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Re: locating remaining family of my father


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Posted by Raymond (72.235.251.83) on March 15, 2009 at 11:48:55:

In Reply to: locating remaining family of my father posted by Camille on January 19, 2009 at 02:13:07:

Camille,

Perhaps some understanding of geography would lead you in the right direction of your search for relatives. First, I am assuming that "Saw Wui" is actually meant to be "Sun Wui" which is the old Cantonese spelling of "Xinhui" in Mandarin. Also, "Nam Hoi" is the old Cantonese spelling of "Namhai" in Mandarin. Secondly, what you are referring to as "country" is actually "county". Sun Wui County is located just south of Nam Hoi County. Sun Wui County is part of the "Si Yi" County Group meaning 4 Counties, and Nam Hoi is part of the "San Yi" County Group meaning 3 Counties. Fortunately, there exists a village database website for the Si Yi County Group where one can find village locations by simply inserting a surname of interest at: http://www.c-c-c.org/villagedb/search.cgi You can insert your father's mother's surname Tsang and see that for Sun Wui there exists several villages with the Tsang surname. Oddly enough, or perhaps with deliberate coincidence, several Tsang villages noted also contain the Ng surname which is your father's and grandfather's surname. Perhaps these are the villages that you should start your query as to finding any remaining Tsang relatives or even genealogical leads to your Ng relatives. Many such villages would have a genealogy book of a dominant surname called a "jook po" ("zupu" in Mandarin). As such, the Tsang genealogy book may very well exist for one of these villages which may contain your father's mother's name, Tsang Lai Yung. Of course, the jook po is written in Chinese, and it would be most helpful if you have the Chinese characters for Tsang Lai Yung. I hope my analysis of your query leads you to happy endings. Good luck!

Raymond



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