Had great help from this forum in finding my village in Haiyin. Am in Malaysia for the Ching Ming (all soul's day) where the families visits the graves to clean up the place and pay respects. Was intrigued to see the marking on the gravestone of my wife's father. He apparently came to Malaysia in the early 1900's and did not talk much of his village near Hainan, the Hainanese Association adopted him as a Hainan. I managed to copy the wordings from the gravestone and added more details of where he could have originated from. As with paper sons indentured in other parts of the wider world he never returned to China, nor ever felt the inclination to do so, for his own reason. As I can detour through Haiyen and go to Hainam I wonder if some of the learned scribes could give an indication where one can find the needle in the haystack. I ahve mixed traditional and simplified Chinese in the address: 高 洲 府 电 白 県 广东
Thank you tyuti1668, I googled and found the general area but not the specific village, perhaps it is amalgamated or just disappeared. We intend to fly to Sanya from Shenzen, then take the bullet train to Haikou in Hainan Island. Then take a bus passing the area. May stop off if a more defined village area is finally determined.
Sanya is a very touristy place from most accounts and July may be a baking hot time, we intend to see villages so use the touristy places only for connections.
My wife speaks Hainanese and Mandarin is not a problem for us, but as you know dialects vary from county to county, makes it interesting though.
Your prompt reply was much appreciated and makes this forum a valuable place to visit and exchange ideas.
Hi Joe - You travelling again? Everyone is doing Ching Ming this Easter. We went to Hainan last year, around this time. We went to our friends crocodile farm in Lin Sui, wnet to see Monkey Island, and to Sanya. A fantastic place to visit.
Simon will be travelling around SE Asia from 24 April to mid December, starting at Phuket. he will be unemployed, and looking for an adventure.
Enjoy your visit to Hainan.
We shall pass this way but once All the good that can be done do it now. For we shall not pass this way again
Hi Helen, SE Asia is entirely different from China; do ask him to get in touch with me by facebook or email or skype when he is in Malaysia, I may be able to assist him meet some people who can help him get an adventure.
Attending a funeral this Saturday of my daughter's best friend who collapsed and died whilst jogging in Malaysia, 2 days before he was due to fly back to Auckland to resume work as an IT expert. He came for Ching Ming.
can someone point me in the right direction? my ancestors came to hawaii from canton i know my great grandmother went by lim shee and great grandfather went by chang pin gui. i have no idea how to start to find out what village they are from.
Your ggf's gravestone may have the Chinese characters for his name and for the ancestral village. If not, possibly immigration documents, letters, etc may be able to provide this information. When you are able to lfind this information - please post it on the Forum and members can then try to assist you.
Your ggf's name and name of the ancestral village are important in terms of family lineage and who are your relatives in the village.
msen: Hi Sis, and welcome to the forum. As you know, I recently returned on a long journey from Florida to see one of our American cousins, sadly, in hospice. Her wish was to reconnect our family and visit with as many as could make the trip to her bedside.
Jun 15, 2013 12:27:50 GMT -5
msen: Oops, I guess i will continue in shoutbox, but merely wanted to reply to you! Long story short, her wish came true and now we have, thanks to forum friends, our village and some names in our father's family. Shout out to Laohuaqiao, FayChee and forum.
Jun 15, 2013 12:32:35 GMT -5