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Who we are
The Bay Area Chinese Genealogy Group (BACGG) was founded so family historians may network, socialize, listen and learn about the past, for future generations.
It provides a forum for family historians to network, share their research and provide assistance and advice to others just starting their roots search.
BACGG prior to the pandemic used to meet the third Wednesday of every other month at the Family History Center at 4766 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland, CA. We have tried to pivot to an online platform until the world can plan for this unprecedented situation. Please bear with us as we try to Zoom our meetings. Navigate here to our prior meetings click
The Family History Center has a phenomenal genealogy library that has free access to over a dozen paid sites like Ancestry, Fold3 and more.
History of the BACGG
The San Francisco bay area is rich in Chinese American history chsa . San Francisco was the main terminus for most Chinese entering the United States in the past century and a half. Earlier, these mainly young male sojourners sought steady work to make their fortunes. They and their family, having pooled the transoceanic passage to San Francisco, had expectations of their returning home wealthy.
Since the 10th century, there has always been a strong prior tradition of southern coastal Chinese to leave for South East Asia and archipelagos link. In the 19th century, financial opportunities were few in Pearl Delta wiki with the conflicts link and natural disasters more aggravated by the decline of the Qing (大清) Dynasty wiki. The port of San Francisco was the jumping off point for the newcomers to reach gold mines, manual labor, farm, fishing camps and clothing, manufacturing, food processing factories throughout California.
Despite this rich history, there has never been a group dedicated to sharing and researching Chinese family heritage and genealogy in the San Francisco Bay area. Genealogy is a ‘lonely hobby’. Even though studying family heritage is important in mainland Chinese, many Chinese American genealogists are dismayed about the lack of shared interest from their immediate and extended family. Hence this local group meets to pool their experiences, resources, journeys, trials, travails and tribulations. It is good be able to network with people with whom you have interests in common.
In addition to helping our members with their genealogy, we hope to provide a regional gathering of announcements for Chinese American community events.
BACGG was started by Ron Chan, now Executive Director, after meeting many Chinese family historians from the San Francisco bay area during Henry Tom’s Las Vegas genealogy conference more. With advice from the successful Chinese Family History Group of Southern California site, and the help of many volunteers see, Ron started this non-profit non-denominational group at his residence in Hayward, CA, February 2019. In the short year, it has grown exponentially. ~dj 12JAN2020
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Our group formed in early 2019, with a common interest in Chinese American Genealogy. We are not a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; therefore, support/membership fees are not tax deductible. Thank you for supporting BACGG.
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