Ancestry, featuring Yip Sang

For me, genealogy is about the stories: the ones we heard growing up, and the ones we find through research. The stories that resonate the most for me are those that have largely been forgotten or overlooked by history. What I love most is genealogy’s capacity to encompass everything – history, law, politics, geography, religion, culture, sociology, psychology – because at its heart it is about people.

What’s available for you here?

Welcome to my personal library of links. This website’s original purpose was to be a one-stop shop for all the useful sites I found for my own work and I’m most proud of my collection of links for Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and Chinese Genealogy. Feel free to bookmark these pages, because I am always updating them.

And then there are the blogs: over a hundred and counting.

I write about Canadian and Chinese genealogy, about organizing, and archives. See the tags below for topics, and use the Search for anything specific. If you like what you see, sign up for my newsletter at the link below. You will get notices when I drop a new post. If you’ve got a great idea, let me know on the Contact Me page.

Amazing things happen when you write about what you love:

  • Driven by my curiosity, I broke all the blogging rules to write a 6000 word, 3 part essay on the history of the Chinese Immigration Act and the Dominion Elections Act, and how it affected Chinese Canadians and:
    • CBC Radio invited me to talk about it
    • Professor Kwong at Indiana University invited me to lecture.
  • Went to Sze Yup, China to visit my ancestral roots (Oct 2019) with the Heritage of Cantonese Migration Tour
  • Joined the Ancestry Canada Advisory Board (Nov 2019)
  • Met hundreds of people all around the world, and
  • Continued blogging, exploring, and doing a ton of research, and
  • Attended my first Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy course on Chinese Ancestry, coordinated by Kelly Summers (Jan 2020), and
  • Introduction to Genetic Genealogy, coordinated by Paul Woodbury (Jan 2021)
  • I’ve spoken on tv, radio, had articles published, and
  • I’ve written two books (Feb 2021)!

Interested in some research?

My speciality is the history of the Chinese in Canada. An unintended but incredible benefit is being able to connect many of the historic families in Canada with my private tree (1700+ people), document archive (7400+), and image archive (38K+). My geographic focus is Western Canada: from BC to Manitoba. Finally, I am as passionate about organizing as I am about family history, and have given multiple talks on using Evernote for genealogy.


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