Now What: Japanese Lesson
4/1/2006
Answers for the beginner, the befuddled and anyone hitting a brick wall.

Q. What advice do you have for people researching genealogy in Japan? I've heard about registration offices and family associations.

A. Since the late 19th century, Japanese families or households have created family registers, called koseki. They contain information on births, deaths, parents, marriages and more. When someone died, married or renounced his Japanese citizenship, his name was taken off the koseki and placed on a joseki (withdrawn register).