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Ancestors from the Far East


This is a follow-on guide to Researching Immigrant Ancestry.

It relates specifically to sources that may help you discover more about your ancestors in the Far East.

Hopefully, oral family history will have told you where your ancestors came from and when and why they moved to Britain.

It is useful to know why, because certain groups of people have particular records associated with them. 

The history of migration to Britain from the Far East goes back some 200 years and the majority of early migrants were seamen.

More recently, migrants from the Far East have come primarily from Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam.

If your family still have contact with family members who have stayed in the country of origin, getting in touch with them may provide all sorts of interesting information.

If you do not know where your family originated, census details, naturalisation or denization papers can hopefully provide the answers.

Our immigrant ancestry and tracing your family tree guides contain further details on accessing and using these records.