Tracing African Caribbean Ancestry – Who Do You Think You Are?

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So, who do you think you are? An inspirational talk moving you a step closer to starting your quest for your back story and Black history


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Join Paul for this captivating account of how he traced his African ancestor – Ami Djaba. Paul’s family tree reaches back 6 generations, a journey that took him back 200 years to the Gold Coast of West Africa, via Jamaica.

In this masterclass, Paul delivers a revealing talk on Black & British history and ancestry. You’ll gain an insight into

• how you can discover who you are and where you’re from

• how his ancestors enslaved in the Caribbean were a collective part an unstoppable force for change on a grand scale.

This talk is part of the Ancestry Talks with Paul Crooks’ Season of Empowering Black History.


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


Trailblazing family historian Paul Crooks pioneered research into African Caribbean genealogy during the 1990s. He traced his family history from London, back 6 generations, to ancestors captured on the West African coast and enslaved on a sugar plantation in Jamaica.

Paul was told that it would be impossible to trace records of slave-ownership let alone his African ancestors enslaved on plantations in Jamaica. “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 Jamaica and ultimately back to the Gold Coast of Africa.

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.

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