Tracing African Caribbean Ancestry |One-to-One Appointments with an Expert

Wednesday 19th July

Get help tracing your Black ancestry and Black History. Make a Zoom appointment for a one-to-one consultation with an expert genealogist.


Sometimes you just want to talk to an expert when you run into a barrier that is preventing you from exploring your Black British, Caribbean, and North American ancestry.

If you’re just beginning, you may just want to know where you’re from and where to look for information. Or, if you have already started on your journey, you may simply want a steer in the right direction.

What to Expect From A One-to-One Session

Depending on where you are at in your journey, we’ll discuss

  • getting started tracing your Black British, Caribbean, and North American ancestry
  • succeeding from the comfort of your own home, office, laptop, or mobile
  • overcoming barriers to finding forebears online
  • avoiding some common missteps when searching online
  • finding your ancestors born in the 1800s
  • accessing guidance on how to approach problems with the online genealogy (family tree) services that won’t do what you think it should do?
  • any documents you wish to share.

How long should I book for?

  • If this is your first appointment, I recommend booking a 30-minute appointment costs £50 to access the best advice on a complex genealogy issue. It’s also recommended if you have more than one minor question.
  • 60-minute appointment costs £100. It’s ideal if you have more than one complex genealogy issue and a few minor questions. It’s also recommended if you want to share and discuss documents you’ve obtained and get some guidance on overcoming “brick walls”.

About Paul Crooks

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 captured and 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 (fiction) and A Tree Without Roots (non-fiction) 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 Black genealogy.

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.


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