|About Memon Tanzania Tree
I immigrated to Toronto,Canada in 1993 with my wife Rabiya and my two children Khatija and Mustaqim
from Dar es salaam, Tanzania. I was born in Zanzibar, the last of 8 siblings to Omer Kassam and
Khatija Haji Abdulla . Memons from Sindh,Kathiawar and Kutch emigrated to East and South Africa in
the 18th century.The majority of Memons from Kutch settled in Zanzibar and were hence called Kutchi
Memons.I have provided interesting links on the history of Memons.The Kutchi Memons are made up
of various groupings .We have the Suriyas,Mithaiwallas,Machiaras,Bhakalis,Lakdawallas,Lakhanis and
These group names were basically derived from the trades they were in and so on.
After the Zanzibar Revolution in 1964 most of the community members moved to mainland Tanzania and
others to Kenya and other countries in Europe and America. I started my Family Tree in 2002,
initially building on the hand written Family Tree made by my late uncle Tayib Haji Abdulla who gave
it to my brother Abdulrauf Omer Kassam and it ended up with me. The hand written tree basically
comprised of the Haji Abdulla family and included all of my family. I set out to include my
father’s side of the faymily in the tree I was building and came to the realisation that by
connecting the Haji Abdulla and the Suriya families, I am now adding the Machiaras,
Bhakalis,Mithaiwallas,Lakhas,Dadas and many more because of the relationships built through
marriages. In essence I am adding all the Memons from the Zanzibar Memon community, most of whom
moved to Mainland Tanzania.
My Tree is therefore the Memon Tanzania Tree which will enable our future generations to trace their
roots and it is my sincere hope that you will help me to build this Tree by providing data
inputs,photo uploads and corrections when you visit the site.