Chinese Exclusion Act Case Files – NGS Conference, Sacramento, CA

On Friday, 27 May 2022, Marisa Louie Lee and Trish Hackett Nicola, CG gave two presentations on the Chinese Exclusion Act case files, “Researching Chinese American Family History Using Chinese Exclusion Records – Part I & II” at the National Genealogical Society Family History Conference, Sacramento, California.

Part I – Covered the historical background of the Chinese Exclusion Act through its repeal in 1943, the documents in the files, how and where to find the files, women in the files, Chinese naming conventions, paper sons and daughters, merchant partnership case files, other records of genealogical interest, and the 1965 Immigration & Nationality Act which ended race-based quotas.
Part II – Marisa Louie Lee’s case file, which was presented at the conference, was only available on this website until June 30, 2022.

A list of NARA facilities with Chinese Exclusion Act case files

Marisa Louie Lee – Case Studies
Louie Family of Fresno, California
Der Quock and the Chinese Confession Program

Trish Hackett Nicola, CG – Case Studies
Ng Yat Chin born in China
Benjamin Exner Chi’s Long fight to stay with family in Minnesota

3 thoughts on “Chinese Exclusion Act Case Files – NGS Conference, Sacramento, CA

  1. Thank you Marisa & Trish for sharing these case studies on your website.
    Looking at the event schedule of the NGS Family History Conference, in which you were presenters, it’s extraordinary the number and diversity of workshop topics – I would’ve loved to have come over to Sacramento from Sydney. It must’ve been fantastic networking and knowledge-sharing amongst all the attendees.


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