Black History Month | DNA Results Demystified

Wednesday 24 January

Dive into the world of genetics and heritage with our online event, ‘DNA Results Demystified| Tracing African Ancestry and Black History.


Hosted by renowned genealogy expert Paul Crooks, this masterclass bridges the gap between DNA results and the rich tapestry of African and Caribbean ancestry. It’s a unique opportunity to understand the intersection of genetics, African American & Caribbean heritage, and the broader narrative of Black history.

This event breaks down complex genetic concepts and terminology into understandable language, making the science of DNA testing accessible to all readers. Paul will provide insights on interpreting DNA test results more accurately and to understand the limitations and nuances of genetic testing.

While focusing on specific ancestry groups, the event insights and explanations have a broad appeal, helping anyone interested in genealogy to navigate the world of DNA testing.

Who is this event for?

This masterclass caters to those intrigued by African American and Caribbean genetic heritage. It offers practical guidance on DNA results interpretation, enhancing both personal and collective historical understanding. It’s an insightful journey into self-discovery, emphasizing the importance of ancestral connections in shaping identities.

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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