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Chinese-Canadian Genealogy

Resources for Canadians of Chinese origin who wish to learn more about their personal connection to Chinese-Canadian history.

Family Sources

Information about your family history will be found in family sources and in Documents and Records.

Chinese families have kept genealogical records for centuries. For more information on the genealogical tradition in China and locating family genealogies, see Back to China.

Other types of family sources of genealogical information fall into several major categories:

Grandparents, aunts, uncles and others can provide information that it may be impossible to find anywhere else. This section provides a set of interview questions and offers tips for successful interviewing.

Heirlooms and Family Treasures
Families have often collected photographs and other items over the years. These can provide very useful information and clues.

Clans and District Associations
Chinese people who emigrated to foreign countries continued the tradition of forming clan associations, another potential source of genealogical information.


The Vancouver Public Library acknowledges the participation of the Chinese-Canadian Historical Society of B.C. and members of Vancouver's Chinese-Canadian community. Many individuals have contributed time, knowledge and ideas. We particularly thank Loretta Chow, Ray Chow, Gordon Mark, Trev Sue-a-Quan, Ed Wickberg, Larry Wong, May Yan-Mountain, Gail Yip, and Eleanor Yuen for their enthusiasm and support.

The Vancouver Public Library Trust was generous in providing the financial support necessary to develop and launch the initial phase of this website.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of Library and Archives Canada, whose contribution has allowed us to expand and develop the content of the Chinese-Canadian Genealogy Website.