Family members can request a copy of their family relationship records ( JaeJeokDeungBon, 제적등본 ) from government offices in Korea ( ShiCheong 시청 city hall, or DongSaMuSo 동사무소 area office ). These records are a great way to start Korean genealogy research. Often you can get about 100 years of family names, dates, addresses, and relationships for several generations. The names are normally in HanJa characters, which is the most useful form of a Korean name for genealogists. You can use that information to know what to search for in a JokBoto find even more ancestors. There is a small fee for a copy of the records. You can also request them online at efamily.scourt.go.kr . You may need some information like the name, national id number, and the BonJeok 본적 family origin place, and proof of the relation of the requestor to the family. Note that some records from the time of the Japanese occupation of Korea might have Japanese, but most of the records will be in Korean HanJa characters.
We also have a facebook page where we can share ideas and help each other learn about Korean Genealogy and look for ancestors…
Three copies of the printed version of the Korean Genealogy Guide book were donated to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. It is now listed in the Family History Library catalog at https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2064272. The books appear to be loaned out frequently, which is a great sign of the growing interest in Korean genealogy. The book is also available for free in electronic form (pdf or html) on this site. The printed version is available at amazon.com and other bookstores.
Progress is being made on the automatic JokBo (족보) indexing project… See the automatic detection of HanJa characters from a JokBo (족보) below? Project for Auto-Indexing Korean Genealogy Records
An online webpage version of the Korean Genealogy Guide was added to this site! You can access it from the main menu above under “Korean Genealogy Guide Book” or from the links on the right. The guide is already available as a printed book or a free copyrighted online book. Now that it is available as a webpage you can also:
- Search the contents (see upper right search box)
- Copy and Paste (rather than drawing HanJa characters or typing HanGul syllables)
- Make Comments (ask questions or share more resources)
A video tutorial was added in the new Tutorials section. It teaches you how to highlight a HanJa (Chinese/Korean) character image on your screen and automatically convert it to text. It really speeds up translation and avoids drawing or typing HanJa characters.
FamilySearch.org contains tens of thousands of scanned images from Korean genealogies. Unfortunately, they are not indexed. I started a project for auto-indexing! Learn more and discuss here: Project for Auto-Indexing Korean Genealogy Records
The printed version of Korean Genealogy Guide is available at https://www.createspace.com/3827253. It is also available from Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/Korean-Genealogy-Guide-resource-ancestors/dp/1475050151.
A free electronic version is available at Korean Genealogy Guide. It is the author’s hope that this will help those searching for Korean ancestors.
This guide will help you read Korean (HanGul and HanJa), find Korean ancestors, and interpret Korean genealogical records, including family registry images from the genealogical archives at familysearch.org