Windrush Beyond – How to Trace Your African Caribbean Ancestors

Mon, 22 June 2020 16:30 – 18:00

In celebration of Windrush Day 2020 Islington Council invites you to join this online talk by Paul Crooks.

In this masterclass, Paul Crooks captivates his audience with his amazing account of his journey to trace his family back 6 generations to Ami Djaba who was living in the Krobo Mountain, Ghana. Using his unique find as a case study, Paul will reveal his top tips to get you started. This talk will cover records specific to African Caribbean research as well as other materials of more general interest to children of the Windrush Generation.

The session will be hosted on Zoom, when you register via Eventbrite you will be sent a link and joining instructions to your email address.

The talk is free and open to all.

About Paul Crooks

Paul Crooks is unique as a published author and trailblazing genealogist with a specialist interest in Black ancestry. Paul pioneered research into African Caribbean genealogy during the 1990s when he became the first to trace his family history from London, back 6 generations, to ancestors captured off the West African coast 200 years ago. Paul discovered that his ancestors were enslaved on a sugar plantation in Jamaica.

Paul gained national recognition for his work when his acclaimed historical novel Ancestors (based on the true story of the author’s African ancestors) was published by Arcadia Books in 2002. He appeared on Who Do You Think You Are? (Moira Stuart) as the expert in African Caribbean genealogy. His second book A Tree Without Roots is the authoritative guide to tracing African, British and Asian Caribbean ancestry.

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

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