Black Ancestry | Tracing Ancestors Back to Early 1800s

Sunday 18 August

Paul Crooks is a pivotal figure in the field of African Caribbean genealogy, having spearheaded essential research efforts in the 1990s.

 

His pioneering works have been instrumental in expanding the industry focused on these heritage studies. Renowned as a leading authority on Black ancestry, Paul is acclaimed for his extensive knowledge which he shares across various platforms.

Paul will:

  • Offer expert advice on tracing your lineage back to the early 19th century, illuminating the lives of ancestors from that era.
  • Share his personal experiences and strategies in overcoming the challenges he faced while researching his great-grandfather.
  • Discuss specific records related to Black ancestry and explore additional resources that are crucial for anyone seeking to uncover their familial history.

Who is this talk for?

This talk is suitable for you if:

  • You want to develop your knowledge and understanding of the relationship between African Caribbean history and African American history.
  • You’re new to exploring family history.

Receive discounted access to one-on-one advice on tracing your African ancestry with Paul Crooks, a Genealogy Specialist. More details will be available upon completing your registration for this event. Trailer video: https://youtu.be/tz-KU_v2tLY

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.

Trailer video: https://youtu.be/T-K6Yp-UW8s

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.

Trailer video: https://youtu.be/BmI8rTjUEmE

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.

Trailer video: https://youtu.be/mQanCy3o1XM

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.

Paul is first among peers being an individual advocate for helping schools figure out how to deliver empowering history that

  • helps young people increase their self-esteem
  • others to look at black history through a more appreciative lens

Be sure to follow Black History Speaker Paul Crooks on Eventbrite!

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