Reconnecting the African Diaspora to its roots, culture, and heritage;

reclaiming our identity, fostering empowerment, and healing of intergenerational trauma.

As an archivist with a background in genealogy and transpersonal counseling, I facilitate genealogical research, cultural preservation, and exploration of personal and collective identities.

I specialize in the preservation, organization, and management of historical records, documents, and artifacts of West African heritage and African American history.

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Aisha L. Abdul Rahman, MLIS, Ph.D.
Archivist, Genealogist, Transpersonal Counselor

Explore your family history, or create a family tree

 

Immerse yourself in the exploration of West African culture

 

Travel to your ancestral homeland, or learn the language.

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What is your biggest obstacle right now?

1. Are you unsure of where to begin your family history research or which DNA test or company to test with to get the answers you are looking for?

2.  Are you hitting roadblocks in your research, or struggling with tech issues trying to document and preserve what you have?

3. Do you feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information available and unsure of how to organize and prioritize your research effectively?

4. Are you unfamiliar with the culture, history, or language of the records or artifacts that you have?

5. Is your organization equipped with sufficient training and resources to document, catalog, manage, and preserve your collections according to best practices that also ensure proper accessibility?

6. Are you nervous about traveling to the African continent for the first time, or struggling with the emotions of confronting the legacies of slavery and colonialism?

7. Do you feel isolated in your research journey and wish you had a supportive community or network of fellow researchers to collaborate with and bounce ideas off of?

Reclaim Your Identity

Rediscover the essence of who you are. This isn’t just about uncovering names on a family tree; it’s about finding pieces of yourself and weaving them into a narrative of resilience, strength, and belonging. Welcome home to your roots.

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  • I meticulously comb through primary sources, delve into archival records, and utilize cutting-edge DNA analysis ( when requested) techniques to ensure a comprehensive understanding of your family history.
  • Each client receives a meticulously crafted family tree chart, pedigree charts, and a 20-50 page report, tailored to showcase the unique lineage and cultural heritage of their ancestors.
  • With sensitivity and inclusivity at the forefront, I handle each family history with care, ensuring that your unique identity and heritage are respected, celebrated, and authentically reclaimed.
  • Through testimonials and case studies, I’ve witnessed firsthand the therapeutic benefits of reconnecting with one’s roots—facilitating healing, resilience, and a sense of closure for clients grappling with intergenerational trauma.

Cultivate Empowerment

With every revelation, you grow stronger, more resilient, and more connected to the threads of your heritage. This isn’t just about uncovering the past; it’s about embracing the present and forging a path forward with pride.

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  • Global Reach: Digitization and VR technologies make collections accessible to a global audience, breaking down geographical barriers that limit physical museum visits.
  • Inclusive Experience: People with mobility issues or other disabilities that might prevent them from visiting the museum in person can enjoy and learn from the collections through VR.
  • Digital Preservation: Digitizing items helps in preserving delicate artifacts that are susceptible to deterioration over time, ensuring their longevity for future generations.
  • Technology Advancement: Implementing VR projects pushes museums to adopt and adapt to new technologies, keeping them relevant in an increasingly digital world.

Heal Generational Trauma

Honor the pain of the past and celebrate the resilience that courses through your veins. This isn’t just about rewriting chapters of your family history; it’s about reclaiming your narrative, embracing your truth, and stepping into a future filled with purpose.

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  • Preservation: Digitizing your family photos ensures their long-term preservation. Digital copies are less susceptible to degradation, loss, or damage compared to physical prints.
  • Accessibility: View and share with family members safely, regardless of location, and retain full control over privacy, and security; unlike social media, relinquishing your ownership by posting.
  • Organization: I’ll help you organize your physical and digital photo collection. Tagging, categorizing, and labeling photos, so you can quickly locate images when needed.
  • Restoration: If your physical photos have suffered damage or deterioration over time, I can assist in restoring them digitally. Digital restoration techniques can enhance image quality, repair tears, remove stains, and correct color fading.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are your services affordable for individuals and institutions alike?

A: Yes, we offer competitive pricing for our genealogical services, catering to the needs of both individual clients and institutional partners. We also provide flexible payment plans to accommodate different budgets.

Q: How much time will the research process require for individuals and institutions?

A: The duration of the research process can vary depending on the scope of the project and the depth of research required. We work closely with both individual clients and institutional partners to establish timelines that meet their specific needs and objectives.

Q: What outcomes can individuals and institutions expect from the research?

A: Whether you’re an individual seeking to uncover your family history or an institution looking to enhance your archival collections, our goal is to provide you with comprehensive insights and valuable resources that meet your unique goals and objectives.

Q: How do you ensure privacy and confidentiality for individuals and institutions?

A: We prioritize the privacy and security of all our clients, whether they are individuals or institutions. We adhere to strict confidentiality protocols and only share information with explicit consent, ensuring the integrity of your personal or institutional data.

Q: Will the research uncover difficult or sensitive information for individuals and institutions?

A: We approach genealogical research and archival work with sensitivity and empathy, whether we’re working with individual clients or institutional partners. While it’s possible to encounter challenging aspects of family history or archival collections, we provide support and guidance to navigate these discoveries with care and professionalism.

Q: What qualifications and expertise do you have in serving individuals and institutions?

A: I am an experienced professional with over 10 years of in genealogy experience, archival research, and cultural heritage preservation. I have an M.L.I.S. from SJSU and a proven track record of delivering high-quality results for both individual clients and institutional partners.

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