New Korean Digital Genealogy Database Now Online

Korea’s genealogy is gaining global attention with the unveiling of a digital database of genealogical records by the Paik Inje Korean Genealogy SiteMemorial Library of Inje University at the 76th World Library and Information Congress in Gothenburg, Sweden.

During the congress, Director Park Jae-sup proudly introduced Inje’s Digital Genealogy Library, after three years of dedicated preparation. The genealogical materials have been collected by the library since 2007 in an effort to preserve Korea’s ethnic history.

In association with the Utah-based organization Family Search, the library has digitalized hundreds of records and created the Digital Genealogy Library or which allows users to search for their genealogical records.

Currently about 500 genealogy e-books are available online, with page-turning and zoom features that allow users to freely explore these records. They include Gimhae Kim and Gimhae Heo clans, which are representative regional families in Korea.

Read the full article by Chung Ah-young at the August 15, 2010 edition of the Korean Times.

Author: Leland Meitzler

Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company (, writes daily at, writes the weekly Genealogy Newsline, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library, and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

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