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This article describes a collection of records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.
Korea
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Flag of the Korean Empire, 1897-1910
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Record Description
Record Type: Census
Collection years: 100-2015
Languages: Korean
Title in the Language: 한국 인명록 (디렉토리)
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This is a collection of directories from Korea for the dates 100-2015. The collection will be published as images become available.

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.


Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

Whenever possible FamilySearch makes images and indexes available for all users. However, rights to view these data are limited by contract and subject to change. Because of this there may be limitations on where and how images and indexes are available or who can see them. Please be aware some collections consist only of partial information indexed from the records and do not contain any images.

For additional information about image restrictions, please see the Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections page.

What Can these Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

Directories may contain the following information:

  • Family Names (성)
  • Korean Titles (제명)
  • Province Name(도)
  • County Name(군)
  • City, Town or Village Name (시,동 or 면)

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • Your ancestor’s name.
  • Place of Residence.

To browse the collection 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) 1982 and Volume( 권) and/or Page(페이지)" which takes you to the images

Look at each image 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. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

For Help Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

These records are in Korean, written using Chinese hanja characters. For help reading the records, see the following resources:
     General Information:

Reading Hangul: (Korean letters) 

Reading Hanja: (Chinese characters) 

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
  • Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives.
  • If your ancestor used multiple names throughout life, look for all the names.
  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community.

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Korea.

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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.


How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Historical Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.