ancestral project | alternatives in action and sup. keith carson
from february 2011 to June 2013, i had the wonderful opportunity to mentor more than 300 youth in the alameda county, ca area by teaching them the value of their family history and how to discover and document it. it was a project that i had been waiting years to do, and i was absolutely honored, and ready to take it on. it is one of the best blessings i have ever received.
in short, this program merged personal storytelling and genealogy so that participants are given the opportunity to learn about themselves and are given the skills to communicate what they’ve learned to their communities. after drawing up a site specific curriculum and planning out our sessions, we worked with a team of volunteers, including members of the african american genealogical society of northern california (aagsnc), california genealogical society and library (cgs), san francisco bay area jewish genealogical society. volunteers were key in helping facilitate genealogy research sessions and participating in intergenerational dialogue with the youth. the oakland family search library also partnered with us as the site of many of our sessions, especially for groups of youth such as those in WETA.
sites for the ancestral project were as follows:
- spring 2011 sites – mclymonds high school, alameda county beyond emancipation (b2b), berkeley technological academy
- spring 2012 sites – mclymonds high school, alameda county youth probation weekend training academy (WETA)
- fall 2012 sites – alameda county youth probation weekend training academy (WETA), midrasha, alameda county beyond emancipation (b2b)
- spring 2013 sites – life academy, mclymonds high school, alameda county youth probation weekend training academy (WETA)
- OaklandNorth, May 24, 2012 “McClymonds High students learn about their family histories with ancestral research project” by Ryan Phillips.
- San Francisco Chronicle, May 13, 2011“Genealogy Expands East Bay Teens’ Worlds” by Jill Tucker.
- Oakland Tribune, May 31, 2011 “Young people trace their roots with the help of relatives, websites” by Kristin J. Bender.
- Oakland Tribune, June 4, 2011 “Alameda County students learn about genealogy in Berkeley” by Thomas Peele
- Berkeleyside, June 6, 2011 “Students learn about pasts, themselves” by Robert Mills
- Geneabloggers Radio, July 15, 2011 Cool Ideas for Involving Youth in Genealogy, hosted by DearMYRTLE (Pat Richley)
- New York Times, September 3, 2011 The Oakland Temple by Louise Rafkin
KGO (ABC) News, San Francisco, CA, May 12, 2011. “East bay youngsters search for roots and history” by Carolyn Tyler.