Ancestry Research: Trace Your Roots

“Your hidden gens”

Want to fill the gaps in your family history? We are here to help!

People

  • Who were your ancestors?
  • When and where did they live?
  • Why did they emigrate? How did they leave and decide where to go?
  • Do you still have family in China?

Physical Traces

  • Is your ancestral village still there? What does it look like?
  • Is there still a traditional family history book (jiapu / 家谱) or ancestral temple? Are there still graves, altars, photos, and houses?
  • What are the industrial development plans of the local government in your ancestral area? Is your family heritage safe from demolition?
  • What official registration and identification records of yourself and your ancestors are still available?

Stories

  • What can we find out about the personal lives of your ancestors? What customs and traditions shaped their lives? What kind of work did they do?
  • How long has your clan been in your ancestral village? Where were they before?
  • What impact or contributions have your ancestors made in all the communities they settled?
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