Who We Are
The Bay Area Chinese Genealogy Group (BACGG) was founded so family historians may network, socialize, and learn about the past to preserve it for future generations. It provides a forum for family historians to share their research and provide advice and assistance to others just starting their roots search.
Prior to the pandemic, BACGG met on the third Wednesday of every other month at the Family History Center at 4766 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland, CA. (The Family History Center has a phenomenal genealogy library with free access to over a dozen paid sites like Ancestry, Fold3 and more.) For the time being, we have pivoted to online Zoom meetings. Click here to view recordings of our prior meetings.
History of the BACGG
The San Francisco Bay Area is rich in Chinese-American history.
In the 19th century, financial opportunities were few and far between in the Pearl River Delta, due to the conflicts and natural disasters aggravated by the decline of the Qing (大清) Dynasty. San Francisco became the main terminus for most Chinese to enter the United States and seek steady work. The port of San Francisco was the jumping off point for newcomers to find opportunities in gold mines, manual labor, farming, fishing, manufacturing, and food processing 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 China, many Chinese-American genealogists are dismayed about the lack of shared interest from their immediate and extended family. Hence, the BACGG came together to pool experiences, resources, journeys, trials, travails, and tribulations with the shared goal of helping each other find their roots.
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Hi, I am a member of several historical groups in the south east bay – fremont, union city, and newark. We often run across history related to the people who worked for the various ranches, farms, nurseries, shops, industries (salt, sugar) in the area. We find mentions of people who came from China as far back as the mid 1860s. I wanted to let your community know that we have formed a Chinese History Project as a subcommittee of the Washington Township Museum of Local History. Several of our member’s families came from China in the 1910s and earlier. I just want to make sure that people know this can be a source of information in their genealogy research. I don’t know if you have a list of Bay Area organizations who might have primary material, but if you do, we’d love to have people contact us.
Janet, thanks for making yourself available as a genealogy resource!
My Uncle, Howard Tom, owned a dry goods store in Niles, lived in Fremont, was very prominent in the 1980’s as he was a child processed through Angel Island, so he became a “go to” person whenever the subject came up. Many articles were written of him, but the internet seems to have a very short memory, and only able to find a few citations through the newspapers.com in the local Fremont newspaper, The Argus. Perhaps your group can help me find more of this local history.
Email to my attention, Ron Chan, at email@example.com
Hi, Ron, I guess that I did not see your question! I would suggest getting in touch with the Washington Township Museum of Local History. https://museumoflocalhistory.org/contact/
It looks like I might have a contact through there, although no one has ever done so! firstname.lastname@example.org
The main contact is this: email@example.com
I will also respond to your email.
The museum has scanned in many old local papers that you can find here: https://californiarevealed.org/collections/washington-township-museum-local-history?islandora_solr_search_navigation=0&f%5B0%5D=mods_subject_descendants_all_ms%3A%22California%5C-%5C-Newspapers%22
dang! What’s your address?
You can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to contact me at the museum.
email sent. Thanks Janet for checking in.