Paul Crooks Msc
Specialist in African Caribbean Genealogy

Paul's Ancestry talks and publications are changing the discourse on Black ancestry and history.

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

Paul gained national recognition for his work when his acclaimed historical novel Ancestors (based on the true story of the author's African ancestors) was published in 2002. He appeared on Who Do You Think You Are? (Moira Stuart) as the expert in African Caribbean genealogy. His second book A Tree Without Roots is the seminal guide to tracing African, British and Asian Caribbean ancestry.

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.

Paul Crooks on Exploring African American DNA Testing

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Trace your African and Caribbean ancestry with guidance from Paul Crooks

Like most things in life, if you want to know how to succeed at whatever it is you're attempting, then it's always a good idea to talk to an expert — someone who has succeeded in what you are trying to do and can guide you toward achieving your aspiration.

Where did Your family surname come from?

Paul's helping people find clues to the origins of their family names within the Caribbean

You're having problems tracing Ancestors online?

Paul's downloadable video tutorials will help you overcome problems searching online

You want to know where to begin and how to start?

Live and online events to inspire, inform and encourage family storytellers to build the narrative.

Paul Crooks' Black Resistance & Abolition Timelines

Black Resistance Timeline Paul Crooks
Black Resistance and Abolition Timelines

True stories. Incredible Black History

3 stunning interactive Black history tapestries blending Black & British history and your ancestry together over time.

There's no better way to learn, engage and remember more information.

BBC News Paul Crooks

Paul Crooks | Africa Caribbean Genealogist traced his family history back 200 years | BBC News

BBC news item featuring Paul Crooks speaking about sources he used to unlock the potential for tracing African Caribbean roots.

WDYTYA Paul Crooks

Who Do You Think You are? with Adrian Chiles and Paul Crooks

Adrian Chiles features Paul Crooks in this British genealogy documentary series that was aired on the BBC in 2004. In this episode, the celebrity Moira Stuart traces her family tree.

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What Folks are saying about Ancestry Talks

Ancestry talks with Paul Crooks are about inspiring people to satisfy a deep human need to understand how we fit into the broader world around us.

 

 

 

"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots"

 

Ready to find your roots

There' a comprehensive guide to tracing African, British & Asian Caribbean roots waiting for you ...

Ancestry Talks Paul Crooks

Paul Crooks MSc Specialist in African Caribbean Genealogy

 

Paul's Ancestry talks and publications are changing the discourse on Black ancestry and history.

Paul Crooks Msc

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

Paul gained national recognition for his work when his acclaimed historical novel Ancestors (based on the true story of the author's African ancestors) was published in 2002. He appeared on Who Do You Think You Are? (Moira Stuart) as the expert in African Caribbean genealogy. His second book A Tree Without Roots is the seminal guide to tracing African, British and Asian Caribbean ancestry.

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.

Sign-up for announcements of upcoming events Ancestry Talks with Paul Crooks events

Trace your African and Caribbean ancestry with guidance from Paul Crooks

Like most things in life, if you want to know how to succeed at whatever it is you're attempting, then it's always a good idea to talk to an expert — someone who has succeeded in what you are trying to do and can guide you toward achieving your aspiration.

Where did Your family surname come from?

Paul's helping people find clues to the origins of their family names within the Caribbean

You want to know where to begin and how to start?

Live and online events to inspire, inform and encourage family storytellers to build the narrative.

You're having problems tracing Ancestors online?

Paul's downloadable video tutorials will help you overcome problems searching online

Paul Crooks' Black Resistance & Abolition Timelines

Black Resistance and Abolition Timelines

True stories. Incredible Black History

There's no better way to learn, engage and remember more information.

"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots"

Ready to find your roots

There' a comprehensive guide to tracing African, British & Asian Caribbean roots waiting for you ...