Finding Your Nikkei Roots

FINDING YOUR NIKKEI ROOTS: Census data helps bring family history to life

Writing down your memories helps bring your family history to life. But your family history journey also requires some research. If you are looking to document the homes and addresses of your family members, the U. S. federal census is a good place to begin.

FINDING YOUR NIKKEI ROOTS: Visiting cemeteries

When visiting your deceased family members, there are a few things to remember. In Japan, there are customs for washing the stones, burning incense, and offering food to the ancestors. Even if your ancestors’ remains are in the U.S., there are some tips to remember.

FINDING YOUR NIKKEI ROOTS: Finding your ancestors in passenger records

For Nikkei, finding those immigrant ancestors on passenger records is a good way to begin reconnecting with the past. Do you know when your Issei ancestors arrived in the U.S.? Did they come first to Hawai‘i? Or did they arrive in another port, such as Vancouver, Canada; Seattle; Portland, Ore.; Los Angeles; or San Diego? Did your ancestors first immigrate to Latin America or Canada, and then travel to the U.S.?

FINDING YOUR NIKKEI ROOTS: Remembering those who were incarcerated, and honoring their legacy

February is a time for contemplation in the Nikkei community as we reflect upon the signing of EO9066. This was the order that paved the way for tens of thousands of Nikkei to be unjustly incarcerated, for our loved ones to be detained, for our family members to lose their homes and possessions, and for their lives to be forever changed.
One way to honor the legacy of these individuals is to order their camp files from the National Archives. …

FINDING YOUR NIKKEI ROOTS: Are you curious about digging into your own family history?

Are you curious about digging into your own family history? Have you taken a DNA test and wondered, “now what?” Perhaps you’ve seen one of the popular television shows, such as “Finding Your Roots” or “Who Do You Think You Are?” Or maybe you want to go get your records in Japan. Genealogy is one of the most popular hobbies in America.

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