Drawing the family tree

I am currently involved in two researches, no actually three when you think about the thesis dissertation I am working to complete and graduate University this December.

The first research was suggested by a good friend, a historian, and in in the line of that book Mary pointed me to ( The Darkening Age). If you have read that book, you know the extent to which the Christians destroyed artifacts of the old religions.

In the same line, I would want to find out

  • how far did mission Christianity try to capture or delete previously sacred landscapes in Kenya?
  • how did my/our forefathers respond to such desecration of religious sites and knowledge?

I am calling for help on this from the universe 🙂

My second area of research isn’t informed by the first one but is an idle curiosity. I am researching on my family tree. I have information up to my grandfather 4 times removed. I also have a bit of history on the eponymous father of the clan Onyango son of Ogiri and I want to trace the line both forwards from him to me and backwards to any of the early Luo migrations into Central Nyanza.

Here is where you come in. If anyone from Asembo Kanyikela reads this and has information that would help me in reconstructing this tree, backwards especially, say something in the comments or reach me on the contacts page. Help yours truly satisfy this idle curiosity.



About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

46 thoughts on “Drawing the family tree

  1. Mordanicus says:

    Good luck with your studies and your thesis.

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  2. jim- says:

    I know we only go back a few years, but you can throw me into your family tree. Have you tried ancestry.com? They do have a free trial. If you can plug in your four generations it will probably link you up with others who have done the same. If you are Mormon or know one, Family Search™️ is free with your LDS member number. Maybe Eilene would be a good one to ask. She’s a genealogist and historian

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    • makagutu says:

      None of my relatives is a moron Mormon. Let me try and see if anyone I know has tried ancestry.com but I think likely not.

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      • jim- says:

        Mormon churches also have genealogy centers that are very friendly to help. A non-member account is called a FamilySearch Account and can be created at http://www.FamilySearch.org. After creating an account they need to call FamilySearch Support and ask for access to new.FamilySearch.org AND FamilySearch Family Tree that will give them full access to ALL NON-Sacred information on our sites.

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  3. Good luck in your discoveries, Mak. I admire your tenacity and perseverance on such things.

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  4. john zande says:

    I, for one, would be very interested to see your final reports on all three subjects.

    We Zande’s are lucky. We stayed in one town (the town they founded) right up until after WW1, when some families (my line) left. The first recorded evidence of that town (a sort of deed saying “we own this”) is from 1011 CE.

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  5. don’t know much about my ancestry other than my real last name means blade polisher in German/Austrian. I’m very curious about what you find out about the religion stuff.

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  6. renudepride says:

    Good luck in ALL your research and that is terrific news about your postgraduate degree in December. I strongly advise you to NOT waste time on ancestry.com or on the mormon folks. They really don’t have much to offer those outside this country unless one is of western European origin. Naked hugs! 🙂

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  7. Nan says:

    I envy you and anyone who can search their roots. I was adopted as a baby and was “in the dark” most of my life. About 8-10 years ago, I was fortunate enough to come across someone who had access to records not available to the general public and he was able to fill in some blanks. Then, after my adoptive mother died, I found information in a desk drawer from the adoption agency and learned the names of my birth mother and father. I also found out I’m half-Mexican and half-German. Quite a combination, huh?

    Anyway, I admire your tenacity in your studies. Congrats on obtaining that degree!

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  8. […] In this post I said I wanted to draw my family tree. I have progressed a little and gotten information that I would like to share. I will continue to update as and when I know more. […]


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