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  1. How Do You Say “genealogy” In Japanese?


    March 30, 2011 by Valerie Elkins

    The short answer is keizu. The longer answer is not so easy. There several reasons why it is difficult for …
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  2. How to Obtain Your Family’s Koseki (Family Household Registration)


    February 26, 2011 by Valerie Elkins

    The┬ákoseki is kept and protected by the city hall in the hometown (honseki) or permanent address of the head of …
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  3. Why are there no Japanese records online?


    January 20, 2011 by Valerie Elkins

    If you have searched for your ancestor from Japan on any online database (like, you have already discovered that …
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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 …
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