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Japan, Village Records, 709-1949
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Record Description
Record Type: Village Records
Collection years: 709-1949
Languages: Japanese
Title in the Language: 日本、村レコード
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes records from 709 to 1949, and includes village records from all over Japan. These records include land records, genealogies, religious censuses, and individual family records. Japanese villages were responsible for several types of records that can be of significant genealogical value, especially when the religious inquisition census records (shumoncho) are unavailable.

These records include the following:

  • Land and property records
  • Tax records (who paid taxes, etc.)
  • Population and status records (a type of census)
  • Lists of people who were drafted into the military
  • Financial records
  • Conservation project records

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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Reading These Records[edit | edit source]

These records are in Japanese. For help reading these records see Japanese Genealogical Word List.

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Japan, Village Records, 709-1949.

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

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Person's full name
  • Age
  • Date of transaction
  • Occupation
  • Residence
  • Birth date

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

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

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Approximate year of birth
  • Name of village

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select Prefecture ( 都道府県 )
  2. Select County or City ( 郡又は市 )
  3. Select Town or Village ( 町又は村 )
  4. Select Record Type ( 記録の種類 )
  5. Select Title ( 題名 ), Volume ( 巻 ) or Page ( 頁 ), and Year ( 年 ) 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 age to calculate a birth year
  • Use dates to track any migration to different areas of Japan
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community

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

  • Check for variant spellings of the names
  • Use other identifying information (such as occupation) to decide if it’s the entry you’re looking for

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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

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.
Image Citation:
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How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]

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