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=== Related Websites  ===
=== Related Websites  ===
*[http://lib.hku.hk/fpslib/collections.html Chinese genealogies]  
==== Maps  ====
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~chnwgw/ China GenWeb]
*[http://www.zonu.com/images/0X0/2011-07-22-14119/Mapa-politico-de-China.jpg China in the early 21st century]
*[http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/s/h9654p China in 1967]
*[http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/s/h9654p China in 1922]
*[http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/s/el27d6 China in 1865]
*[http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/s/4949pu China in 1815]
*[http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/s/dcj6x2 China in 1742]
*[http://library.ust.hk/res/lib-db/MAPS/disk1/PDF/IMG0047.pdf China in 1650]
*[http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/OL/3852/ China in 1584] (note that the orientation has West at the top and North to the right)
*[http://www.chinareport.com/files/China/ChinaMaps-ALL/Historic_Maps/Yuan_Dynasty-1271-1378/Map-Mongol_Empire-Territories-1300AD-1405ADT.jpg China in the early 1400's]
*[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d5/China_11b.jpg China as it probably was in 1142]
==== Local Histories  ====
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_China "History of China," English wiki entry]
*[http://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E4%B8%AD%E5%9B%BD%E5%8E%86%E5%8F%B2 "中国历史," Chinese wiki entry]  
*[http://www.history-of-china.com/ History of China website]
*[http://www.china-history-timeline.com/ "中國歷史年表," an interactive timeline]
*[http://books.google.com/books?id=uVpGAAAAYAAJ&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q&f=false ''An Outline History of China,'' a Google eBook, published in 1917]
*[http://books.google.com/books?id=G0FBAQAAIAAJ&pg=PP3#v=onepage&q&f=false 最新中國歷史敎科書, a Google eBook, published in 1905]
*[http://books.google.com/books?id=8CIPAAAAYAAJ&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q&f=false ''A History of China, from the Earliest Days Down to the Present,'' a Google eBook, published in 1897]
*[http://books.google.com/books?id=n_cuAAAAYAAJ&pg=PT6#v=onepage&q&f=false 普通教科東國歷史, a Google ebook, published in 1899]
*[http://books.google.com/books?id=XqQ2AAAAMAAJ&pg=PP9#v=onepage&q&f=false ''The General History of China,'' a Google eBook, published in 1751]
==== Other Genealogical Resources  ====
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~chnwgw/ China GenWeb]
*[http://chinese.rootswiki.legacy1.net/doku.php Chinese Roots wiki]
*[http://www.distantcousin.com/Links/Ethnic/China/Province.html DistantCousin.com resources for Chinese genealogy]
*[http://www.china.com.cn/chinese/2001/Mar/24361.htm "华人家谱世纪大收集," a news article]
*[http://www.jiapu.tv/a/about/, 河南省姓氏文化研究会家谱委员会, a research group]
=== Related Wiki Articles  ===
=== Related Wiki Articles  ===

Revision as of 20:14, 10 January 2014

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.
Access the records: China, Collection of Genealogies, 1239-2011 .

Title in the Language of the Record

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Record Description

This collection will include records from 1239 to 2011.

The Chinese Genealogy Collection includes images acquired from various archives and libraries in China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, other areas in Southeast Asia and the Untied States.

The records are mostly about families who have lived in various provinces in China for several generations.

The size, generational depth, and type of information included in clan genealogies are varied. Some of the records that have been obtained from private households and collectors in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, and the United States are hand-copied, single volume manuscripts, and only contain information about the most recent few generations or just a few pages of pedigree charts, while others are published records in standard format. Most of the records are easily readable, although some documents have been damaged due to aging, water droplets, and tight bindings. Since most of the records are written in traditional Chinese characters, it is assumed that the user should be able to read Chinese or get help from someone who can read Chinese to fully benefit from this collection.

Most of the genealogies that have been microfilmed in the various library collections are printed books that average ten volumes per title.

Clan or lineage genealogies constitute the major source material for Chinese family historians and genealogists. Scholars have shown that clan genealogies can be a valuable source for research into Chinese history.[1]

The objectives of Chinese genealogical research has changed tremendously over time. Researchers are now studying Chinese genealogies as a supplement to other research areas, such as social and economic history, geographical history, history of law, population history, religion and culture, history of overseas Chinese, inheritance practices, and biography of historical figures.

Records in this collection primarily contain information between the Qing dynasty and the Republic era (1700s to early 1900s), though some material from earlier and later dates is included.

In the history of the Chinese people, there are three important elements that are significant: (a) China's history, (b) the local gazette, and (c) a clan's genealogy. Among these three elements, genealogy has the longest history and is the most influential. Family genealogies were recorded—first by objects tied onto knotted rope and later by writing found on turtle shells, cow bones, and bronze—to memorialize the changes to a family's lineage and to honor that family's ancestors.

For a list of surnames currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

Record Content

Genealogy collections generally include the following information:

  • A brief history of the origin of the family and the dispersion pattern of some of the branches
  • A list of male ancestors’ names according to generation order
  • The birth year or death year of the ancestor, if known
  • The maiden surname of the spouse, if known
  • The number and names of the male descendants of each couple, if known

How to Use the Record

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

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

Search the Collection

To search the collection by image, ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page:
⇒Select the appropriate "Family Name"
⇒Select the appropriate "Country"
⇒Select the appropriate "Province"
⇒Select the appropriate "County"
⇒Select the appropriate "Title and Year" which will take you to the images.

Look at the images one by one, 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. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

For Help Reading These Records

These records are in Chinese. For help reading the records, see the following wiki articles:

Chinese Research Helps

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Related Websites


Local Histories

Other Genealogical Resources

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

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 FamilySearch Historical Collections

Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: China, Collection of Genealogies, 1239-2011

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"China, Collection of Genealogies, 1500-1900." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Feng Ping Shan Library, Hong Kong University.


  1. For example, see Wolfram Eberhard, "Chinese Genealogies as a Source for the Study of the Chinese Society", in Scholastic Application of the Chinese Clan Genealogies, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1969).