Beyond Windrush | Tracing Your Ancestry with the Passenger Lists

Wednesday 28th June

Join Paul Crooks (Genealogist with a Specialist Interest in African Caribbean ancestry) for a masterclass on tracing Windrush ancestry

Attendees will learn how to use passenger lists to trace their family tree, gaining valuable insights into their ancestry and the historical context of Black people’s experiences. This talk is perfect for staff networks targeting Black and ethnic minorities who want to explore Windrush backstories and Black and British history.

About The Speaker

Paul Crooks is a published author and trailblazing genealogist with a specialist interest in Black ancestry. He pioneered research into Black genealogy during the 1990s when he became the first to trace his family history from London, back six generations, to ancestors enslaved on a sugar plantation in North America 200 years ago.

Paul discovered that his ancestors were enslaved on a sugar plantation. Paul gained national recognition for his work when his acclaimed historical novel Ancestors (based on the true story of the author’s Ancestors) was published in 2002.

He appeared on Who Do You Think You Are? (Moira Stuart) as the expert in Black British genealogy. His second book A Tree Without Roots is the seminal guide to tracing Black British ancestry.
Paul is credited with inspiring an upsurge in interest in Black and British ancestry. He’s also recognised for having spawned an industry in African Caribbean genealogy.

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