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“Oral Genealogy in Asia-Pacific: The Essence of Personal Identity and Tribal Connections” 

by David Ouimette, CG, CGL

Tuesday, July 16, 2024, 8:00 p.m. (EDT) 

Oral genealogies celebrate ancestral connections in indigenous cultures across Asia-Pacific. As one paramount chief in Samoa declared, “The most important thing for children to understand is their family connections. The knowledge of history is their treasure—not gold and silver, but genealogy.” Learn about the significance and richness of oral genealogies and current efforts to preserve them in Asia and the Pacific. 

David Ouimette, CG, CGL, manages Content Strategy for Asia and the Pacific at FamilySearch, prioritizing records of genealogical value for digital preservation and online publication. His team prioritizes camera placement and targets records for preservation in national, regional, and local archives. David has researched in several hundred archives in over seventy countries spanning all continents. Previously, David was product manager at, responsible for family trees, United States records, DNA testing, and the search experience. David regularly lectures at national genealogical conferences and institutes. He serves as a Trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists and has served as Vice President of the Utah Genealogical Association and on the board of the National Genealogical Society. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mathematics from Brigham Young University, has contributed articles to many magazines and journals, and authored Finding Your Irish Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide. David and his wife, Deanna, live in Highland, Utah, are the parents of eight children, and have seven grandchildren.

BCG’s next free monthly webinar in conjunction with Legacy Family Tree Webinars is “Oral Genealogy in Asia-Pacific: The Essence of Personal Identity and Tribal Connections” by David Ouimette, CG, CGL. This webinar airs Tuesday, July 16, 2024, at 8:00 p.m. EDT.  

When you register before July 16 with our partner Legacy Family Tree Webinars ( you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Anyone with schedule conflicts may access the webinar at no charge for one week after the broadcast on the Legacy Family Tree Webinarswebsite.

“Education is one of the most significant ways of achieving BCG’s mission for promoting public confidence in genealogy through uniform standards of competence,” said President Faye Jenkins Stallings, CG. “We appreciate this opportunity to provide these webinars that focus on the standards that help family historians of all levels practice good genealogy.”

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To see the full list of BCG-sponsored webinars for 2024, visit the BCG blog SpringBoard at  For additional resources for genealogical education, please visit the BCG Learning Center (

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