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Posted by Laurence Charles Sams on May 01, 2000 at 09:48:58:

Can anyone help me search for my Chinese heritage and historical regions of China my ancestors may have come from..I am trying to track my chinese family name to china and possibly relatives to a particular province etc.
My grandfather Charles Ah Sam came to Australia, I believe from Canton in the 1850-1860s. He married Esther Jane Hughes in Emmaville New South Wales which was a famous tin mining area at the time..He was linked to other chinese families I believe such as Ah quay, Ah jong, He had 6 children including my father William John Ah Sam who later changed the name in 1950 to sams..Charles ah Sam died early 1900 and the two children were adopted back to china Henry and Walter Ah Sam ( they would be my uncles ) my father died in 1963 so there is no record of his side of the family..please respond

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