Tracing Your Chinese American Roots

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Tracing Your Chinese American Roots

2013-04-09 08:20


On Monday, May 6, HSP will host a free Chinese American genealogy workshop, which will be held at the Independence branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. The guest speaker will be Jeanie Chooey Low, author of China Connections: Finding Ancestral Roots for Chinese in America, who is traveling all the way from San Francisco for this special event!

The workshop begins at 6 p.m. at the library, located at 18 South 7th Street. To register, click here.

Low will discuss how to verify family stories and will provide techniques for interviewing family members and deciphering gravestone inscriptions. She will discuss U.S. 20th-century immigration and naturalization case files, how to find and visit ancestral villages, and how to research war and census records. The presentation is for all levels of researchers and will be presented in English.

Low is the child of immigrants and a specialist in Chinese American genealogy and 20th-century immigration and naturalization records. Her interest in family history started several years ago when she realized that the Chinese traditions and language of immigrants were gradually being lost with each succeeding generation of Chinese Americans. Low will bring with her a quilt she made featuring images of her ancestors (pictured above).

HSP thanks the Connelly Foundation and Southwest Airlines for sponsoring this event. Thanks to their support, this event is free!

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