Beyond Windrush | Tracing Your Ancestry with the Passenger Lists

Sunday 23 June

Black British family historian Paul Crooks has traced his ancestry back six generations to his great-great-great-great-grandmother, covering a 200-year journey from Jamaica to the Gold Coast.


In his research into Black ancestry, Paul will discuss:

  • Utilizing passenger list records to discover family trees and backgrounds.
  • How these lists enhance other ancestry resources.
  • Using Windrush Generation Passenger Lists to explore African and Caribbean heritage and bring ancestral stories to life.

Paul will also share insights from his personal research into his father’s Windrush journey, using it as a lens to understand the experiences of others who migrated to Britain.

The event encourages attendees to ask about beginning their family history exploration, highlights the significance of historical records in Black and British history, and offers interactive Q&A sessions for discussing genealogical research and storytelling.

The event will also mark the release of ‘Descendants,’ a compelling memoir recounting the coming-of-age of a Jamaican adventurer in post-war England.

A feature of ‘Descendants’ is the list of ships from 1948-1960 compiled by Paul Crooks that chronicles the Windrush generation’s arrival in the UK. It aids African Caribbeans in piecing together their lineage by offering clues about when and on which ship their ancestors arrived, facilitating the preservation of family histories for posterity.

How to gain access to this event

This talk will be held over Zoom. Details of how to join the session will be in your registration confirmation email.

Deluxe Ticket: Deluxe attendees will receive

  • a digital copy of the ‘Africans, Irish, and the Music of the Caribbean’ eBook, delivered via email after the-event. Trailer video:
  • ‘DNA Testing Demystified: Separating Fact from Fiction in Genealogy’ eBook to deepen your understanding of genealogy sent to you electronically after the event. Trailer video:
  • Premium access includes all Plus offerings, plus a digital copy of Paul Crooks’ latest novel ‘Descendants,’ sent to you electronically after the event. Trailer video:

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