As the leading company in Chinese genealogy today, we help you locate your ancestral home and conduct onsite research on your behalf. We find traces such as family history books (jiapu/zupu), clan temples, and graves; uncover stories about your ancestors by collecting oral histories; and connect with distant family still living in the area. Along the way, we take photos, films, and audio recordings of all your ancestral footprints.
Born and raised in the key ancestral regions of today’s Chinese Overseas, our researchers are young, dynamic, and curious locals, at ease with the customs and dialects of your ancestral hometown.
Bring your roots search full circle by traveling to your ancestral hometown in person. We will design a tailored itinerary for you to visit historic places of relevance to your ancestors and Chinese Overseas at large, such as clan associations, ports, and overseas Chinese museums.
We provide bilingual guides, whose cross-cultural fluency will bridge any linguistic and cultural gaps between you and your reunited family. We also help you capture your experience with immersive filmsdocumenting your roots trip.
With our network of historians, anthropologists, and translators, we deliver in-depth family websites that allow you to go back in time and step into the shoes of your ancestors.
Learn about everything from the foods they ate and the weddings they celebrated, to the impact of big events in world history upon life in their hometown. Richly illustrated with photos and maps, our websites are personal, insightful, and tailored to the whole family.
“A real, tangible connection to the past that runs in my own bloodline! Your professionalism, scope of knowledge and sensitivity culminated in the discovery of our clan line going back two thousand years!”
“My China Roots has been very successful in providing bespoke, emotional discovery journeys. I’m excited that they are now adding the power of technology and social media, and confident that they’ll soon be helping out Chinese Overseas everywhere!”
Paula Madison, Finding Samuel Lowe: From Harlem to China
“Is it even worth searching? Seven generations ago, my ancestors left Fujian and sailed south. I was skeptical at first, and indeed, our village’s jiapu was destroyed during the Cultural Revolution. However, MCR ended up finding our jiapu 4000 km away… in Singapore!”
“A wonderful, personal journey that unfolded along with the search for my grandfather. My roots are somehow real now. They are part of me.”
Lesley, Dominican Republic + USA
“I can now truly appreciate my heritage and the struggles my forefathers went through for the good life I am living. A highlight of my roots trip was meeting my grandfather’s cousin live on Skype, while our MCR guide helped with translation!”
Nicholas, Indonesia + Netherlands
Stay tuned for our new online platform!
clan books digitized
ancestral names preserved
In 2020, we will launch the world’s first online platform empowering you to search for your own ancestral records, preserve your family history, and connect with relatives around the world. Try our DIY genealogy tools for a special peek of what’s to come!