31 January 2013

Researching your Asian Ancestors -- Genealogy & Family History Research

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Last week we spotlighted some resources for researching your Latino/Hispanic ancestry.  This week let’s look at researching your Asian ancestors.

Given the large geographic area and many languages involved, you will quickly find that you will need to focus your efforts on the particular country of your ancestors.  

So, if you or someone you know is researching Asian genealogy, here are a few resources which might help to at least get you started:

Do you know of other resources for those researching Asian roots?  If so, please let us know!


Are you attending the NGS Conference in Las Vegas?  If so, check out these planned presentations:

"Tracing Chinese Americans"
Researching Chinese Americans is complicated by inaccuracies, racial bias, and variant name forms: birth names, formal names, informal names, and adopted American names. (All)
Saturday, 11 May 2013, 11:00 a.m., session S425
Sue Fawn Chung, PhD, professor of history, UNLV; authored In Pursuit of Gold: Chinese American Miners and Merchants in the American West and The Chinese in Nevada.

"Chinese Exclusion Act: A Genealogical Goldmine"
Learn about the history of the Act, the paper work created, how and where to find the files, and the genealogical gems found in them.
Thursday, 9 May 2013, 11:00 a.m., session T222
Trish Hackett Nicola, CG, professional researcher and writer, works with Chinese Exclusion Act files as a volunteer at NARA Pacific Alaska Region (Seattle).

"Finding Your Japanese Ancestors"
How do you find your Japanese ancestors when you don’t speak the language, and when no records are available online? Learn how to get started.
Saturday, 11 May 2013, 4:00 p.m., session S455
Valerie S. Elkins specializes in Japanese ancestry and is a UGA board member and former Japanese research consultant at the FHL.

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