Your Portal to Laos and the Lao Genealogy.

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Welcome to the LaosGenWeb Project.  This website was designed to assist 
researchers in their quest for their ancestry in the Lao People's Democratic Republic.

General Information

Laos is a landlocked nation of approximately 236,800 square kilometers, bordered by China to the north, Burma to the northwest, Thailand to the west, Vietnam to the east, and Cambodia to the south. [More]

The People

The Lao Loum, or lowland Lao, constitute the majority of the population, about 66 percent and comprise several ethnic groups.  The Lao Loum generally live in lowland valley areas along the Mekong River.  [More]

The Lao Theung, or midland Lao, are of Austroasiatic origin and are probably the autochthonous inhabitants of Laos, having migrated northward in prehistoric times. The Lao Theung generally live in the highlands.  [More]

The Lao Sung (comprising of the Hmong) make up about 10 percent of the population. The Lao Sung generally live in the northern mountains.

The Hmong migrated into Laos (as well as other Indo-Chinese countries) from China as early as 200 years ago.  [More]

The Mien  [More]

The Khmu  [More]

The other ethnics  [More]

The Languages

Lao (official), French, English, Hmong, Khmu, Mien and various ethnic languages.  [More]

The Government

Laos is a Communist state.  [More]

The Provinces

Laos is divided into  1 municipality; Viangchan, 1 special zone; Xaisomboun, and 16 provinces; Attapu, Bokeo, Bolikhamxai, Champasak, Houaphan, Khammouan, Louangnamtha, Louangphabang, Oudomxai, Phongsali, Salavan, Savannakhet, Viangchan, Xaignabouli, Xekong, Xiangkhoang. [More]


Laos gained its independence from France in 1949. [More]

Bulletin Boards and Surname Resource Pages

Submit and View Queries and Surnames   Submit a Query or Surnames for your lost ancestor from Laos. Please use the linking feature only for genealogical material otherwise your query may be deleted.   See also the Laos Surname Pages for a listing of surnames being currently researched as part of this websites.

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