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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 information. The problem with the microfilm images is that the original image is written in hard to read kanji and is not indexed.

Japanese missionaries are in the process of extracting the information from the microfilm images into English, will be indexed and searchable. The completed transcriptions will only be available at the FHL to patrons who request a search of the database. This is due to contract obligations with the Japanese government and the right of privacy of its citizens.

I recently learned of a source in Japan that has access to records available no where else regarding Japanese immigrants to other countries. So, if you have been putting off finding your Japanese ancestors, wait no longer! Be glad to help you get started.

This is all GREAT news for those who are searching for their Japanese ancestors, in particular in trying to discover their ancestors honseki chi or hometown city hall of record so that they can request their ancestor’s Koseki.


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