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Official Launch of Genealogy Society Singapore

The Genealogy Society Singapore was officially launched on Saturday, 28 July 2012 at the Possibility Room, Level 5, National Library Building, Victoria Street from 2.00 to 5.00 pm. The Guest of Honour was Mr Sam Tan, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Guests present include Mrs Elaine Ng , Chief Executive, National Library Board, Mr Perng Peck Seng, Deputy Secretary General, Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations, Mr Peter Huang, President, DaZhongHua Family Tree Development Association, representatives of clan/surname associations and members of the public. The venue was fully occupied with 200 over guests.

During the launch, the Society signed a Strategic Partnership Memorandum of Understanding with the National Library Board to jointly enrich the Genealogy Collection at the National Library, and to jointly organise programmes and activities that promote and help Singaporeans in tracing their roots.

The Day’s programme ended with a public forum with 2 speakers: Mr Peter Huang, President of DaZhongHua Family Tree Development Association on the use of computer in constructing family trees, and Mr Tan Ah Jee, First Secretary, Genealogy Society Singapore on Why We Should Know Our Roots.

The Society also organized 2 workshops to introduce the computer software used by DaZhongHua Family Tree Development Association at the Toa Payoh Regional Library on Sunday 29 July conducted by Mr Peter Huang. About 300 members of the public attended the workshops. Many expressed interest in genealogy and joined as members of Genealogy Society Singapore.

Welcoming Speech by Mr Ng Yew Kang President, Genealogy Society Singapore

Mr Ng observed that many Singapore families have discarded genealogical records with the passing of the older generations. Most families also do not know their roots beyond 2 to 3 past generations.

The Genealogy Society Singapore was formed to encourage and help Singaporeans reconstruct their family histories, tracing as far back as possible to the first generation which came to Singapore. These family histories may use Information Technology to capture useful information of family members, which may include names, dates of birth, marriage and death, education and career, familial relationship, photographs, video clips, anecdotes etc. Families may use languages that their members are most comfortable with, such as English and/or Chinese. With IT, data could be easily refreshed and data entry could be done by family members wherever they are. The family histories so constructed could continue to be maintained by future generations. Copies could also be deposited in a permanent database kept by a national agency such as the national Library, for posterity.

Mr Ng believes that in the process of tracing their roots and constructing their family histories, Singapore families would become closer-knit. This would also strengthen the social fabric in Singapore.

Mr Ng said The Genealogy Society is forming a strategic partnership with the National Library Board to jointly organise the following projects:

  1. To build the Singapore Genealogy Collection in the National Library.

Singaporeans are welcomed to donate their genealogical records such as jia pu (家谱), zu pu (族谱), family histories to this permanent Collection. The National Library would catalogue, preserve, digitise and made them available to the public.

  1. To encourage and help Singapore families construct their own recent family histories by conducting talks, forums, seminars, exhibitions, help desk etc. Family could try to trace their roots to the first generation which came to Singapore. Even if the information are not complete, they can write down whatever are available, leaving gaps to be filled in later as and when they become available. The important thing is to start doing, and continue doing it through present and future generations. Those who are interested to trace their roots further to their countries of origin might do it later when conditions are more conducive.
  2. Genealogy Society Singapore would work with clan/surname associations to compile a general genealogy of Singaporeans (宗谱), copies of which might be deposited with the National Library .
  3. The Society would also network with other organizations/institutions which have similar objectives as the Society’s. Copies of whatever written outputs might be deposited with the National Library.

Mr Ng thanked Mr Sam Tan for officiating at the Ceremony. He also thanked the Society’s Advisors Mr George Yeo, Prof Wang Gungwu , Prof Phua Kok Khoo , Dr Ho Nai Kiong and Mr Yap Koon Chan for their invaluable advice, and Mr George Yeo, Prof Wang Gungwu, Prof Phua Kok Ku, Mr Chua Tian Poh, President of Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations for contributing messages in the Society’s launch publication “ Our Roots” “根缘”. He also thanked Mrs Elaine Ng, Chief Executive of National Library Board, Mr Peter Huang, President, DaZhongHua Family Tree Development Association, Mr Perng Peck Seng, Deputy secretary General of Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations, representatives of clan and surname associations and members of the public for

their presence. Lastly, he thanked Mr Tan Aik Fook, President, Singapore Nan Ann Association, Mr Lim Soo Peng, Tea Chapter, Ceres Agricultural And Chemical Company and Mr Eng Son Yam for their generous cash donations, and guests for their bouquets and cash gifts.

Speech by Mr Sam Tan Senior Parliamentary Secretary Ministry of Community Development, Youth and sports and Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Mr Sam Tan quoted studies by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports which revealed that about 9 in 10 Singaporeans have close-knit families and maintain close ties with the extended family members. A National Youth Survey in 2010 also found that youths of today listed“ the need to maintain strong family relationships” as one of their important life goals. These are positive values which we should try to maintain.

Mr Tan appreciates efforts by the Genealogy Society Singapore to help strengthen the family ties further by encouraging Singapore families to record their family histories, tracing their roots as far as possible to the first generation which came to Singapore. These family trees may contain brief accounts of each family member, including photographs, achievements, anecdotes, video clips and other information of value or interest to the family. These not only help family members to know one another better, they also allow future generations to trace their roots, which may not be easy if the present generation does not take the effort to maintain their family records. He asserted that Knowledge of our family structure also strengthen our social fabric. The Genealogy Society Singapore and National Library Board will collect, maintain and keep these family histories and other genealogy records of Singaporeans permanently in the National Library for the benefits of all present and future generations of Singaporeans, researchers and scholars. In conclusion, he encouraged families to find out more about genealogy, and spend quality time discussing one’s roots, which would be interesting and enjoyable.

Speech by Mrs Elaine Ng Chief Executive, National Library Board

Mrs Ng applauded Genealogy Society Singapore’s effort to help Singaporeans gain better knowledge and understanding of their family roots and to bond together, through encouraging and helping Singaporeans to compile their family trees. She said the National Library Board is more than happy to act as a depository for these family history compilations, and will organise, make them publicly available, and preserve them for posterity. They will enhance the National Library’s existing collections of “ Jiapus” 家谱, clan records and other materials useful for family history research, such as newspapers, biographies, school yearbooks address and telephone directories, and much more. Librarians at National Library also assisted members of the public with tracing their own roots using materials in the Library, such as Newspaper SG which is accessible digitally

Mrs Ng believes that partnership with Genealogy Society Singapore would pool the resources and efforts of both organizations to enable more Singaporeans to learn more about their heritage.

 

Message by Mr George Yeo Advisor, Genealogy Society Singapore

In our effort to create a common Singapore identity, we have lost some of our ancestral links. We have to recover some of these links.

Genealogies root us to our past. We cannot be part of a strong family if we do not know who our ancestors were and therefore how we are related to one another. It is from the past that we draw lessons and inspiration for the future, as a great tree is held in place by its deep roots.

For this reason, the work of Genealogy Society Singapore is important for our common future. It is such sentiments, whether in genealogies, cemeteries, historical figures, heritage sites or anniversaries, which make us whole and organic, and which become a source of deep strength.

 

Message by Prof wang Gungwu Advisor, Genealogy Society Singapore Chairman, east Asia Institute, National University of Singapore

(Extracted from a Message to the Chew Boon Lay Family Album published in 2002, but is relevant to the objectives of the Genealogy Society Singapore)

This is a compilation that illustrates some of the changes that has taken place among Chinese communities outside China. It is a family album, something that has moved away from the traditional Chinese genealogy, but has retained some of the spirit of the latter. As a historian, I find the modern family album a better representation of historical reality, albeit still in a highly selective way. For me, a Chinese genealogical collection was primarily a patriarchal record that serves a didactic purpose. It had a quasi-religious goal, and was produced to encourage solidarity, the kind that aimed to encourage the male members of the lineage together.

A family album, however, is a modern way of remembering. It is more inclusive and, while open to nostalgia and sentimentality, conveys a modest but warm sense of what is memorable for a wider membership. This reflects non-Chinese influences, both coming from the West and from indigenous Southeast Asia, where societies give equal emphasis to both males and females as long as they are related. A family album is able to be light-hearted and to personalise stories and anecdotes in a more expansive way. It employs new techniques to capture visually a family’s growth and spread, and is inclusive of all those of whom there is an interesting story to tell.

The album about Chew Boon Lay is less about his life and times, although he was truly a pioneer who deserves to be better known, than about the five generations of the large extended family he left behind.


 

Message from Prof Phua Kok Khoo Advisor, Genealogy Society Singapore Director, Institute of Advance Studies, Nanyang Technological University Chairman, Tan Kah Kee Foundation

Genealogy Record documents the network and relationships of an extended family. It is most significant to the general public for thousands of years in Chinese history, which can be preserved as an historical text, while keeping records of one’s lineage.

I believe the formation of the Genealogy Society Singapore will raise the awareness of Singaporeans and encourage more to edit or start writing genealogy of their own families.

Some years back I accompanied Mr George Yeo, Former Minister for Foreign Affairs & his family and Mr Ker Sin Tze to his ancestral home in Chao An in Guangdong, China. Mr Yeo paid respect to his ancestors after which I also visited my ancestral home. It was a refreshing experience for me and I was much moved.

Filial Piety and respect have been undoubtedly very important values to the Chinese. One who “ forgets one’s ancestors or heritage” would be seriously condemned. The ancestor worship of Mr Yeo had inspired me in learning more of the genealogy records. This has enabled me to grasp a deeper understanding of myself, clarifying issues on the recognition of my identity, which can be tricky as a Singaporean. Since Independence, “Singapore Chinese” are no longer Chinese immigrants, and so we must be very mindful during the editing of our genealogy records, especially the part where we connect to our past.
 

Message From Mr Chua Tian Poh President, Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations

On behalf of Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations, I extend my hearty congratulations to the official launch of the Genealogy Society Singapore, and the signing of strategic partnership with the National Library.

Chinese society values filial piety, and has the excellent tradition of recording traditional family values, traditions, history and culture in genealogical records.

The formation of Genealogy Society Singapore will increase the awareness and knowledge of genealogy among Singaporeans. This is conducive in passing the values and culture to future generations. Your Society’s proposal for Singapore families to record their family histories from the first generation which came to Singapore is of particular importance in establishing Singapore’s own genealogy. This will also help bring the Chinese community closer and more cohesive.

The Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations will actively support the various programmes and activities organised by your Society and National Library in effectively promoting the recording of family genealogy among Singapore families.

I wish your Society will grow from strength to strength, and your cooperation with the National Library will bear many good results.

 
 
 
2012年七月

新加坡族谱学会正式成立

新加坡族谱学会于2012728,星期六,下午2:00—5:00在维多利亚街国家图书馆大楼五楼的多功能厅(Possibility Room正式成立。出席成立典礼的主宾是社会发展、青年与体育部及外交部高级政务次长陈振泉先生。与会嘉宾还有国家图书馆管理局总裁梁宝珠女士,新加坡宗乡会馆联合总会副秘书长方百成先生,大中华族谱协会理事长黄秉聪先生以及家族/姓氏会馆和公众人士共200多位来宾,情况热烈。

在族谱学会成立典礼上,学会与国家图书馆管理局签署了一份战略伙伴关系谅解备忘录,双方共同丰富国家图书馆的关家谱藏书,并共同组织一些项目和活动,促进国人对寻根的兴趣,提高认识和帮助新加坡人编写自己的家族史。

典礼后学会举办第一个公共讲座邀请两位资深望重的前辈介绍两个课题:

  1. 新加坡族谱协会第一秘书长陈业雄先生介绍为什么要寻根。

  2. 大中华族谱协会理事长黄秉聪先生介绍如何用计算机构建族谱

学会也于729,星期日,在大芭窑区域图书馆举办两场工作坊,由黄秉聪先生主持介绍大中华族谱协会使用的计算机修谱软件。大约300名公众人士出席。好多人都表示对家谱的兴趣,当场参加为新加坡族谱学会会员.

 

新加坡族谱学会长黄友江先生致欢迎词

根据黄会长观察,新加坡很多家庭都遗失了老一代传下来的家谱或有关家 族史的记忆,大多数家庭也不知道他们的根在哪里。有的连祖父母的名字都不知道.新加坡族谱学会的成立是为了鼓励和帮助新加坡人编写他们的家族史,尽可能追溯他们家族来到新加坡的开基祖。可利用信息技术来记录家庭成员有用的信息,包括姓名,出生,结婚或死亡日期,教育,职业,辈序关系,像片或生活照,视频剪辑,轶事等。家庭成员可以使用他们觉得最舒适的语言,如英语或汉语。不管他们在哪里,家庭成员都可以很容易地更新数据。这样建成的家族史,可以每代传承下去,成为一个新加坡编章。副本可以存放在一个永久性的数据库里,由一个全国性的机构如国家图书馆永久保存。

黄会长认为,在追寻他们的根和构建他们自己家族历史的过程中,新加坡的家庭成员间的关系会越来越紧密,同时加强新加坡的社会凝聚力。

黄会长说,族谱学会在与国家图书馆管理局建立战略伙伴关系,共同举办以下项目:

1. 在国家图书馆建立新加坡族谱库。

欢迎新加坡人捐出自己的家谱、族谱、宗谱,家族史等珍贵文献,永久收藏。国家图书馆把这些文献进行分类、修复, 保存、数字化,使公众可以查询。

2. 通过举办讲座、论坛、研讨会、展览、援助平台等方式鼓励和帮助新加坡家庭建立自己的家族历史。家族可以追溯到第一代来到新加坡的前辈。即使信息不完整,他们可以写下现有的,留下空白,等以后找到再填补。重要的是当今一代人要开始编写,代代坚持编写下去。那些有兴趣到他们的祖辈出生的国家深入寻根的人,等以后条件更成熟了才去寻。

3. 族谱学会和姓氏会馆合作编纂新加坡各姓氏的宗谱,策副本存档新加坡族谱库。

4. 学会还会与其它有类似宗旨的组织或机构进行合作, 所有成果皆存档新加坡族谱库。

黄会长感谢陈振泉高级政务次长主持成立仪式,同时对学会务会顾问杨荣文准将(战备),王赓武教授、潘国驹教授、何乃强医生和叶坤灿先生的宝贵指导表示感谢,同时感谢杨准将、王教授、潘教授和新加坡宗乡会馆联合总会会长蔡天宝先生在学会成立特刊《根缘》中提供献词。他也感谢国家图书馆管理局总裁梁宝珠女士,新加坡宗乡会馆联合总会副秘书长方百成先生,大中华族谱协会理事长黄秉聪先生以及家族/姓氏会馆和公人士的出席。他也感谢新加坡南安会馆主席陈奕福先生,林树炳先生, 茶渊,新力农化公司及余春炎先生的慷慨捐助我会活动经费, 及各会馆的贺仪及花蓝.


 

社会发展、青年与体育部及外交部高级政务次长

陈振泉先生致辞

陈高级政务次长引用了社会发展、青年与体育部的研究显示10个新加坡人当中有9人家庭关系密切并希望与核心家庭以外的成员保持密切关系。2010年全国性的青年调查还发现,当今的年轻人把”保持良好的家庭关系”列为一项重要的人生目标。这些都是积极的价值观,我们应该尽量保留。

陈高级政务次长赞赏新加坡族谱学会致力于加强家庭关系,鼓励新加坡家庭编写他们的家族史,进一步寻根---尽可能找到他们家族中来到新加坡的第一代人所做的努力。这些家族史可收集每个家庭成员的简明信息包括照片、成就、轶事、视频剪辑和其他对家庭有价值或有利的信息。这不仅有助于家庭成员的相互了解,也可以使他们的后代知道根源,如果当今这一代人不收集及更新这些家庭史料,他们的后代就很难知道他们的根源。他断言,认识我们的家庭结构也会加强我们的社会凝聚力。

为了当代以及未来所有的新加坡人、研究人员和学者的利益,新加坡族谱学会和国家图书馆管理局将收集,整理, 遍目和妥善保管这些家庭史料并将其永久保存在国家图书馆。他鼓励每个家庭花点时间讨论及记录他们的根源,这是一件令人愉快的事情。



 

国家图书馆管理局总裁梁宝珠女士致辞

梁总裁称赞新加坡族谱学会所做的努力:鼓励和帮助新加坡人修家谱,使他们对自己的根源有更多的了解从而加强家庭成员间的纽带关系. 她说,国家图书馆管理局非常愿意保管这些家庭历史文稿,并会进行组织分类,使公众可以查阅,为他们的后代保存这些资料。国家图书馆将增加有关家谱、族谱与宗族和其他对研究家庭史有用的资料,如报纸、传记、学校年刊,电话簿等的馆藏。图书馆馆员还可利用图书馆的资料,如报纸等可访问的数据来协助公众追寻自己的根。梁总裁认为,国家图书馆与族谱学会的合作将整合双方的资源共同努力,使更多的人了解他们的文化遗产。



 

族谱学会会务顾问杨荣文准将献词

五十年来, 我们在为了力求创造一个共同的新加坡身份的过程中,丧失了一些我们跟祖先的纽带联系: 因为我们在不同的方向中, 受到这些联系的个别牵引. 然而, 我们在继续向前迈进的大道上, 需要恢复一些这类的联系.

家谱让我们寻根溯源, 了解我们的过去。如果我们不知道我们的祖先是谁以及我们之间的相互关系, 那么, 我们就不能成为一个强大的家族的一部分。从过去吸取经验和教训, 启发未来, 从而长成一株根深叶茂的大树.

新加坡族谱学会的工作任重道远, 对我们的共同未来是举足轻重的。由于这种情结,无论是表现在族谱、坟场, 历史人物、文化遗产古迹或周年纪念日,这些活动可使我们变得即完整,又有机的整体,成为具有深强力量的源泉。



 

新加坡族谱学会会务顾问王赓武教授献词

(原文登在周文礼的家族相册, 2002年出版)

这个相册反映了中国以外的一些华人社群的一些变迁。这是一本家庭记录专辑,有别于传统的华人族谱,不过却保留了一些传统族谱的精神。作为一个历史学者,我发现这本现代版的家庭专辑更能比较妥善地反映有关的历史事实、尽管对题材的取舍具有高度的选择性。对我来说,一本华人家谱汇集收录的主要是父权家长制的记录,具有教诲族人的目的。它有一个类似宗教的目

,编制的宗旨是要促进族人团结,把家族的男性成员维系在一起。

然而,一本家庭专辑是一种现代的记忆方法。它不仅更具有包容性和开放性,同时让人缅怀乡愁和情感, 传达了一种谦逊但却温馨的感觉,为一个范围更广的族群留下令人难忘的记忆。它反映来自非华人族群(西方及东南亚土族) 的影响, 这两个族群对男性和女性的族人给予相同的重视。家庭相册可以将轻松且个性化的故事和轶事传播的更为广泛。它采用新的技巧来描述一个家族的成长和发展. 它并不强调功名利禄的传统造诣, 但却具有广泛的包容性, 凡是有趣事可讲述的族人都有篇幅可供记载.

尽管周文礼是一位值得人们更加去了解的先驱人物,他的专辑更多地反映了他留下五代人大家族的史迹,而不是他个人的生活与年代背景。


 

新加坡族谱学会会务顾问潘国驹教授献词

谱牒记载一个以血缘关系为主体的家族世系繁衍和重要人物事迹的特殊图书体裁.族谱是一种特殊的文献, 就其内容而言, 是中华民族五千年文明史中最具有平民特色的文献, 记载的是同宗共祖血缘世系人物和事迹的历史图籍, 保存宗族的记录。

新加坡谱学会的成立及展开活动, 我相信新加坡人慢慢开始有了修家谱的意识,这将鼓励更多的新加坡人编辑或开始记录自己的家谱。

几年前我陪前外交部部长杨荣文先生和他的家人以及柯新治先生回到他的祖籍中国潮安,主要是参加杨部长的祭祖活动,同时也重访我在潮安的老家.整个仪式对我来说颇感新鲜, 也深受感动. 2004年杨家祠堂建好, 那年杨荣文带四个孩子出席开幕式.,每隔三四年杨荣文都要回去祭祖, 这似乎成为惯例.之后我还参观了我的祖祠。这对我来说是一个令人耳目一新的体验,我很感动。

慎宗追远,民德归厚一向是中华民族的美德. 如果指责一个人”数典忘祖”,算是很重的骂人话了,华人对祖先的孝敬和尊重不容置疑. 祖先信仰一直是华人的一种朴素的宗教。

杨先生回乡祭祖启发了我对修族谱的认识,祭祖也好,修谱也好,都是教育我们做人的道理. 修族谱的意义.也让我们更加了解自己,弄清身份认同。独立后,“新加坡华人”不再是华侨,这个转变必须深刻认识到, 我们在修谱时,即要接衔过去,也要厘清区别.


 

新加坡宗乡会馆联合总会会长蔡天宝先生献词

我代表新加坡宗乡会馆联合总会对新加坡族谱学会的正式成立,并与国家图书馆签署战略伙伴关系表示衷心的祝贺。

华人社会崇尚孝道,历来有编写家谱,族谱的优良传统. 家谱,族谱凝结着华族优秀的文化,蕴含华族传统价值观, 可以起到记录历史,传承文明,聚宗睦族的作用.


 

新加坡族谱学会的成立必将提高国人对编写家谱,族谱的意识, 传丞家族历史文化, 有利于继承和发扬华族修谱的优良传统,使我国的华族能找到自己根脉, 从而增强身份认同感, 提高国家凝聚力. 特别是贵学会提出以早期移民新加坡的华族第一代为起点, 建立属于新加坡华族的族谱谱系, 这一创举将会拉近我国华族之间的距离,促进华族族群的融合.

新加坡宗乡会馆联合总会将积极支持配合贵会开展的各项活动。共同提高国人对家谱,族谱的认识.

衷心祝愿新加坡族谱学会会务蓬勃发展,与国家图书馆的合作结出丰硕的果实。

 
 
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