Chi­nese Na­tional Ge­neal­ogy Data­base of­fi­cially launched

Changjiang Weekly - - CULTURE -

On June 6, the Chi­nese Na­tional Ge­neal­ogy Data­base was of­fi­cially launched at Cen­tral China Nor­mal Univer­sity, en­abling the pub­licto seek out their roots and trace the ori­gin of their fam­ily names on­line. It means that start­ing this month 120,893 vol­umes on ge­neal­ogy are ac­ces­si­ble to the pub­lic­for free.

The ear­li­est ge­nealog­i­cal record on the data­base trac es bac k to the Wanli pe­riod of the Ming dy­nasty, cov­er­ing

547 fam­ily names, of which the sur­name Chen has the largest stock, reach­ing 7,113 vol­umes. Next on the list are the sur­names Li and Wang, with more than 4,000 vol­umes each. The ge­nealo­gies of the sur­names Ye, Pan, Huang, Zhang and Wang all num­ber 2,700 vol­umes or more.

The data cov­ers all parts of the coun­try, the re­gion with the largest num­ber com­ing from Hu­nan Prov­ince. There are also 3,742 books and

4,464 vol­umes of ge­neal­ogy from Hong Kong, Ma­cao and Tai­wan.

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