 2. History Unmasking the Mystery

The People of the Caribbean
 - Helping You to Trace Back
African People
 - Introduction
 - African History Doesn't Begin with Slavery
 - Trafficking of Africans to the Caribbean
 - Plantation Society
 - Genetics
The Islands of the Caribbean
Appendix 1. Parish Index of Baptisms 1800-1836 
Appendix 2. Parish Index - Jamaica 1868
Appendix 3. Parish Registration - Baptism Record, Jamaica, 1813
Appendix 4. Mass Baptisms 1814
Appendix 5. Passenger List for the Ship 'Irpinia', 1957
Appendix 6. Slave Register - Hanover, Jamaica, 1817
Appendix 7. Triennial Update 1823
Appendix 8. Slave Register Triennial Update - 1826
Appendix 9. Compensation Claim, Cousins Cove, Hanover, Jamaica, 1834
Appendix 10. A List of Inhabited Islands in the Caribbean
Appendix 11. Map of Properties - Extract Jamaica West, 1768
Appendix 12. African Slaves Advertisement
Appendix 13. Africans Disembarked in the Caribbean, 1776-1800
Appendix 14. Extract From the Crooks of Jamaica Website
 - Family Tree Template
 - Websites
 - Public Records - Britain and the Caribbean
 - Family History Centres in England
 - Family History Centres in Scotland
 - Family History Centres in Wales
 - Family History Centres in Northern Ireland
 - Family History Centres in Ireland
 - Caribbean Newspapers
 - Lloyd's List

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