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Ancestry Talks with Paul Crooks

Tracing Windrush Ancestry: Secrets of the Passenger Lists

There are calls from people of African & Caribbean descent not to forget the Windrush generation.

“Did my parents or forebears come to England on the Empire Windrush? Or, did they arrive on some other ship? What do I know about their arrival? What can I find out? Why are the Passenger lists important to tracing African Caribbean Ancestry? In the fervour to know more about Black History, am I forgetting my family history?”. These are questions trailblazing author and family historian Paul Crooks asked when pioneering research into African Caribbean. Join Paul for this captivating talk on how he used the Passenger lists to shed new light on the history of his Octogenarian father – a Windrush generationer.

In this masterclass, Paul reveals

  • the names of all the passenger ships your parents or Windrush forebears would have sailed on during Windrush era (1948 and 1961)
  • how you can use the Passenger Lists to help you begin exploring your African & Caribbean ancestry
  • How you can access the Passenger lists

About the Speaker

Trailblazing author and 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 off the West African coast and enslaved on a sugar plantation in Jamaica.

In the 1990’s, 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; an effort that has brought him international recognition for his breakthroughs in Tracing black ancestry.

Join Ancestry Talks’ Paul Crooks for this captivating account of how he traced his Black Caribbean ancestors enslaved on a sugar plantation in Jamaica, 200 years ago.

In this masterclass, Paul captivates audiences with his unique account of how he traced his roots and his family’s migration down through the generations to Windrush.

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