About Caribbean Roots
Caribbean Roots was established in early 2007 to encourage and promote research into Caribbean genealogy, identity and heritage. It aims to do this by providing guidance through this website, articles and workshops.
Caribbean Roots is owned by Guy Grannum who has been researching his English and Bajan ancestry for over 20 years. Guy has worked at The National Archives since 1988 and specialises in Colonial history and genealogy, and especially Caribbean genealogy.
He has published three editions of Tracing Your Caribbean Ancestors (Bloomsbury, 2012), earlier editions were published by the Public Record Office as Tracing Your West Indian Ancestors. He has written several articles on Caribbean and African-Caribbean genealogy. Since 1993 he given many talks and workshops to archives, family history groups and libraries in London, the Midlands and the South West on sources in the National Archives, genealogy in general, and Caribbean genealogy.
Guy gives talks and workshops for library and archives services and family history groups, and tutors on the 5 week online course on Caribbean Family History and 3 week online course on how make best use of the National Archives' catalogue for Pharos Tutors.
Recent articles and publications
Caribbean Roots: An introduction to tracing your Caribbean ancestors, by Guy Grannum, 20 pp (Caribbean Roots, February 2012). A booklet aimed at complete newcomers to Caribbean genealogy describing how to start their family history with links to useful resources such as Caribbean archive addresses. You can obtain copies from Caribbean Roots at £3.50 (including Postage & Packaging) - use the contact form if you would like a copy. You can also buy copies from the Solhull branch of the Caribbean Family History Group at any events they hold a stall.
Tracing slave and slave owning ancestors in British Caribbean countries, Journal of One-Name Studies, vol 8, issue 2, April-June 2003
Tracing Your British West Indian Ancestors, Family History Monthly, April 2006, pp41-44
Caribbean Connections, Family History Monthly, February 2006, pp26-29, history of Caribbean migration to the UK
The Chains that Bind, Family History Monthly, August 2006, pp36-39, tips and resources for researching Caribbean slave ancestry
Sources for the study of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and Slavery at The National Archives (2007) essay for Adam Matthew's digital resource Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice 1490-2007 (www.slavery.amdigital.co.uk) - this is a subscription site
African-Caribbean Genealogy, in The Oxford Companion to Family and Local History, pp26-33, ed David Hey, 2nd edn (Oxford University Press, 2008)
Family History Detective: Records of slavery, Your Family Tree, February 2009 (Issue 73) pp46-49
How to trace slave ancestors, to accompany Ainsley Harriott's episode in September 2008 on the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are? website
Taking it further: Find Caribbean Slavery Records, in BBC's Who Do You Think You Are? magazine, May 2009 (issue 21), pp18-19, accompanying article on Ainsley Harriott
Caribbean roots, www.movinghere.org.uk/galleries/roots/caribbean/caribbean.htm
BBC: Researching African-Caribbean Family History, http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/familyhistory/next_steps/genealogy_article_01.shtml
Summary of One Name Study on the surname Grannum, www.grannum.org
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