Michael Ho showed how he was able to confirm his family branch when it wasn't confirmed in the printed jiapu that he received from his ancestral village and how he made connections with other Owyangs with roots from the same village.
Steve, former Chair of CFHGSC, is passionate about genealogy and sharing his knowledge of the Chinese American experience. Combining his interests, he volunteers for the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation by transcribing interviews of Island detainees and recording their experiences for the Angel Island Immigrant Voices initiative. In 2003, he retired from Xerox.
www.mdbg.net – Dictionary: Pronunciation, pinyin and Simplified Characters
www.familysearch.org – family records including jiapus (using surnames or village name (in Chinese) in keyword search yields additional results)
www.newocr.com – Digitizing Chinese Characters (digitize a few characters at a time, specify horizontal or vertical writing). Accepts pdfs, jpgs and other formats. iOS & Windows keyboards settings – select Handwriting Tool for Chinese Characters
translate.google.com – Chinese to English Translation. I used this for Chinese date translation to look for emperor’s name, dynasty and era.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_emperors_of_the_Song_dynasty (list of emperors, dynasty and eras)
UC Berkeley East Asian Library http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/libraries/east-asian-library
Shanghai Library (from UCB East Asian site) http://wrd2016.library.sh.cn/channel/stjp/
Michael, current CFHGSC chair, is a 4th-generation Chinese American who has spent over 25 years researching his family roots. His ancestors immigrated from Zhongshan to Hawaii. Michael has made numerous trips to his ancestral villages in China, and assists other family history researchers to interpret both English and Chinese records.