The Chinese community in Canada has a long history dating back to the 19th century. There are many resources available to Canadians of Chinese origin who would like to explore their Chinese-Canadian history. Now the Vancouver Public Library and the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of British Columbia have developed a Chinese Canadian genealogy website.
The site is divided into 6 major sections:
Presents principles and strategies commonly used by genealogists, and explains how to use standard genealogy charts. Printable charts are included.
Introduces a challenging, complex subject that may have a significant impact on your research prospects.
History and Pioneers
Reviews milestones in Chinese-Canadian history and briefly looks at patterns of migration and settlement. Also links to stories of Chinese-Canadian pioneers and provides information on current heritage projects.
Discusses interview strategies and suggests possible questions. Looks at family heirlooms and clan and district associations.
Documents and Records
Introduces various sources in which information about individuals and families may be found, including immigration records, civil registration, newspaper announcements, directories, military records, cemetery records, and other sources. Examples are provided, together with information on how to access the actual records themselves.
Back to China
Explores research possibilities in China itself.
Chinese Canadian Genealogy Online is available at: http://www.vpl.ca/ccg