Trace your ancestry: “Your hidden gens”
If you would like answers to any of the following questions, we are here to help:
- Who were your ancestors?
- When did your ancestors live? Where did they live?
- What made them emigrate, how did they do it, why did they go there?
- 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), an ancestral temple? Are there still graves, altars, photos, houses?
- What are local government industrial development plans 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 kind of work did they do?
- How long had your clan been in your ancestral village, and where were they before?