Korea, Public Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type: Genealogies
Collection years: 900-2012
Languages: Korean and Chinese
Title in the Language: 공공기록 (간찰, 통문, 기타), 900-2012
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What is in This Collection?

This collection will include genealogies from Jeollabuk-do and Jeonju-si, South Korea. The records are in Korean and Chinese, dated from 900 to 2012. This collection includes letters, notifications and a variety of other records. This collection is being published as images become available.

The Goryeo Dynasty came to power in the early 900’s and lasted until the late 1300’s, when the Joseon Dynasty came to power. The Korean kingdom experienced numerous conflicts through the mid 1600’s, but afterwards the Korean area experienced peace for about 200 years. In the latter part of the 1800’s, the Joseon Dynasty weakened due to increasing foreign influence, and the Korean area was annexed by Japan in 1910. Korea was liberated from Japan in 1945, at which time the country was divided into North and South Korea. For more information about the history of Korea, see the Culture of South Korea.

Reading These Records

These records are written in Korean and Chinese. For help reading these records see the following:

To Browse This Collection

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Public records may include:

  • Name of Sender
  • Name of Receiver
  • Date of Letter
  • Residence

Collection Content

Sample Images

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Your ancestor’s given name and surname
  • Residence
  • Age
  • Family relationships

Search the Index

You will be able to search this collection when it is published.

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the Province (도)
  2. Select the City or County (시,군)
  3. Select the Town or Village (동 or 면)
  4. Select the Title (제명), Year(년) 1982 and Volume( 권) and/or Page(페이지) to view the images.

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. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date
  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community
  • Use postage markings to determine locality

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
  • Check for variant spellings of the name if you can’t seem to find your ancestor
  • Search the records of nearby localities (i.e. North Korea)

Record Finder

Consult the South Korea Record Finder to find other records

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:
A citation will be available when the collection is published.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
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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