St. Croix African Roots Project

The St. Croix African Roots Project (SCARP) is a multinational project designed to enhance knowledge and understanding of the population, families and individuals of the island of St. Croix during the period of Danish rule (1734-1917), through systematic utilization of historical documentation, computer technology, scientific research and educational outreach.


Purpose


  • To provide an accessible, user friendly, resource for enabling Crucians to discover and authenticate their ancestral and African roots
  • To scientifically study the development and changing composition of the Crucian population during the period of Danish rule.
  • To facilitate the creation of biographies and family histories of the inhabitants of St. Croix during the period of Danish rule.
  • To generate new research and educational opportunities based on historical documentation
  • To enhance heritage tourism on St. Croix

Outcomes


  • A searchable, digitized database containing factual information about the inhabitants of St. Croix in the period 1734-1917
    • Approximately 2.1 million records
    • Approximately 110,000 individuals
    • Accessible through VISHA WEB-Site and CD-ROM set.
  • A Users' Manual for the Data Base
  • A comprehensive study of the population of St. Croix during and after slavery.