Black Ancestry | DNA Testing for African Roots

Sunday 15 September

Join the genealogy masterclass with Paul Crooks as he explores the extent to which DNA testing can help determine geographical roots, race, or ethnicity. Paul will discuss how to interpret and understand the results.


Learn everything you need to know about DNA testing in genealogy. Discover the accuracy and reliability of these tests for tracing your heritage, the types of information they can provide, and the different DNA tests available.

Who is this event for?

This talk is perfect for anyone interested in DNA-based ancestry, including:

• Anyone considering their first DNA test.

• Users who have their results but find them confusing or unclear.

Join us to gain the essential knowledge and tools required to unlock the secrets of your ancestry.

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.

Plus Ticket: Along with event access, Plus Ticket holders will receive a digital copy of the ‘Africans, Irish, and the Music of the Caribbean’ eBook, delivered via email after the-event.

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Premium Ticket: Premium access includes all Plus offerings, plus a digital copy of Paul Crooks’ latest novel ‘Descendants,’ sent to you electronically after the event.

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Deluxe Ticket: Deluxe attendees enjoy all Premium benefits, with the added bonus of the ‘DNA Testing Demystified: Separating Fact from Fiction in Genealogy’ eBook to deepen your understanding of genealogy sent to you electronically after the event.

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About the speaker

During the 1990s, Paul Crooks, a trailblazing family historian, made significant strides in researching Black genealogy. His journey began in London, where he traced his family history back six generations to ancestors who were enslaved on a sugar plantation in North America.

Despite being told that it would be impossible to find records of slave ownership, let alone trace his enslaved ancestors, Paul remained undeterred. He embarked on a remarkable voyage of discovery that took him from suburban North London to North America and eventually back to the Gold Coast.

Paul’s groundbreaking research into Black genealogy earned him international recognition through his books, namely “Ancestors” and “A Tree Without Roots – The Guide To Tracing British, African, and Asian Caribbean Ancestry.” These publications not only brought him acclaim but also inspired a renewed interest in Black and British ancestry. Furthermore, Paul’s work created an entire industry centered around African Caribbean genealogy.

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