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Records were kept in Chinese, Vietnamese, French and English.

For word lists and help researching in X records, see:

The Vietnamese language was originally written in Chinese characters. The Vietnamese began developing their own system of writing called Chu nom which used some Chinese ideographs for sounds and others for complete words. This system began to slip into disuse in the late 16th century when Portuguese and French missionaries devised the Quoc ngu, a system of writing Vietnamese in Roman letters. This eventually became the common method of writing modern Vietnamese, although Chinese forms and ideographs continue to be used for religious and ceremonial purposes.[1]

Vietnamese Language Resources

References

  1. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Vietnam,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 2001.