Friday, August 16, 2013

Friday Follow- Travel to Oakland, California

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward

Do you have Japanese Roots?
Here is an opportunity to learn more  
Finding Your Japanese Roots in the U.S. &
the Land of the Rising Sun

OAKLAND, California–August 12, 2012—The California Genealogical Society (CGS) announces the next class in our ongoing ethnic family history series: researching Japanese ancestry. The seminar will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., at the society’s library at 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, California 94612.

Part I of the half-day seminar will be a brief overview of Japanese culture, history and language as it pertains to genealogy, immigration and passenger records. Records available through the National Archives, USCIS,, Family Search, and Japanese American National Museum will be included.

Topics will include:

  • the early political climate in the US and laws of the time, 
  • internment camps, 
  • post WWII experiences, repatriation and redress

The second half of the program will focus on documenting ancestors in Japan: using the information in American records, finding the koseki, understanding ohaka and kakocho, and visiting relatives, cemeteries and temples.

Linda Harms Okazaki is passionate about researching her husband’s Japanese ancestry and documenting the stories of Japanese-Americans before, during, and after World War II. Ms. Okazaki has researched in Japan and has toured assembly centers and camps that held members of the Okazaki family. She recently completed the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR) program at the National Archives in Washington D.C. and College Park, Maryland.

The California Genealogical Society, founded in San Francisco in 1898, maintains a library, gathers and preserves vital records, and offers research services and online databases. CGS disseminates information through publications, meetings, seminars, workshops and its website.

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