China – genealogy in China

This is a page of genealogical resources about China. Unless otherwise noted, these resources are in English. This page last updated on 25 Sep 2019.

China genealogy – Family Search

If this is your first time looking for records from China, start here. Using Family Search is free, requiring only an email address. [Pro hint: Keep this information handy – if you need to sign into your account while at a Family History Centre, it’ll be good to remember what it is.]

China collection of genealogies, 1239-2014 – Family Search

Original records, mostly in Chinese.

Chinese Genealogy (forum)

A forum for people seeking specific questions about their Chinese genealogy, moderated by the very knowledgeable Phillip Tan. Try searching for your last name – chances are someone else is also looking for information on it and might just be related to you.

Chinese Surname Queries (forum)

Similar to the Chinese Genealogy forum above, this is an older RootsWeb site begun in 1996 by Ron Young, for people seeking information on their Chinese roots, and still has questions and answers from ~1996-2011.

Historical photos of China – University of Bristol

A sister site to My China Family. Over 20K photos of China, providing a rich visual resource to what life was like 100 years ago in China.

My China Family – University of Bristol

From their site, “On this site you can find a growing body of information about men and women of many different nationalities, professions and ages, who lived and worked in China between the 1850s and 1940s.” A truly astonishing collection of links and information. Very well done.

My China Roots

A for profit site run by Chinese genealogists. Check out their Resources link for database lookups on surnames, villages, and clans.

Village Database Search – Toi Shan, Hoi Ping, Sun Wui, Chung Shan

Bare bones, but if you have some idea of where your ancestors came from, you may be able to find some village information here. If you’d like a how to video, the House of Chinn did one here.