Senegambian Genealogical Records

This website is under construction. New website coming soon. 

For several decades, we have been accumulating  and preserving genealogical and family history records and media about our Seereer/Senegambian common ancestry. Our online Senegambian Genealogical Database would be the first of its kind when it goes online. A Senegambian Genealogical Database solely and exclusively about the Senegambia Region, created and run by Senegambians for Senegambians, bringing  the records of the two nations: Senegal and the Gambia under one roof, has never been done before. For those of us who are passionate about genealogy and family history, soon we will have the Senegambian records at the click of a button without paying a penny for it. One of our principles is to make knowledge and information available to everyone and not just the selected few who can afford to pay for it. In spite of the volume of records in our collection, it is not enough. You too can help us achieve this goal by donating your reliably and verifiably sourced family history and pedigree to our collection so that we can collectively pass on to the next generation a piece of their history.  We also welcome any audio or video narrations by your elders about your family history etc. These are valuable pieces of information that adds "meat to the bone" which the written records as useful and valuable as they are, will never be able to replicate. 


Our genealogical database currently covers the Gambia. We are working hard to include the Senegalese records for your free download. Our genealogical database may take some time to digitise for your free use due to the sheer volume of it. Please visit our site for new updates. Alternatively you can register to be one of the first to know. 


English

For illustration purposes only.

What does our records consists of?


Our records are collections of:


  1. Births
  2. Marriages 
  3. Deaths
  4. Census records
  5. Old newspapers
  6. Baptisms (for Seereer/Senegambian Christians)
  7. Wills
  8. One-to-one or group video interviews
  9. One-to-one or group audio interviews
  10. Old television interviews (from 1980s - present)
  11. Old radio interviews (from 1973 - present)
  12. Scholarly books and scientific papers with specific references to Senegambian genealogy
  13. World War I and II military records

Where does our records come from?


Our genealogical records comes from various places. Some of these include:


  1. Field work carried out by trained Seereer Resource Centre's genealogy and family history researchers.
  2. The National Records Services (Gambia)
  3. Les Archives nationales du Sénégal
  4. Records of the Church of Jesus Christs and Latter-day Saints
  5. The National Archives (United Kingdom, Kew Gardens)
  6. Old Radio Gambia interviews
  7. Old Radio Senegal interviews 
  8. Scholarly books and scientific papers with specific references to Senegambian genealogy.
  9. Archives nationales d'outre mer (France)
  10. Newspaper publications (print and online)

Things you can do to help the project


  1. Donate audio, video, images  and your verifiably and reliably sourced family history and genealogy.
  2. Do you live in the Gambia or Senegal? Become a field researcher of the SRC. We will give you all the training and resources you need to carryout our fieldwork.
  3. If you live in Senegal or the Gambia, donate a couple of hours of your time at least once a month by taking care of your local cemetery. Offer to help cut any over-grown grass, painting or whatever is needed. If what is needed may require a little bit of finances, take the lead and organise a fund raising event within your community. Involve the local press. The local community if they can afford it, would be more than willing to contribute even a little bit towards the refurbishment cost, because some of their relatives may be buried there. 
  4. Tell your friends, family members, colleagues, local newspaper, politician or Member of Parliament about the work we do. Be our voice in your country, city, town or village. 
 

Genealogy and history : Audio Recording

Cosaani Senegambia; Secka Family; Sohna Sainaba Saar, History of Saluum, Royal genealogy - Ama Juuf Jammeh. Section 2 includes the history and genealogy of the Samba Family - descendants of Sainey Mbissin Njie Samba.
Section 1: Narrated by Ma Kura Mboob of Senegal, Section 2: Narrated by Mam Jabell Samba of The Gambia (Cosaani Senegambia - Radio Recordings)
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Area of history : Oral history

Title (two parts) :

Part 1. Sohna Chenaba Saar, history of  Thiénaba, Secka family and the Battle of Samba Sajo.

 

Interview of Macoura Mboub of Senegal by Dodou Jogo Jobe of Radio Gambia. This section relates to Sohna Chenaba Saar (variations of  Chenaba  :   Thienaba, Thiénaba, Tienaba or Cénaba) and the Secka (or Seck) family of Senegal. There is also reference to the Battle of Samba Sajo. The interview took place at Senegal curtesy of Radio Gambia and Radio Senegal's joint program : Chossanie Senegambia (variations:  Chossani Senegambia, Cosaani Senegambia or Cosaani Sénégambie ) which means the history of Senegambia .

 

Part 2.  History of Saluum, genealogy of the royal family of Saluum and Ama Juuf Jaame of Baddibu (the Seereer branch of the Jaame or Jammeh family).


This is the first part (Part 1) of the history of Saluum and Ama Juuf Jaame narrated by Jebal Samba (see 1.1.2 below for Part 2). This part covers the history of the Samba family  (or Samb) of the Gambia, descendants of Sainey Mbissine Njaay Samba. It also covers the history of Saluum and Ama Juuf Jaame  as well as the genealogy of the royal family of Saluum. 

Narrators : Macoura Mboub (Part 1); Jebal  Samba (Part 2)

Program : Cosaani Senegambia

Radio station : Radio Gambia (at the time)

Year (or approximate year of recording) : Late 1970s to early 1980s.

Additional information : From the archives of Radio Gambia and Radio Senegal's collaborative program "Cosaani Senegambia". Courtesy of Onegambia.com. The late Alhaji Alieu Ebrima Cham Joof was the Director of Program. The presenter was Alhaji Mansour Njie. Recorded at Radio Gambia Studios, Bakau, the Gambia (part 2) and Senegal (part 1). This audio is in two parts. It is in Wolof.

Information about the griot: Jebal Samba comes from a long line of griots. He is a paternal descendant of the renowned 19th century Senegambian griot - Sainey Mbissine Njaay Samba who was well known among the circles of early to mid 19th century Senegambian kings.  He particularly gained prominence during the reign of Maad a Saluum Balleh Horeja Ndaw (reigned: 1823 to 1857). Jebal Samba's grandfather (Sainey Ata Samba) was the official griot of Mama Tamba Jammeh, chief of Yilliyassa. 

Medium : Audio recording

Download transcripts in : English - FrenchSeereer-Siin - Saafi-Saafi - Ndut - Sili-Sili - Noon or Laalaa.

 

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History of Saluum, genealogy of the royal family of Saluum and Ama Juuf Jammeh.
Narrated by Jabell Samba (from the Gambia) (Cosaani Senegambia [History of Senegambia] )
0:00/1:00:14

Area of history: Oral history 

Title: History of Saluum, genealogy of the royal family of Saluum and Ama Juuf Jaame of Baddibu (the Seereer branch of the Jaame or Jammeh family). Part 2.

Narrated by: Jebal Samba (from the Gambia)

Program: Cosaani Senegambia [History of Senegambia]   

Radio station: Radio Gambia (at the time) 

Year (or approximate year of recording) : Late 1970s (pre 1982).

Additional information: From the archives of Radio Gambia and Radio Senegal's collaborative program "Cosaani Senegambia". Courtesy of Onegambia.com. The late Alhaji Alieu Ebrima Cham Joof was the Director of Program. The presenter was Alhaji Mansour Njie. Recorded at Radio Gambia Studios, Bakau, the Gambia. This audio is in two parts. It is in Wolof.

Medium: Audio recording

Download transcripts in: English, French, Seereer-Siin, Saafi-Saafi, Ndut, Sili-Sili, Noon or Laalaa.

Information about the griot: Jebal Samba comes from a long line of griots. He is a paternal descendant of the renowned 19th century Senegambian griot - Sainey Mbissine Njaay Samba who was well known among the circles of early to mid 19th century Senegambian kings.  He particularly gained prominence during the reign of Maad Saluum Balleh Horeja Ndaw (reigned: 1823 to 1857). Jebal Samba's grandfather (Sainey Ata Samba) was the official griot of Mama Tamba Jammeh, chief of Yilliyassa. 

Medium: Audio recording

Download transcription in: English - French - Seereer-Siin - Saafi-Saafi - Ndut - Sili-Sili - Noon or Laalaa.


Note: You can have your say and comment about this recording here