Black Ancestry | Black History I DNA Testing | Where am I from?

Saturday 16th April

An insightful Black Ancestry masterclass exploring the question Black folk ask often – “Where am I from?”


Black British and North American people contribute much to the success of a DNA testing industry in the hope that tests can tell them where their roots are. The industry is estimated to be worth £7.7bn. 12 million people from all over the world have taken a home DNA-test.

But what does DNA testing really reveal about Black people living in Britain and North America and their roots?

Paul Crooks discusses

  • his research into his own African Caribbean ancestry and what it reveals about the origins of Black Caribbean and North Americans
  • the extent to which DNA testing helps in determine roots, race or ethnicity

Who is this talk for?

For you if

  • you’re thinking about getting their DNA test
  • you’ve had a DNA test and you’re not sure what next in furthering your understanding of who you are and where you’re from.
  • Come and ask questions about how to start exploring family history. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be inspired to explore your Ancestry.

Premium Ticket holders

Premium Ticket holders will receive African, Irish & the Music of the Caribbean, A research project by Paul Crooks following the event.

About the speaker

Paul Crooks is a published author and pioneering genealogist with a specialist interest in Black ancestry and Black history.

Paul came to prominence with his pioneering research into Black genealogy During the 1990s, when he became the first to trace his family history back 6 generations, from London to his ancestors enslaved on a sugar plantation in North America 200 years ago. He discovered his ancestors were enslaved on a sugar plantation in Jamaica.

His books Ancestors and A Tree Without Roots – The Guide To Tracing British, African and Asian Caribbean Ancestry have brought him international recognition for his breakthrough research into Black genealogy.

Paul Crooks has appeared on Who Do You Think You Are? with Moira Stuart as the expert in Black genealogy and has been recognised for inspiring an upsurge in interest in Black and British ancestry.

Paul is credited with inspiring an upsurge in interest in Black and British ancestry. He is also recognised for having spawned an industry in Black genealogy.

This event will not be recorded for later distribution or upload to Youtube.

More talks by Paul CrooksVisit Paul’s Website here.

Organiser of Black Ancestry | Black History I DNA Testing | Where am I from?

Welcome to Black History Speaker Paul Crooks’ masterclasses – a unique programme of onlaine and live events exploring Black Ancestry, whilst extending knowledge of Black History.

Paul Crooks is a Black History Speaker and pioneering Black genealogist. He helps people satisfy a deep need to understand how we fit into the broader world around us. Black History and Ancestry are journeys of many lifetimes woven together from the past, the present and the future.

There are lessons to be learned – both good and bad – from the way our ancestors have interacted to survive racial injustice. Those historical stories can serve to inspire individuals to higher levels of achievement. Inspirational stories from the pages of Black history fire peoples’ imaginations and spur them on to higher levels of performance in their personal and work lives.

Paul’s online and live events inspire a deeper understanding of difference. He speaks on important topics relating to the Black experience, including identity, inequality and national history.

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