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Research Your African Ancestry
Sat 8 April 2017, 12:00 – 14:00 BST
Paul Crooks is Black Britain’s trailblazing expert in tracing African-Caribbean family history. In 1990, he was told that it would be impossible to trace records of slave-ownership let alone his African ancestors enslaved on plantations in Jamaica. Undeterred, he embarked on a journey of discovery that led from suburban North London to Jamaica and ultimately back to the Gold Coast of Africa.
Paul's novel and guide to tracing to tracing Black ancestry unlocked sources for researching slave ownership and Black British family history. Subsequent speaking engagements, an appearance on ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ and national radio interviews, inspired a generation of to start exploring legacies of Britain’s slave ownership.
Paul’s acclaimed historical novel Ancestors (Arcadia books) provides a narrative on the controversial history of Britain’s transatlantic slave trade, experiences of slaves (from kidnap to working on plantations) and resistance.
Come and ask questions and get advice and guidance on exploring your family history.
This event is part of Back From the Western Front - African Soldiers in the Great War of Britain.