Finding Genealogical Data in the Chinese Exclusion Act Case Files

Trish Hackett Nicola, CG
Sep 16, 2020
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Requirements for Registration
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Vital Records
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Paper Sons
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Info about the Files
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Red Marriage Papers
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About this webinar

Chinese genealogical research is challenging. Even the names are confusing—a person could have two or three distinctly different names during his lifetime, and possibly an Americanized version. This webinar will give a brief history of the act, tell where the files are located, and how to access them. Examples of the rich genealogical information found in the files will be given—interrogations, affidavits, photographs, vital records, and more. The Act was in effect for 61 years—1882 to 1943. There are over 5 million Chinese Americans in the U.S. Many with ancestors who arrived in the United States before 1943 may have someone with a Chinese Exclusion Act case file.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Trish Hackett Nicola, CG®, has been working with the Chinese Exclusion Act files at the National Archives at Seattle as a volunteer for over eighteen years. Although she didn’t intend to, she fell in love with the records almost immediat
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  1. Legacy Family Tree
    4 years ago

    Outstanding webinar! Thank you Trish Hackett Nicola for this important information.

    She was the first of giving a Chinese webinar. Great job

    This was my first time. Excellent information! Thank you!

    Trish was highly informative.

    Trish is a wealth of knowledge about these files.

    Trish is always very informative and so helpful! I signed in just to hear her. Many thanks for reaching out to the Chinese community!

    Very informative and clear.

    Very informative with actual examples of documents, affidavits, forms, photos, historical factoids, tips on how to improve searching for records & files at NARA

    Very informative, wish I had Chinese ancestors.

    Very informative. Thank you

    Very interesting

    Very interesting even though I don’t have any Chinese ancestors. I’m sorry that an Irish immigrant was behind such awful movement. Enjoyed the presentation immensely.

    Very interesting!

    What a wonderful resource for such a sad time in our countries history.

    Wonderful webinar on Chinese research in the United States.

    Would have rated it a 10. I don’t do Chinese research but was an awesome presentation.

  2. Legacy Family Tree
    4 years ago

    A real “wow”. I did not know so much existed and will share it with a few close Chinese friends

    Although, I have no Chinese Ancestry, I found the presentation very interesting. Thank you. : )

    Excellent and very informative.

    Excellent information and making me want to locate ancestors docs. thanks so much.

    Excellent information, but I would have preferred to have further explanation of some of them.

    Excellent presentation

    Excellent presentation and amazing information.

    Excellent presentation and lots of resources. Thank you Trish for all your time and efforts.

    Fantastic information, great presenter and presentation! Thank you…

    Good info

    Great intro to the files at NARA. There are a lot more variety than the ones I reviewed in San Bruno. Great perspective from Trish. Thanks

    Great webinar. Lots of good information. Joining today to take advantage of the discount!

    I don’t have Chinese relatives but the subject/history was very interesting!

    I found the webinar informative and interesting.

    I have no Chinese connections but found this very interesting.

    Interesting information, clearly presented

    not relevant to me but very interesting

    Not relevant to my heritage, but so very interesting to learn of these resources for others


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