Posted by Raymond (184.108.40.206) on August 25, 2007 at 06:00:29:
In Reply to: Still looking for my NG Family in Canton China posted by Leungseu NG Chok-Faleatua on August 24, 2007 at 05:07:29:
The surnames you'd mentioned Ng and Chan, among others you'd mentioned who emigrated to Samoa, appear to be clan names in the Sze Yup area near Canton (now called Guangzhou) of Guangdong Province in China. First you should find out how your surname Ng is written in Chinese. There are 2 ways: Îé and …Ç.
Now to speculate what village your grandparents Ng and Chan might have come from, it may be interesting for you to first take a look at villages that actually have both Ng's and Chan's residing in the same village. The hunch is perhaps both your grandfather and grandmother had lived in the same village. With that in mind, the website http://www.c-c-c.org/villagedb/search.cgi lists the names of villages by surname in Taishan District and Hoiping District, both districts in the Sze Yup area.
I've taken a brief look, and for the Ng surname written as Îé there are about a dozen villages in Taishan that actually have both Ng's and Chan's as residents in the same village. As for the Ng surname written as …Ç there is only one village in Hoiping that has both the Ng and Chan family clans living in the same village.
Take a look at the website yourself......the village names are written in both Chinese and transliterated English. The trick is to find some old letters your grandparents might have received from China, and if the name of the village is on the return address of the letterhead envelope, then you can see if it matches up with a village name listed with both Ng and Chan families in the same village.
Admittedly, this is a bit of a wild speculation, but a good a starting point as any without additional information to go on.
I hope this helps you some. Good luck on your genealogical search.
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