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January 20, 2011 by Valerie Elkins

My name is Valerie…not very Japanese sounding is it? I’m not even Japanese…so why am I writing a blog helping Nikkeijin (Japanese by birth who are born outside of Japan) with their genealogy? Because I can.

I lived and worked in Japan many years ago. Here’s proof:

I wish I still looked like that! Anyways… I learned the language and the culture and loved both. Later after doing years of my own genealogy research, I ended up volunteering as a  research consultant for Japanese patrons at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. I helped locate hundreds of ancestors for patrons.

When I realized the lack of resources for those of Japanese ancestry who wish to do their genealogy I decided to write this blog in the hopes of giving some pointers. So all of you who have gotten frustrated over the years of fruitless searching – ganbatte, help is on the way!


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