Genealogy of the Wang Family


This printed Chinese genealogy is in four volumes. Chinese genealogical works are historical records that document the pedigree, deeds, and events relating to a patriarchal clan. A genealogical work generally was composed of: a preface; table of contents; rules of compilation; rules and instructions to be observed by clansmen; images of the ancestral temple, tombs, and portraits; pedigree charts; and biographies of worthy members of the clan. Also included were the names of the person or persons responsible for issuing the work, as well as a postscript. The title inscription indicates that the compiler was Wang Huo, a 78th-generation descendant from Shaxi, Shexian, Anhui Province. The work traces a line back to Wang Han, a descendant of Prince Yue of the Tang dynasty, who was considered the founding member of the Wang family, and whose descendants later expanded and grew into eight clans. The work was published during the Wanli reign, circa 1550, and has an author’s preface dated 1550 and a postscript by Wang Daokun, a poet and playwright of the time, dated 1551.

Last updated: January 13, 2012