Tracing African-Caribbean Ancestry

Monday 19 June

Join historian Kathleen Chater to explore online resources and databases to help you to research family history and black ancestors


Exploring your own genealogy can be a fascinating and rewarding experience. Using archival sources both online and in person can link you to the lives of family members from centuries past. Kathleen Chater will lead this session on looking particularly and researching ancestors with African and Caribbean ancestry.

Each of the islands and territories in the British colonies of the Caribbean had its own history and laws so this is an introductory session to show the kinds of records available to the family historian, and how to access and interpret them. Although it is often assumed that it is impossible to research black ancestors in the Caribbean, there are many records that can enable people to trace their family tree back to the abolition of enslavement in 1833 – and even beyond.