FACILITATOR: BARBARA LU-BALTAZAR
Genealogy research has been a 25+year hobby for Kitty L. Lew in studying her in-laws' Euro- and Native American heritage to 1720s. In recent years she focused on her more challenging Chinese roots by joining fellow “ABC” CFHGSC members in 2015. She joined Henry Tom's first Overseas Chinese genealogy workshop and village trip. She shared what she learned after she visited three of her four ancestral villages in Taishan, Donguan and Zengcheng with her 90 year-old mother and four generations of her family.
Michelle Jong is a third generation Chinese American who who took you on her journey, which started with six letters and a photograph to her maternal grandfather’s Taishan village. Ron Chun is a third and sixth generation Chinese American. Ron described the process he went through prior to his journey to his ancestral villages in Zhongshan and Foshan and how he continued post tour. Both Ron and Michelle’s detailed their experiences with the Roots Plus program and how their research continues.