My China Roots was borne out of a desire to help families overcome the brick walls in the search for their Chinese origins.
If you are curious about your Chinese ancestors, stuck on a language barrier, or unable to travel to China to investigate, we're here to help!
We track down your ancestral home
Finding your village is the doorway to finding relatives, stories, and records of your ancestors.
Can’t find it on a map? We work with government institutions, clan associations and consult historical gazetteers to identify the contemporary location of your village.
We translate your family heirlooms
Sometimes, a word-for-word translation won’t do. We help you understand the cultural significance of your documents by putting them into context.
We build trust with your distant family
Our native researchers speak a range of dialects to ensure nothing gets lost in translation. Most importantly, we know how to be both respectful and persistent until we get the answers we need.
We capture your family’s records and memories
Whether it’s a temple, a house, a gravestone, or a family tree book, we will travel to your ancestors’ birthplace to capture it all before it’s too late.
Receive a beautifully crafted digital report—perfect for sharing with the whole family.Explore our live demo ➞
Even though I am a professional historian myself, I never could have done this kind of research on my own. Thank you, My China Roots!
How it Works
- Start a (free) conversation with us about your goals and what you know so far.
- We'll give you some advice— for free and with no obligations!
- If you are interested, we'll send you a proposal according to your budget and goals.
- You'll also get to meet your paired researcher, who will be your personal agent in China.
- Once the project has started, you'll receive timely updates throughout your project from your researcher.
- Once complete, we will review our findings together and answer any questions you might have.
Working with My China Roots
Finding your family history does not happen overnight. For many, it is a lifelong experience that can be highly rewarding, exhilarating, and personal.
Even if we are only joining you for part of the ride, we do not take the task of conducting your search lightly! As family historians, we are here to support you every step of the way, celebrate your stories as they come to light, and do it all at your own pace.
LAI Yiling / 赖怡伶Research Officer
Yiling brings the calm, sharp mind of a detective to our research team. Raised in Guangzhou with roots in Jiangmen, she ...Read more ➞
CHAN Wai-kwan / 陈伟坤Research Officer
For Wai-kwan, a love for history runs in his blood. As a 26th-generation Hakka Chinese (客家 or “guest people”), he brings...Read more ➞
LIU Jingwen / 刘静雯Research Officer
When she’s not binge-watching anime, Jingwen loves listening to the life stories of older generations. A diligent resear...Read more ➞
Zhang Jiasheng / 张嘉晟Research Officer
Growing up in Guangzhou, Jiasheng always believed their family was strictly Cantonese. It wasn’t until he returned to hi...Read more ➞
What our Clients Say
We translate your ancestor's romanized English name into Chinese characters.
We translate your family documents and heirlooms to understand the facts and faces of your past.
We help you discover the story of your adoption and search for biological and foster families in China, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan.
We help you locate potential heirs and supporting documents for probate cases leading back to Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan. We maintain ongoing partnerships with accredited members of the IAPPR and IR Global.