Other Online Tools


Ancestry® can help you learn about your family history through historical records, family trees, and DNA testing with AncestryDNA®. A membership gives you access to the records on Ancestry. Different memberships provide access to different records such as Census, Birth, Marriage, Death, Immigration, Military Records. There is FREE Ancestry use at regional branches of the National Archives and Records Administration and various public libraries. 


California Digital Newspaper Collection

The California Digital Newspaper Collection contains over 1,500,000 pages of significant historical California newspapers published from 1846-present, including the first California newspaper, the Californian, and the first daily California newspaper, the Daily Alta California. It also contains issues of several current California newspapers that are part of a project to preserve and provide access to contemporary papers.



The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints provides free online research for marriage, death, birth, military and census records including the 1940 California Census. FamilySearch has also digitized a growing collection of jiapus searchable by province and district.



Geni is a collaborative genealogy platform where users from around the world work together to build a single. comprehensive family tree.  Users can build a private tree of their close relatives to connect to the shared public tree.  The platform accepts Chinese characters for text and can be viewed in multiple languages.  Some features require membership fees.



With this online newspaper archive, you can search historical newspapers from across the United States and beyond and explore newspaper articles and clippings for help with genealogy, history and other research. There is a free trial period then a subscription fee.



RootsWeb is a free genealogy community that uses online forums, mailing lists, and other resources to help people research their family history.



A web application that allows you to publish your genealogy online, collaborate with family members and take control of your data. webtrees is open-source software, which means it's constantly improved by a community of developers and is free. All you need to use it is a website with PHP and MySQL installed. webtrees works from standard GEDCOM files, and is  compatible with every major desktop application.







For more detailed information about how to trace your Chinese family history, purchase the Guide for Researching Your Chinese Family History.