First Families, First Stories: Research Workshops

On May 7th, 10th, and 14th is holding various workshops at locations in Vancouver. The workshops are designed to help you search and discover, write a historical narrative and learn about Asian heritage.

It all takes part during Vancouver Asian Heritage. Visit explorASIAN to find out more…

Chinese Genealogy Workshop - Ancestry Library Edition

chinese genealogy workshop - ancestry library edition

Come explore Vancouver Public Library's genealogy collections and services on Saturday, January 28th, 2012.

May Yan will be demonstrating how to make the most of the online resources that are available at your local library. The start time is 1:00 PM and registration is free! Please email May Yan to confirm your attendance.

Chinese Names Study

chinese names study

Researching your Chinese Family History? Here's a helpful guide on what you need to know about Chinese names. Click here to download the PDF file for free.

Chinese Genealogy Research Users Group

CGR (Chinese Genealogy Research) Users Group will be holding a PowerPoint presentation on how to extract cemetery inscriptions for raw research data. Feel free to forward this to your friends and other family history enthusiasts interested in finding out what's available out there or share an interesting story or two. 
Location: Vancouver Public Library, downtown central branch, Room 391 (Level 3)
Date and Time:  Tuesday, Sep. 27, 2011, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Kevin Lee email: cctour.siyi{at}
May Yan email: mymountain{at}

Chinese Genealogy Workshop: Tombstone Inscriptions

chinese genealogy workshop

Facilitated by Kevin Lee and May Yan, The Chinese Genealogy group invites you to a workshop in the coming September on these topics:
What is said on your ancestor’s tombstone?
How to read inscriptions more effectively?
Workshop is free but registration is required.
Registration contacts:
Kevin Lee please email: cctour.siyi{at}
May Yan please email: mymountain{at}

Chinese Genealogy Workshop

chinese genealogy workshop

"On behalf of Kevin Lee and myself, we would like to thank everyone who attended the workshop on June 14th. We truly enjoyed sharing with you and hope that you found it interesting and resourceful. Feel free to contact us with your feedback or any questions. We look forward to holding similar workshops in the future."
May Yan

Click here to download May Yan's presentation file in PDF format.

About the Presenters:
May Yan holds a Bachelor's degree in Asian Studies, with a focus in Chinese history, at the University of British Columbia.
She appeared as a Chinese genealogy research consultant in "Ancestors in the Attic" - Chinese Connection in 2009 and served as a Chinese Canadian Historical Society of British Columbia (CCHSBC) Board member in 2008 and 2009. In addition to publishing Research Guide to Chinese Genealogy, May also co-authored the anthology Eating Stories: A Chinese Canadian and Aboriginal Potluck with the CCHSBC.

Kevin Lee demonstrates his interest in history through his popular genealogy website. He inaugurated the Siyi Genealogy Forum as an information exchange with those who share the same passion for root searching. His current project is utilizing the Wiki as destination for Chinese genealogy reference and archives.


Chinese Genealogy

Many researches focus on using either Chinese or English language resources. Here are some of the important information you will need before you begin your family research project that helps you trace your root to China:

-Birth, death, marriage records - showing parents (surnames, birth place)

-Head Tax information

-Census records, Military record, Land Registry, etc ... in English

-Correspondences, photos, school records, church affiliation

-Family registry/records (Jia Pu or Zu Pu), Clan Association

Contact us for consultation to your research project or a virtual tutorial to Chinese genealogy workshop.

About the Author


Currently residing in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Canada

Received Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies with focus in Chinese History and Language from the University of British Columbia

Co-authored the anthology "Eating Stories: A Chinese Canadian Aboriginal Potluck" by CCHSBC - Chinese Canadian Historical Society of British Columbia

Served as a CCHSBC Board member (2008 & 2009)

Consulted as Chinese genealogy researcher to " Ancestors in the Attic " / Chinese Connection

Author of her family line

Contributed to the article "Dimensions of Responsive Multicultural Library Services at the University of British Columbia: Successes and Challenges" - A conference paper for the IFLA satellite meeting in Vancouver, B.C., Canada August 5-7, 2008

Involved in Vancouver Public Library Chinese Genealogy project


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