Pacific Island Guide to Family History Research

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[[Pacific Island Guide to Family History Research#How_to_Use_This_Guide|How to Use This Guide]] [[Image:{{CanoeNav}}]]<br>[[Latter-day Saint Pacific Island Heritage|Latter-day Saint Pacific Island Heritage]]<br>Steps of Research for Pacific Island Ancestors<br>
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[[Pacific Island Guide to Family History Research#How_to_Use_This_Guide|How to Use This Guide]] [[Image:{{CanoeNav}}]]<br>[[Latter-day Saint Pacific Island Heritage|Latter-day Saint Pacific Island Heritage]]<br>Steps of Research for Pacific Island Ancestors<br>  
  
:[[Step 1. Write what you can from memory|Step 1. Write what you can from memory]]<br>
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:[[Step 1. Write what you can from memory|Step 1. Write what you can from memory]]<br>  
:[[Step 2. Gather written records|Step 2. Gather written records]]<br>
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:[[Step 2. Gather written records|Step 2. Gather written records]]<br>  
 
:[[Step 3. Learn about customs and history|Step 3. Learn about customs and history]]  
 
:[[Step 3. Learn about customs and history|Step 3. Learn about customs and history]]  
 
:By clicking on this step, you can learn about:  
 
:By clicking on this step, you can learn about:  
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::Determining gender  
 
::Determining gender  
 
::Written records that are available  
 
::Written records that are available  
::Other sources of information<br>
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::Other sources of information<br>  
:[[Step 4. Gather oral histories from your oldest relatives|Step 4. Gather oral histories from your oldest relatives]]<br>
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:[[Step 4. Gather oral histories from your oldest relatives|Step 4. Gather oral histories from your oldest relatives]]<br>  
:[[Step 5. Organize your information|Step 5. Organize your information]]<br>
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:[[Step 5. Organize your information|Step 5. Organize your information]]<br>  
:[[Step 6. Organize your papers|Step 6. Organize your papers]]<br>
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:[[Step 6. Organize your papers|Step 6. Organize your papers]]<br>  
:[[Step 7. Track your research|Step 7. Track your research]]<br>
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:[[Step 7. Track your research|Step 7. Track your research]]<br>  
:[[Step 8. Find ancestors on the IGI|Step 8. Find ancestors on the IGI]]<br>
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:[[Step 8. Find ancestors on the IGI|Step 8. Find ancestors on the IGI]]<br>  
:[[Step 9. Obtain and search other records|Step 9. Obtain and search other records]]<br>
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:[[Step 9. Obtain and search other records|Step 9. Obtain and search other records]]<br>  
 
::By clicking on this step 9, you will get information about:  
 
::By clicking on this step 9, you will get information about:  
::*Island naming customs<br>
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::*Island naming customs<br>  
::*How dates have been estimated<br>
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::*How dates have been estimated<br>  
::*How to decide whether a name is male or female<br>
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::*How to decide whether a name is male or female<br>  
::*Other Pacific island customs related to family history<br>
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::*Other Pacific island customs related to family history<br>  
::*The ''Cole Jensen Collection'' and Index<br>
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::*The ''Cole Jensen Collection'' and Index<br>  
::*Oral Genealogies collected during the 1970s<br>
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::*Oral Genealogies collected during the 1970s<br>  
::*How to use records from institutions near you<br>
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::*How to use records from institutions near you<br>  
::*How to use photographic collections<br>
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::*How to use photographic collections<br>  
::*How to use the Family History Library Catalog[[Image:{{SouPacMap}}]]<br>
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::*How to use the Family History Library Catalog[[Image:{{SouPacMap}}]]<br>  
 
::*For more detailed information about each island group, click on the links&nbsp;below.&nbsp;
 
::*For more detailed information about each island group, click on the links&nbsp;below.&nbsp;
  
[[Table of Pacific Island Names|Table of Pacific Island Names]]<br>
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[[Table of Pacific Island Names|Table of Pacific Island Names]]<br>  
  
:[[Cook Islands (Includes Rarotonga)|Cook Islands (Includes Rarotonga)]]<br>
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:[[Cook Islands (Includes Rarotonga)|Cook Islands (Includes Rarotonga)]]<br>  
:[[Easter Island|Easter Island (Rapa Nui)]]<br>
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:[[Easter Island|Easter Island (Rapa Nui)]]<br>  
:[[Fiji timeline|Fiji]]<br>
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:[[Fiji timeline|Fiji]]<br>  
:[[French Polynesia|French Polynesia]]<br>
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:[[French Polynesia|French Polynesia]]<br>  
::[[Austral Islands|Austral Islands]]<br>
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::[[Austral Islands|Austral Islands]]<br>  
::[[Gambier Islands|Gambier Islands]]<br>
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::[[Gambier Islands|Gambier Islands]]<br>  
::[[Marquesas Islands|Marquesas Islands]]<br>
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::[[Marquesas Islands|Marquesas Islands]]<br>  
::[[Society Islands (includes Tahiti)|Society Islands]]<br>
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::[[Society Islands (includes Tahiti)|Society Islands]]<br>  
::[[Tuamotu Islands|Tuamotu Islands]]<br>
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::[[Tuamotu Islands|Tuamotu Islands]]<br>  
:[[Hawaii Historical Background and Case Study in family history research|Hawaii background and case study]]<br>
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:[[Hawaii Historical Background and Case Study in family history research|Hawaii background and case study]]<br>  
::[[Hawaii Research Helps|Hawaii research helps]]<br>
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::[[Hawaii Research Helps|Hawaii research helps]]<br>  
:[[Micronesia|Micronesia]]<br>
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:[[Micronesia|Micronesia]]<br>  
::[[Federated States of Micronesia|Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)]]<br>
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::[[Federated States of Micronesia|Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)]]<br>  
::[[Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands|Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands]]<br>
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::[[Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands|Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands]]<br>  
::[[Kiribati (Gilbert Islands)|Kiribati (Gilbert Islands)]]<br>
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::[[Kiribati (Gilbert Islands)|Kiribati (Gilbert Islands)]]<br>  
::[[Marshall Islands|Marshall Islands]]<br>
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::[[Marshall Islands|Marshall Islands]]<br>  
::[[Nauru|Nauru]]<br>
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::[[Nauru|Nauru]]<br>  
::[[Palau|Palau]]<br>
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::[[Palau|Palau]]<br>  
:[[New Caledonia|New Caledonia]]<br>
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:[[New Caledonia|New Caledonia]]<br>  
:[[New Zealand Maori cultural traits and historical background|New Zealand Maori Customs and Background]]<br>
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:[[New Zealand Maori cultural traits and historical background|New Zealand Maori Customs and Background]]<br>  
::[[New Zealand Maori Research Ideas|New Zealand Maori research ideas]]<br>
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::[[New Zealand Maori Research Ideas|New Zealand Maori research ideas]]<br>  
 
:[[Niue|Niue]]<br>[[Image:{{CaptCook}}]]  
 
:[[Niue|Niue]]<br>[[Image:{{CaptCook}}]]  
:[[Papua New Guinea|Papua New Guinea]]<br>
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:[[Papua New Guinea|Papua New Guinea]]<br>  
:[[Samoa (Western and American)|Samoa (Western and American)]]<br>
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:[[Samoa (Western and American)|Samoa (Western and American)]]<br>  
:[[Solomon Islands|Solomon Islands]]<br>
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:[[Solomon Islands|Solomon Islands]]<br>  
:[[Tokelau|Tokelau]]<br>
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:[[Tokelau|Tokelau]]<br>  
:[[Tonga|Tonga]]<br>
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:[[Tonga|Tonga]]<br>  
::[[Tonga customs and research ideas|Tongan customs and research ideas]]<br>
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::[[Tonga customs and research ideas|Tongan customs and research ideas]]<br>  
::[[Tonga Oral History in the Family History Library|Tongan oral history]]<br>
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::[[Tonga Oral History in the Family History Library|Tongan oral history]]<br>  
::[[Register of Tongan Oral Histories|Register of Tongan Oral Histories]]
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::[[Register of Tongan Oral Histories|Register of Tongan Oral Histories]]  
:[[Tuvalu (Ellice Islands)|Tuvalu (Ellice Islands)]]<br>
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:[[Tuvalu (Ellice Islands)|Tuvalu (Ellice Islands)]]<br>  
:[[Vanuatu|Vanuatu]]<br>
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:[[Vanuatu|Vanuatu]]<br>  
 
:[[Wallis and Futuna Islands|Wallis and Futuna Islands]]<br>
 
:[[Wallis and Futuna Islands|Wallis and Futuna Islands]]<br>
  
[[Step 10. Submit names to the IGI|Step 10. Submit names to the IGI ]]<br>[[Step 11. Share what you found|Step 11. Share what you found]]<br>[[Pacific Island Guide Bibliography|Pacific Island Guide Bibliography]]  
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[[Step 10. Submitting names|Step 10. Submitting names (Mormon Genealogy)]]<br>[[Step 11. Share what you found|Step 11. Share what you found]]<br>[[Pacific Island Guide Bibliography|Pacific Island Guide Bibliography]]  
  
 
= How to Use This Guide  =
 
= How to Use This Guide  =

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Island scene, Saint-Joseph, Île des Pins, Nouméa, New Caledonia.
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Because Pacific island family history is based largely on an oral tradition, researchers face special challenges. They need to use special methods. These methods are not widely known among family history researchers, so in writing this guide, we found Pacific islanders who had been successful in doing family history work and learned from them how they did it.The people who shared their stories and information with me were very kind and generous, and it is their hard work that has made this guide possible. Most of their names are in the Bibliography.

I tried to find someone from each of the island groups to interview, but was not able to get a case study from all groups. My hope is that one of the case studies in Step 9 will be close enough to your situation to help you.

Table of Contents

How to Use This Guide
Using canoes like this navigators explored and settled the Pacific basin.

Latter-day Saint Pacific Island Heritage
Steps of Research for Pacific Island Ancestors
Step 1. Write what you can from memory
Step 2. Gather written records
Step 3. Learn about customs and history
By clicking on this step, you can learn about:
Personal names
Determining gender
Written records that are available
Other sources of information
Step 4. Gather oral histories from your oldest relatives
Step 5. Organize your information
Step 6. Organize your papers
Step 7. Track your research
Step 8. Find ancestors on the IGI
Step 9. Obtain and search other records
By clicking on this step 9, you will get information about:
  • Island naming customs
  • How dates have been estimated
  • How to decide whether a name is male or female
  • Other Pacific island customs related to family history
  • The Cole Jensen Collection and Index
  • Oral Genealogies collected during the 1970s
  • How to use records from institutions near you
  • How to use photographic collections
  • How to use the Family History Library Catalog
    The Pacific islands are split into 3 groups: Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. Click this map to enlarge it.

  • For more detailed information about each island group, click on the links below. 

Table of Pacific Island Names

Cook Islands (Includes Rarotonga)
Easter Island (Rapa Nui)
Fiji
French Polynesia
Austral Islands
Gambier Islands
Marquesas Islands
Society Islands
Tuamotu Islands
Hawaii background and case study
Hawaii research helps
Micronesia
Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)
Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands
Kiribati (Gilbert Islands)
Marshall Islands
Nauru
Palau
New Caledonia
New Zealand Maori Customs and Background
New Zealand Maori research ideas
Niue
Capt. Cook, a British explorer, mapped many of the Pacific islands.
Papua New Guinea
Samoa (Western and American)
Solomon Islands
Tokelau
Tonga
Tongan customs and research ideas
Tongan oral history
Register of Tongan Oral Histories
Tuvalu (Ellice Islands)
Vanuatu
Wallis and Futuna Islands

Step 10. Submitting names (Mormon Genealogy)
Step 11. Share what you found
Pacific Island Guide Bibliography

How to Use This Guide

Steps 1 through 7 and Steps 9 and 11 are the same for all Pacific island researchers. They will help you get started with your  basic family history work.

Some of the information in Steps 8, and 10 are about temple work of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormon). Just use the information in the guide that will be of help to you in your needs. You will find that you will be skipping back and forth from one step to another as you do your research. This is normal, so feel free to do it.