My full length Chinese American Genealogy Toolkit lecture is available for download as a PowerPoint presentation HERE.
These are my go-to resources for Chinese genealogy on the net, updated as I find more:
- Chinese Roots Wiki: http://chinese.rootswiki.legacy1.net/doku.php
- Siyi Forum: http://siyigenealogy.proboards.com/index.cgi?. These people are wonderful! They are gracious, knowledgeable, and generous in their willingness to try to answer any Chinese genealogy questions you need help with!
- Village database: http://www.c-c-c.org/villagedb/search.cgi. A necessary resource for many Cantonese around the world.
- Digitized Chinese genealogies from LDS: https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1787988/waypoints
- LDS catalog of 族譜 zupu and 家譜 jiapu (non-digital holdings). You might be shocked at how many Asian genealogies LDS has. This is treasure.
- Baidu maps (better for finding villages than Google maps!): http://map.baidu.com/
- Find A Grave “virtual cemetery”: http://www.findagrave.com/
- Ancestry.com: great for finding passenger lists, naturalization information, census records, and a bazillion other genealogical gems (tip: access for free at many public libraries)
- Rootsweb.com: free searches for various state and Social Security death records. Some searches will yield mother’s maiden names. UPDATE: SSDI is getting quite a trim due to new verification rules…
- The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA): one of the grandmamas of Chinese American genealogy gold. No research is complete without a stab at NARA’s records.
- Rootsdb.org: okay I am partial to this site since I helped put it together, but it is dynamic and personal, a collection of data and reflections of “Rooting”, or making the pilgrimage to ancestral villages of Guangdong. Inspiring.
- Historic maps of China
- nciku.com: because I am not a native Chinese reader nor writer, this helps tremendously