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Trailblazing family historian Paul Crooks (author of Ancestors) traced his enslaved forebears back 6 generations to Ami Djaba, a relative who was living in the Krobo Mountain, Ghana.

Paul’s acclaimed novel and appearance on Who Do You Think You Are? inspired a generation to start exploring Black and British ancestry and gathering information to make their family trees.

Paul was told that it would be impossible to trace records of 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 African Caribbean genealogy research.

Paul will talk interactively about his journey and how he traced his roots.

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Saturday 25 May 2019
Brixton Oval