Japan Village Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Japan, Village Records, 709-1949
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Record Description
Collection years: 709-1949
Languages: Japanese
Title in the Language: 日本、村レコード
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What is in This Collection?

This collection will include records from 709 to 1949. The records are in Japanese. See the For Help Reading These Records section of this article for translation tools.

The collection includes village records from all over Japan. These records include land records, genealogies, religious censuses, and individual family records.

Japanese villages were responsible for several types of records that can be of significant genealogical value, especially when the religious inquisition census records (shumoncho) are unavailable.

These records include the following:

  • Land and property records
  • Tax records (who paid taxes, etc.)
  • Population and status records (a type of census)
  • Lists of people who were drafted into the military
  • Financial records
  • Conservation project records

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Japan, Village Records, 709-1949.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Village records may contain the following information:

  • Full name of ancestor
  • Age
  • Date of transaction
  • Occupation
  • Residence
  • Birth date

Collection Content

Sample Images

How Do I Search This Collection?

To search the Village Records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Approximate year of birth
  • Name of village

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select Prefecture
  2. Select County or City
  3. Select Town or Village
  4. Select Record Type
  5. Select Title, Volume/Page, and Year to view the images.

For Help Reading These Records

For help with reading these Japanese records, see the following resource:

What Do I Do Next?

  • Use the age to calculate a birth year
  • Use dates to track any migration to different areas of Japan
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Use other identifying information (such as occupation) to decide if it’s the entry you’re looking for
  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community
  • Check for variant spellings of the names

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

"日本 村政記録, 709-1982." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 20 April 2017. Citing Kyushu Historical Museum. Various libraries and archives.

Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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