Discovering more about our family trees
By Jude Toyat
THE TWO-DAY FAMILY HISTORY Workshop held at Pustaka Negeri Sarawak from May 27-28 gave its 40 participants a means to discover more about themselves and their ancestry through talks from genealogy experts and family tree plotting sessions.
The workshop also aimed to provide participants with methods to identify their family genealogy along with clear guidelines for them to do research and trace their ancestors.
According to its coordinator Dayangku Horiah Awang Ghani, the workshop was also held as early steps to introduce the new online library documentation on family history known as the ‘Sarawak Family History Online’.
“This is the first initiative taken by Pustaka to have a collection of family history to be documented in the online site, and to be preserved at the Archives Collection in the library.
“As for now, the website is still at its initial stage and not available for viewing yet,” she said.
History and genealogy experts that shared their expertise at the workshop include Dr. Mohd Shamsudin from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Dr. Azharuddin Mohamed Dali from Universiti Malaya, and Dr. Suffian Mansor from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
Among the topics discussed include ‘Genealogy and its importance to society’, ‘Providing, Building and Writing Family History’, and ‘Reaching out for sources and historical writing techniques.’
“We are very happy to see the positive response from various individuals who wish to share their family history with us here today.
“It is hoped that through this workshop, they will acknowledge the importance of history in our life, and what better way to understand it than to start with your own family history that can be a great source for our future generation,” she added.
ENDS WITH PICTURES
Dayangku Horiah (front, second right) with participants of ‘Family History Workshop’.
Group photo on the second day of the workshop.