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Re: Workshop on "Resources for Chinese Family History" in SF, March 27/28, 1998

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Posted by Greg Zeng on August 12, 1998 at 02:55:45:

In Reply to: Re: Workshop on "Resources for Chinese Family History" in SF, March 27/28, 1998 posted by Krista Conaway on December 19, 1997 at 12:58:38:

: : I'll be doing a workshop on the resources available in English/some Chinese for Chinese Family History Research in San Francisco, CA. with the California Genealogical Society for the annual Family History Fair held Friday, March 27th and Saturday, March 28, 1998. Preliminary information on the site is the Concourse on Brannan and 8th St. Admission fee unknown at this date. There will be genealogists and other researchers doing other sessions on the various techniques of gathering family history information. The expected audience is about 1200 for the two day conference with approximately fifteen+/- sessions on different aspects of family history research. My specialty area is from the 1840's - 1970's for Chinese from Guangdong province, China. Some topics which I may be covering include:how to translate traditional Chinese gravestones (names, dates, homebase); immigration documents; how the Chinese Exclusion Acts in the U.S. created "paper names" for some families; guidelines on how to conduct a family interview/questionnaire, etc., census, identifying photos; contact relatives in China; visiting your ancestral village; using your research skills, etc. My book, China Connection:Finding Ancestral Roots for Chinese in America, 1994/rev.1996, (ISBN 0-9638835-1-8), JWC Low Co. includes composite gravestones and rudimentary translation of dates and standard gravestone information and resources. You may email me at book order information. I will post updated information on the Family History Fair as it becomes available on this board.

As a (retired) community worker, I wonder if I should encourage family pride, ethnic pride, etc. Could someone please show references, resources, etc that explain why the genetic family should be "remembered" and studied? The only reasons I seem to have are:

1) Any possible genetic impairments
2) Low self-esteem that might require family pride to be repaired.

Any others? Please.

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