Finding Your Japanese Roots in the U.S. and in Japan with Linda Harms Okazaki

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Feb 201522
1:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.

Japanese American Museum of San Jose
535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, California, 95112
United States

Learn how to get started researching your unique family history by taking this workshop. At the end of our session, you will be ready to begin your own research. Topics to be covered include the following:

• Finding vital records: land, census, and immigration
• Ordering internment camp records
• Finding picture-bride case files, alien files, and naturalization records
• Looking for clues in documents
• Taking that information to find records in Japan
• Looking for records available in Japan, versus looking for records available at the Family History Library
• Finding your Koseki (family registry in Japan)
• Understanding Ohaka (grave site) and Kakocho (death registry)
• Visiting relatives, cemeteries, and temples

Linda Harms Okazaki is a fourth-generation San Franciscan with a background in education. An active member of the genealogical community in California and beyond, she is passionate about teaching Nikkei how to to research, document, and share their personal family histories. Okazaki is a member of several genealogical associations, including the Association of Professional Genealogists, the California Genealogical Society, and the Nikkei Genealogical Society.

Cost: $35 class fee plus admission to the museum (nonmembers, $5; students and seniors over age 65, $3; JAMsj members and children under 12, free). Active JAMsj volunteers receive a $15 discount.
Must be 17 or older.

These workshops are limited to a maximum of 30 participants (minimum 8 students). Early registration is recommended. Contact or call (408) 294-3138 to reserve a spot.



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