What a year for interviewing, studying, travelling, visiting, writing, and working. Looking back, my main impression is this. Yes, I did a lot. But what feels more important is I met a lot, by which I mean I met a lot of folks I'd previously only known virtually, or hadn't seen in years. After such a drought, it was soul-expanding to see people in person, even it it did sometimes mean six a.m. flights and wearing masks.
A post about Canada Day, in three parts. Letter to Canada Hi Canada, it's me, Linda. Happy birthday! So what are you doing today? Hosting parties? Heck yes, I'm coming to the show tonight. I love fireworks. Fireworks. Photo Credit: Linda Yip How are you feeling? You're looking pretty good for 155. How's independence treating… Continue reading July first
Reflections: My life as a Chinese Canadian genealogist
There has never been a better time to get into Chinese genealogy. More and better records are being digitized, found, and released as privacy laws and resources permit. I'm excited to see what the future holds and I can't wait to teach more people how to find their own families. The fact that I, a non-Chinese speaker, can do what I do is testament to titanic changes in genealogy. As well, the story of Chinese settlement in Canada has all the hallmarks of a great novel: enormous sacrifices against overwhelming odds, generations of time, and oceans of distance. All it needs now is us to find and interpret the hidden stories and tell them to our kids.
100,000 thank yous – Past Presence celebrates a milestone
I celebrate my 100K visitor with a retrospective on Past Presence, with a look behind the curtains, some stats, and lots of thank yous.
9 Reflections on 2020
I ask myself nine questions and reflect on 2020: the most memorable year of my life.
Top 10 things I learned at SLIG (the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy) 2020
I spend a week at my first ever intensive genealogy conference and live to tell the tale.