We Are Bruce Lee: Under The Sky, One Family Exhibition

Below provided by: Chinese Historical Society of America

As we all continue to navigate the challenges surrounding the health and safety circumstances currently affecting our community, the nation, and the world at large, CHSA has respectfully delayed the opening of our upcoming We Are Bruce Lee exhibition. Amid these ever-changing times, know that the health and comfort of our community is of the utmost priority and importance to CHSA, and we are carefully monitoring and adapting to the relevant guidelines in order to determine a new exact grand opening date.

We will get there. 

As Bruce himself said, “Be Water, My Friend.” We are looking forward to sharing with you We Are Bruce Lee in early 2022.

Please stay tuned for more information as we announce updates to the exhibition and other programming and content. To learn more about or support this exhibition, check out We Are Bruce Lee and follow CHSA.

In the meantime, pre-sale tickets will be made available soon, with CHSA members receiving first priority. For more information on how to become a member, to help sustain our museum’s work, please visit CHSA.org.

Become a 2022 BACCGG Member: Preserve Your Family History

BACGG Family, 

Undoubtedly, 2021 will go down in the books as “challenging”, but with your support, BACGG persevered, growing its paid membership by 57% over 2020. We humbly started just as a San Francisco Bay Area bound organization, but today 20% of our members hail from Hawaii to New York. Welcome!  Thank you all for standing up and saying preserving your family history is precious, and BACGG is an important resource. 

BACGG will continue to work hard in 2022 to earn your support and $25 annual membership to share, socialize and educate genealogical successes and challenges. Here are some of our member only benefits planned for the first few months of 2022 (with more to come!):

March 23 We Go Live. Barring unforeseen COVID issues, we will resume our live quarterly meetings in a 250 seat facility to accommodate social distancing at the Family History Center (FHC) in Oakland. Our keynote speaker will be David Lei, on Chinese Lion Dancing, in celebration of the Chinese New Year. Save the date: March 23, 2022. Details to come.

March 23 Hosted Potluck. A highlight of each meeting is our Potluck to laugh and learn on a 1:1 basis. At our first live meeting in celebration of the Chinese New Year of the Tiger, at the FHC, we will host a feast of fried chicken, chow mein and other goodies, in addition to members bringing a dish to make our already great potlucks, grand!

Chinese American Historical Museum Field Trip. Partnering with the Chinese Historical and Cultural Project, aka Ng Shing Gung Museum in San Jose, members will enjoy a special lecture, museum tour, and brown bag picnic. 

Meeting Session with Russell Low, author of 3 Coins and the new All American Crew at the FHC.

1950 US Census – Revealed, with Grant Din. The 1950 US Census will be made available this year for appropriately 150 million Americans. Grant will look at the 1950 census, with Chinese genealogist eyes, and share with you how to research your family history.  

FHC Research Resources.  BACGG meetings are held at the FHC. Right after the potluck you have access to over a dozen free genealogy research databases, and photo, film and negative scanners at no charge. You can even reserve a docent to help do online research! This is the perfect genealogy trifecta – Learn, Lunch, and Library.

Member Only Lectures.  Our live lectures and workshops will either be Members only, or members get preferred access to limited seating live sessions.  For out of state members, we will simulcast our live sessions. Here are just a few of our 2021 sessions to review.

Chinese New Year of the Ox by Rosemary Gong

      Cookbook by Jeanne Young and friends.  

  Family Tree by Doug Joe. Confession Program by Jeannie Young.

BACGG Website and Knowledge Pool. Our website (bacgg.org) is packed full of Chinese American community news, webinars, genealogy research and technical tips, but most of all, the ability to tap into a deep pool of Chinese Genealogists to provide guidance on your roadblocks. 

Thank you for your continued membership, or attending BACGG events. To become a 2022 BACGG Member, and complete a short survey to help us keep focused on your genealogy goals, please click below and join us!

YES, I want to become a 2022 Bay Area Chinese Genealogy Group Member for $25

Best wishes to you and yours in the new year.

Ron Chan 陳光宗, Founder and Executive Director, bacgg.ron@gmail.com

Bruce Chin (陳昌浩),Gail Chong (張瑞貞), Alvin Huie, Doug Joe (周守衡),Leona Lau (劉陳彭李), Allan Low ( 劉啟信), Jeannie Young ( 江容娣), Planning Committee

1950 US Census Available 4/1/2022

From Grant Din, grant@tonaidin.net

I just got this from fellow genealogist Renee Carl last week. “NARA just dropped a press release announcing that the 1950 Census will be powered with an AI/ML/OCR name search.” Renee was involved in a beta test and was seriously impressed with this Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning/Optical Character Recognition technology. I encourage you to read the NARA release she links to. It sounds like this technology will allow you to search for names right from the time the census is released on April 1, 2022, but in case you can’t find who you are looking for, there are actually other ways.

When the 1940 census results were released in 2012, the volunteers at Family Search,  the paid indexers at Ancestry and other people took about 4-6 months to index the records, so this technology could save us many months of waiting. In case you can’t find your family through this name search right away, you can also search through Enumeration Districts (E.D.s), which are smaller segments of a community and not too difficult to look at block by block.

There are ways to figure out ahead of time which E.D.s your family members may have lived in so you can look in them as soon as the census is released on April 1. I just attended a webinar by Thomas MacEntee and he had two handouts he encouraged us to share (please attribute them to him if you pass them along). One is full of great information and links (ignore where he says the 2022 release date is two years away!) and the other is a spreadsheet you can use to input your family’s (or whomever you are researching) information in an organized fashion, which he describes in the informational handout.
If you know or can figure out where the person you’re researching lived (there are many directories online, or you can use correspondence or ask someone who was alive then), you can use an amazing tool developed by Steve Morse (developer of the Intel 8086 chip!). Go here:https://stevemorse.org/census/unified.html and click on 1950 in the pull-down menu at the top of the page. Then pull down the appropriate information to find out which enumeration districts correspond with the address you’re looking for.

It also works for rural areas. For example, a lot of people have roots in the Sacramento River Delta – towns like Isleton, Walnut Grove, Locke, Courtland, etc. You can select Sacramento County, then under city, choose “Other.” I typed in “Courtland,” and got 34-119, which includes ” GEORGIANA JUDICIAL TOWNSHIP (TRACT SC-136) BOUNDED BY (N) COUNTY LINE, JUDICIAL TOWNSHIP LINE; (E) JUDICIAL TOWNSHIP LINE; (S) LAUREL LN; (W) SACRAMENTO RIVER, COUNTY LINE, AND SHOULD CONTAIN LAMBERT, VORDEN, COURTLAND.”

That’s just one example. This information should help you find family members when the 1950 census is released on April 1, 2022! Please post if you have other ideas or if I have some incorrect information.

Discover Your Story at RootsTech Connect – Free Registration


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25 – 27 FEBRUARY, 2021

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Virtual Marketplace

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Cultural Activities

Celebrate the world’s cultures with activities such as homeland cooking demonstrations, yoga, and music from around the world. These experiences will be available throughout the online event and on demand.

Connect with Family from Anywhere

Finding cousins and interacting with other attendees is an important part of the RootsTech model. Enjoy exclusive opportunities to chat with other attendees through various messaging boards, social media interactions, and video chats.