Sung Genealogical Records

The Sung Family CugPu (Clan Records)

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The clan records were probably written long after the Tang Dynasty. Nonetheless, the first ancestor named in the records belongs to Sung Gin (Song Jing, Sung Ging) 663-737AD. The records state that he lived in Pu2Tian2 in Fujian Province, China. He was a confucian scholar who passed the highest level of public examinations by the time he was 16 years of age. He served under the reigns of the Empress Wu ZeTian, and her successors. The reference in English that I looked up,

The Cambridge History of China Vol.3 

Sui and T'ang China 589-906 Part 1.

Ed. by Dennis Twitchett (& John K. Fairbank)

DS 735.C3145  951  76-29852

ISBN 0 521 21446 7


says that My ancestor, Song Ching (=Jing - romanisation different) was a confucian scholar, son of a minor official from Hopei, passed Chin Shih (jin shi) examinations around 680 at the age of 16. He was a fine scholar and writer. His career lead him through the censorate to become one of the cheif secretaries in the Secretariat. He was known for his unflinching rectitude. Empress Wu thought highly of him, and became the Vice President of the Censorate towards the end of Empress Wu's reign. He later fell out of favour due to political intrigues, and retired to the provinces.

There are 11 generations which are listed from Sung Gin inclusively. The Tang Era (618-907) broke up due to rebelion of An LuShan (On LukSan) and China disintergrated into a number of splinter states. In 960, it was reunited again in the form of the Song Empire and was to last until the movement of the imperial capital southward in 1127. It is postulated by other authors that during these period of instability, migrations of refugees fled the war torn areas and went southwards.

There is a gap in the genealogy which is attributed to this period of unrest. It is resumed by the ancestor, Sung Xin En (Song Xin En, Sung San Yan), whose father was Sung Ngian Dung (Song Yuan Dong, Sung Yuen Dung) of JiangXi Province, China. It is not certain whether Song Jing is in fact a real ancestor, because of the gap in the genealogy. This is where we should apply caution.

Other famous surnamed Sung figures of the Tang Dynasty are also given, though they are indirect relations it seems. Sung ZiVun (Song ZiWen, Sung JiMan) is mentioned along with the surname of his wife. He lived between 656-713AD, or around the same time as Song Jing, and he died in ShanDong Province in China.

Tang Dynasty Sung Gin's decendents, 11 generations in all, until the beginning of the Northern Sung Dynasty, 960-1127AD. The Cugpu states that there was unrest, and information was lost. Decendents from the next ancestor listed is in the page Changle.

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