2019 Chinese American Genealogy Conference

“Where Are You Really From?”

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Saturday, June 8, 2019 (9:30am to 5pm)
Sunday, June 9, 2019 (9:30am to 4pm)

CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies
25 West 43rd Street, 18th Fl., New York, NY

Full Two-Day Registration: $225
(Early Bird by May 29: $175)

One-Day Registration: $125
(Early Bird by May 29: $100)

Inquiries: genealogy@thinkchinatown.org

Join AAARI-CUNY and Think!Chinatown for the 2019 Chinese American Genealogy Conference in New York City.

Learn how to find and preserve your family’s history. Whether you’re just getting started or are a pro, get tools and methodologies to discover your family roots and journey. This two-day series of in-depth workshops, presentations, case studies and one-on-one consultations with expert practitioners of Chinese genealogy in America will inspire and teach you how to find out “where you’re really from”:

  • Where did my Chinese ancestors come from and why did they come?

  • How do I start creating a family tree?

  • Where can I get my family’s U.S. immigration files and other government records?

  • What are Chinese clan genealogy books and where can I find mine?

  • How can I do research if I am not Chinese-literate?

Day 1: Chinese American Genealogy Basics

  • Introduction to Chinese Genealogy Research

  • Discovering Chinese Family History in Personal Documents and Non-Traditional Sources

  • Tips for Conducting Online Chinese Genealogy Research

  • and more!

Day 2: Chinese American Genealogy Next Steps

  • Finding and Interpreting Chinese Genealogy Books

  • Principles of Chinese Naming Conventions

  • Using Special Archives and Rare Special Collections for Family History Research

  • Planning a Genealogy Research Trip in China

  • and more!

NOTE: Workshops are generally geared towards descendants of immigrants with roots in southern China, but the principles and approaches are applicable to all. 



Conference Organizers


Comments from Previous Attendees

“I got a LOT of information from this...thank you ...for great insight and instruction. It was great to make friends with fellow Chinese Americans on the journey of discovering our roots." —Jan Lee

“For those who are on the fence about attending...GO! You never know what you will uncover about your family -- all interesting and perhaps life altering!”  —Barbara Chin

“What an incredible experience this was for me, that opens a gateway into our legacies. Hearing other peoples' stories and getting to know them through their searches was so illuminating too.” —Karen Huie

“Indeed a productive workshop with practical breakout afternoon sessions for invaluable hands-on assistance...👍”  —Raymond Seid

“...finished this 2-day conference learning lots on how to locate our family villages. Now, thanks to the featured Super Sleuths who have spent many hours and labors of love, figuring out and sharing tips on how to locate our ancestors, I am on the road to having a list of grandfathers' and their wives' names deciphered. I got the villages found, and my Chinese birthday confirmed.”  —Lori Tan Chinn


Inquiries: genealogy@thinkchinatown.org

Title image courtesy of the King family
Illustrations by James Chan