May 16, 2022

Digitization Projects: Confucius’ Family Tree Goes Digital

From China Daily:

Descendants of ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius have digitized books delineating their family tree, which is believed to be the world’s largest, to make it easier to revise.

The original paper collection of the family tree containing a record of all 83 generations of Confucius’ offspring of over 2 million people is currently 43,000 pages long and takes up 80 books, but it will be able to fit on a thumb drive after being digitized.

The digital version has embedded search bars, diagrams and analytical functions that can swiftly sort out demographic and other statistical information, said Kong Deyong, a 77th-generation descendant of Confucius, also surnamed Kong, and chief compiler of the great thinker’s genealogy books.


All nine versions of the historical revisions will be digitized, and customized versions for the family’s descendants in Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Republic of Korea and Japan will also be released, Kong said.

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