Help in discovering Kwieshin

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DéShawn Murra

Help in discovering Kwieshin

Post by DéShawn Murra » Wed Nov 20, 2002 10:56 am

Dear all,

I'm trying to find out where my roots lay. My great great grandfather hails , according to records, from a town called "Kwieshin" in China. Of course the spelling can not possibly be correct since the officials wrote it down phonetically. Can anyone help me in finding out where this is? It's said that it can be two possibilities: GuangZhou or Wuhan/Wudan?
a hua

Re: Help in discovering Kwieshin

Post by a hua » Fri Dec 13, 2002 2:15 am

What officials wrote it down, look at that. For example, officials of a certain time will use the system of that time, meaning pre Mao China, they didn't use the standard pinyin, or mainlkand romanization, unless you mean officials that were non-chinese, and did it by the sound, and then it is impossible to know. But to me, it seems like it is guishan, in modern rominized Mandarin spelling. Respond with more info.
DéShawn Murray

Re: Help in discovering Kwieshin

Post by DéShawn Murray » Wed May 07, 2003 6:35 am

Sorry for the very late response. I was abroad. Indeed it was written down by non chinese. Here is what I have:


Father's name: Unknown
Arrival date: 1866
family history before arrival: unknown
family: unknown
Country of birth: China
length: unknown
Color: unknown
Identification markings: unknown
Gender: male
Age in years: 24
Age in months: unknown
Relegion: unknown
Place of Origin: Kwieshin

Ship: Whirlwind
Boarding number: 177
Departure date: 15 january 1866
Place of departure: Hongkong
For whome: Oppenheimer, A.H.

Arrival date: 30 march 1866
Place of arrival: Paramaribo, Surinam


Re: Help in discovering Kwieshin

Post by Li » Sat May 17, 2003 12:07 pm

Most probably it is "Gui County", near Gui Lin, its geological location is:

North Latitude:23.1
East Longitude:109.6