A Genealogical Journey for Posterity

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Author digs out the lives, fortunes, and misfortunes of four families from slavery to emancipation and colonialism.

In his attempt to preserve his family’s historical past, author Kenneth Joyce Robertson assiduously did a comprehensive research and documentation to come up with a fascinating documentation of not only his roots, but also a remarkable moment in the past. He unveils it all in the pages of The Four Pillars: A Genealogical Journey, his newly released book published through Xlibris.

The Four Pillars: A Genealogical Journey follows the genealogical progression of four families, some key players and characters, and an exploration of the environment within which they existed and functioned. Here, Robertson looks back at the events that unfolded centuries ago to reveal fascinating data of hard work, valor, kinship, and brilliance. While none of the Four Families produced a 'Chicken George', these larger-than-life ancestral characters performed with courage, dignity, grace and fortitude. This book exposes that the conditions, the raison de aitre, were fashioned not by this ancestry, but by the inclinations and self-interest of the plantation owners. At every turn, slave, apprentice, or whomever would have to react to the terms and conditions as set down by those who were eternally proactive and vigilant.

“This quest, this journey of a genealogic archaeology, filled with highs and lows, peaks and valleys sometimes meandered through tunnels. There were dead ends and walls that entailed going around, under and over obstacles with the highest of hopes of establishing linkages and revelations. Most times the archival evidence was non-existent but the forks in the road to speculation would constantly beckon,” discloses the author.

With in-depth discussions supported by well-researched data and striking photographs and illustrations, The Four Pillars: A Genealogical Journey chronicles the lives, fortunes, and misfortunes of the author’s ancestors from slavery to emancipation and colonialism. It will engage readers with a true story of how a group of people survived against the odds, triumph greatly among oppressors, and even became a friend to the oppressed. For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to Xlibris.com.

About the Author
Kenneth Joyce Robertson was born at Nabaclis Village, East Coast Demerara, Guyana (formerly British Guiana), just before WWII. He experienced some of the additional hardships directly traceable to that War. He received early primary and secondary education under the prevailing colonial education systems that emphasized the three "Rs": reading, 'riting and 'rithmatic. He got through High School with extreme financial difficulties; stayed away from the city travel, the frills, and perceived prestige by attending the village high school as a paying student. Robertson obtained the Junior Cambridge Certificate, an indicator of possible future successes. Certifications in commercial education by The London Chamber of Commerce; General Certificate in Education (GCE) at Ordinary and Advanced Levels were granted through the external services of the University of London. The ultimate goal of BSc (Econ) with an Accounting & Finance major was reached when said degree was granted by the University of London in 1968. His migration to USA in 1969 started a professional accounting life. Currently, Robertson is semi-retired.

THE FOUR PILLARS * by Kenneth Joyce Robertson
A Genealogical Journey
Publication Date: November 11, 2010
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 341 pages; 978-1-4535-9195-6
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 341 pages; 978-1-4535-9196-3
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4535-9197-0

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