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Chinese Roots: Family Legacies

Chinese Roots: Family Legacies

Legends and Verification with Jennie Low

Learn where to uncover records and receive documents including:

  • 1885 SF Chinatown map, census, and Chinese Mortuary Records
  • 1870-1930 gravestones
  • 20th century immigration and naturalization records
  • Deportation and reparation case files, aka the A-Files, for all ethnic groups

Author of China Connection :Finding Ancestral Roots for Chinese in America, Jeanie Low is the Communications Co-chair of SONA, an advocacy group that successfully persuaded the USCIS to transfer older A-Files to the National Archives as a historical collection for public research. She has degrees in Library Technology and Chinese Studies. She is also a fiber artist.

Since 1993, Low has presented for various organizations including the National Archives and Records Administration, National Genealogical Society, Chinese Historical Society of America, California Genealogical Society, and Angel Island Immigration Station.

This lecture is part of a series in conjunction with a special exhibit at the Fremont Main Library prepared by Janet Barton and other members of the "Chinese History Project" or the Washington Township Museum of Local History. The Chinese History Project focuses on the history of the early Chinese from the museum's archives and other partner organizations including the Roeding Archives of the California Nursery Company and the Shinn archives managed by the Mission Peak Heritage Foundation. 


Saturday, February 23, 2019
10:30am - 1:00pm
Fukaya Room A, Fukaya Room B
Fremont Main Library

The Library is wheelchair accessible. An ASL (American Sign Language) interpreter will be provided for this program if requested at least 7 days in advance. For assistance, please contact your library or accessibility@aclibrary.org.  Events subject to change or cancellation without prior notice.

All Alameda County Library events are free.