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Japan, Genealogies, 850-2012
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Record Description
Collection years: 850-2012
Languages: Japanese
Title in the Language: 日本、藩、系譜
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国立国会図書館 東京 (National Archives, Tokyo)

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection will include records from 850 to 2012. These records are in Japanese. See the For Help Reading These Records section of this article for translation tools.

This is a collection of Japanese clan genealogies from Japan. The records are arranged by family. Dates and localities will vary for each record depending on the family. Records of this collection are from Ehime Prefectural Library and Iwate Prefectural Library. Some records are Japanese clan genealogies from Okinawa prefecture.

Some families have genealogies detailing pedigrees back to medieval times, listing descent from notable individuals.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Japan, Genealogies, 850-2012.

Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

These records are in Japanese. For help with reading the records, see the following resources:

What Can these Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Clan Genealogies

  • Family name
  • Name of spouse
  • Name of children
  • Children's birth dates
  • Occupation
  • Date and place of birth
  • Date and place of death
  • Names of parents

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Ancestors name
  • Approximate year and place of birth
  • Prefecture

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

This collection does not have a searchable index. Only images are available. See View the Images to access them.

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select Family Name (姓)
  2. Select Country (国)
  3. Select Prefecture (都道府県)
  4. Select County or City (郡又は市)
  5. Select Town and Village (町又は村)
  6. Select Title (題名), Volume (巻) or Page (頁), and Year (年) to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use the information to search other records
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same family name, unless the name is a common name. This list can help you identify possible relatives that can be verified by records

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date
  • Look at all entries for a name before deciding which is correct
  • Check for variant spellings of any names
  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Japan.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
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