An Israeli-based online genealogy company is going where no genealogists have gone before. The Times of Israel has published an interesting story about one company’s efforts to digitize and preserve the customs of one of the world’s more primitive cultures. MyHeritage (the sponsors of this newsletter) sent a team to Papua New Guinea last month, determined to document the family history, lifestyle and rituals that have been passed along only by word of mouth within tribes.
The project, said Golan Levi, who headed the Israeli delegation, was undertaken to prevent further erosion of the collective memory of the mountain people of Papua New Guinea, who are losing some of their long-held traditions as modernity begins to creep into their traditional way of life.
According to Levi, “the residents of the villages were eager to participate in the project. While the elders are still clinging to the old ways, their grandchildren and great-grandchildren will be more affected by technology and have more access to it. With these digital records, they will be able to keep in touch with the histories and stories that otherwise may have been forgotten.”
You can read the full story at: http://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-genealogical-site-digitizes-papua-new-guineas-traditions.