free today. Cross Post from Marisa via

Hi Chinese American Family History Group folks,

In case you’re not already burning the midnight oil using it, the “Publishers Extra” edition of is free until midnight (mountain time) tonight.

If you don’t have time today and are a first-time user, there’s still a free trial subscription for seven days that you can redeem (and then it’s $120/year afterwards.)

My Louie family was quite (ahem) prolific in its news coverage, so I thought folks might enjoy seeing some gems from local papers in Fresno, CA.

Best wishes,


A Guide for Researching Your Chinese Family History CD

Ron has in his possession a number of A GUIDE FOR RESEARCHING YOUR CHINESE FAMILY HISTORY 2nd edition description CD’s, from the Chinese Family History Group of Southern California site

If anyone wants a copy, please contact Ron mail . You can donate to the CFHGSC via links above using a credit card or paypal. You do not have to pay the $2 shipping charge if you accept it at the March 18th BACGG meeting.

This is a great opportunity for genealogists of all levels, or as a gift to a budding family historian.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars Library

Note: Below is quoting from original reddit post: I have never used this specific service and have no financial relationship with the sponsors except having in the past used Legacy and The below service requires your email address, and the webinars can be replayed over the next week. Nothing Chinese specific but general genealogical concepts and principles may be applicable. reposted FYI ~doug

X post from reddit Genealogy link

24-Hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon – Free

March 12-13, 2020 – LIVE!

Join us in making history as we embark on the first-ever 24-hour genealogy webinar marathon, where you will learn how to trace your ancestors from the world’s top genealogists and educators. From advanced Googling to DNA, from The Great Lakes to Australia and Germany, there’s something for everyone… in every time zone. And thanks to and MyHeritage, the entire event is free! Pop in for a session or two, or stick around for the full 24 hours — it’s completely up to you. There will even be time for Q&A and door prizes. If you can’t join us in real time, we’ve got you covered: all recordings will be available absolutely free for a week. Beyond that, you can watch them anytime with a webinar membership to

Here’s a few titles that seem relevant to some posts I’ve seen lately:

  • How Do I Know It’s Correct: Evidence and Proof
  • Not Who He Once Was: Tips for Finding Your Name-Changing Ancestor
  • MyHeritage DNA 101
  • Researching a Hessian Soldier

More info here:

Two X-posts from chineseamericanfamilyhistory

From our member Marisa

Sending wishes of good health to all in this New Year.

Some somber news to share: the Museum of Chinese in America in New York City was severely impacted by a fire on Thursday night. The Chinatown building that was its original home – and which houses its extensive collections and archives – was heavily damaged. ( The building is not yet structurally sound enough to enter and assess the damage to their collection, and time is of the essence when salvaging items that have been water damaged.

There’s a GoFundMe campaign that has raised over $30k over the last 24 hours to assist the museum as they recover their archives and offices from the fire. Please consider making a donation.

MoCA is updating its Facebook page with news:

From a non-bacgger

More bad news for Chinese historians and family history researchers.

Cross post from Grant Din via Chinese American Family History Group

Hello CAFH link
I just wanted to let the group know that I have been elected along with two other new members to the board of directors of the California Genealogical Society, based in Oakland. Founded in 1898, we have a library with over 38,000 items, access to many online databases, a monthly newsletter and blog, and we put on basic and advanced programs on all kinds of genealogy topics throughout the year. Check out our schedule to see some upcoming programs. Last year’s programs included topics such as Hawaiian sugar plantation worker records by Cindy Thompson, and the resources of the National Archives in Seattle by Trish Hackett Nicola. In 2018, CGS collaborated with the Oakland Asian Cultural Center on a Chinese Genealogy Day. Speakers included genealogist Marisa Louie Lee, filmmaker Felicia Lowe, John Wong of Roots Plus, and me. Membership is only $45 a year.

I am looking forward to helping CGS continue to collaborate with groups such as the new Bay Area Chinese Genealogy GroupOakland Asian Cultural CenterChinese Historical Society of AmericaNational Japanese American Historical SocietyAngel Island Immigration Station Foundation, and many more. I see myself as a bridge between our wonderful world of Asian American genealogy and the mainstream genealogy community which has great resources and can also benefit from learning about our history, joys and challenges.
If you have ideas of programs or speakers where you or your group would like to collaborate, please let me know at


March 2020 Meeting with Richard Le

March 18, 2020 – Richard Le Speaker, San Francisco Public Library Research Librarian and Genealogy Instructor. You will learn how to conduct effective genealogical research by learning proven research strategies, tips and common mistakes to avoid. He will also discuss ways to overcome obstacles, trace ancestors oversea and extract clues from old photos and passenger lists. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. Meeting will start at 11:00 a.m. Bring a brown bag lunch and meet like minded family historians until 2:30 p.m.

About Richard:

Richard Le is a research librarian and branch manager who has offered genealogy classes and one-on-one assistance to those who want to trace their family history at the San Francisco Public Library. He has presented at professional conferences, developed curriculum for his family history and genealogy classes, and held family research workshops at different libraries and community centers in the Bay Area since 2009. More recently, he spoke at the Chinese Historical Society of America in San Francisco.

Prior biography references from David Lei January 15 talk

An interview and David’s biography:
Center for Asian American Media: MEET OUR BOARD MEMBER: DAVID LEI link

Here is a short bio and a video in which he talks about the meaning of the dragon which is related to his BACGG talk on Chinese New Year

NBC News article interviewing David about the Chinese New Year Parade
NBC News: A Chinatown tradition, San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade is ‘American like chop suey’ link ~doug joe

Request for information to update my Bacgg Roster

Douglas Lam (DL): genealogy guide specializing in Zhongshan

Henry Tom posted this article on DL link. I know 80% of Chinese Americans have heritage from the Siyi region Wiki . DL (aka Douglas Lam), who is was born in and is fluent in the dialect of Zhongshan, has mentioned impending 2020 retirement. He plans to start a Chinese genealogy guide service. DL is from Australia, and other bacggers have used his service. I have never met DL and know him via our involvement in the Chinese Genealogy Forum link .

The reason for this post is not to advertise for him, but to ask if anyone else has had interactions with DL. Please email me mail . I would like to place a check mark next to your name on the Bacgg roster as having experience with DL. In the future, if anyone wants a reference, we have possible referrals. The following people have had experience with DL.

NameMember ID

Financial disclosure: I have no financial arrangements or relationship with DL

Who has been to Henry Tom’s genealogy conference more

This next request are those who has had interactions with Henry Tom. Like the above article, I want to collate those who are Henry Tom alumni. Please email me mail

NameMember ID
Diane Chan0036
Mae Jean0026

These people on my roster has no email nor contact information. If you can help me with these individuals, please email me mail

Wong, Dr. Don

Financial Oversight Volunteer Auditor

I would like to introduce Leona Lau, one of the early members of BACGG, who volunteered to insure financial transparency auditing my bookkeeping. She is a Certified Financial Planner and Enrolled Agent. Her practice centers around wealth management and tax reporting needs. She advocates for her clients to the IRS and FTB.

You can see all of your BACGG volunteers at the About link

We appreciate your participation and attendance. We can always use financial help Donation link $20 or what you feel our work is worth


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