Monday, September 25, 2006

Hoi Ping and Toshan Village Database

Village DB: About
Welcome to the Roots Village Database, a digitization of the information from the Index of Clan Names By Villages published by the American Consulate General in Hong Kong in the 1970s. Originally used to investigate immigration fraud, this data is now valuable for genealogy research.
Currently, data entry for Toisan is complete. Hoiping data entry has just started. Please be patient; this is an entirely volunteer-driven project. Eventually we will have data from four counties, and all sorts of fancy indexes. :-)

The data here comes from the Index of Clan Names By Villages. There are four books, one each for Toishan, Sunwui, Hoiping, and Chungshan. Eventually, we'll put up the introduction from those books, but for now this note should suffice:
Thanks to Him Mark Lai for wanting this to happen in the first place; to Beatrice Yu, for setting up the groundwork; and to Tony Tong, for coordinating the project in its current form.

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