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Collection Time Period

This collection includes records for the years 1904 to 1949.

Record Description

The Hawaii Vital records are records of birth, marriages and deaths that happen on the Hawaiian Islands. They include a lot of genealogical history that should help you in your search for your Hawaiian ancestors.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found in the birth records may include the following information

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  • Child’s name
  • Child’s sex
  • Birth date
  • Birth place
  • Registration date
  • Race
  • Parents' names
  • Parents' residence
  • Father’s occupation
  • Parents' birth places



The key genealogical facts found in the marriage records may include the following information

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  • Full name of bride and groom
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place
  • Residence of bride and groom
  • Age or birthdate of bride and groom
  • Bride and groom’s occupation
  • Birth place of bride and groom
  • Parents of bride and groom
  • What number of marriage for bride and groom
  • Officiator



The key genealogical facts found in the death records may include the following information

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  • Name of deceased
  • Death date
  • Death place
  • Age
  • Marital status
  • Cause of death
  • Occupation
  • Birth date and place
  • Names of parents
  • Surviving spouse
  • Race
  • Residence
  • Informant’s name
  • Informant’s residence

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • The place where the birth, marriage, or death occurred
  • The approximate date the event occurred
  • The name of the individual or individuals such as the names of the bride and groom, the infant, or the deceased

Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details and lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.

For example:

  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • Occupations and titles listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment, military, and church records.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • The name of the officiator may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
  • Use a marriage number to identify previous marriages.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married, or died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

Keep in mind:

  • The information is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the mid 1800s.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.

If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.

For a summary of this information see the wiki article: United States, How to Use the Records Summary.

Record History

Statewide registration of births and marriages began in 1842. Registration of deaths began in 1859. Few records exist until 1896, however, and registration was not generally complied with until 1929.

Why the Record Was Created

These records were created to keep track of the vital events happening in the lives of the citizens and to safeguard their legal interests.

Record Reliability

These records are generally reliable but can vary depending on the knowledge of the informant.

Related Websites

Hawaii Department of Health, Office of Health Status Monitoring

Related Wiki Articles

Hawaii Vital Records

Contributions to This Article

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.


Sources of Information for This Collection

Hawaii. Vital Records, 1904-1949. Hawaii Department of Health, Office of Health Status Monitoring. Honolulu.

 

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