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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!

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My new book: Getting started in Chinese genealogy

It's been two weeks since I released my new e-book Getting started in Chinese genealogy: a family historian's step by step guide (even if you don't speak or read Chinese). In this post I'd like to share some feedback, an awesome video, and give you the chance to win a free copy of your own.… Continue reading My new book: Getting started in Chinese genealogy

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Do you have a Chinese Immigration certificate?

When I was young, I found my father's Chinese Immigration certificate in his desk. I was confused: I knew he was born in Vancouver, BC, Canada, but the document said Department of Immigration and Colonization. Was he an immigrant? Why was he an immigrant? For pity's sake, my grandfather was born in Vancouver too. If… Continue reading Do you have a Chinese Immigration certificate?