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Tracing Your African Heritage in the British West Indies

When:
February 1, 2014 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm GMT0
2014-02-01T13:00:00-05:00
2014-02-01T17:00:00-05:00
Where:
North York Central Library, Room 2/3
5120 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M2N
Canada
Cost:
$40 ($35 for OGS members)
Contact:
Toronto Branch OGS
1-800-658-6497

A HALF-DAY COURSE ON FEBRUARY 1, 2014

Do you have ancestors of African descent who lived in the British West Indies? If so, this half-day course will help you to trace your African heritage through historical records. The course will present information relevant to these countries: Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad, Tobago, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts, Bahamas, Guyana and Dominica.

The course will cover the basic principles of research, how to read and interpret slave registers, what to look for in vital records, church records, parish registers and much more. Historical timelines will be introduced to help pinpoint when and where Africans were sent in the British West Indies. There will also be presentation of information about online websites, the kinds of records available in GTA libraries and what is the essential information in the archives in the British West Indies.

Instructor: Pooran Bridgelal
Pooran Bridgelal graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Caribbean Studies. He has spearheaded several Genealogy workshops in Toronto and Trinidad. In 2012 he published an article regarding ‘Slavery and East Indian Indentureship” in the 2012 Caribbean Students Union Journal at the University of Toronto. Pooran is also a collector of rare books, maps and postcards from the West Indies.

Accessibility
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Registration
To register for this course, click on the green “Buy Tickets” near the top of the page. For information about our policies on registration, cancellation and refunds, late registration and at-the-door registration, visit our policies page.

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