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# Friday, August 08, 2008
Chinese Genealogy Resources and Ancestry.com’s Jiapu.cn
Posted by Diane

We’ve heard some questions about Ancestry.com’s recently launched Chinese site, Jiapu.cn, and help for researchers who want to use it but don’t know Chinese.

“There isn’t an English version of the Chinese site, just as there isn’t an English version of our Italian, French, German or Swedish sites,” says Simon Zivian, spokesperson for the Ancestry.com’s international business. “These international sites have been launched in local markets for those markets.”

In addition, the jiapu (family histories) on the site are in Chinese.

You can get a rough translation using Google’s Web page translator, but you’d need to search using Chinese characters, and you’d need translation help with the digitized records.

For translation help, I’d suggest contacting a university Asian Studies department or a local Chinese organization to ask for recommendations. Here are a few other Chinese genealogy resources:
  • China Gateway
    Links to repositories in North America, China and elsewhere that have Chinese collections
I did a search for professional genealogists specializing in Chinese research and came up empty. Hit Comment and add a post if you know of one.


Asian roots | Genealogy Web Sites | International Genealogy
Friday, August 08, 2008 2:25:59 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [4]
Friday, August 08, 2008 3:48:44 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Diane,

Jeanie W. Chooey Low is a second generation Chinese-American and native San Franciscan who wrote "China Connection: Finding Ancestral Roots for Chinese in America," a compact guide for those interested in doing Chinese family research in the United States. She is bilingual and holds degrees in Library Technology and Chinese Studies and has presented workshops at conferences for the National Archives and Records Administration, the National Genealogical Society, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the Chinese Historical Society of America and San Francisco State University's Asian American Studies Department.

Low was one of the featured "superheroes" with expertise in ethnic research who wrote "From East to West: Researching Chinese Ancestry" for the January/February 2008 issue of Ancestry Magazine.

Jeanie accepts clients interested in her expertise in Chinese-American genealogy or in 20th century immigration research for any ethnicity. She can be reached by email at wongyen@comcast.net or by snail mail to: J.W.C. Low Company, Post Office Box 472012, San Francisco, California 94147.

Source: Interview with Jeanie W. Chooey Low for California Genealogical Society and Library blog "Chinese-American Research" posted on Sunday, January 27, 2008.
Saturday, August 09, 2008 2:16:10 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
A very informative article. I am giving it to my Chinese neighbors who will be very interested.
RUTH ARMSTRONG
Wednesday, August 13, 2008 11:25:17 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Thanks, Kathryn!
Diane
Diane
Thursday, April 30, 2009 1:34:45 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
I was just thinking about Chinese Genealogy Resources and Ancestry.com’s Jiapu.cn and you've really helped out. Thanks!
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