Contribute Your Family History

Welcome!

Thank you for participating in The Ekopolitan Project. This genealogical survey will ask you to provide information about your family and ancestors.  The information you provide here will create a lasting record of your family’s history for future generations and contribute to scholarly understandings of the larger history of Lagos. Completing the survey should take about 10 – 15 minutes.

To review the questions in advance of filling out the survey, see below. If you don’t know the answer to a question, you can ask a family member. If you can’t find the answer immediately, you may skip the question. When you’re ready with all your answers, take the survey.

Biographical Profile

  • Please enter your full name, place of birth, and date of birth.
  • If you are married, please enter your spouse’s name, your spouse’s place of birth, and your MARRIAGE DATE.
  • Do you have siblings?
  • How many siblings do you have from your mother?

Siblings

  • Please enter your sibling’s name, place of birth, and date of birth.
  • How many siblings do you have from your father (and not your mother)?

Parents

  • Please enter your mother’s name, place of birth, and date of birth.
  • Is your mother still living?
  • When did your mother die?
  • Where was she buried?
  • Please enter your father’s name, place of birth, and date of birth.
  • Is your father still living?
  • When did your father die?
  • Where was he buried?

Grandparents

  • On a scale of 1-7 (1 = lowest extent, 7 = highest extent), how well did you know your PATERNAL grandparents?
  • Please enter your PATERNAL grandfather’s name, place of birth, and date of birth.
  • What was his profession?
  • Please list his known affiliations (e.g., schools, religious groups, unions, trader’s unions, social clubs, professional organizations, political parties, hometown clubs).
  • Is he still living?
  • When did he die?
  • Where was he buried?
  • Please enter your PATERNAL grandmother’s name, place of birth, and date of birth.
  • What was her profession?
  • Please list her known affiliations (e.g., schools, religious groups, unions, trader’s unions, social clubs, professional organizations, political parties, hometown clubs).
  • Is she still living?
  • When did she die?
  • Where was she buried?
  • On a scale of 1-7 (1 = lowest extent, 7 = highest extent), how well did you know your MATERNAL grandparents?
  • Please enter your MATERNAL grandmother’s name, place of birth, and date of birth.
  • What was her profession?
  • Please list her known affiliations (e.g., schools, religious groups, unions, trader’s unions, social clubs, professional organizations, political parties, hometown clubs).
  • Is she still living?
  • When did she die?
  • Where was she buried?
  • Please enter your MATERNAL grandfather’s name, place of birth, and date of birth.
  • What was his profession?
  • Please list his known affiliations (e.g., schools, religious groups, unions, trader’s unions, social clubs, professional organizations, political parties, hometown clubs).
  • Is he still living?
  • When did he die?
  • Where was he buried?

Earlier Ancestors

  • What do you know about earlier ancestors who you never met (e.g., place of origin, title, oriki, name)?
  • How did you obtain this knowledge (e.g., at school, books, family documents, family lore)?

Migration History

  • Who was your first ancestor in Lagos?
  • When did they arrive in Lagos?
  • Where did they migrate from (e.g., Caribbean, Barbados, Bahia, Brazil, Togo, Congo, Cuba)?
  • What was their occupation (e.g., builder, farmer, shipping, banking, preacher, baker, gun trade)?
  • What did they hope to find in Lagos/West Africa?

If you’d like to participate further in this project (e.g., by doing oral histories or uploading documents), please contact us at ekopolitanproject@gmail.com.