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Paula Madison

Dynamic and interactive mini-website celebrating Paula Williams Madison's family story.

Paula’s story is one that typifies our modern global society: born in Harlem, New York, her family history is defined by a mix of African, Chinese, and Jamaican heritage.

In 2011, she left her position as the Executive Vice President of Diversity at NBC to chronicle her exploration of her Chinese ancestry (Finding Samuel Lowe). Paula's search encouraged her to expand her ancestral journey, and Plantain had the pleasure of helping her learn about her Jamaican grandfather. The oral history about him painted a fascinating picture of business savvy, wealth, complex relationships, and obeah (West Indian folk magic).

Our research also informed an innovative, interactive online report that allowed Paula to share these stories with the rest of her family.

REGIONS COVERED: China, Jamaica, the U.S.

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After so many years of wondering about and seeking more information on my Jamaican grandfather, your Plantain team has successfully located information and provided me with documents and insight into my family’s past. The process has been so satisfying and collegial that I have and will continue to recommend Plantain to my friends and colleagues. Now that you’ve proven to be so skilled in locating my paternal grandfather’s genealogical information, I’m happily anticipating similar results as you look for more records regarding my Chinese grandfather’s life in Jamaica too! You and the Plantain team are The Best!
— Paula Madison Williams.
Zaake De Coninck