- Historical information on different geographical areas and dialect groups
- Local gazetteers
- Zupu/Jiapu (published in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan)
- Zupu/Jiapu (published in Singapore)
- Zupu/Jiapu (published in Malaysia)
Jiapu (Family genealogy records) is a type of pictorial publication that records the history and activities of a Chinese clan. It is one of the three major publications that documents the history of the Chinese, with the other two being official history records and local gazetteers.
The Lee Kong Chan Reference Library has a collection of jiapu, which are mostly private publications (non-purchasable in the commercial market). These jiapu were mostly acquired through public donations. The third tab in this LibGuide (Bibliography of the jiapu collection) is a selective listing of the jiapu, zupu (Clan genealogy records) and biographies available in the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library. In addition, the library also collects bibliographies of jiapu collections published by other major libraries in China.
Local gazetteers are also useful for searching information on family roots. The Chinese in Singapore are mostly descendents from Chinese migrants who came from the southern part of China - the Fujian and Guangdong provinces. To know more about the Chinese society in early Singapore, please visit the second tab in this LibGuide (An overview of the Chinese society in Singapore).