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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.

History & Pioneers

The history of the Chinese community in Canada dates back to the late 18th century. An understanding of this history helps place individual genealogical research in a broader context, and explains some of the unique challenges facing those attempting to research their Chinese-Canadian roots.

In this section:

Milestones in Chinese-Canadian History
A chronology of Chinese-Canadian history, highlighting specific events that have affected the history of Chinese families in Canada.

Migration and Settlement
Information about historical Chinese demographics and settlement patterns in Canada.

Chinese-Canadian Pioneer Stories
Links to accounts of the lives of several early Chinese-Canadian families.

Heritage Projects
Descriptions and links to additional information about projects through which the Chinese-Canadian community is beginning to reclaim its heritage. Some initiatives include genealogical components.

Chinese Diaspora
This section suggests book titles and links which may be helpful in exploring the history of Chinese communities outside Canada and China.

Chinese-American Genealogy
This section provides basic information on Chinese-American history and genealogical resources.

Additional Resources
For more information on this topic, see Chinese-Canadian History, a subject guide prepared by staff at the Vancouver Public Library. Includes suggested catalogue searches, recommended books, websites and electronic resources.


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.