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
Category: Genealogy How Tos
Announcing: the Canadian Genealogical Virtual Research Institute (CGVRI): July 18-23, 2021
Big news: the brand new, all Canadian, virtual genealogy institute. Course 1: Immigration to Canada, coming July 18-23, 2021. Now open for registration.
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
Last thoughts: Planning a genealogy legacy
This post is about letting your family and friends know what you most value, why it's valuable, and to whom you'd like to leave it. I'm going to talk about a subject that we genealogists both love and hate: passing on family history.
Finding the Chinese names of my family: 葉
In this post, I learn how to type Chinese on a computer, and then find out the meanings of my family's names. Then I show you how I did it so you can do it too.
Using Evernote for genealogy: my Evernote library (a video)
In this post, I share a 5 minute video on how I use Evernote to organize and keep track of my genealogy reference library.
What if the record is wrong?
It may come as a surprise to learn that not all historic records are accurate. Here's my unofficial ranking of genealogy records, with an example.
How to prepare for the trifecta: print, radio & tv interviews
This week has been an absolute blur! Stay tuned for the releases of articles on Ancestry and Sing Tao Daily, the OMNI tv interview, and tune in for the CBC Radio Vancouver piece at 5:35 pm Pacific on Canada Day.
A quick guide to finding Canadian Census Schedules online
If you asked, What's a census schedule? you've come to the right place. In this post I'll review all the Canadian censuses for schedules, provide info on which ones are available, and give you an example of how to find schedules in the 1871 and 1901 censuses.
13 databases for Chinese Ancestry on Ancestry.com
What's available for Chinese genealogy on Ancestry? I look at the records and show you how to navigate them.