Japan Genealogies (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Title in the Language of the Records

日本、藩、系譜

What is in the Collection?

This collection will include records from 850 to 2012. These records are in Japanese. See the For Help Reading These Records section of this article for translation tools.

This is a collection of Japanese clan genealogies from Japan. The records are arranged by family. Dates and localities will vary for each record depending on the family. All records from this collection are housed at the National Archives of Japan in Tokyo.

Some families have genealogies detailing pedigrees back to medieval times, listing descent from notable individuals.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Japan, Genealogies, 850-2012.

Collection Contents

Clan Genealogies may include the following information:

  • Family name
  • Name of spouse
  • Name of children
  • Children's birth dates
  • Occupation
  • Date and place of birth
  • Date and place of death
  • Names of parents

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Ancestors name
  • Approximate year and place of birth
  • Prefecture

To search by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "Family Name"
⇒Select the appropriate "Country"
⇒Select the appropriate "Prefecture"
⇒Select the appropriate "County or City, Town or Village"
⇒Select the appropriate "Title, Vol./Page, and Year" which will take you to the images.

Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

When searching:
As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

For Help Reading These Records

These records are in Japanese. For help with reading the records, see the following resources:

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date.
  • Look at all entries for a name before deciding which is correct.
  • Check for variant spellings of any names.
  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community.
  • Look at the Related FamilySearch Historical Records section for more Japanese records to search.
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Don't overlook FHL Place Japan items or FHL Keyword Japan items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Japan Archives and Libraries.

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How You Can Contribute

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"Japan, Clan Genealogies, 850-2012." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing 国立国会図書館 東京 [National Archives, Tokyo].


Image Citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Japan, Genealogies, 850-2012.