1st Generation Immigration Genealogical Reference Service




Because of the preparation of new library, we have stopped our reference service since April, 2018. We will resume to provide it after its opening approximately from December 2018.
Thank you for understanding.

We set up a genealogical reference service booth during the 6th
Sekai Uchinanchu Taikai that took place from Oct.27th-30th in 2016.

 However, we are always providing World Uchinachu individuals with this
service. In other words, you can still take advantage of the service by filling out the attached application form and sending it to us.

We can probably find out 1st generation immigration records such as
the name in kanji, birthplace, travel date and even his/her biography
or photos if copies including those records were published.


1) Please download the application form below. The file includes
English, Spanish and Portuguese versions.

The application form of 1st Generation Immigration Genealogical Reference Service
-- PDF file
-- Excel file

2) Please fill in the application as completely as possible. The more
information you provide, the more possibility there is that we can
find information about him/her.  You can note whether you are sure or
unsure about the information you provide. It is necessary to fill out
the name and destination of the 1st generation immigrant as well as
your information.

3) For registration: email to*

Here are some points regarding the service:

-- The Okinawa Prefectural Library provides research services regarding the 1st generation relative who immigrated abroad.
-- The service is provided year round and is free.
-- Completed the attached application form as completely as possible. The top portion is the applicant’s information while the rest of the form is information on the 1st generation relative who immigrated.  Mail the form to the shiryou@library.pref.okinawa.jp
-- Depending on what was recorded, it is possible to find out the kinds of information listed on the application form (ie:  passport number, date passport approved, date traveled, company that processed the immigration paperwork, residence before immigrating, photos of the relative, etc.)
-- We don’t guarantee being able to find out any information on the 1st generation relative.  There may be a lack of records, the relative’s name was recorded differently (ie:  spelling or name changed) upon reaching the destination, or insufficient information is provided on the application form in order for the library staff to conduct research.
-- This service is to provide records on the 1st generation relative that immigrated.  Finding out other relatives related to that person is not within the scope of the service and a completely separate research process that must be done at the respective city/town/village office where the person lived.
--Time for investigation depends on cases.
Normally, it takes one to two weeks to research information from copies.There are some cases that takes more than two weeks.

Note that the Okinawa Prefectural Library does not have info on relatives and their offspring (ie:  2nd generation, 3rd generation, and so forth) once they reached their destination.  They are asking for help in providing that information to them so that the Okinawa Prefecture Library has a copy of those records.  For example, this could include old yearbooks of the sanshin club that shows a relative in a photo holding a sanshin with a caption about the members’ names, club name, date, location, etc.

If you have questions, please send us a mail.(English available)



1.申込フォーム( PDF / エクセル )

2.送付先 shiryou@library.pref.okinawa.jp

3.お問い合わせ 県立図書館 郷土資料室 098-834-1218

4.備考 移民した方のお名前、行き先、移民した年が不明の場合、調査できない場合がありますので、ご了承下さい。