Here' s a short primer for Americans interested in researching their Chinese Roots. First of all, there are a lot of English language resources, especially for people with Toisan roots. Online resources in English include:
- Taishan 台山 Hoisan FB Group - It's public, but they seem to have a lot of people with good Chinese skills and local knowledge
- Hoisan (Toisan) 台山 Home Style Cooking & Cultural Traditions FB Group - I prefer this group since it's private
- Chinese Genealogy Forum: https://siyigenealogy.proboards.com
- Siyi Chinese Genealogy Website (related to the forum): http://www.legacy1.net
- American Ancestors - Chinese American Guide https://www.americanancestors.org/.../chinese-american-guide
- Chinese Family History Group of Southern California: https://www.chinesefamilyhistory.org
- Friends of Roots (Village Database): https://www.friendsofroots.org
- Bay Area Chinese Genealogy Group: https://bacgg.org
- The US National Archives: https://www.archives.gov/.../chinese-americans
- FOIA Requests; https://www.uscis.gov/.../request-records-through-the...
- Non-Chinese specific genealogy sites like ancestry.com, heritage.com
- Commercial Services like mychinaroots.com (this is not an endorsement)
- Crowd-sourced family tree for the world: www.geni.com
Also, try to capture the stories of your elders that wouldn't be written down in any family tree. What it was like growing up? Memories of their parents or grandparents or siblings? Fondest memories or family traditions?
Enjoy the journey! Little by little you'll make connections and perhaps a few friends and surprising discoveries along the way.
Gao 高 - tbd