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Re: Miling Fong?
Posted by: Christine DeVillier (ID *****7964) Date: December 11, 2011 at 13:25:36
In Reply to: Miling Fong? by Nancy Mayo of 1398

Hi,
I have some experience finding Chinese families who entered Hawaii. First thing to do is confirm when they entered Hawaii and on what boat, and if subsequent exits/entries were made. The way I do this is to search passenger lists for Hawaii on Ancestry.com. Once you have them on a list in print, you ask the National Archives and Records Administration for help locating an immigration file for the subject. Most of the Hawaii files are actually located in San Bruno, California. Google "NARA san bruno" and you will find their contact information. However if they "passed" for Pilipino and did not say they were Chinese and did not speak Chinese, I don't know if there will be a file for them. But it does not hurt to ask. The NARA files are some of the absolute best items a Chinese American researcher can hope to find.
If you cannot find them on a passenger list, see if you can find them in the census records. Census records are available on Ancestry and other places, including some databases in public libraries. The census often records what year an immigrant initially entered the territory of Hawaii, so then you can look at arrivals for that year to search for the names of the people that immigrated.
You may also want to search the digital archives of Hawaii at http://archives1.dags.hawaii.gov/gsdl/cgi-bin/library
I searched "Patricio" and these are the results: http://archives1.dags.hawaii.gov/gsdl/cgi-bin/library?a=q&r=1&hs=1&e=p-01000-00---0namesear-governme%2Cindextoc%2Cindextop%2Cjapanes1%2Cjapanese%2Cjudiciar%2Clandinde%2Cnameinde%2Cvitalsta%2Cworldwa2%2Cnamesear-01-1--0-10-0---0---0prompt-10---4-------0-1l--11-en-2000---100-about---00-3-1-00-0011-1-0utfZz-8-00&t=1&q=patricio
But you might find more searching the other names too.


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