An Introduction to Genealogical Sources

An Introduction to Genealogical Sources
All this information is based on my own experience. If you have difficulty accessing the materials mentioned in this post, please shoot me an email ( The FamilySearch Center 猶他家譜學會( The best place to find genealogies for historians based at U.S. institutions, the FamilySearch Center holds scanned copies of tens of thousands of Chinese genealogies, […]

What did it mean to be the son of a merchant in Ming China?

Cheng Shigang (1442-1519) was lucky enough to be born into a wealthy family in Huizhou, a hilly prefecture that nurtured the renowned Huizhou merchants that would dominate long-distance trade for the centuries to come. The family history of the Chengs mirrored that of the Huizhou merchants as a group. Like many Huizhou families, the Chengs […]

Blair, Ann M. Too Much to Know

Blair, Ann M. Too Much to Know: Managing Scholarly Information before the Modern Age. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010. Keywords: compilation practices; finding devices; note-taking; the sixteenth-century information lust; reference books; consultation (as opposed to reading); The book deals with the topic of a “information lust” (6) by the sixteenth century, that is, an […]