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1st Generation Immigration Genealogical Reference Service

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1st Generation Immigration Genealogical Reference Service

Okinawa Prefecture Library has been providing a genealogical reference service with foreign Uchinanchu people in order to confirm their Uchinanchu identity since 2016 when the 6th Uchinanchu Taikai held. Also, the library helps local Uchinachu to look for information on their relatives and descendants who migrated to foreign countries. Now, you are able to take advantage of this service through the Internet.

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The library can probably find out 1st generation immigration records such as the name in kanji, birthplace(domicile address at that time), travel date, and even his/her biography or photos if copies including those records were published.

HOW TO APPLY

  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

    FORM.pdf (PDF:101.5 KB)
    FORM.xlsx (XLSX:27.9 KB)
  2. Please fill in the application as completely as possible. The more information you provide, the more possibility and accuracy 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 contact information.
  3. For registration: email to*
    shiryou@library.pref.okinawa.jp

Here are some points regarding the service:

-- The Okinawa Prefectural Library provides research services regarding the 1st generation relative who immigrated abroad basically before 1941.
-- 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 to be 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 in Okinawa and their destination that immigrated. Finding out other relatives related to that person is not within the scope of the service and a completely separate research process must be done at the respective city/town/village office where the person lived. The library does not have info on relatives and their offspring (ie: 2nd generation, 3rd generation, and so forth) If you have a plan to visit Okinawa and hope to meet your missing relatives, we can introduce a contact of their office.
--Time for investigation depends on cases.
Normally, it takes one to two weeks to research information from copies. There are some cases that take more than two weeks.

If you have questions, please send us a mail. (English available)
shiryou@library.pref.okinawa.jp