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Chinese Ancestry Day

California Genealogical Society & Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612

Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

Chinese Ancestry Day

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CGS Member May 25, 2018 $40.00 $0.00
Non-Member May 25, 2018 $60.00 $0.00
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Chinese Ancestry Day


Presented by Oakland Asian Cultural Center & California Genealogical Society

May 26, 2018

This course will be held at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center!

Save the date of Saturday, May 26 as a special day of learning the fundamentals of genealogy tailored for Chinese families.  Sponsored by the California Genealogical Society and the Oakland Asian Cultural Center; and The Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, and The California Historical Society.

This event will cover basic steps to build your Chinese family tree.  Time will be allotted for sharing stories and problem solving.


Featured speakers:

Felicia Lowe,  Keynote including excerpts from her film Chinese Couplets

Grant Din, The Importance of Family Stories.

Marisa Louie Lee, Chinese Exclusion Act Records at the National Archives.

John Wong (Friends of Roots)A Pilgrimage to Your Ancestral Village.  


Lunch from Peony Restaurant is included in the registration.


 Grant Din has been researching his and other families’ histories for over 35 years. His research has taken him from Oakland to San Bruno, the Sacramento Delta, China and Japan. He has worked most of his life in the nonprofit sector, including for the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, and currently consults on historic, philanthropic, and genealogy projects. Grant completed the Certificate in Genealogy Research from Boston University and moderates an online group on Chinese American family history research. He has spoken to organizations and libraries throughout California on genealogy research and loves to help others find their roots.

 Marisa Louie Lee is an avid researcher and genealogist. She is passionate about connecting families with records that matter to them. A former archivist at the National Archives at San Francisco, Marisa is co-author of the article "The A-Files: Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors", published in the Spring 2013 issue of Prologue magazine. She served as a research assistant for the book Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America (2010) and as a researcher for the documentary film The Chinese Exclusion Act (premiering on PBS in May 2018.) Marisa is a proud alumna of the "Roots" program, which brought her to her grandfather's ancestral village in China in 2004. 


Felicia Lowe is an award winning independent television producer and director and Bay Area native.  Her latest film, “Chinese Couplets” is part memoir, part history, part investigation that explores the impact of the Chinese Exclusion Acts on four generations of women.  Her other documentaries include “Chinatown: The Hidden Cities of San Francisco,” “Carved in Silence,” about Chinese immigrants detained at Angel Island Immigration Station and “China: Land of My Father.” All have all been broadcast on PBS and used in classrooms across the country.  A descendent of Angel Island detainees, she’s been actively involved with the preservation of the Angel Island Immigration Station.


 John Wong - Retired. John was instrumental in conceiving, developing and implementing Roots Plus program with Friend o.f Roots.  He has been a volunteer group leader, and have worked with every group since 2009.  Roots Plus program is a year long process.  It provides guidance for each participant in their personal journey of discovery.  Roots Plus also provides resources and assistants for research, seminars on historical and current information for a rounded experience.  Final step is travel to each ones ancestral village.






This course will be held at the:

Oakland Asian Cultural Center

 388 Ninth Street Suite 290

 Oakland California


Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited so register now! Check back to this site for a final agenda and more information about all the speakers.  

This class is available to CGS Members, fee $40*.  Cost for non-member is $60*.

Lunch from Peony Restaurant is included with your the registration.



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 *Seminar fee is non-refundable.

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Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 9th St
Oakland, CA 94607

Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

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California Genealogical Society & Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612

   Connecting people to their diverse family heritage

Whether you have Gold Rush ancestors or have no family connection to California, you will find extensive support for your genealogy research at the California Genealogical Society (CGS) in Oakland. The society offers research services, online indexes and databases, and a research library housing over 38,000 reference materials from California, the United States, and around the world. CGS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. The library is conveniently located in Uptown Oakland, one block north of the Paramount Theatre, at 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2. We are three blocks from the 19th Street BART Station.

Phone: (510) 663-1358

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