Celebrating Black History Month

During Black History Month we are reflecting about how as a small group in 2008 we started researching our family history and helping others to do the same. We would encourage you to join us on that journey.

It can be frustrating at times but is so rewarding as we discover more of the lives of our ancestors.

Discovering our black heritage is not easy. We have a lot of obstacles to overcome . The slave trade is a large factor in the difficulties we may have in tracing our ancestors. Millions of people were moved across the globe, and there was little documentation. Families and communities were split and traditions and cultures were lost.

‘Who Do You Think You Are’ magazine carried a story earlier this year of Adrian Stone who traced his family from Jamaica back to Africa and gathered 6000 ancestors along the way. You can read this interesting story here

Make this the year that you begin that journey. Join us at our meetings and we will help you get started .

We meet on the last Saturday of the month via zoom. Look back here for more information.

Our meeting on Saturday

Thank you to all those who attended our meeting on Saturday 26th September.

We had another interesting and informative meeting . Hopefully we will have given you inspiration and spurred you on to go further in your family tree. We discussed talking to elders, assisted a member with their tree and had an interesting talk on ‘Mix-up, secretive Caribbean families’.

A number of websites were mentioned during the meeting as detailed here:

If you would like to become a member, please email us here .We will send you an application form and advise payment details.

Our next meeting is on Saturday 31st October.

Meeting on Saturday 26th September

Please join us at our zoom meeting on Saturday 26th September at 14.00BST.

Our topics this month will include:

  • Update on talking with elders
  • Helping a researcher with a brick wall
  • An intriguing talk ‘Mix Up, Secretive Caribbean Families’

Please email us to register your attendance. Your first meeting is FREE, thereafter £5 per meeting.

Membership is £20 per year. Please let us know if you would like to arrange membership.

We hope to see you on Saturday.

Guy Grannum – Caribbean Connections

If you missed Guy Grannum’s presentation through the National Archives in June, it is now available on Youtube. Guy is an author and genealogist who has completed extensive research over the last 25 years into his Caribbean ancestors. Caribbean Connections discusses Caribbean migration to the UK. Click here to view the talk.

Tracing Your Caribbean Ancestors

Our September meeting

Hope you all had a good summer despite the present difficulties. Did you manage to do any family history?

Please join us at our September meeting via Zoom on Saturday 26th September at 14.00 BST.

Our topics this month will be:

  • Mix-up, Secretive Caribbean families’
  • Assisting a member with their brick wall
  • Have you spoken to your elders?

If there are any topics you would like us to cover at our meetings, please drop us an email and we will do our best to include it

Our membership fee is £20 per year. The first meeting is free and following this £5 per meeting.

Please email us at cfhg.sol.birm@gmail.com to register for the meeting.

We look forward to meeting you!

Are you a GI baby?

GI Babies – Television production company seeks help with research

Wall to Wall Media – the makers of Who Do You think You Are? and Long lost Family  are making a programme about the experience of GI Babies. We have been asked to share this message:

As part of our research we are particularly keen to talk to the children  or grandchildren of African American GIs/Servicemen and British women as their experiences are less well known. We know that there were a large number of American servicemen throughout the UK both during the war and in the years afterwards so we are hoping some of your communities might be able to help.

If you are interested in talking to our production team about the programme, and live in the United Kingdom then please do get in contact by e mailing GIbabies@walltowall.co.uk 

All enquiries to Wall to Wall please

Paul Crooks Ancestry Talks

Paul Crooks has researched his African/Caribbean Ancestry and traced his family back 6 generations from London to Jamaica to West Africa .

He is currently offering some informative talks through Eventbrite.

Follow the links from his website to make a booking. Tonight’s talk is ‘Tracing Black Ancestry – Secrets of the 1817 Slave Registers Uncovered’ at 1900hrs BST: https://paulcrooks.info/

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An interesting read….

An interesting read on ‘Who Do You Think You Are’. Adrian Stone traced his ancestry back to Bristol, to Windrush and back to slavery. He described it as ‘a spiritual journey’ and found over 6000 ancestors and 10 generations. Read his story here:

https://www.whodoyouthinkyouaremagazine.com/real-stories/my-family-came-here-with-the-windrush-generation/

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Thank You….

Thank you so much to those who joined us from far and wide at our zoom research meeting on Saturday. It is fair to say we had an inspirational, motivational, collaborative and very enjoyable afternoon! We were researching a variety of Islands including St Thomas, St Kitts & Nevis, Jamaica, Barbados, St Croix, Grenada, Trinidad and Cuba

We learnt so much about ‘Talking to Elders’ and yes there are right and wrong ways of doing that!

We are helping each other with our brick walls and now know that we are not alone in our highs and lows.

Briefly we talked about the use of pedigree charts and family group sheets and we will cover this in more detail in another meeting

A number of books were mentioned that we use in our research . Here is a reminder:

Also a reminder of websites that can be used in your research:

Slave Voyages Database https://www.slavevoyages.org/

Legacies of British Slave Ownership: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/lbs/

Digital Library of the Caribbean: https://dloc.com/

French birth records from Caribbean: http://anom.archivesnationales.culture.gouv.fr/

Wills, land owners, military information: https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/

We will not be meeting in August but we will still be here to help if you need us. Just email cfhg.sol.birm@gmail.com with your query and someone will respond.

A date for your diary – Our next meeting is on Saturday 26th September at 14.00 BST and will include the interesting subject ‘Mixed up, Secretive Caribbean Families ‘

Enjoy your research! We look forward to hearing about all your discoveries!

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Our meeting today

Our July meeting will be today, Saturday 25th July at 14.00BST via Zoom. Topics to be covered as follows:

  • We will be re-visiting our topic from last month ‘Talking to Elders’ Were you successful in gaining family tree information? What strategies did you use? Please share your experiences. One of the ways we learn new techniques and ways forward is by sharing.
  • Helping you with that brick wall! Have you a particular person who you are stuck with? Can we help you find more information? Perhaps you would like to share your tree or part of it so that we can try and assist you. Or just bring the information to the meeting and share.

If anyone has any subjects they would like us to cover at future meetings, please let us know either by email or at the zoom meeting and we will do our best to include it.

If you would like to join us on Saturday 25th July please email cfhg.sol.birm@gmail.com to register for the meeting and we will send you a log in. Your first attendance is FREE and thereafter £5 per session. If you would like to join us as a member, our annual membership is £20. The membership will give you access to our meetings and talks as well as research support.

We will not be meeting in August but that does not mean that we are not here to help you. If you have a query you would like help with, email us and we will come back to you.

We hope to see you on later!

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Join us on Saturday 25th July


Our July meeting will be on Saturday 25th July at 14.00BST via Zoom. Topics to be covered as follows:

  • We will be re-visiting our topic from last month ‘Talking to Elders’ Were you successful in gaining family tree information? What strategies did you use? Please share your experiences. One of the ways we learn new techniques and ways forward is by sharing.
  • Helping you with that brick wall! Have you a particular person who you are stuck with? Can we help you find more information? Perhaps you would like to share your tree or part of it so that we can try and assist you. Or just bring the information to the meeting and share.

If anyone has any subjects they would like us to cover at future meetings, please let us know either by email or at the zoom meeting and we will do our best to include it.

If you would like to join us on Saturday 25th July please email cfhg.sol.birm@gmail.com to register for the meeting and we will send you a log in. Your first attendance is FREE and thereafter £5 per session. If you would like to join us as a member, our annual membership is £20. The membership will give you access to our meetings and talks as well as research support.

We will not be meeting in August but that does not mean that we are not here to help you. If you have a query you would like help with, email us and we will come back to you.

We hope to see you on Saturday!

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Come to our July Meeting…

Our July meeting will be on Saturday 25th July at 14.00BST via Zoom. Topics to be covered as follows:

  • We will be re-visiting our topic from last month ‘Talking to Elders’ Were you successful in gaining family tree information? What strategies did you use? Please share your experiences. One of the ways we learn new techniques and ways forward is by sharing.
  • Helping you with that brick wall! Have you a particular person who you are stuck with? Can we help you find more information? Perhaps you would like to share your tree or part of it so that we can try and assist you. Or just bring the information to the meeting and share.

If anyone has any subjects they would like us to cover at future meetings, please let us know either by email or at the zoom meeting and we will do our best to include it.

If you would like to join us on Saturday 25th July please email to register for the meeting and we will send you a log in. Your first attendance is FREE and thereafter £5 per session. If you would like to join us as a member, our annual membership is £20. The membership will give you access to our meetings and talks as well as research support.

We will not be meeting in August but that does not mean that we are not here to help you. If you have a query you would like help with, email us and we will come back to you.

We hope to see you at the next meeting!

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Read about the Endangered Archives programme

The Endangered Archives programme facilitates the digitisation of documents from around the world that are in danger following hurricanes, floods , earthquakes. This includes a number of the Caribbean Islands. This work will greatly assist us in our searches for historical documents on our family history quest.

The Barbadian Newspaper has recently been digitised. Read more about the project

The Endangered Archives of Grenada are also being digitised. This will include government documents from 1764. Read about the project here.

Some Government documents can be found in the National Archives at Kew but many are in locations locally on islands and need a lot of work.

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