Join Paul for this captivating account of how he traced his African Caribbean ancestry back to an ancestor named Ami Djaba. His 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 shares his unique account as a case study. Find out how Paul located documents in public records, and brought his Black history to life.
You’ll gain insights into how you too can discover who you are and where you’re from.
This talk is part of the Ancestry Talks with Paul Crooks’ Season of Empowering Black History.
WHO IS THIS TALK FOR?
The talk is suitable for you ifyou’re new to exploring family historyyou have some experience of searching for your ancestors but want to develop your skills and knowledge furtheryou’ve started, but your hit difficulties moving forward with your search.
HOW TO GET THE EVENT LINK
Links to the one hour online live cast will be provided via an automated email an hour before the event starts
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
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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