The Memory of the World Committee for Asia and The Pacific (MOWCAP) have officially listed Confucius family archives as documentary heritage at their seventh general meeting. The Confucius family spans over 83 generations with more than 2 million people and currently holds the record of the longest family tree in the Guinness World Book of Records.
Over 9000 volumes of archives covering the Ming and Qing Dynasty from 1534 – 1948, were officially inscribed on the Memory of the World (MOW) regional register. The documents contain significant family history details during feudal times, leading up to one year before the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.
The deputy director of the Qufu City cultural relics management, Li Yuchin says the committee plans to apply for additional inscription into the UNESCO’s global Memory of the World register. These rare and endangered documents will serve as important research tools into China’s feudal patriarchal system.