Raíces Community History

Family Ties: Stories That Inspire

Oral History Interview Library

About this Project

Family Ties: Stories that Inspire is a Raíces Community History project, and part of the Stories of the Ancestors, Stories of Healing project initiatives.

From the creator: Through a personal experience of mine I learned just how precious oral family histories are. Not many of our families have the luxury to poses physical objects as proof of their existence. Stories are powerful. They give a glimpse of what life what like in the past. They grant us access to people who lived long ago, but in the end we learn so much about ourselves. We understand how we got here and what the life we lead can mean to the legacy of our families. Many stories though are never told and often forgotten. Many don’t fit into the main narrative of history and are not included. Through this project we hope to preserve as many family histories as possible. We believe that all stories are important. They tell of different experiences and realities that culminate into the existence of a culture, community, or country. And that’s exactly what we’d like to do with your story. We want to give you a place to tell and reflect upon your family history. What it means to you and your family as a whole. 

~Natalie Saldarriaga, Raíces Community Historian

Share Your Story

Share Your Story – Family Ties Oral History Project

Raíces Branch of Community History invites you to participate in our Family Ties: Stories that Inspire project series. If you have a story from your family history that you would like to share in our collection, please respond to the questions below to give us some background information about your story. A Raíces Digital Archive team member will be in touch after reviewing your submission.

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Nirupa Umapathy

May 5, 2023

Interviewed by Natalie Saldarriaga

Claudia Portillo

August 8, 2022

Interviewed by Natalie Saldarriaga

Layla Ahmed

July 26, 2022

Interviewed by Natalie Saldarriaga

Natalie Saldarriaga

February 25, 2022

Interviewed by Layla Ahmed

Tiffany Keo

October 24, 2021

Interviewed by Natalie Saldarriaga

Ty Thompson

August 31, 2021

Interviewed by Natalie Saldarriaga

Jimena Ladino

August 15, 2021

Interviewed by Natalie Saldarriaga

Audio Interview

Sinda Vietes

July 5, 2022

Audio Interview by Natalie Saldarriaga

Special Collection: "Bangladesh War and Immigration"

Dr. Mohammed Talukder

October 17, 2021

Interviewed by Layla Ahmed

Shirin Talukder

October 17, 2021

Interviewed by Layla Ahmed

Project Support

This project is supported by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website or in our programs do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.