Online OCR (automatic image to text)

Abby Clout OCR is an online OCR service at . They offer 50 free sample runs and charge for anything beyond that. You can upload an image (a scanned page from a Korean JokBo genealogy, for example) and it will automatically convert it into text that you can copy and paste into an online dictionary. I selected Korean, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese when I ran this test. It isn’t perfect, but it is excellent and can save you a lot of time when translating JokBo records.

In the test run below, the left is the scanned source image and the right is the text result. The results are great. There aren’t many OCR packages that output text in the same format as the source — this is a great product for Korean genealogy work.


Requesting Family Records

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 . 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.

Family History Library

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 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 and other bookstores.

Korean Genealogy Guide – Online

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)

Korean Genealogy Guide Book

Korean Genealogy Guide Book

The printed version of Korean Genealogy Guide is available at It is also available from at

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.

Korean Genealogy Guide

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