|Session II - Genealogy/kinship attendees at Oakland Public MAIN Library, conducted by R. Califa Calloway, #nzoCALIFAncestry. Sunday, November 26, 2017|
We began this day getting right to work to chart our Family tree on a template provided, instrumental to guide the attendees' next steps in their research. The room was prayed up and prepared to receive 16 faithful and determined Family members who openly gave voice to their Ancestors' by calling out their names, as those in the room who shared a common surname echoed back in response:
My keychain arsenal holds over 23 library cards from throughout the country, I love libraries! It was a distinct pleasure to introduce the OPL's Genealogy and Historical Records online to aid in their Family History research. With some surprised and others eager to dive in, the time had prospered forward to put research into motion, and so we began with the Ancestry.com's Library Edition. Each attendee started with "that Ancestor" and was guided through each search prompt, aided by a few additional tips to advance the search in cases of the unknown:
- Add Mother and Father or sibling
- List the State and Country if you don't know City
- Estimate birth and death year
- List known resident locations
- Clarify "Race/Nationality" prompt [Ancestry.com]
|Click the link to see the list of online resources at Oakland Public Library|
"Census records can provide the building blocks of your research, allowing you to both confirm information, and to learn more." ~ NARA
|When "Walston cousins meet. |
Thank you, Deborah Bryson
In the next moment, an unknown Father's information was located; Hmmm looks like there's more than one Family member with the same name, how could this be true? Another's Family line extends a generation, while further research by a 1st session attendee, leads to documents from the Philippines corroborating her "Tan" connection.
[now we're over time] A school bell rings in my head, reminding me of my Mama Georgia's saying "Play time is ovah, time to come on in". As a Professional Dance Teacher, I now urgently give cues to relentless minds now locked in on finding out more and announce to make preparations to gather in a circle. The room was now filled, and so was every attendee filled with discoveries made possible by their Ancestor's presence. I'm deeply humbled, I am too filled, yet remain reticent to skillfully guide us into the 'round -- hands clasped, hearts full, Ori-centered to release, give thanks, align and "Give Praise to Life". *breath*
Contact me today, and let's envision.
R. Califa Calloway
- #nzoCALIFAncestry Genealogy Kinship sessions appeared in concert with the Malonga Center Community Ancestral Installation at the Oakland Public Main Library, Nov. 2, 2017 - Dec. 1, 2017 | Curator/Lead Artist: Regina "Califa" Calloway
- Made possible through shared partnering: Nzo Califa Dance Works, Kongo SQ West Kinship Society, Oakland Public Main Library & DelinaDream Productions.