Family Ties: From Past to Present |Chinese American Genealogy Workshop


The Chinese American Museum and the Chinese Family History Group of Southern California Presents

Family Ties: From Past to Present
Chinese American Genealogy Workshop

How do you start your genealogy research? What methods can you employ to conduct your research? How can you find records and documents pertaining to your family? Family Ties: From Past to Present explores methods unique to Chinese Americans who are interested or who have already started their research in uncovering their family history.

Learn from the experience of people who are on this journey to find their family history and how they are passing this on to future generations.

In addition to guest speakers from Arizona, Utah, Northern and Southern California discussing different aspects of Chinese genealogy research, there will also be breakout sessions to assist individuals with translations, interpretations of their jiapu (genealogy books) and advice on locating a village in China.

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Registration begins at 8:15 and we will promptly begin the workshop at 9:00 am. There will be coffee and light refreshments available.
Park in Lot C and the workshop will be held in Martin Luther King Hall lecture room 1 and 2. Cost for parking:  $3 for 4 hours, $6 all day.  Pay with Credit Card at ticket dispenser.  Place ticket on dashboard.
Below is a map of CSU LA for more information on where to park and where to meet.
If you need help the day of, please call 626.782.5512.

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Saturday, June 25th – Sunday June 26th
8:15am – 4pm

Cal State LA
5151 State University Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90032

Register today!

$50 per person*


*cost includes lunch and sessions for both days. Single day registration is not available.

On-site registration is $60.  Lunch is not guaranteed.

Saturday, June 25th

8:15am – 9am Registration
9:00am – 9:10am Opening Remarks
9:10am – 9:55am Keynote Speaker (TBA)
9:55am – 10:25am Introduction: Why Research Your Family History? (Steve Kwok)
10:35am – 11:35am What’s in a name? Pieces, Patterns, and Pitfalls as They Apply to Chinese Genealogy (Patrick Chew) Chinese Genealogy Books (Henry Tom)
11:45am – 12:45pm Online Search (Tony King) Capturing Oral History: What to Get and How to Ask (Tram Le)
12:45pm-2pm Lunch
2:00pm – 3:00pm Research at the National Archives (Marisa Louie) Genetic Genealogy – Using DNA to further your Chinese Genealogy Research (Kalani Mondoy)
3:15pm – 4:15pm Genealogy Research for Paper Sons and Daughters (Steve Kwok) Visiting Your Ancestral Village in China (Henry Tom)


Sunday, June 26th

8:15am – 9am Coffee Break
9:00am-9:30am Interpreting Genealogy Books (Tony King)
9:30am-10:00am The Roots Program (Marisa Louie)
10:15am-11:15am What to do with what you learn / gathered. Ways to Pass on Research to your Family (Ben, Rita, Trae, Steve)
11:15pm-12:30pm Lunch
12:30pm – 4:30pm Workshops
Topic Include
Translation Help
Online Family Genealogy Database Lab
Locating Your Village on a Map Lab
Interpreting Jiapus and Zupus Outside
General Questions
Genealogy Posters


With additional support from the Pacific Rim Institute of CSULA

Community Partners

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