Genealogy, word cloud concept on black background.

One of my frustrations is that I do not know much about my ancestry. In the absence of written records, we depend on oral tradition of “documenting” our story. This, of course, is fraught with errors and complete distortions, missing links and a very limited database. For example, I am fairly certain of only 11 generations of my ancestors. With meticulous inquiry and crosschecking with many relatives and other elders, I can say with reasonable confidence that I am:

Muniini Kwehangaana Mwene Mulera wa Rukooko rwa Bareegire ba Kahurubuka ka Misango ya Keitesibwa ka Mabindi ga Rutahweire rwa Ndahuka ya Kangabo ka Nyamarembo Goona (a.k.a. Byamarembo.)

This is my paternal genealogy. Although I am a Musigi, I am not descended from Kasigi. The Bakonjo, my ancestors, left Busongora in the foothills of Rwenjura (Rwenzori) mountains in the late 1600s or early 1700s. (Not related to the Bakonjo of Kasese). They made their way into what is now Congo Free State, then Rwanda, finally settling in Kahondo Valley in the late 18th century or early 19th century. (Other Bakonjo settled in Butiganda near Lake Bunyonyi and Mparo, Rukiga.)

Being a small minority, they sought and received the protection of the Basigi clan, and became “Green-Card holders” among the Ba Musigi.

Like all good immigrants, my ancestors were happily absorbed into their new nation of the Basigi, complete with their totems, national symbols and other traditions with which they identified themselves.

That is why I am Omusigi W’Omukonjo Omuzira Nte Ngoobe Eyintezaariize Omunyakahondo Omu Ntookye Nyamwingi Ahempungu Ezeereera Ekabura Obugwero. Enyameishwa mwene weitu (our animal friend) n’Empungu Mareere Rubagira Meiru (the African Eagle.)

It is easy to see why my ancestry suddenly stops eleven generations back, with no hope of ever removing the huge dark curtain that seals my pre-Rwandan past.

This is why I encourage you, my friends, to document your genealogies today, while your elders can still remember. I would love to see as many of you as are able to do so, sharing your genealogies here at this Fireplace.

Simply write them as follows:

Names you go by, (Nationality)

Genealogy.

Clan, totem and animal friend (optional.)

Examples of writing paternal genealogies in some nationationalies:

ACHOLI

Opiyo Oloya (Acholi):

Opiyo pa Oloya pa Ogaba pa Opiyo pa …………..

BAGANDA:

Geoffrey Kiggundu (Muganda):

Kiggundu mutabani wa Bisase, muzukulu wa Kaggwa, muzukulu wa Ndiwulira, muzukulu wa Kituku, muzukulu wa Ssekuuma, muzukulu wa ………………

The Baganda add the clan hierarchy and resting places (“agalamidde”) of their ancestors.

BAKIGA/BANYANKORE

Robert Kabushenga (Omukiga):

Tabaaro mwene Sabiiti za Kabushenga ka Kajura ka Komunobi ka Ruhandagazi rwa Mpanju ya Tabaaro wa Nyeimaza za Bihengyeri bya Nyarubamba rwa Beebwa ba Karemera ka Nzoobiki za Kahaya Rutindangyezi rwa Murari wa Kanzira.

Ascendmus Mugarura Binwewe (Omuhororo):

Mugarura Mweene Binwewe Bya Kyongyereire Kya Mbagyeruka Wa Mpurebuha Bwa Kanga Ka Birozyo Bya Mushura Wa Mugasha Owasigaireho Omuzira Burunga Omusyaba Owitega Rya Kabura

BALUHYA:

Philip Odera (Omuluhya):

Awori wa Odera wa Oywaya wa Opinyi wa Ananda wa Sanya……………………..

BANYARWANDA:

David Himbara (Omunyarwanda):

Himbara Murunganwa Rwanyakasama Murungikacumu Uwigemaho Bantinya wa Byabagamba bya Rukizangabo wa Nzigiye Impangaza Matovu Rwamucyo Wabuzizi.

To ensure a single, easily accessible database, kindly write your genealogies here at Mulera’s Fireplace, in the Reply space, NOT on my Facebook wall.

Thank you!

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8 Responses to “Genealogy Database of East Africans”

  1. Moses Twesigye-omwe

    Twesigomwe wa Nduhira wa Basiima ba Itwara rya Ndyanabo wa Bigyega bya Ndabagyera ya Muzoora

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  2. Muniini K. Mulera

    Dr. Kizza Besigye:

    Kizza Besigye Mwene Kifefe kya Rwehikara rwa Kagwengyeire ka Karuhuura ka Ruyondo rwa Rumanzi rwa Rubegyera rwa Nzaarabarungi ba Rutaragana rwa Muramira wa Kagara ka Keishiki Nyinarusyaba.

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  3. Nimrod Muhumuza

    Dr. Mulera,

    This is a fantastic and timely innovation. I have struggled with my own ancestry, or lack thereof and I am in my mid-twenties. I have resolved to gather all that information before year-end. I also recently had a similar thought – a database for genealogy and I had no where to start. Thanks for blazing the trail. I will surely enter my information into the data base once I gather it.

    Thanks once again.

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  4. Nicholas Ddumba Katumba

    Nicholas Ddumba Katumba mutabani wa Joseph Katumba Lwanyaaga atudde e Magya Mawokota Mpigi, muzzukulu wa Mark Lwanyaaga Kyobe eyebase e Bukoto Buddu Masaka, muzzukulu wa Yoana Kyobe eyebase e Magya Mawokota Mpigi, muzzukulu wa Mark Mukutuza Mukwaya eyebase e Mitala Maria Mawokota Mpigi, muzzukulu wa Kibuuka eyebase e Nzizi Busiro Wakiso, muzzukulu wa Bisiribba eyebase e Kanyange Kagoma Busiro Wakiso.

    Nsibuka mu Nju ya Yoana Kyobe, mu Lugya lwa Yoana Kyobe, mu Lunyiriri lwa Zaali Embikke, mu Mutuba gwa Mwanamugimu Ntanda Ssendusu e Ssenge, mu Ssiga lya Ssekayiba e Ssenge, mu Kasolya ka Kayiira Gajuule e Mugulu, Singo.

    Neddira Mbogo, akabbiro Ndeerwe.
    Omubala: Kadagado, Kadagaddo aka Namagembe kaagwa. Zonna Mbogo.
    Mu Lubiri lwa Ssabasajja Kabaka ndi Mukongozzi.
    Ndi Muganda era munna Uganda mu Africa.

    Mbeera Kawuku, Entebbe Road.
    Emirimu gyange gyabusubuuzi era nga njikolera wano e Dubai mu nsi yaba Warabu.

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  5. Natwijuka mutabani wa Bwempazi, mwijukuru wa Rwomumaizi, Rwomumaizi wa Karuuru, Karuuru wa Rwamiheeto, Rwamiheeto wa Kinyungutsi, Kinyungusi wa Kasimba, Kasimba wa Shumbuusha,
    Shumbusha wa Katoore, Katoore
    nimwijukuru wa Mbogo omwitira
    Omuzira mashereka, enyamaishwa
    nakafunzi.
    Haza Kinyungutsi akazaara agandi
    mamanzi nka, Kanyamugaara,
    Kibwaana na Bishuha.

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  6. Ronald Akatwijuka

    Ndi Akatwijuka wa Kajwengye ka Ndabahwerize wa Kibaata kya Kabucheregye ka Kanagwa ka Bujara bwa Bweema bwa Kinyata.

    Omukiga w’omujara kuruga Nangara. Omuzira nte y’engoobe.

    I wish I knew more beyond that . I know there are many Basigi ba bajara, and I’d like to see with them where our line goes. I’ve also seen many sons and daughters of Bujara with different versions for his lineage, so I’m not really sure.

    It’s a really sad state of affairs for us that we are so limited as far as knowledge of our ancestry is concerned. Moreso with our marital heritage.

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  7. Geoffrey Kiggundu

    Geoffrey Kiggundu,
    mutabani wa Edward Bisase e Mbalwa, Kyaliwajjala, Kyaddondo.
    Muzukulu wa Laubeni Kulubasi Kaggwa agalamidde e Kyaliwajjala mu Kyaddondo, Muzukulu wa Petero Ndiwulira agalamidde e Kyaliwajjala mu Kyaddondo, muzukulu wa Tefiro Kisosonkole agalamidde e Kyaliwajjala.

    Nsibuka mu lugya lwa Kituku, mu lunyiriri lwa Kituku e Kyaliwajjala.

    Nva mu mutuba gwa Mugogo e Ssenyi-Kyaggwe
    Mu ssiga lya Kinyolo e Kisugu, Kyaddondo.

    Ow’akasolya Mugema e Bbira, Busiro.

    Neddira Nkima.

    Omubala gwaffe guvuga nti “Ssennya enku, twokye ennyama, Mugema bw’afa kudde mulala”.

    Akabbiro Kamukuukulu.

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  8. Eng. Tumuheirwe Emmanuel

    Emmanuel Tumuheirwe wa Kandabahi, Kandabahi ka Rushere, Rushere rwa Kairukanga, Kairukanga ka Butosya, Butosya bwa Kanzira. Omuziro n’enkyende kyanyaruhangwe ey’omukira muringwa. Omuhira kandi omunyankole.

    This is good. In fact I am going to find out about the name Kanzira in Kabushenga’s geneology.

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