National Genealogic Society Conference May 24-28

This is a cross post from Grant Din’s forum chineseamericanfamilyhistory link that might be of interest to members of BACGG

Grant Wrote:

Hello genealogists-
As you all know, I’m on the board of the California Genealogical Society, and this year we’re the host society for the annual National Genealogical Society conference May 24-28. This is the first time it’ll be on the West Coast in some time, and (as long as it’s safe) it’ll be held in Sacramento, where I know many of us have relatives! Please take a look at the attached conference brochure –  you’ll note that Gordon H. Chang will give the keynote remarks on Wednesday morning, Larissa Lam and Baldwin Chiu’s Far East Deep South will be screened on Friday; and among the tracks are immigration, DNA, Chinese American, Asian Pacific, Western States, and many other great areas. Our own Marisa Louie Lee, Trish Hackett Nicola, Linda Harms Okazaki, Carly Lane Morgan, Cindy Kim Thomson, and yours truly are all among the presenters. There are tours on Tuesday the 24th including a gold country tour I’ve been drafted to lead!

There will be both in-person and and online ways to attend the conference, and you can get the full schedule by looking at the attached brochure. To register or for more information, visit the NGS conference site. We’re also looking for volunteers to help in many ways. I’m happy to answer questions at

To prepare, CGS also has a six-part series on libraries and repositories in Sacramento and the Bay Area. Scroll down to see more information about all of our upcoming programs including the libraries ones. The first of the series was a program on the Center for Sacramento History and we have a video online here and we’ll have the two that we had about the California State Library online soon. I’ll be sure to let people know about how to see them because they have a lot of good information.

You’ll also note below that Raymond Douglas Chong will be giving a free online talk about his Chinese railroad worker ancestor on March 8. Be sure to check it out!

National Genealogical Society 2022 Family History Conference on the CGS site

The National Genealogical Society conference brochure provides a detailed information of the location, conference topics, events and more. Download it now and start planning your visit.

Chinese immigrants to Canada – Registers of Chinese Immigration to Canada, 1885–1949

Marisa Louie Lee shared this post on Grant Din’s forum chineseamericanfamilyhistory link that might be useful to members of BACGG. Here is her repost:

Hi all,
For those of you interested in Chinese Canadian immigration, Grant asked me to share about the Registers of Chinese Immigration to Canada, 1885–1949. These are held by Library Archives Canada and document “all immigrants of Chinese origin arriving in Canada between 1885 and 1949.”
You may have heard that these are being newly indexed on FamilySearch, but they were previously indexed as part of a project from the University of British Columbia, and the index is hosted at Library Archives Canada
The index data is also available as a spreadsheet, which has the amazing addition of analysis and “mapping” of the place of birth fields in the register. What resulted is being able to search the spreadsheet by a village name in Chinese characters for two of the counties in Guangdong Province, the place of origin for many pre-WWII Chinese immigrants. 
As an example, I searched my great-grandfather’s village and found a handful of immigrants to Canada who also came from his village. Interestingly, their 雷 surname was primarily Romanized as LOY rather than my LOUIE.
Have you found any of your Chinese Canadian relatives or ancestors in the registers? Feel free to share!


National Archives Operations

As local public health metrics allow, research rooms will open on a limited basis and by appointment only. You must have a virtual consultation before the on-site visit. Staff at all locations will continue to respond to emailed requests for records. Further information is in this press release

The Rotunda of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, and some Presidential Library museums are open with limited capacity.

Reopenings and operations will rely on local public health metrics. Check the specific facility page for updates. More information about the National Archives’ response to coronavirus can be found at

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Hi everyone: Sharing the news about NARA reopening most research rooms starting August 2! I don’t yet have an appointment on the books for our local facility in San Bruno (the National Archives at San Francisco) but I’m looking forward to returning after so many months away. 

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National Archives Announces Limited Reopening of Research Rooms WASHINGTON, July 16, 2021–The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is starting to resume research room operations. Several locations have already begun pilots to test research room policies and procedures that promote social distancing, while otherwise allowing us to serve records in a secure manner, and starting Monday, August 2, most National Archives research rooms will reopen for research on a limited basis. NARA services will look very different from the services provided prior to COVID-19. Research visits will be by appointment only and will require a virtual consultation prior to the onsite visit. Boxes of records will be pulled in advance and will be waiting at an assigned table. Research appointments will initially be for 4-5 hours total, depending on the location. In addition, we have implemented a number of measures to ensure the safety of our researchers and staff: Requiring that unvaccinated visitors wear face coverings during their visit.

Limiting the number of people in each research room.
Requiring that those who are sick or do not feel well stay home.
Implementing safe social distancing through stanchions, physical barriers, floor markings, one-way paths, and directional guidance. Chairs will be removed and workspaces will be blocked to promote physical distancing between researchers. Following CDC cleaning guidance. In addition, researchers will contribute to sanitizing procedures by cleaning their assigned tables and equipment before and after their research.
Researchers should wash their hands thoroughly before entering and after exiting research rooms and regularly throughout their visit to the facility. Hand sanitizer will be readily available outside of the research rooms. Records quarantine: All record material accessed by a researcher will be quarantined after use for three full days, and the records will not be available to other researchers during the quarantine period.
Contact tracing: If a researcher or NARA employee experiences COVID-19 symptoms while in a NARA research room or later reports symptoms, a diagnosis, or a close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19, NARA will use contact information collected during the researcher registration process to notify other researchers of a potential exposure.Please email the relevant facility using the contact information on their facility page to request an appointment. Researchers should check the specific facility page for details and updates, as the situation can change quickly. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to reopen our facilities in a careful and deliberate manner that prioritizes the safety of staff and the public. We look forward to welcoming you back to our research facilities.#  #  # For press information, contact the National Archives Public and Media Communications staff at public.affairs@nara.gov21-50NARA locations nationwide
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