Finding Your Nikkei Roots

FINDING YOUR NIKKEI ROOTS: Are you my cousin? (Part one)

Understanding relationships is an important part of every family history journey. However, understanding relationship terminology can get a bit confusing. Half, first, removed, great, grand, step, foster, adoptive, genetic and fictive. These are just a smattering of kinship terms used in genealogy.  Let’s start with “cousin.” First cousins share a set of grandparents. In other […]

FINDING YOUR NIKKEI ROOTS: A fresh start to the New Year

When we finish the process of osoji, we are able to welcome the incoming year with a fresh start. Metaphorically speaking, we don’t bring any old dirt into the new year. This applies to your genealogy as much as it applies to the rest of your life. Now that the house is clean, how do […]

FINDING YOUR NIKKEI ROOTS: A few of my favorite things

It’s getting to be that time of year again. Have you begun to ponder holiday gifts for your friends and family? How about genealogy gifts and gadgets from or for your favorite family historian? Consider the following gifts FOR the genealogy geek in the family: A scanner for digitally preserving photos and documents. There are […]

FINDING YOUR NIKKEI ROOTS: Road Trip! Embark on a personal pilgrimage through family history

You’ve likely been researching your family history for ages. Are you ready to take your journey to the next level? At some point, you have to step away from the computer and get out of the libraries or archives. It’s time to plan your own heritage adventure. Every ancestral journey is personal. Many of you […]

FINDING YOUR NIKKEI ROOTS: On the Road Again: Planning a genealogy research trip

Any trip requires planning. If you want to go to Japan, you would consider when to go, for how long, which airline to take, which cities to visit and more. Even the most relaxed traveler would have some plans in place.  A genealogy research trip requires the same sort of planning. The more you plan, […]

FINDING YOUR NIKKEI ROOTS: It’s about time …

It’s been a very long year (and more) of sheltering-in-place, wearing masks and working remotely. Most family historians have actually enjoyed the opportunity to research from the comfort of their homes. Free access to Ancestry.com’s Library Edition during the pandemic has been a great perk, which will continue through at least December 2021. As vaccination […]

FINDING YOUR NIKKEI ROOTS: Writing your family history (part 2): Adding context to your story

Where were your ancestors during the 1906 earthquake and fire? Last November, I wrote about the “Gift of Family History.” In that article, I explained that “writing your family history is a way to give your ancestors a voice. Use documents, photographs, and family heirlooms to create the framework from which you bring your ancestors […]

FINDING YOUR NIKKEI ROOTS: What’s your plan?

Many of you began your family history journey in 2020 when you had extra time during the COVID-19 quarantine. While you might not be celebrating Oshogatsu with your loved ones this year (at least not in person), it might be the perfect time to connect with those “other” family members, your ancestors. As you move […]

FINDING YOUR NIKKEI ROOTS: The gift of family history

The holiday season is practically upon us. Have you wondered what unique gifts you might give your extended family? What about a gift of family history? Perhaps you’ve been researching your family for months, or even years. You know that there is always another record to find, another tidbit to uncover. And you might feel […]

FINDING YOUR NIKKEI ROOTS: Where are you really from?

This column is all about teaching Nikkei to find their roots. For many of you, those roots are ethnically, racially or culturally mixed. Perhaps you are a Japanese American married to someone of eastern European ancestry. Perhaps you adopted multiracial children of unknown ancestry. Maybe your mother was a war bride married to an African […]

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