A Caribbean Journey

Experiences of researching Barbadian ancestors from the UK.

Guy Grannum will provide a guided tour of his family history starting from the Caribbean. This will be an entertaining talk that will touch on the extension of UK Civil Registration to the colonies and how it worked in the context of the Caribbean. It will also touch on the challenges of UK research in the 20th Century pre- and post- internet.  Guy uses some sources to illustrate his findings, and explains how he became a subject matter expert in Caribbean genealogy.

Free parking.

Non-members are invited to make a £3 donation towards costs.


27 Feb 2020


Doors open at 19:15
19:45 - 21:00
Reading Branch


Reading Branch
The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, 280 The Meadway, Tilehurst, Reading, RG30 4PE, Berkshire


  • Guy Grannum
    Guy Grannum

    Guy is a qualified archivist and a family historian and archival researcher. He has been researching his British and Barbadian ancestry for over 30 years using sources in Barbados and England. He has worked at The National Archives (UK) since 1988 and for most of this time has been advising researchers and currently manages Discovery the online catalogue. He specialises in Caribbean genealogy and heritage and has been writing and lecturing about this subject since the 1990s and has published three editions of Tracing Your Caribbean Ancestors. He started his family history to find out the origins of his surname and where his paternal ancestry came from. Using archives in the UK and Barbados and online he has traced his Bajan roots to the 1730s but as yet has not found where they came from.

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Berkshire Family History Society works to meet the needs of those researching their ancestry across the UK and overseas – as well as those looking for former relatives in historic Berkshire.  You do not need to be a member to benefit.

The society offers:

  • Research Zone in central Reading that is free to use and open to all

  • Free access at The Centre for Heritage and Family History to online resources like FindMyPast, the 1939 Register, The Genealogist, the British Newspaper Archive and Ancestry (the worldwide edition)

  • Regular free help and advice sessions

  • Meetings in Abingdon, Bracknell, Newbury, Reading, Windsor and Woodley — open to everyone

  • Online discussion list for members  informed answers to research queries and advice from experienced researchers

  • Members’ Area with data and other information not readily accessible elsewhere

  • Indexes and transcriptions of Berkshire’s historic records on CD — parish registers, probate documents, monumental inscriptions, maps, First World War history and more

  • Quarterly magazine, the Berkshire Family Historian, for members

  • a chance to join in project work, recording, transcribing and helping to preserve records

  • Links to the research experience, advice and support of members worldwide

  • Opportunities to volunteer and so help others with their family history