It is the late eighteenth century. Aboard a slave ship bound from West Africa to Jamaica, a terrified young boy is cared for by Ami, a fellow captive, who becomes his surrogate mother during that nightmare voyage. They are sold to separate owners, but their lives remain curiously intertwined, and the boy, now a man named August, marries Ami’s daughter, Sarah. Ancestors tells the story of their lives, their part in the struggle for emancipation, and the hope and faith that sustains them. At the age of ten, Paul Crook’s great-great-great-grandfather John Alexander Crooks was captured and put aboard a slave ship bound for Jamaica. Ancestors is the fictionalized account of John’s experiences from 1798 to 1838, the year that slaves in the British West Indies were set free.
A TREE WITHOUT ROOTS: The Guide to Tracing British, African and Asian Caribbean Ancestry.
From a man who dedicated more than 13 years of his life to uncovering the saga of his African slave ancestors comes a guide for others to capitalise on his informed techniques and discover just what it means to know where one is from. Offering groundbreaking insights into how to delve into ones past, this book is intended both for beginners, educationalists, and experienced researchers and provides inspiration to those who believe that their search may be hampered by having mixed heritage 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, its nevertheless offers techniques and approaches that can be applied to anyone researching their ancestry around the world.
‘I started reading your book “A Tree Without Roots” last night and this morning. It is packed full of excellent advice for anyone researching their origins – regardless of where they come from.’
Viv Carter – Canterbury Branch – Kent Family History Society