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03 March 2019

"Finding Your Japanese Roots" with Linda Okazaki: March 10

Linda Harms Okazaki
The current U.S. population comprises nearly 1.5 million persons of Japanese descent, and their rich and complex history informs the story of America. On Sunday, March 10, CGS past president Linda Harms Okazaki returns with her presentation, “Finding Your Japanese Roots in the US & in Japan.” Linda is a fourth-generation Californian married to a man of Japanese descent. She has been researching her husband's and children's ancestry since 2012, documenting family in the internment camps and in Japan. She helps organize the annual Nikkei Pilgrimage for CGS and is a charter member of the Nikkei Genealogical Society. Linda currently serves at the past president of the California Genealogical Society and is a board member of the Nichi Bei Foundation. Her column, “Finding Your Nikkei Roots,” is published bimonthly in the NichiBei Weekly.  

Bring a lunch and come early
for socializing!
This seminar, which runs 1-4 p.m., is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced researchers. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch and come early (noon), in order to meet other seminar participants and discuss their Japanese-American history.

The first half of the seminar will focus on background and research in the United States and covers topics including:

   - the political climate and pertinent U.S. laws
   - internment camps
    - post WWII experience
    - repatriation and redress

The second half of the seminar will concern research in Japan:

   - finding your koseki
   - understanding ohaka and kakocho
   - visiting relatives, cemeteries and temples

To register, go to our EventBrite listing.

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