UK research

This guide was last updated in 2014

Before worrying about jumping on planes to Accra, there are some resources closer to home that you can examine.

It's worth checking out Dr Michel Doortmont’s wonderful Gold Coast Database at You’ll have to register, but it’s free to do so.

The resource is a distillation of a career of Gold Coast research, pulling on information from a wide range of sources, from Dr Doortmont’s exhaustive archival research in Ghana to his personal interviews with Ghanaians relating to their genealogy. Personal memories and knowledge are always valuable clues in a country where documents can be scarce.

If your family were from urban areas and you have dates for certain events, it could be worth checking out the African newspapers held by the British Library, details of which can be found online here.

The British Library holds several different Gold Coast publications, including quite focused ones, such as those relating to the Methodist Church. Newspaper reports and announcements could confirm links previously only known from oral tradition.

However, bear in mind that not all newspapers are available online yet and your research may involve a visit to the recently opened Newsroom in St Pancras, or the British Library's reading room in Boston Spa.

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