Explore Chinese Genealogy & Heritage

There is a very long history of recorded Chinese genealogy. Researchers can trace the earliest evidence of Chinese genealogical record to more than a 1,000 years ago during the Shang Dynasty (ca. 1700—1112 BCE).

The aristocratic Chinese society among the noble class documented the first Chinese genealogical records on bones and bronze inscriptions. In later years (618-907 CE), lineages were compiled by individual households or lineage societies. These documents covered a broader focus and included the importance of moral and ethical ideologies to promote family values.

During the Song Dynasty (960-1279), Chinese genealogy expanded to include family disciplines, Confucius ideology, the Code of Success, ancestral portraits, tomb charts, and land records. In this way, Chinese genealogy has greatly surpassed American genealogy by many generations.

Join us to celebrate Chinese Heritage on Nov 9, 3-5:45pm in Marvin Auditorium. We will learn about Chinese culture through food, art, calligraphy, music, dance and Tai Chi.

Learn more about Chinese Culture at the library.

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As a veteran genealogist, I love teaching and sharing digital family history and genealogy techniques and helping people solve genealogy problems. Being the Genealogy Librarian at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is so much fun! I work to promote a greater knowledge of family, history, and heritage.