Dewei is a member of the Confucius Genealogy Compilation Committee, which will publish the fifth edition of the family register next year. For the first time, it includes women and those living outside of China. Each person paid 5 yuan (about 70 cents) to register; the committee has stopped soliciting names.
People without pedigrees proving descent could take a DNA test to compare with Confucius genetic signature, which scientists in China discovered in 2006.
It may sound as though Confucius, whose proper name was Kong Zi, was particularly prolific, but all I could find (in the Handbook of Todays Religions) is that he had a son and a daughterI guess that’s what 2,500 years can do for your family tree.
The descendants have held noble titles and governmental posts throughout history. The main lineage fled from their ancestral home in Qufu during the Chinese Civil War, but now the Temple of Confucius and the Confucius Mansion (the residence of the philosophers descendants) are tourist attractions.
Now, if only I can figure out how to set up a genealogy compilation committee for my family …