Black History & Ancestry | Drop-in for Advice on Tracing Your Family Tree

Saturday 21th October

In association with Southwark Council, London. Unlock the secrets of your Black history by exploring your ancestry.


One-to-One Sessions with Paul Crooks are designed to provide support and guidance for individuals interested in tracing their Black ancestry. Whether you’re just starting out or have experience in genealogical research, these sessions aim to help you uncover your family history and overcome common barriers in finding forebears. Paul Crooks, a trailblazing family historian with expertise in African Caribbean ancestry, has extensive experience in researching Black genealogy and has authored books on the topic.

During the session, Paul Crooks will share his knowledge and insights on tracing Black ancestry, including tips on getting started, overcoming common missteps, and finding ancestors born in the 1800s. You can also discuss documentation and receive guidance from Paul Crooks, who has been recognized for his breakthrough research into Black genealogy and inspiring an upsurge of interest in Black and British ancestry.

If you’re interested in exploring your Black ancestry and gaining insights from a renowned genealogist with expertise in African Caribbean ancestry, the One-to-One Sessions with Paul Crooks can provide valuable guidance and support. For more information about Paul Crooks, you can visit his website at

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.

Pledge to sustain Ancestry Talks with Paul Crooks programme

Get the following emailed to you when you pledge

  1. The African, Irish & the Music of the Caribbean, A research project by Paul Crooks PDF;
  2. The Black Resistance and Abolition Timeline interactive PowerPoint;
  3. The Haitian Revolution Timeline

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