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''[[Pacific Island Guide to Family History Research|Pacific Island Guide&nbsp;]] &gt; &nbsp;Cook Islands (Includes Rarotonga)'' <br>
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''[[Pacific Island Guide to Family History Research|Pacific Island Guide]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Cook_Islands_(Includes_Rarotonga)|Cook Islands]]'' [[Image:Rarotonga's Te Manga.jpg|thumb|right|300px]] [[Image:Im11 -cook islands-.png|thumb|right|300px]]
  
 
==== General Information  ====
 
==== General Information  ====
  
The population is about 18,000. Another 37,000 Cook Islanders live in New Zealand. The people are ethnically related to the ''Maori of New Zealand, the Maori of Easter Island, and the Kanaka Maoli of Hawaii.''  
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The population of the [[Cook Islands|Cook Islands]] is about 19,200. Another 58,000 Cook Islanders live in New Zealand and 8,000 in Australia. The people are ethnically related to the ''Maori of New Zealand, the Maori of Easter Island, and the Kanaka Maoli of Hawaii.''  
  
''Maori, English and Pukapukan ''are spoken. Dialects are: ''Rakahanga Manihiki, Panrhyn, Mangala, Rarotonga, Aitutaki, and Atiu Mauke Mitiaro. Pukapukan is spoken in Pukapuka and Anassau.''  
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''Maori, English and Pukapukan ''are spoken. Dialects are: ''Rakahanga, Manihiki, Penrhyn, Mangala, Aitutaki, Atiu, Mauke and Mitiaro. Pukapukan is spoken in Pukapuka and Nassau.''  
  
 
'''''Rarotonga''', the ''main island, is volcanic. It has a central volcanic pyramid with sawtooth peaks and ridges covered with tropical jungle. Streams run down the steep valleys. It is surrounded by a lagoon which goes several hundred yards to a reef which slopes to deep water.  
 
'''''Rarotonga''', the ''main island, is volcanic. It has a central volcanic pyramid with sawtooth peaks and ridges covered with tropical jungle. Streams run down the steep valleys. It is surrounded by a lagoon which goes several hundred yards to a reef which slopes to deep water.  
  
The island’s name stems from''raro,'' meaning ''“down,” ''and ''tonga,'' meaning “''south.” ''In 1997,''Japanese ''archaeologists unearthed a previously unknown ''marae'' (sacred site) on ''Motu Tapu'', an islet in the lagoon at ''Nagatangila.'' This is estimated to be 1500 years old (abt. 500 A.D.).
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The island’s name stems from ''raro,'' meaning ''“down,” ''and ''tonga,'' meaning “''south.”&nbsp;&nbsp;''  
  
Christianity is the dominant religion, brought by the ''London Missionary Society''. LDS Church membership in 2002 in the ''Cook Islands, ''including Rarotonga, was 1,236.  
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''&nbsp;''In 1997,''Japanese ''archaeologists unearthed a previously unknown ''marae'' (sacred site) on ''Motu Tapu'', an islet in the lagoon at ''Ngatangiia.'' This is estimated to be 1500 years old (abt. 500 A.D.).  
  
=== Historical background  ===
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Christianity is the dominant religion, brought by the ''London Missionary Society''. LDS Church membership in 2012 in the ''Cook Islands, ''including Rarotonga, was approx 1,200.
  
'''500''' Expeditions to New Zealand by Maori begin from Rarotonga, probably from Ngatangila.<br>800 Expedition of Ru from Tubua`i in French Polynesia to Rarotonga, Aitutake, and Tangaia.<br>'''1600''' Spanish explorers sight Pukapuka and land on Rakahanga <br>'''1800''' British and French explorers and Australian and New Zealand expeditions seek sandalwood. They name Pukapuka “Danger Island” because they cannot land. Captain James Cook lands on several of the islands and a Russian map maker names them the “Cook Islands” after him.<br>'''1821''' London Missionary Society landed in Aitutaki. Islanders quickly converted to Christianity.&nbsp; Population around 6,500.<br>'''1850''' Peruvian slave traders kidnapped outer islanders, who were never seen again.<br>'''1860s''' Population diminished to 2,000 due to sickness<br>'''1861-1907''' London Mission Society gives births and death, civil registration<br>'''1870''' Queen Makea Tukau has government authority and petitions for British protection. <br>'''1888''' Became a British protectorate. Freedom of religion guaranteed.<br>'''1895''' First Roman Catholic Church dedicated<br>'''1896''' (some 1876) A large number of oral genealogies was recorded.<br>'''1901''' Annexed to New Zealand in a deed of cession signed by five ariki and seven lesser chiefs.<br>'''1946''' Large numbers of Cook islanders migrate to New Zealand for jobs.<br>1965 Became a Self-Governing Territory under New Zealand. Cook Islanders have automatic New Zealand citizenship.<br>'''1996''' Population is 19,103<br>'''2000''' Universal suffrage and self-government with an elected parliament and a House of Ariki (hereditary chiefs) with representatives from all of the Cook Islands brings a peaceful environment in the Cook Islands.
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=== Historical Background  ===
  
=== Resources available ===
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'''500''' Expeditions to New Zealand by Maori begin from Rarotonga, probably from Ngatangila.<br>'''800''' Expedition of Ru from Tubua`i in French Polynesia to Rarotonga and Aitutaki.<br>'''1600''' Spanish explorers sight Pukapuka and land on Rakahanga <br>'''1800''' British and French explorers and Australian and New Zealand expeditions seek sandalwood. They name Pukapuka “Danger Island” because they cannot land. Captain James Cook lands on several of the islands and a Russian map maker names them the “Cook Islands” after him.<br>'''1821''' London Missionary Society landed in Aitutaki. Islanders quickly converted to Christianity.&nbsp; Population around 6,500.
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'''1845'''&nbsp; Elder Rogers visits Mangaia briefly.<br>'''1850''' Peruvian slave traders kidnapped outer islanders, who were never seen again.<br>'''1860s''' Population diminished to 2,000 due to sickness<br>'''1861-1907''' London Mission Society gives births and death, civil registration<br>'''1870''' Queen Makea Tukau has government authority and petitions for British protection. <br>'''1888''' Became a British protectorate. Freedom of religion guaranteed.<br>'''1895''' First Roman Catholic Church dedicated<br>'''1896''' (some 1876) A large number of oral genealogies was recorded.
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'''1899''' First two LDS missionaries arrive who stayed for several months.<br>'''1901''' Annexed to New Zealand in a deed of cession signed by five ariki and seven lesser chiefs.<br>'''1946''' Large numbers of Cook Islanders migrate to New Zealand for jobs.<br>'''1965''' Became a Self-Governing Territory under New Zealand. Cook Islanders have automatic New Zealand citizenship.<br>'''1996''' Population is 19,103<br>'''2000''' Universal suffrage and self-government with an elected parliament and a House of Ariki (hereditary chiefs) with representatives from all of the Cook Islands brings a peaceful environment in the Cook Islands.
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=== Resources Available ===
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Use the '''Family History Library Catalog '''and get microfilmsby following these steps:
  
 
*Go to the Internet at ''familysearch.org'' and click on the ''Library.''  
 
*Go to the Internet at ''familysearch.org'' and click on the ''Library.''  
 
*From that tab, click on the ''Family History Library Catalog''.  
 
*From that tab, click on the ''Family History Library Catalog''.  
 
*To get to the genealogies, choose a ''Place'' search.  
 
*To get to the genealogies, choose a ''Place'' search.  
*Type in '''Cook Islands'''.  
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*Type in '''''Cook Islands'''''.  
*Click on '''Cook Islands - Rarotonga - Genealogy'''.  
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*Click on '''''Cook Islands - Rarotonga - Genealogy'''''.A list of oral genealogies will come up with the names of the families listed. By clicking on the one you are interested in you can get the microfilm number.&nbsp;
*A list of oral genealogies will come up with the names of the families listed. By clicking on the you are interested in you can get the microfilm number. Or, use a ''Film/fiche number search'' and look at the descriptions of the following microfilms, all of which contain information about Cook Island ancestors: '''795886, 795837, 795960, 795720, 108490, 108491, 108492, 108563, 112651, 865045, 1026227, 165044, 165045, 928558.'''
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*&nbsp;&nbsp; Acomplete list can be found at'''&nbsp; https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F32880'''<br>
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*'''This is a direct link to the Family History Library Catalogue for the Cook Islands.'''&nbsp; [https://familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=432&subject_disp=Cook+Islands&columns=*,0,0 https://familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&amp;subject=432&amp;subject_disp=Cook+Islands&amp;columns=*,0,0]<br><br>
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*This is a direct link to the oral genealogies of the Cook Islands:[http://histfam.familysearch.org/oralhistories/oral_index.php http://histfam.familysearch.org/oralhistories/oral_index.php]<br>
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'''Cole Jensen Collection'''
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An important collection of compiled genealogies from Cook Islands is found in the ''Cole Jensen Collection: Oral Genealogies and Genealogical Information Collected from the Polynesian Peoples and from the Pacific Islands''. These records were collected by William Cole and Elwin Jensen over a period of 50 years and microfilmed by the Genealogical Department of the LDS Church in 1984. The original collection consisted of 51 binders. The original materials no longer exist as an intact collection. However, there are nine microfilms ('''1358001-1358009''') available at various family History centers.&nbsp; This collection has family group records, pedigree charts, oral genealogies, and other genealogical materials collected from the islands of ''Hawaii, New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga, Niue, Cook Islands, and French Polynesia, ''including the ''Society, Marquesas, Austral Islands, ''and the ''Tuamotu Archipelago.''  
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The microfilm with the transcript of Cook Island genealogies is '''1358004.'''
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'''Oral genealogies taped in the 1970s'''
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During the 1970s the Genealogical Department commisioned people to go to the Pacfic Islands and gather oral genealogies because they realized how fragile these important sources of family information are.&nbsp; They made arrangements for the interviews and the older people talked into the tape recorder microphone to get their genealogy on tape.&nbsp; Later, the gatherers&nbsp;typed transcripts of the interviews onto paper.&nbsp; The paper transcripts were microfilmed,&nbsp; You can use the table below to find the microfilm number of the '''transcript''' for the interview you are interested in.
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The tape recordings were later digitized onto compact discs.&nbsp; The audio, transcript and photo's are now available on line and can be accessed at:&nbsp; http://histfam.familysearch.org/oralhistories/oral_index.php <br>
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The list below is a sample of more that 80 genealogies available.&nbsp;
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{| width="100%" cellpadding="1" border="1" align="center"
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|-
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| align="center" | '''Last Name'''
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| align="center" | '''First Names'''
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| align="center" | '''Residence'''
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| align="center" | '''About place'''<br>
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| align="center" | '''Tape'''
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| align="center" | '''mp3'''<br>
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| align="center" | '''Transcript'''<br>
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| align="center" | '''PAF'''<br>
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|-
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| Aerepo
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| Iviiti
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| Ngati Vara
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| Mangaia
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| align="center" | 51
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| align="center" | <br>
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| align="center" | 795859 Item 4
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| align="center" | <br>
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|-
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| Apainuku
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| Paiti
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| Tuatu
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| Aitutaki
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| align="center" | 41
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| align="center" | <br>
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| align="center" | 795886 Item 11
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| align="center" | <br>
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| Ariki
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| Jane Tararo
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| Oiretumu
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| Mauke
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| align="center" | 70
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| align="center" | <br>
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| align="center" | 795886 Item 37
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| align="center" | <br>
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|-
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| Auai-te-tangata-ka-ta
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| <br>
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| Ivirua
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| Mangaia
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| align="center" | 48
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| align="center" | <br>
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| align="center" | 795886 Item 18
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| align="center" | <br>
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|}
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Latest revision as of 05:17, 21 January 2014

Pacific Island Guide Gotoarrow.png Cook Islands
Rarotonga's Te Manga.jpg
Im11 -cook islands-.png

General Information

The population of the Cook Islands is about 19,200. Another 58,000 Cook Islanders live in New Zealand and 8,000 in Australia. The people are ethnically related to the Maori of New Zealand, the Maori of Easter Island, and the Kanaka Maoli of Hawaii.

Maori, English and Pukapukan are spoken. Dialects are: Rakahanga, Manihiki, Penrhyn, Mangala, Aitutaki, Atiu, Mauke and Mitiaro. Pukapukan is spoken in Pukapuka and Nassau.

Rarotonga, the main island, is volcanic. It has a central volcanic pyramid with sawtooth peaks and ridges covered with tropical jungle. Streams run down the steep valleys. It is surrounded by a lagoon which goes several hundred yards to a reef which slopes to deep water.

The island’s name stems from raro, meaning “down,” and tonga, meaning “south.”  

 In 1997,Japanese archaeologists unearthed a previously unknown marae (sacred site) on Motu Tapu, an islet in the lagoon at Ngatangiia. This is estimated to be 1500 years old (abt. 500 A.D.).

Christianity is the dominant religion, brought by the London Missionary Society. LDS Church membership in 2012 in the Cook Islands, including Rarotonga, was approx 1,200.

Historical Background

500 Expeditions to New Zealand by Maori begin from Rarotonga, probably from Ngatangila.
800 Expedition of Ru from Tubua`i in French Polynesia to Rarotonga and Aitutaki.
1600 Spanish explorers sight Pukapuka and land on Rakahanga
1800 British and French explorers and Australian and New Zealand expeditions seek sandalwood. They name Pukapuka “Danger Island” because they cannot land. Captain James Cook lands on several of the islands and a Russian map maker names them the “Cook Islands” after him.
1821 London Missionary Society landed in Aitutaki. Islanders quickly converted to Christianity.  Population around 6,500.

1845  Elder Rogers visits Mangaia briefly.
1850 Peruvian slave traders kidnapped outer islanders, who were never seen again.
1860s Population diminished to 2,000 due to sickness
1861-1907 London Mission Society gives births and death, civil registration
1870 Queen Makea Tukau has government authority and petitions for British protection.
1888 Became a British protectorate. Freedom of religion guaranteed.
1895 First Roman Catholic Church dedicated
1896 (some 1876) A large number of oral genealogies was recorded.

1899 First two LDS missionaries arrive who stayed for several months.
1901 Annexed to New Zealand in a deed of cession signed by five ariki and seven lesser chiefs.
1946 Large numbers of Cook Islanders migrate to New Zealand for jobs.
1965 Became a Self-Governing Territory under New Zealand. Cook Islanders have automatic New Zealand citizenship.
1996 Population is 19,103
2000 Universal suffrage and self-government with an elected parliament and a House of Ariki (hereditary chiefs) with representatives from all of the Cook Islands brings a peaceful environment in the Cook Islands.

Resources Available

Use the Family History Library Catalog and get microfilmsby following these steps:

Cole Jensen Collection

An important collection of compiled genealogies from Cook Islands is found in the Cole Jensen Collection: Oral Genealogies and Genealogical Information Collected from the Polynesian Peoples and from the Pacific Islands. These records were collected by William Cole and Elwin Jensen over a period of 50 years and microfilmed by the Genealogical Department of the LDS Church in 1984. The original collection consisted of 51 binders. The original materials no longer exist as an intact collection. However, there are nine microfilms (1358001-1358009) available at various family History centers.  This collection has family group records, pedigree charts, oral genealogies, and other genealogical materials collected from the islands of Hawaii, New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga, Niue, Cook Islands, and French Polynesia, including the Society, Marquesas, Austral Islands, and the Tuamotu Archipelago.

The microfilm with the transcript of Cook Island genealogies is 1358004.

Oral genealogies taped in the 1970s

During the 1970s the Genealogical Department commisioned people to go to the Pacfic Islands and gather oral genealogies because they realized how fragile these important sources of family information are.  They made arrangements for the interviews and the older people talked into the tape recorder microphone to get their genealogy on tape.  Later, the gatherers typed transcripts of the interviews onto paper.  The paper transcripts were microfilmed,  You can use the table below to find the microfilm number of the transcript for the interview you are interested in.

The tape recordings were later digitized onto compact discs.  The audio, transcript and photo's are now available on line and can be accessed at:  http://histfam.familysearch.org/oralhistories/oral_index.php


The list below is a sample of more that 80 genealogies available. 

Last Name First Names Residence About place
Tape mp3
Transcript
PAF
Aerepo Iviiti Ngati Vara Mangaia 51
795859 Item 4
Apainuku Paiti Tuatu Aitutaki 41
795886 Item 11
Ariki Jane Tararo Oiretumu Mauke 70
795886 Item 37
Auai-te-tangata-ka-ta
Ivirua Mangaia 48
795886 Item 18

 

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