Welcome to the Roots Village Database, a digitization of the information from the Index of Clan Names By Villages published by the American Consulate General in Hong Kong in the 1970s. Originally used to investigate immigration fraud, this data is now valuable for genealogy research.
Currently, data entry for Toisan is complete. Hoiping data entry has just started. Please be patient; this is an entirely volunteer-driven project. Eventually we will have data from four counties, and all sorts of fancy indexes. :-)
The data here comes from the Index of Clan Names By Villages. There are four books, one each for Toishan, Sunwui, Hoiping, and Chungshan. Eventually, we'll put up the introduction from those books, but for now this note should suffice:
If your ancestor originated from the Siyi (四邑) region of Xinhui (新會), Taishan (台山), Kaiping (開平) or Zhongshan (中山) this database may be of help.
To help find the name of your ancestral village all you have to do is enter your surname (it would be helpful if you also know the Chinese characters) and the database will display a list of village names in transliterated Cantonese plus Chinese characters.