Prior recordings of our webinars

Remembrances of relatives who served our Armed Forces link

  1. Doug Joe click
  2. Ron Chan click
  3. Leona Lau click
  4. Susan Lee click
  5. Janwyn Funamura click
  6. Will Lee click
  7. Justine Wong click

All Things Chan (陳)

  1. Chan Surname Special Interest Group (BACGG) click
  2. Archive of Al Chinn’s now dark House of Chin (陳) click
  3. Huang Village Chin (陳) Family Tree (Gene Chin) click

Pre-Pandemic Group Photos demonstrating how the group grew click to view

Beginning Genealogy Resource CD to purchase from Chinese Family History Group of Southern California  click

Research Tips

I. Handling and Studying Chinese Characters

  1. How to Capture Chinese Digital Characters link by Tom Loui
  2. New Edition: Hoisanva English Dictionary site by Gene Chin
  3. MDGB Chinese Dictionary site dj 2020
    My favorite Chinese-English dictionary with simplified/traditional converter, pinyin/Yale/jyutping romanization, pronunciation, and more.
  4. 100 Chinese Surname by Ron Young site dj 2020
    Beginners: a site to find your surname. [select][copy][paste]into your files. Fairly complete IMHO
  5. List of Common Chinese Surnames wiki dj 2020
    Another site to find your surname, frequently referred to by Henry Tom link
  6. Reading Chinese Gravestones by Doris Yau-Chong Jones Nov 2001 pdf dj 2020
    Nice treatise from Australia on interpreting tombstones. Remember, the dead don’t lie.

II. Media Management

  1. Scanning Tips with Epson V600 click by Ron Chan
  2. Colorize B&W Photos Free for a limited time click/ by Ron Chan
  3. Photo Restoration – Scanning and Retouching site click by Ron Chan
  4. VideoPad link dj 2020
    Full featured video editor. Free for 1 month. Older interface, similar to Microsoft Movie Maker . Beware as it seems like they install nagware on your computer.
  5. Irfanview link dj 2020
    Free full featured image manipulator
  6. Audiacity link dj 2020
    Free full featured sound manipulator which VideoPad can also do with sound, but cost money.

III. Oral History

  1. Transcribing Oral History click by Ron Chan
  2. 10 Steps To Conducting Oral History Interviews click by Ron Chan

IV. Researching American Documents

  1. How to Effectively Research the National Archives Portal site click by Marisa Louie-Lee
  2. The A-Files (Alien Files) – Research and Access link Jeanie Low 2020
  3. Resources to Learn about Angel Island Immigration and its Documents post by Grant Din
  4. Beware of the Elixir of NARA click dj 2020
    This is my opinion meant for newbies when accessing their NARA files

V. Researching Chinese Documents (Zupu 族谱) and Tombstones

    Tony King has done an excellent job explaining how to interpret your jiapu/zupu. Contact me if you need additional help with your Chinese family tree booklet, the ‘Holy Grail’ of Chinese genealogy ! See item 11 below to view Tony King YouTube video “Interpreting Chinese Genealogy Books”.
  2. Tracing their roots: genealogical sources for Chinese immigrants to the United States by Sheau-yueh J. Chao pdf dj 2020
    Janey Chau wrote this academic treatise on the zupu/jiapu. She would be the expert on Chinese family tree documents this side of the International Date Line.
  3. Chinese Lunar and Gregorian Calendar Converter by Philip Tan spreadsheet dj 2020
    Philip Tan wrote out the calculations and Chinese characters for converting the Chinese calendar with the Gregorian calendar in spreadsheet format.
  4. The Village Database by Friends of Roots site dj 2020
    The reincarnation of the Village Database done by the San Francisco Friends of Roots.
  5. Geography of Kwangtung Province for Hawaii Residents by Francis Woo pdf dj 2020
    Francis Woo has declared her document as an open source publication.
  6. If you’ve traced your ancestors to Huang Di opinion site dj 2020
    The sentiment of Him Mark Lai, added to the genealogical principle of always sourcing your family tree.
  7. Reading Chinese Gravestones by Doris Yau-Chong Jones Nov 2001 pdf dj 2020
    Nice treatise from Australia on interpreting tombstones. Remember, the dead don’t lie.
  8. The purpose of the Zupu-Explanation on Chinese Genealogy Forum by user laohuaqiao site dj 2020
    This formerly active participant on the Chinese Genealogy Forum explained the purpose of the zupu.
  9. The Clan and the City: Sustaining Cooperation in China and Europe pdf dj 2020
    Governance in China: How the Clan ruled villages in China compared to how guilds ruled villages in Europe. The reason Mao Zedong burned the zupus during the Cultural Revolution.
  10. How I recently obtained my zupu 族谱 (jiapu) link dj Jan 2010
  11. Tony King YouTube video. Click on the button below.

VI. Chinese Culture

  1. What Ching Ming Means to Me click by Ron Chan
  2. The Complicated Chinese Tree site dj 2020
    Cute YouTube video on Chinese family relationships
  3. Having Face in Chinese Culture by china-mike site dj 2020
    This site has helped me understand the Chinese concept of ‘face’ as I compare with the American concept of face. I keep these lessons in the back of my mind as I converse with Mainland Chinese based genealogists.
  4. Concept of Guangxi by china-mike site dj 2020
    Another necessary lesson when networking with Mainlanders.
  5. The “Chinese Stomach”: Why Chinese Travelers Prefer Bad Chinese Food Over Any Other Food by David Chan site dj 2020
    I know understood why my parents always went to Chinese restaurants in other cities.

VII. Miscellaneous

  1. A Genealogical To-Do List While You Keep Your social distancing click by Ron Chan
  2. Free Chinese Online Genealogy Consultation click by Ron Chan
  3. Celebration of the End of World War 2 YouTube CHSA site Sep 26, 2020

VIII. Members Online Genealogy Sites

  1. Our Family Jiapu 家譜/家谱 site by dj2020
  2. Welcome to the Lew Family Genealogy of Slen War Lee (新 和 里) and Oong War (東 和) site by Tom Loui
  3. Welcome to! site by Grant Din

IX. Book Review by dj2020

The Lucky Ones: One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America by Mae Ngai ISBN-10:0618651160
I highly recommend this book. Please refer to the other 33 reviews on Amazon site

  • Parallels the life of my ancestors and elders, the middle class of Chinese Americans.
  • An excellent representation of the social, physical, and emotional environment of the turn of the 20th USA.
    The text paints a picture of what my grandfathers had to endure in the early 1900’s.
  • Familiarity with the SF-Berkeley and Portland, Oregon region makes Ngai’s descriptions more poignant
  • Despite claiming knowledge of racism against Chinese, I was awed by the amount and virulence of the anti Chinese sentiment. Even though it is an underlying and recurring theme, Ngai’s style is subtle but effective.
  • Narrative is easy to read, novella-like. One might question its authenticity until the reader reaches the footnote section. A 2nd generation E book did not display the footnotes appropriately.
  • Because of the extensive footnote section, this book could be a college level textbook. Such status would quadruple the price
    dj 08/2020

X. Historical Links of Interest by dj2020
Frequently as I research my family history, I look for context in Chinese (American and world) histories to get an idea of what my ancestors had to live through.

A. China’s Contribution to WW1

B. China’s Infrastructure

C. Anthologies of Chinese History

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