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Genealogy Workshop — Researching Chinese-American Family History

Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205, US (map)



Have you just started digging into your family tree, or are you a genealogy veteran who wants to learn more tips and tricks? Whether you have a lot, or a little, or even no experience with genealogy, family historians from the OHS Research Library will make digging up the past loads of fun! Join us for an upcoming family history workshop at the Oregon Historical Society to help you discover your roots.

In this class, researchers of Chinese American family history will gain background knowledge and techniques specific to researching the Chinese American population. Participants will learn about the complexity of names in both Chinese and English transliterations, immigration history (both legal and otherwise), grave marker reading, Chinese obituaries, historic and contemporary family tree documentation, unique sources and databases for Chinese Americans, village mapping, and Chinese literacy challenges in research. This class will illustrate the use of resources ranging from historic and archival documents to contemporary DNA testing, and everything in between. This class encourages the use of the internet as a tool to maximize research yields.