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  1. Japanese Emigrants to Hawaii

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    May 23, 2014 by Valerie Elkins

    Many Japanese who emigrated from Japan came to Hawaii. If you haven’t been able to locate where in Japan your …
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  2. New Japanese Indexes Soon Available

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    October 15, 2013 by Valerie Elkins

    The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, UT is working on transcriptions of microfilms that contain Japanese passport application …
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  3. Japanese Names and Naming Practices

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    May 28, 2013 by Valerie Elkins

    Did you know that Japan has the largest number of surnames of anyplace in the world? Over 70,000 surnames! That …
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  4. The Time is Now to Find Your Japanese Ancestors

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    December 29, 2012 by Valerie Elkins

    It’s been on your list for awhile. You have been wanting to find your family in Japan for awhile now, …
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  5. Japanese Buddhist Temple Records

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    December 4, 2012 by Valerie Elkins

    It is common practice for Japanese to be married in a Shinto (religion) wedding and buried as a Buddihist. Kakko-cho …
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  6. Where to Look for My Japanese Ancestors

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    October 15, 2012 by Valerie Elkins

    BIG NEWS!!! I will be presenting “Finding Your Japanese Ancestors” at the ┬áNational Genealogical Society (NGS) Conference in Las Vegas, …
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  7. How Do I find my Japanese Ancestors?

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    April 30, 2012 by Valerie Elkins

    Most of the people I help locate their Japanese ancestors are 3rd, 4th and even 5th generation Japanese. Some of …
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  8. Japanese Genealogy Research Questions Answered

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    March 14, 2012 by Valerie Elkins

    Here are some frequent questions about Japanese family history research that you might have as well. Hope these answers help …
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  9. Japanese Immigration to the United States

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    August 30, 2011 by Valerie Elkins

    Why did a Japanese person leave Japan for the US? Usually the Japanese male was a younger son and not …
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  10. Can You Read a Drunk Chicken? Then You Are in Luck!

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    June 30, 2011 by Valerie Elkins

    Despite the obvious fact that Japanese writing or kana looks like the tracks of a drunken chicken – reading Japanese …
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