Japan Goals:  1: Research and Records   2: Libraries and Archives   3: Census   4: Buddhist Records   5: Emigration, Immigration   6: Maps and Gazetteers   7: Newspapers   8: Websites   9: Search Records   10: Get Help       





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Goal 1: Learn about Japan research and records.


Choices:

A. Use effective research methods for your Japanese ancestors.

  1. Learn about Japanese genealogy in this FamilySearch Wiki article. Be sure to read the section on "How to Obtain Your Family's Koseki (Family Registration)".
    FS—Japan Research Methods
  2. See this case study in Japanese research.
    FS—Wiki: Japan Genealogy

B. Learn more about Japanese-American genealogy.

  1. Read this article for more information. AA—Japanese-American Genealogy">
    FS—Wiki: Japan Genealogy
  2. Explore the Japanese-American Family History Resources site.
  3. Explore the Forebears.io site for research records.
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Goal 2: Learn about Japan archives and libraries.


Choices:

A. Learn about Japan archives and libraries.

  1. Learn about Japan archives and libraries in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Japan Archives and Libraries
  2. Explore the National Archives of Japan site.








Goal 3: Learn about Japan census records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Japan census records.

  1. Learn about Japan census records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Japan Census Records



Goal 4: Learn to use Japanese Buddhist Records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Japanese Buddhist Records.

  1. Learn about Japan Buddhist records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Japan Church Records



Goal 5: Learn about Japan emigration and immigration.


Choices:

A. Learn about Japan emigration and immigration.

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  1. Learn about Japan emigration and immigration in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Japan Emigration and Immigration
  2. Search for immigrants by name on the Japanese Immigrants to the United States site, from BYU-Idaho.
  3. Explore the Jewish Genealogy Encyclopedia for Jewish resources in Japan.



Goal 6: Learn about Japan maps.


Choices:

A. Learn about Japan maps.

  1. Learn about Japan maps in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Japan Maps
  2. Explore the Perry-Castaneda map collection for Japan maps.
  3. Explore the David Rumsey collection of Japan maps.
  4. Explore the Old Maps Online site for Japan maps.






Goal 7: Learn about Japan newspapers.


Choices:

A. Explore Japan newspapers.

  1. Search Japanese newspapers in the onlinenewspapers.com site.
  2. Search Japanese newspapers in the world-newspapers.com site.
  3. Search Japanese newspapers in the ABYZ News Links site.






Goal 8: Explore additional websites for research.


Choices

A. There are a number of websites with valuable resources for Japanese research.

  1. Explore links in Cyndi's List.
  2. Explore links in Kindred Trails.
  3. Explore additional websites for Japanese genealogy.



Goal 9: Search records from Japan.


Choices

A. Use links to quickly search the most common record collections for Japan.

Note: To search records on these sites, you must be registered or be at a FamilySearch Center.

  1. Click a link in the first section to search a FamilySearch collection.
  2. Click a link in the second section to search an Ancestry collection.

B. Explore additional record collections.

  1. In each program (FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast or MyHeritage), explore additional record collections besides the ones listed in QUIKLinks on this page.

C. Explore GenealogyInTime for Japanese records.

  1. Explore the Asia page of the GenealogyInTime website. Record collections are listed and described in order from newest to oldest additions, including FamilySearch, Ancestry, and many other sources.



Goal 10: Get help with your Japan research.


Choices

A. Use Facebook pages to get answers to your questions.

B. Join a mailing list or message board for Japan research.

  1. Search the RootsWeb site for Japan research mailing lists.
  2. Explore the Japan research mailing lists on Cyndi's List.
  3. Use the RootsWeb message boards to read or post questions about Japan research.

C. Learn about Japan genealogy societies.

  1. Explore Japan genealogy society sites on Cyndi's list.


QUIKLinks

FamilySearch   Indexed Historical   Catalog
Passenger Lists: 1893-1941
Japanese-American Relocation 1942-1946