Researching the World of Chinese Documents

May 22, 2021


Many involved in Chinese genealogy research are familiar with the Chinese jiapu/zupu and perhaps local gazetteers. Tony King addressed both of these critical tools and also provided an introduction into the rich world of documents and resource materials that originated in China. These include marriage agreements, property records, residential registrations, census records, examination rosters, and obituaries. He discussed the possible value these documents have to our genealogical research and the use of repositories such as archives and libraries, and internet 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.