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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: Genealogies
Collection years: 900-2012
Languages: Korean and Chinese
Title in the Language: 공공기록 (간찰, 통문, 기타), 900-2012
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection will include genealogies from Jeollabuk-do and Jeonju-si, South Korea. The records are in Korean and Chinese, dated from 900 to 2012. This collection includes letters, notifications and a variety of other records. This collection is being published as images become available.

The Goryeo Dynasty came to power in the early 900’s and lasted until the late 1300’s, when the Joseon Dynasty came to power. The Korean kingdom experienced numerous conflicts through the mid 1600’s, but afterwards the Korean area experienced peace for about 200 years. In the latter part of the 1800’s, the Joseon Dynasty weakened due to increasing foreign influence, and the Korean area was annexed by Japan in 1910. Korea was liberated from Japan in 1945, at which time the country was divided into North and South Korea. For more information about the history of Korea, see the Culture of South Korea.


Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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

=== Reading These Records === 

These records are written in Korean and Chinese. For help reading these records see the following:

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

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

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

Public records may include:

  • Name of Sender
  • Name of Receiver
  • Date of Letter
  • Residence

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

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Your ancestor’s given name and surname
  • Residence
  • Age
  • Family relationships

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

You will be able to search this collection when it is published.

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the Province (도)
  2. Select the City or County (시,군)
  3. Select the Town or Village (동 or 면)
  4. Select the Title (제명), Year(년) 1982 and Volume( 권) and/or Page(페이지) to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

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

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

  • Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date
  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community
  • Use postage markings to determine locality

I Can’t Find the Person 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
  • Check for variant spellings of the name if you can’t seem to find your ancestor
  • Search the records of nearby localities (i.e. North Korea)

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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

Related FamilySearch Historical Records Collections[edit | edit source]

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
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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]

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