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Researching your family’s historic roots in China

Writer and historian at Bristol University Professor Robert Bickers will be speaking on ‘China Families: researching ancestors in China’s foreign communities’ at Family Tree Live


Introducing Professor Bickers’ talk:

This talk will interest you if your ancestors lived in China or Hong Kong.

Tens of thousands of foreign nationals lived in China in the century before 1949.

Merchants, Customs officers, policemen, missionaries, soldiers, sailors, diplomats and many others lived and worked in the country. Many are buried there.

A surprising range of materials survives to help you explore their lives in times of peace and war.


In his talk Professor Bickers will cover:

  • The history of the foreign communities in China
  • Different types of records to use to research the experience of your ancestors in China including a new platform, China Families
  • Death and memorial records
  • Newspapers and directories
  • Useful research tips


Start making discoveries today!

Visit https://www.chinafamilies.net/

The Chinafamilies website is a specialist China genealogy site, built using data that collated or found by Professor Bickers, and contains records mostly of foreign nationals who lived, worked, were interned, or died in China.


About Professor Bickers

Robert Bickers is a writer and historian at Bristol University. The author of Empire Made Me: An Englishman Adrift in Shanghai (Penguin) and The Scramble for China: Foreign Devils in the Qing Empire (Penguin), he is an expert on the history of foreign communities in China.


Come along to Family Tree Live find out more…

Professor Robert Bickers will be speaking at 10.45 on Friday 26 April 2019


How to catch the Family Tree Live talks

The talks are included in your all-inclusive Family Tree Live ticket price. To find out more about this brand new family history event at Alexandra Palace, click here!


Plan your day out

To download the programme of talks just click here!

Go to www.family-tree.co.uk click Family Tree Live, then Lectures & Workshops


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