Black Genealogy: Tracing Your Ancestors Back to the 1860s

Sun, 20 Jun 2021, 19:00 – Sun, 31 Oct 2021, 20:00 GMT

Guidance on tracing your ancestors and bringing your Black history to life.

This talk complements Paul Crooks’ talk “Tracing Your Roots Back To The 1880s”. Paul will give guidance on how to search online and trace your history further back, to ancestors who lived during 1860s.

You’ll gain insights into how Paul overcame major barriers to tracing his great-grandfather online. This talk will cover records specific to African Caribbean ancestry. Paul will discuss other materials of more general interest to people embarking on journeys to find their roots.

The next event in this series of talks will focus on tracing your ancestry even further back, to 1830s


The talk is suitable for you if

  • you’re new to exploring family history
  • you have some experience of searching for your ancestors and want to know about other sources of information
  • you’ve started and you’re having problems furthering your search


Links to the one-hour online live cast will be provided via an automated email an hour before the event starts


Trailblazing family historian Paul Crooks pioneered research into African Caribbean genealogy during the 1990s. He traced his family history from London, back 6 generations, to ancestors captured on the West African coast and enslaved on a sugar plantation in Jamaica.

Paul was told that it would be impossible to trace records of slave-ownership let alone his African ancestors enslaved on plantations in Jamaica. “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 Jamaica and ultimately back to the Gold Coast of Africa.

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.

More Online Events Listings MORE