Get OrganizedUse Genealogy ChartsStart Your ResearchPut It All TogetherAdditional Resources
Milestones in Chinese Canadian HistoryMigration & SettlementChinese-Canadian Pioneer StoriesHeritage ProjectsChinese DiasporaChinese-American GenealogyAdditional Resources
AboutTraditions and CharacteristicsChinese Names in CanadaSearch TipsResources
PeopleHeirlooms and Family TreasuresClans and District Associations
Cemetery Records and Monumental InscriptionsCensus RecordsChinese Consular RecordsChinese-Language ResourcesCivil RegistrationChurch RecordsDirectoriesLand RecordsLibrariesMilitary RecordsMuseums and ArchivesNaturalization and CitizenshipNewspapersOther Government RecordsRailway ConstructionWills and Probate
1891 Census of Canada - British Columbia - Cariboo1891 Census of Canada - British Columbia - New WestminsterChinese Communities in the 1891 CensusChinese Communities in the 1891 Census - British Columbia - 2-A1 - Burrard InletChinese Communities in the 1891 Census - British Columbia - 2-A2 - North ArmChinese Communities in the 1891 Census - The Territories - 197 - AlbertaChinese Communities in the 1891 Census - The Territories - 198 - Assiniboia EastChinese Communities in the 1891 Census - The Territories - 199 - Assiniboia WestChinese Immigration ListChinese Immigration List Transcription - Page 2Chinese Immigration List Transcription - Page 3Chinese Immigration List Transcription - Page 4Chinese Immigration List Transcription - Page 5Chinese Immigration List Transcription - Page 6Chinese Immigration List Transcription - Page 7Chinese Immigration List Transcription - Page 8Chinese Immigration List Transcription - Page 9Ships from China to Canada's West CoastShips From China to Canada's West Coast - T-4863 Film NotesShips From China to Canada's West Coast - T-4864 Film NotesShips From China to Canada's West Coast - T-4865 Film Notes
Genealogy in ChinaYour Ancestral Home
Chinese Immigration CertificatesGeneral Register of Chinese ImmigrationOther Records of the Chief Controller of Chinese ImmigrationChinese Immigration Case FilesPassenger ListsBorder Entry Records
This is the "Get Organized" page of the "Chinese-Canadian Genealogy" guide.
Alternate Page for Screenreader Users
Skip to Page Navigation
Skip to Page Content

Chinese-Canadian Genealogy   Tags: chinese, genealogy, history  

Resources for Canadians of Chinese origin who wish to learn more about their personal connection to Chinese-Canadian history.
Last Updated: Jun 12, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

Get Organized Print Page

Get Organized

You have 2 parents, 4 grandparents, and 8 great-grandparents. The number of your direct ancestors doubles in each generation, so that by the time you get back to your great-great-great-great-great grandparents, there are 64. And that's not counting all the aunts and uncles, sisters, and cousins.

The more you explore your family history, the more information you will gather. At the beginning, it is worthwhile to spend some time getting organized.

There are many ways of organizing genealogical files and data, and it is up to you to decide how to arrange the information that you collect. A number of books offer tips and ideas for organizing your genealogical project, or you can design your own system. The important thing is to decide on an organizational approach and apply it consistently. A sample booklist is available to the right on this page.

The system you select will be based on your budget, the time and amount of storage room you have available, and your personal preferences. For example, some people like to use binders while others prefer filing cabinets.

In most cases, filing systems are organized by name. "Name" files may be further subdivided by various categories, e.g.


  • Charts
  • Research log
  • Correspondence
  • Census records
  • Birth, marriage and death records
  • Land records
  • Military records
  • Immigration records
  • Wills and probate records

Other systems are organized by generation, such as parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents, with separate files for individuals within each generation, e.g.


  • Chow, Lily
  • Lim, George
  • Mah, Henry
  • Wong, Eva

Note: women are always filed according to their maiden (unmarried) surnames.



    Profile Image
    Vancouver Public Library


    A number of books are available with detailed advice on how to organize your genealogical research, for example:

    Let's Get Organized!: A Practical Guide for All Aspects of Family History Research (2000)
    Christensen, Penelope Janet
    929.1 C55L

    Organizing your Family History Search: Efficient & Effective Ways to Gather and Protect Your Genealogical Research (1999)
    Carmack, Sharon DeBartolo
    929.1 C28o

    30 Seconds: A Guide to Organizing Your Genealogy Files (2001)
    Langman, Robert R.
    929.1 L28t


      Loading  Loading...