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02 March 2010

Ethnic Genealogy Series: Chinese Ancestry - A Workshop in Two Sessions

The California Genealogical Society and Library, in partnership with the National Archives and Records Administration - San Francisco, presents a FREE two-part workshop on researching Chinese ancestry. Members Christine DeVillier, Jeanie Low and Kay Speaks will share their experience and the knowledge gained researching their own Chinese ancestors.  The classes are open to all levels of experience – Chinese language skills are not necessary. Attendance at both sessions is required

Session I - Saturday April 17, 2010
10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
California Genealogical Society Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA.

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  Chinese Research Timeline in the U.S. from 1849 to the present – Jeanie Low presents an examination of immigration laws and migration patterns and their effect on Chinese families.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Resources in the The National Archives and Records Collection Pertaining to Chinese Research – Marisa Louie, NARA Archivist.

12:00 p.m. -   1:00 p.m.  Brown bag lunch and informal discussion.

1:00 p.m. -   2:00 p.m.  Obtaining Records: Your Toolbox – Christine DeVillier reviews: interview and research techniques, using photos and artifacts, online resources, how to use headstones, passengers lists, birth and death records, census records, family associations and more.

2:00 p.m. -   3:30 p.m.  Case Studies and Research – Kay Speaks.

Session II - Saturday, May 8, 2010
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
National Archives, San Francisco Pacific Region, 1000 Commodore Drive, San Bruno, CA.

Research day at NARA with access to the Angel Island Immigration Station case files. Only those who attend the April 17, 2010, workshop will be admitted to the archives.

Please note:
  • Workshop is limited to twenty.
  • FREE with advanced registration.
  • No walk-ins allowed.
  • Handouts will be emailed in advance. Please bring your own printed copy and help us cut costs.
Update 3/12/10:
The Chinese Ancestry Workshop is now full. A waiting list has been started for a future class. Add your name at the online registration form


Anonymous said...

Very clear description of the class. I am looking forward to it!

Mary Lai

Anonymous said...

I would enjoy attending anything NARA - San Francisco has to offer but am unable to attend this workshop. Will a video be available for those of us on the East coast who can't get out West?

Anonymous said...

Mary Lai - I'm so glad you are part of our workshop. It is going to be a very special event. --Kay Speaks, Presenter

Anonymous from East Coast:
A video of the presentation is not being produced during this workshop. Can you provide information of what you would like to learn about Chinese genealogy research and resources at the San Francisco National Archives?

Kay Speaks, Presenter

Anonymous said...

I missed the April 17, 2010 of the presentation. Is there any other presentation in the future?


Frederick in San Francisco Area

Chinese Jules said...

yes I have the question as Frederick above:)
Santa monica area

Anonymous said...

The last I heard was that the Mormons had teams of record scanners working in China so we should be fortunate soon to have digitized records available at

Kathy who loves genealogy books said...

I also missed the April 17, 2010 event. Is there any other event in the Bay Area or Los Angeles Area in the future?