The relatively recent surge of interest in family history has prompted websites such as Ancestry and Find My Past to digitise a broad range of records to aid research. These websites have been extremely useful in helping us identify and reconstruct the lives of people with African heritage in Hull and East Yorkshire.
Recently, we have been using online data from the 1881 census to find potential people of African descent in the region. While information from the census usually, raises more questions than it answers, it is a fantastic starting point as each entry records a person’s full name, birth place, age, occupation and address.
Below is a list of names that we have collected from the this census so far. With additional research, it is hoped that we will be able to identify those with African heritage and provide stories about their lives.
Unfortunately, it may not be possible to find further information about all of these individuals as often people disappear from the records. However, every person we identify with African heritage is important in demonstrating that that there was a Black presence in Hull and East Yorkshire in the late nineteenth century.
Please contact us if you have any further information about the people featured in this list or you would like advice on how you can help our project by becoming a volunteer researcher in your spare time.
Dr Lauren Darwin