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Family History/Genealogy: Oral Histories


FamilySearch Oral Genealogies: Family Search publishes the audio files, photographs, and the genealogies obtained from oral history interviews in many parts of the world, including Africa on their Genealogies page. This page includes access to a variety of different compiled genealogies (family trees), including oral genealogies. Oral Genealogies are spoken lineage-linked genealogies from localities throughout the world. Many localities have no written records and oral genealogies may be the only records available for genealogical research. To learn more about the FamilySearch African Oral Histories Project, see Cherie Bush and Russel S. Lynch, "Oral Genealogy in Africa: Preserving Critical Knowledge," IFLA World Library and Information Congress, Athens, Greece, June 15, 2019,

Conducting Oral Histories

FamilySearch Online Resources to learn how to create oral histories

FamilySearch Apps to record oral histories

Family History Librarian

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Joe Everett
2246 HBLL
Harold B. Lee Library
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84062