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Location of Vietnam in S.E.Asia

Vietnam is officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (SRV; Cộng hòa Xã hội chủ nghĩa Việt Nam. It is on the eastern coast of the Indochina Peninsula of Southeast Asia.

Vietnam was part of the Imperial China Empire for about a thousand years from about 100 BC . It gained independence at the Battle of the Bach Dang river in AD 938, and was then led for hundreds of years by a succession of Vietnamese Royal Dynasties.

With the advent of European colonial imperialism, Vietnam became a territory controlled by the French. It remained that way until WWII, when the Japanese took over the territory for a while. After WWII the Vietnamese fought a series of guerrilla wars with the French, expelling them in 1954.

The country was then effectively split into two countries, North and South Vietnam, the north with a communist idealogy, and the south somewhat more free, but very corrupt.

The two sides entered into a war of aggression, with the USA coming in on the side of the South. That war ended with victory by the North, and Vietnam became a unified, communist, country, in 1975. It remained isolated and impoverished until 1986, when the country opened up to foreign investment, and is now a bustling capitalistic economy but with a Communist style Central Government (patterned after that of Mainland China).

It is a country of dense jungles and an interior of high mountains, requiring the use of terraces, as shown in the picture at the top of the page, to provide level ground for the growing of rice and other food staples.

Getting started with Vietnam research

The following link provides some basic information on starting with Vietnam ancestors:

Family Tree Vietnam

For those who may have Chinese origins, the following website may provide name based links:

Wikipedia Chinese surnames


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Vietnam has no central repository for birth, marriage, and death certificates. Persons desiring this information need to contact the city or province to determine what is available.

The following listing, provided by wikipedia, provides province names and locations as a starting point:

Red River Delta

Bắc Ninh Hà Nam Hải Dương Hưng Yên Nam Định Ninh Bình Thái Bình Vĩnh Phúc Hanoi (municipality) Hai Phong (municipality)


Bắc Giang Bắc Kạn Cao Bằng Hà Giang Lạng Sơn Lào Cai Phú Thọ Quảng Ninh Thái Nguyên Tuyên Quang Yên Bái


Điện Biên Hòa Bình Lai Châu Sơn La

North Central Coast

Hà Tĩnh Nghệ An Quảng Bình Quảng Trị Thanh Hóa Thừa Thiên–Huế

Central Highlands

Đắk Lắk Đắk Nông Gia Lai Kon Tum Lâm Đồng

South Central Coast

Bình Định Bình Thuận Khánh Hòa Ninh Thuận Phú Yên Quảng Nam Quảng Ngãi Da Nang (municipality)


Bà Rịa–Vũng Tàu Bình Dương Bình Phước Province Đồng Nai Tây Ninh Ho Chi Minh City (municipality)

Mekong Delta

An Giang Bạc Liêu Bến Tre Cà Mau Đồng Tháp Hậu Giang Kiên Giang Long An Sóc Trăng Tiền Giang Trà Vinh Vĩnh Long Cần Thơ (municipality)

The provinces are subdivided into provincial municipalities (thành phố trực thuộc tỉnh), townships (thị xã) and counties (huyện), which are in turn subdivided into towns (thị trấn) or communes (xã). The centrally controlled municipalities are subdivided into districts (quận) and counties, which are further subdivided into wards (phường).


  • Can Tho
  • Da Nang
  • Hai Phong
  • Ha Noi
  • Ho Chi Minh

The following is a link to the Vietnamese Government's website about Vietnam.

To get the website in Vietnamese, go to:

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Useful Websites

link to find a country's embassy for Vietnam.

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