Program: Chinese Genealogy Detectives - Solving Family Mysteries
Focused on research methods that uncovered genealogy mysteries of the past:
1) unusual or unique methods;
2) with lots of determined digging;
3) serendipitous findings; clues and stories that fell into our lap
Members of CFHGSC gave examples of the above:
Michael Ho: Who is Uncle Boo?" Michael determined if an "uncle" in an old family photo was actually related. He used English and Chinese-language documents and oral interviews in his research.
Trae: Nicholson: Identified the boy on a family Certificate of Identification and the correct name.
Bo-Gay Tong Salvador: Gave an account of a Tong family story about successfully finding our Hawaiian-side relatives by going through the Honolulu phone book to find surnames mentioned in an Hawaiian family history book found in the Hilo library.
Patti Dung: Found a book on a Honolulu bookstore’s “bargain” table, that had my late husband’s family genealogy and photos & text on his grandfather’s plantation restaurant in Hawaii. Had this old photo of a youngish man who I couldn't identify, but looked vaguely familiar. After viewing files at NARA she discovered It was her material grandfather as a young man.
Steve Kwok: Used Tony King’s jia pu help document to translate one page of his family jia pu.
Ben Lee: Solved the mystery of Great-Grandfather Lee's death.
Bill Chun Hoon: Described his family history in Honolulu, how he wrote up his family history and the family commemorative plaque at Angel Island.