NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from our friends at FamilySearch.

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Salt Lake City, Utah (6 May 2019), FamilySearch is hosting a free Chinese Genealogy workshop at the Family History Library on Thursday, May 9th, 2019, 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm. (MT). The event is being held in conjunction with the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike at Promontory Summit, Utah, in 1869. Many Chinese workers were instrumental in the construction of the transcontinental railroads. The Library is located at 35 North West Temple Street in downtown Salt Lake City. Seating is limited. Registration is required for this free workshop.

Over 150 years ago, thousands of Chinese immigrants labored arduously to construct the transcontinental railroad—a historic connection of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads at Promontory Summit, Utah. Today, many of their Chinese-American descendants are trying to trace their roots back to China.

The FamilySearch Chinese Genealogy Workshop will offer hands-on learning about the largest collection of Chinese family history records outside of mainland China and present ways for Chinese Americans to discover and connect their Chinese ancestors.

Keynote speaker Professor Ava Chin, an award-winning author, New York Times columnist, lecturer and “Urban Forager,” will speak about her experiences as a descendant of a Chinese railroad worker.

Workshop Schedule

Time Event 
1:00 pm –1:15 pm Welcome by FamilySearch
1:15 pm – 2:00 pm Keynote with Ava Chin
Being a Descendant of a Chinese Railroad Worker
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm Workshop with Henry Tom
Best Practices for Overseas Chinese Research
2:45 pm – 3:30 pm Workshop with Amy Chin
Sources to use for Chinese American Research
3:30 pm – 3:45 pm Break
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm Demonstration
Scanning of Chinese Jiapu
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Dr. Mel Thatcher / Lena Stout
Using the resources of FamilySearch
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Tour of the Family History Library

To register for the workshop, please go to>FamilySearch Chinese Genealogy Workshop.

About FamilySearch

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at or through over 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.