Posted by Peter Leeson on June 29, 2002 at 21:04:00:
I have recently finished reading a book by Al Chinn titled You Are Royalty - A Guide To Your Chinese Ancestor. In the book Al gives tips that will help researchers to trace their Chinese ancestors, ranging from how to make the most of postings on internet forums, researching documents or getting out in the field. He also provides information pertaining to Chinese migrating overseas and the lives they were forced to lead in foreign countries.
Al also includes some exerpts of others who have been tracing their ancestory and how they have approached it. My story is one of these. Many years ago I started researching my family ancestory in Australia and China but came to a standstill. It wasn't until years later that I stumbled on an Internet forum, posted a question and received a response from Al and another Canadian (Kevin Lee) both of whom have given me untold assistance and direction, which allowed me to take my research to another level.
Even after all of this there were still a number of questions unanswered or areas of confusion. After sitting down and reading Al's book, so many of these suddenly began to make sense to me. Questions I hadn't thought to ask, places I hadn't thought to look, simple mistakes that had prevented me from obtaining information. Once again my desire to go further was rekindled.
The book is written in plain english language that you don't need to be a college professor to understand and I can't recommend it highly enough to those who have recently begun their journey of research, or to others like myself who have been researching for some time. There are always things we can learn from others experiences.
I can vouch for shipping & packaging. My book arrived in Australia from Canada in perfect condition.
For any people that wish to enquire about the book, Al can be contacted at the below address.
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