Korea Collection of Genealogies (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Title in the Languages of the Record

편집 한국, 족보의 콜렉션

Record Description

This collection will include records from 1500 to 2012.

This collection consists of family biographies, genealogies, and histories. The text is in Korean and Chinese.

Ancestors are based on the male family line. Children are raised to believe they can never repay their debt to their parents, hence the popularity of ancestor worship and the importance of genealogy records. They hold ancestral ceremonies for the previous three generations (parents, grandparents, and great grandparents) several times a year, particularly on Chusok and New Year's Day.

Genealogies and family histories are created because of the great cultural importance of family and lineage. Children are taught that the actions of one family member reflect on the rest of the family and the debt to their parents can never be repaid, hence the popularity of ancestor worship. Ancestral ceremonies are held for the previous three generations (parents, grandparents, and great grandparents) from the male family line several times a year, particularly on Chusok and New Year's Day. Marriage also is thought of as a union of two families and a means to ensure the continuity of the husband's family line.

For a list of family names currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

Citation for This Collection

The citation below refers to the original source of the data and images published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

"Korea, Collection of Genealogies, 1500-2000." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Chonbuk University.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

These records may contain the following information:

  • Family name
  • Town or village
  • Province
  • City or county
  • Country
  • Year

How to Use the Record

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

  • Name of ancestor
  • Place of birth
  • Province

Search the Collection

To search the collection image by image select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page:
⇒Select the appropriate “Family Name (성)"
⇒Select the appropriate “Country (국가)”
⇒Select the appropriate “Province (도)”
⇒Select the appropriate “City or County (시,군)”
⇒Select the appropriate “Town or Village (동 or 면)”
⇒Select the appropriate “Title (제명), Year (년), Volume ( 권)/Page (페이지)” which will take you to the images.

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Korea, Collection of Genealogies, 1500-2009," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 7 March 2012), An 안 安 > Korea 한국 > Gyeongsangbuk-do 경상북도o > Yeongju-si 영주시i  > Sunheung-myeon 순흥면 >순흥안씨취우정파세보 順興安氏聚友亭派世譜, 권 1, 1980년 > image 41 of 321, 이름)안 한종 安漢宗 안 (An) given name :한종 (Han-jong), 1690; citing Republic of Korea Song, Collection,  Chonbuk University, South Korea.