Black and British Ancestry – Who Do You Think You Are?

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Black History insights with Paul Crooks discussing his journey tracing his family tree from London back 200 years to his African ancestors

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Black British family historian Paul Crooks reveals how he traced his Great Great Great Great Grandmother. Paul’s family tree reaches back 6 generations, a journey that took him back 200 years to the Gold Coast, via Jamaica.

In this masterclass, Paul delivers a revealing talk on his journey tracing his roots. Paul also discussed how he used his research to reconstruct the historical narrative of Black people enslaved in ex-British colonies in the Caribbean and North America.

You’ll gain an insight into

  • how you can discover who you are and where you’re from
  • how Paul’s ancestors enslaved in the Caribbean were a collective part of an unstoppable force for change on a grand scale.

Come and ask questions about how to start exploring family history. Who knows? Maybe you'll be inspired to explore your Ancestry.

Who Is This Talk For?

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

About the speaker

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 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 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.

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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For more talks by Paul Crooks: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/black-history-speaker-paul-crooks-18089386487

Website: https://paulcrooks.info


Watch and learn more about Ancestry Talks with Paul Crooks.

Tree Without Roots - The Guide To Tracing British, African And Asian Caribbean Ancestry

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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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