A Japanese American Family from 1902-1992: Finding Records to Recreate the Hirai Family Story

57 minutes

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The experience of Japanese immigrants to the U.S. and their descendants is a part of American history. This case study examines the abundance of both conventional and ethnic-specific federal and local records available to the genealogist, and pieces together the story of a Japanese American family from immigration through World War II and beyond.  

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About Our Speaker

Linda Harms Okazaki is a fourth-generation Californian, active in the genealogy and Japanese American communities in California and beyond. She is passionate about teaching people to research, document, and share their personal family histories. Her other areas of research include upstate New York, England, and Australia, as well as the use of DNA in genealogy. Linda has been researching her husband’s ancestry since 2012, documenting his family in the internment camps and in Japan. A charter member of the Nikkei Genealogical Society, and a consultant for Ancestry.com’s Progenealogists and Densho.org, she is also a featured columnist for the Nichi Bei Weekly. Her column, “Finding Your Nikkei Roots,” is published bimonthly. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speaker’s Guild, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Linda currently serves as the past president of the California Genealogical Society and as a board member of the Nichi Bei Foundation. Ms. Okazaki holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and a Master of Arts degree in Education. You may find her blog at LindasOrchard.com.