22 June 2021

Windrush Day 2021: Trace your ancestry with Passenger Lists

How much do you know about your Windrush forebears?

In this masterclass, Paul Crooks from Ancestry Talks reveals how he used Passenger Lists to search for his family tree and backstory.

Paul discusses how you can use the Windrush Generation Passenger Lists to explore your African and Caribbean history, fill a gap in your family tree and bring your family’s Windrush backstory to life.

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

Who is this talk for?

The talk is for people new to exploring their family history. It’s also suitable if you have some experience of searching for your ancestors and want to know about other sources of information or are having problems furthering your search. The workshop is also suitable for people who are interested in African and Caribbean history or genealogy.

Presenter: Paul Crooks

Trailblazing family historian Paul Crooks pioneered research into African-Caribbean genealogy during the 1990s. He traced his family history from London, back six 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 bring 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 take part

This free, online talk will be held over Zoom. Please book your place below. Details of how to join the session will be in your registration email. Please check your spam folder if the email does not arrive. Bookings close at 2pm on Tuesday 22 June.

Although this talk is free, we would be grateful if you could consider making a donation.

Please visit the Zoom website for guidance on joining webinar. Please allow extra time before the talk begins to make sure everything is working correctly. It’s up to you whether you turn on your video but all guests will be muted once the talk begins. You are welcome to ask questions in the chat box throughout the talk.

With thanks to our Equality and Diversity programme sponsor: UWE Bristol.

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