Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Chinese directories and Californian papers

Ken Nisbet of SAFHS ( has been in touch to flag up two potentially useful collections for some overseas research.

As part of the University of Bristol's Chinese Maritime Customs project, a range of digitised resources are available in the China Coast Family History section at These include some foreign burials in cemeteries in places such as Shanghai, Hantow and Swatow (where one of my grandfather's cousins worked for many years as a missionary!), trade directories, and British Shanghai Supreme Court probate files.

Ken's also flagged up a useful resource for those with Californian connections, at This hosts a series of free to access digitised newspapers from the 19th-21st centuries.

(With thanks to Ken)

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1 comment:

Geni Grant said...

This is good news. I know it can be difficult get any information from China.