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A great place to start for English-speakers is:

  • Genealogical Society of Utah. Major Genealogical Record Sources in Japan. Series J, No. 1 (1973, rev. 1974). Free online digital version, courtesy: BYU.

A number of key research papers were presented at the 1980 World Conference on Records:

  • Brown, L. Keith. "The Family in Japan," World Conference on Records: Preserving Our Heritage, August 12-15, 1980, Vol. 11: Asian and African Family and Local History. FHL US/CAN Book 929.1 W893 1980 v. 11
  • Fujiki, Norio. "Using Family Linkages to Reconstruct the History of an Isolated Japanese Village," World Conference on Records: Preserving Our Heritage, August 12-15, 1980, Vol. 11: Asian and African Family and Local History. FHL US/CAN Book 929.1 W893 1980 v. 11
  • Gubler, Greg. "Family History for Japanese-Americans," World Conference on Records: Preserving Our Heritage, August 12-15, 1980, Vol. 11: Asian and African Family and Local History. FHL US/CAN Book 929.1 W893 1980 v. 11
  • Hirata, Dr. Kin-itsu. "The Search for My Japanese Roots: Using Buddhist and Local Sources," World Conference on Records: Preserving Our Heritage, August 12-15, 1980, Vol. 11: Asian and African Family and Local History. FHL US/CAN Book 929.1 W893 1980 v. 11
  • Horiuchi, Russell N. and Annette A. Horiuchi. "Genealogical Research in the Absence of Written Records: The Case of the Ainus, the Aborigines of Japan," World Conference on Records: Preserving Our Heritage, August 12-15, 1980, Vol. 11: Asian and African Family and Local History. FHL US/CAN Book 929.1 W893 1980 v. 11
  • Suzuki, Kenji, Ann Walthall, Kin-itsu Hirata, and Greg Gubler. "Panel: Family and Local History in Japan," World Conference on Records: Preserving Our Heritage, August 12-15, 1980, Vol. 11: Asian and African Family and Local History. FHL US/CAN Book 929.1 W893 1980 v. 11