This is one of the only resources out there for North Korean research. But because of the split of Korea into North and South in the mid 20th century, you will not find any records of people born in North Korea from 1945-present. The records from before then are housed in South Korea (I hope this makes sense).
If you have any other questions please let us know. Good luck!
Thank you for your quick reply! My friend has a couple of generations but needs prior, so hopefully they are housed in South Korea - that would be a miracle! We will take a look.
I clicked on the link u provided & the "Time Period" says that the "records from 1600's to 1910 are in the Family History Library collection"! That's exciting & perhaps exactly what we need to look at, but how do we access the FHL collection? I don't see it in the Catalog. Thx for your help Luke.
This is the catalog page that you most likely looked at and could not find any 'North Korea' results. Again, because of the War that split the Korean Peninsula in the 1940's, it was not called North or South Korea, but simply 'Korea.' Use this page and it will have all the records listed that FamilySearch has available. However, NOT all of these are online. Some may say that you can only access them at the Family History Library. This is the Library in Salt Lake City, UT. Essentially, if you wanted to view a record that says this, you must go to Utah to view it. If it says it can only be viewed at a Family History Center, this is referring to the FHC that is housed by your stake, typically at the stake center. If it says you can only view it at Family History Library Affiliates, that means you can only view them at public libraries in various places that have contracts with FamilySearch. And if it has nothing listed, you are able to view it at home from a computer.
I hope you or your friend are fluent in Korean. Even if you are, it is important to be able to comprehend both the Hangul and Hanja scripts, as use of them in records varies with years.
Thank you again! It would be so exciting for her to find more information about her family with this link to the catalog! She is very fluent in Korean and we are right by a FHC if needed. I really appreciate your help & will stay in touch to let you know what we are able to find out in the next few days.
You are very welcome! Best of luck and keep us posted 😀