We will help you locate your ancestral place and visit the area to conduct onsite research. We look for traces such as family history books (jiapu/zupu), clan temples, and ancestral graves, uncover stories about the lives of your ancestors by collecting oral histories, and connect with distant family members still in the area. In doing so, we take pictures, films, and audio recordings of all your ancestral footprints.
As the leading company in the field of Chinese genealogy today, we have a dedicated team of researchers on the ground: young, dynamic, and curious locals, born and raised in the key ancestral regions of today’s overseas Chinese, and at ease with the customs and local dialects of the area.
With our network of historians, anthropologists, and translators, we deliver in-depth research reports and audio-visual presentations that allow you to go back in time and step into the shoes of your ancestors.
Learn about everything from the type of food they ate and weddings they celebrated to the impact of the bigger events of world history on life in their hometown. Richly illustrated with pictures, our reports are personal, insightful, and tailored to the whole family.
The fruits of a roots search will be enjoyed to the fullest extent when the knowledge that comes from research is augmented with experience that comes with travel.
We will design a tailored itinerary for you with trips to your ancestral place(s) and to general places of historic relevance for overseas Chinese, such as clan associations, ports, and overseas Chinese museums.
We also provide bilingual guides, whose local and historical knowledge will bridge any linguistic and cultural gaps between you and your reunited family!
“A real, tangible connection to the past that runs in my own bloodline! From the beginning I was impressed with the professionalism, scope of knowledge and sensitivity displayed by My China Roots, which culminated in the discovery of our clan line going back over two thousand years!” – Adam
“Is it even worth searching? No less than seven generations ago, my ancestors left Fujian and sailed south. I was sceptical at first, and indeed, our village’s clan jiapu was destroyed during the Cultural Revolution. However, My China Roots ended up finding our jiapu, not in China, but in Singapore!” – Nio S.G.
“My roots are somehow real now, they are part of me From the moment the research started, I found myself on a wonderful, personal journey that unfolded along with the search for my grandfather. Our long-awaited trip to Kaiping was personally guided by Huihan, and because of his cultural and historical knowledge, we found more answers than we would have ever found with a standard guide.” – Lesley
“Tracing the woman who saved our adopted daughter What made our adopted daughter’s roots trip so special was the personal touch, the interesting information on China’s rich culture and history, and the possibility to tailor the trip exactly as we wanted it. My China Roots, you made at least two families very happy by re-uniting us!” – Anne
“I can now truly appreciate my heritage and the struggles my forefathers went through for the good life I am living now Although I was not able to visit the village in person, I was still able to experience it through My China Roots’ researchers. A highlight of their research trip was meeting my grandfather’s cousin live on Skype. My China Roots helped with translation during our calls, something that an ordinary genealogist would not be able to do.” – Nicholas