Ancestry Research: Trace Your Roots
“Your hidden gens”
Want to fill the gaps in your family history? We are here to help!
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?