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  1. New OCR Capabilities For Handwritten Japanese Characters


    October 6, 2014 by Valerie Elkins

    Have trouble reading handwritten older kanji? You are not alone! Help is on the horizon. I am in contact with …
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  2. Japanese Emigrants to Hawaii


    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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  3. New Japanese Indexes Soon Available


    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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  4. Japanese Names and Naming Practices


    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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  5. The Time is Now to Find Your Japanese Ancestors


    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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  6. Japanese Buddhist Temple Records


    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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  7. Where to Look for My Japanese Ancestors


    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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  8. How Do I find my Japanese Ancestors?


    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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  9. Japanese Genealogy Research Questions Answered


    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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  10. Japanese Immigration to the United States


    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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