"To forget one's ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without root."
Our membership is comprised of individuals who are seeking to learn about their family histories in a warm, friendly and welcoming community of like-minded researchers. Come join us on our journey of discovery.
The Chinese Family History Group of Southern California seeks to inspire people to discover their family histories by providing a community for exchange of information and support for those interested in researching, recording, and preserving the experiences of their Chinese and Chinese American ancestors.
Who We Are
Our membership is comprised of individuals who are seeking to learn about their family histories in a warm, friendly and welcoming community of like-minded researchers.
As our membership delves into our own family histories, we pay special attention to the impact of the Exclusion Acts (1882-1943) and restrictive quotas, which did not change until the late 1960’s. This restrictive immigration history has vast implications for the search for Chinese family roots.
The Chinese Family History Group is affiliated with the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS), located in Burbank, California, exists to foster interest in family history and genealogy, preserve genealogical materials, and provide instruction in accepted and effective research techniques.
How We Can Help You With Your Search
The Chinese Family History Group of Southern California endeavors to help you with your search for your family history in the following ways:
- Share information about how to deal with twists and turns in searching family history as we pursue our individual quests, and collaborate when confronting similar problems.
- Identify and assess existing print, and online resources, which may involve using traditional genealogical sources in different ways and looking at records specific to the Chinese, including ancestral village maps, jaipu, and other genealogy records.
- Pass along concrete information, such as what to expect and how to prepare when dealing with government agencies (e.g. National Archives) or archival sources, especially those related to Exclusion Act files or immigration files.
- Help those who are lucky enough to have living relatives that can provide family historical information with interview questions and tips, by using the historical context and family customs to generate questions, and providing information on recording equipment, which meet best practices recommendations.
- Assist with turning the research into formats and products of interest to family members and the next generation, both print and digital.
- Share information about best practices in genealogical research and archival practices to help preserve family information, photos, and artifacts via monthly meetings, and a Guide for Researching Your Chinese Family History publication.
- Communicate and collaborate with other Chinese family history groups and Chinese American cultural and educational organizations.