The problem is, I can't find my Father's village listed. There is one that comes very close (it's written as "Tong (East) On (Peaceful) Lay") and it appears to be a duplicate of a similar-sounding village name listed immediately above it but with different Chinese characters making me suspect that the person contributing to the Wiki may have made a mistake in translation.
I'm wondering if there might be someone here who is familiar with the area and may know my village and whether it is one of the two listed at the aforementioned site ?
Thanks LACT. I just had a look at the location that Google Maps provides for the co-ordinates that you provided.
I don't think that it's my Father's village simply because it's way up north, what looks to be roughly 30 kms from my Mom's village , which back in 1929 when they were married, would have been a long, long ways away ... too far I think to be plausible.
I do know that my Paternal Grandfather's "Gem Chen" ("Golden Urn") was moved to a hill near a place called "Flying Goose" which is supposedly about 4 li from Oong Moin Lay.
I'm wondering if, with all the drastic change that has taken place in that area, the old village may have been bulldozed to make way for some new development ?
My Paternal Grandfather was a civil official who had come to North America sometime in the late 19th Century in some sort of official capacity for the Chinese govt of the day and toured the US & Canada. Unfortunately that's about all I know for sure, told to me by my Mom when I was a child.
I have since learned that there was a Chinese delegation to the US in 1896, and that sounds to be about the time my Grandfather would have come here.
In any case, I suppose we'll see what, if anything, surfaces in time through this forum.
Post by lachinatown on Jul 24, 2012 1:01:29 GMT -5
In that case jouwah, with high degrees of accuracy, your father's village is located near 22.375039, 112.618575 coordinates. About 3.5 gongli 公里 east from your mom's village. There is a flying goose mountain north-east of this location (3.9 gongli 公里). There is also a flying goose mountain (1 gongli 公里) west of your mom's village. A flying goose (飞鹅) village south of your mother's village. Hope this help.
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