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Subject: Chinese New Year Greetings
Wishing All Hakkas a Happy and prosperous New Year. Sin Nian Jin Pu
>From Jon.Kehrer@deet.gov.au Wed Jan 22 21:51:24 1997
Subject: RE: Chinese genealogy
Date: Thu, 23 Jan 1997 12:47:33 +1000
I am trying to find genealogical sources especially for Kwangtung
Province, and would appreciate your input. These are my initial thoughts
* Genealogies and ancestral tablets originally stored in ancestral
village halls: Where are they now? eg libraries, universities, county
record offices, archives, private collections, clan headquarters etc
* Civil registration of births marriages and deaths: What are their
names and addresses?
* Clan associations: Which ones still survive, what surnames do they
cover, and what are their addresses?
* County record offices and archives: What are their names and
* Registration of residents by the police: What are the names and
addresses of the police units recording and storing this information?
* Registration of conscripts by the army: What are the names and
addresses of the army units recording and storing this information?
* Shipping passenger lists: Do any survive including those of Hong
Kong? If so where and what is the address?
* Census ennumerators' lists: Are these kept? If so where and what is
Can you help or suggest anyone who can?
>Sent: Thursday, January 16, 1997 12:51 AM
>Subject: Re: Chinese genealogy
>I do not know in details how I could contribute in your effort, but I will do
>my best to help you out. About tracing living relatives, I have visited my
>ancestors villages where we have lived for over 20 generations.
>I should be able to trace the previous previous location before settling in
>the current villages where it has been settled for over 20 generations. Let
>me know of any speccific help that Imight be able to help.
The Asian Studies Department of CUHK(Chinese University of Hong Kong)
might be a good starting point for you. It has a collection of
genealogical records from various counties in Kwangtung province.
Also, there are Hakkaology program in a Shanghai univ. that may give
you more leads on how to get a general Hakka population records.
There is also a univ. in Shenzhen that might offer some help.
ANother helpful source might be Hakka magazine like Hakka Monthly which
delas with many Hakkaology scholars and they might lead you in the
right path as well. Iam sending you Hakka Resources look under
GENEALOGICAL section & MAGAZINE section(search by capital letter).
There is a detail address of Hakka Monthly and you can find CUHK
through WEB page as I have visited their site once or twice.
Ido not have an exact address of the Shanghai Uniersity that
offered Hakkaology master program, if you find out, please let me know.
I am also routing this message to HGN &see if anyone would offer
further help in your research.
Before I forget, there is also one university in MeiZhou which is
probably the largest & most "modern" city for the Hakkas in mainland
China. If you could contact that university, that should be a best bet
as well. There is one professor in our mailing list that had taught
in that university before. I forget who he is. Hopefully he will
respond to you when he receive this message. If you finally have
the address of MeiZhou univesity, let me know &I will add it to
These are my initial thoughts. Keep me informed and we will see
if we can brainstorm more ideas.
Good Luck !