Genealogies have long been used by historians, archaeologists, sociologists, ethnologists, and demographers in their investigation of past human behavior on social and historical evidences relating to a lineage organization or a clan. Chinese genealogical records, also called Pudie 譜牒, Zongpu 宗譜, Zupu 族譜, Jiapu 家譜, or Jiacheng 家乗, has been used for thousands of years to record the genealogical history of a family, including a family’s origin, its collateral lines, names and ages of the members, records of marriages, births and deaths, merits and deeds, and brief biographical information of the male family members. This course will examine the history of Chinese names and the genealogical records for jiapu. It details the significance of Chinese names and introduces the types of Chinese names and their meanings, followed by the historical development of surnames, clan names, and generation names. An ancient Chinese genealogical book will be examined as an example to introduce the types and functions of Chinese genealogical records for jiapu. The course will proceed on how to trace your family roots and conduct a typical Chinese-American genealogical research and analyze the current documentation, preservation, and research status of Chinese genealogies and provides a summary on the importance of Chinese genealogies in Asian studies.
1) History of Chinese Genealogy
2) Study of Names and Genealogical Records
3) Identities of the Chinese Americans
4) Types of Chinese Names and their Meanings
5) From Surnames to Clan Names
6) Generation Namesn