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How to find your ancestral locations in China: geography basics, maps, and the UBC Register of Chinese immigration

In this post I'll take you through navigating the tricky world of Chinese maps and places. Regardless of where in China your ancestors originate, some basic Chinese geography will be useful. In the previous post Finding Mrs. Yip Sang, I located the immigration of my second great-grandmother, "Mrs. Yip Sang," or Dong Shee (鄧氏) on… Continue reading How to find your ancestral locations in China: geography basics, maps, and the UBC Register of Chinese immigration

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Order-in-Council PC 2115: When immigration met the X-ray machine

In this post I look at the follow up to the Chinese Immigration Act and share a startling period in Canadian immigration: the use of X-rays to determine the chronological age of Chinese teenagers and young adults. Put simply, X-rays were used to measure bone formation, called ossification, and by comparing the measurements of bone… Continue reading Order-in-Council PC 2115: When immigration met the X-ray machine

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Connecting, capturing, conversing, creating, and learning: celebrating Asian History Month in genealogy

It's Asian History Month and Asian genealogy has never been hotter. In this post I celebrate connecting to elders, gathering stories, courses I've taken, and courses that are coming.

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The families of old Canada: Dukesang Wong, Chue Ah Louie and Yip Sang

Thanks to readers who recommended it, I picked up a copy of The Diary of Dukesang Wong at my favourite local book store, McNally Robinson. It's a slim volume and an easy read - no more than 115 pages not including bibliography. It is the only first-person account of the life of a Chinese railway… Continue reading The families of old Canada: Dukesang Wong, Chue Ah Louie and Yip Sang

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Tuesday, March 16: I’ll be picking the winners of my giveaway contest LIVE on Facebook at 11 am PDT / 2 pm EDT

Enter the contest to win a free copy of my new book, and JOIN ME on Facebook LIVE @pastpresenceCanada when I'll tell some stories, thank everyone who's helped promote the contest, and choose the winners. This is going to be fun!