Come along and speak to genealogist Paul Crooks and get expert advice on
- exploring your family history,
- making your family tree
- bringing your back story to life
- preserving your heritage
Consultations From 11 am to 1m. First come first served basis. We strongly advise you to register your interest in attending.
Who Is This Talk For?
The talk is suitable for you if
- you’re new to exploring family history
- you have some experience of searching for your ancestors and want to know about other sources of information
- you’ve started and you’re having problems furthering your search
About the speaker
Trailblazing family historian Paul Crooks pioneered research into Black genealogy during the 1990s. He traced his family history from London, back 6 generations, to ancestors enslaved on a sugar plantation in North America.
Paul was told that it would be impossible to trace records of slave-ownership let alone his Ancestors enslaved on plantations in North America. “No one had tried because such records did not exist.” Undeterred, he embarked on a journey of discovery that led from suburban North London to North America and ultimately back to the Gold Coast.
His books, Ancestors and A Tree Without Roots – The Guide To Tracing British, African and Asian Caribbean Ancestry brought him international recognition for his breakthrough research into Black genealogy.
Paul is credited with inspiring an upsurge in interest in Black and British ancestry. He is also recognised for having spawned an industry in African Caribbean genealogy.
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