Chinese National Genealogy Database officially launched
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.