Many involved in Chinese genealogy research are family with the Chinese jiapu/zupu and perhaps local gazetteers. Tony King addressed both of these critical tools but also provided an introduction into the rich world of other documents and resource materials that originated in China. These included marriage agreements, property records, residential registrations, census records, examination rosters, obituaries, Chinese language newspapers, funerary epigraphy, clan association records, to name a few. He discussed the possible value these have to our genealogical research; repositories such as archives, libraries, and the internet; and search strategies.
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Tony King is of Toisanese roots. His ancestors immigrated to the U.S. in the late 1800’s. Since entering retirement some ten years ago, he has concentrated on searching out his Chinese roots. He has conducted research during extended stays in China, as well as during trips to California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, New York, and Canada. He serves as a volunteer for FamilySearch, consulting with patrons seeking assistance.
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