Japan Genealogies (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Japan, Genealogies, 850-2012 .
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Record Description
Collection years: 850-2012
Languages: Japanese
Title in the Language: 日本、藩、系譜
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What is in the Collection?

This collection will include records from 850 to 2012. These records are in Japanese. See the For Help Reading These Records section of this article for translation tools.

This is a collection of Japanese clan genealogies from Japan. The records are arranged by family. Dates and localities will vary for each record depending on the family. All records from this collection are housed at the National Archives of Japan in Tokyo.

Some families have genealogies detailing pedigrees back to medieval times, listing descent from notable individuals.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Japan, Genealogies, 850-2012.

Collection Contents

What Can these Records Tell Me?

Clan Genealogies may include the following information:

  • Family name
  • Name of spouse
  • Name of children
  • Children's birth dates
  • Occupation
  • Date and place of birth
  • Date and place of death
  • Names of parents

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Ancestors name
  • Approximate year and place of birth
  • Prefecture

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page.

  1. Select Family Name
  2. Select Country
  3. Select Prefecture
  4. Select County or City, Town or Village
  5. Select Title, Vol./Page, and Year to view the images.

For Help Reading These Records

These records are in Japanese. For help with reading the records, see the following resources:

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.

What Do I Do Next?

I Can't Find Who I"m Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date.
  • Look at all entries for a name before deciding which is correct.
  • Check for variant spellings of any names.
  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:

"Japan, Clan Genealogies, 850-2012." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing 国立国会図書館 東京 [National Archives, Tokyo].

Image Citation:

When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Japan, Genealogies, 850-2012.

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