Marisa Louie Lee

Immigration Arrival Investigation Case File for KWAN Shee (20747/10-10). Record Group 85, National Archives at San Francisco

Genealogical & Historical Research

I'm eager to connect people with historical records that matter to them. I specialize in working with records relating to 20th century immigration and naturalization history, Asian American history, and records created by the federal government. I'm available for workshops and presentations on how to research your Asian American family and how to use federal records for genealogical research.

Questions? Don't hesitate to drop me a line.


Crosswalk between records available at the Hawaii State Archives and digitized indexes on FamilySearch for Chinese immigration research (PDF) - I'm working on converting this into a webpage, but you're welcome to use this PDF for now. Many thanks to Cindy Thomson for creating the waypoint markers for FamilySearch.


"Family History With Young Kids... While Sheltering in Place", California Genealogical Society blog, June 9, 2020.

"The A-Files: A Rich Source of Information", California Genealogical Society blog, May 20, 2020.


"Your Family Is Her Business" by Janice Lee. shades Magazine, May 5, 2020.

"Finding Asian American Family Histories: Genealogist Marisa Louie Lee" by Darryl Mori. Discover Nikkei, July 17, 2017.


Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 2:00 PM Pacific - Virtual presentation for the Chinese Family History Group of Southern California


January 14, 2020 - Instructor for the "Chinese Genealogy" Course, Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.

Saturday, May 30, 2020 - Online Presentation for the California Genealogical Society, "20th Century Immigration and Naturalization Records". Register here for this free webinar.

Thursday, July 9, 2020 - Special guest for the Densho Digital Genealogy Series session on U.S. immigration records.

Wednesdays, September 9 - November 18, 2020 - Instructor for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) Virtual Course "Chinese Ancestry: Research Methods and Sources". Registration opens July 11, 2020. [CANCELED AND POSTPONED TO 2021]

Sunday, September 13, 2020 - Virtual presentation for the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society