Where to begin?
- Oral communication
- Family documents (e.g. letters, bills)
- Public records (e.g. clan association records)
- Internet search engines (e.g. Google)
- Newspaper archives (e.g. newspaperSG) http://newspapers.nl.sg/
How to Search on newspapers.nl.sg site:
- Enclose names with quotation marks when submitting a search, e.g. “Tan Kim Huat”
- Remember that spellings were not consistent in colonial records. Try variations, e.g. Ki, Khim, Kheam, etc
- OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software may misrepresent some alphabets, e.g. m= rn, e=o, b=6, g=9. Try variations.
- Verify against time and place. People may share identical names. Make sure the age, place and dates correspond to the search subject.
- An obituary is the best source for tracing your lineage
- A search for a grandchild’s name may yield names of grandparents and relatives
- Place of residence is often publicized
- Place of burial often stated
This is the obituary notice for Chan Whye Cheok, Norman’s maternal great, great, great grandfather: