Finding Your Japanese Roots in the U.S. and the Land of the Rising Sun

OAKLAND, California–August 13, 2012—The California Genealogical Society (CGS) announces the next class in our ongoing ethnic family history series: researching Japanese ancestry. The seminar will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., at the society’s library at 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, California 94612.

Part I of the half-day seminar will be a brief overview of Japanese culture, history and language as it pertains to genealogy, immigration and passenger records. Records available through the National Archives, USCIS,, Family Search, and Japanese American National Museum will be included.

Topics will include:
  • the early political climate in the US and laws of the time, 
  • internment camps, 
  • post WWII experiences, repatriation and redress 
The second half of the program will focus on documenting ancestors in Japan: using the information in American records, finding the koseki, understanding ohaka and kakocho, and visiting relatives, cemeteries and temples.

This seminar is suitable for all levels of research experience. Fee for non-members is $20. Seating is limited and preregistration is required. Register online: Finding Your Japanese Roots Seminar registration.

Linda Harms Okazaki is passionate about researching her husband’s Japanese ancestry and documenting the stories of Japanese-Americans before, during, and after World War II. Ms. Okazaki has researched in Japan and has toured assembly centers and camps that held members of the Okazaki family in the U.S. She recently completed the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR) program at the National Archives in Washington D.C. and College Park, Maryland.

The California Genealogical Society, founded in San Francisco in 1898, maintains a library, gathers and preserves vital records, and offers research services and online databases. CGS disseminates information through publications, meetings, seminars, workshops and its website, CaliforniaAncestors. Connect with us: @CAancestors+CAancestors