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''[[Pacific Island Guide to Family History Research|Pacific Island Guide&nbsp;]] &gt; &nbsp;Tongan Oral History'' <br>  
 
''[[Pacific Island Guide to Family History Research|Pacific Island Guide&nbsp;]] &gt; &nbsp;Tongan Oral History'' <br>  
  
Over 500 Tongan oral histories were recorded on open-reel tapes during the 1970s. All of them contain genealogies. These histories were recorded in the native language and were later transcribed onto paper. The paper transcripts were microfilmed and given catalog numbers so that people could&nbsp;find, read, and print copies.  
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Over 700 Tongan oral histories were recorded on open-reel tapes during the 1970s, and later transferred to compact discs, and then MP3 files. All of them contain genealogies. These oral histories were recorded in the native language and were later transcribed onto paper. The paper transcripts were microfilmed and given numbers so that people could&nbsp;find, read, and print copies. The sources on microfilm can be ordered and viewed at your local Family HIstory Center.  
  
If you would like to view one of these oral histories, you can use the Family history Library Catalog on the Internet to obtain the microfilm number. You can use this number to find the microfilm at the Family History Library or to order a copy to be sent to a family history center. To get the microfilm number from the Internet, follow these steps:
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You can use either (1)&nbsp;the [[Register of Tongan Oral Histories|Register of Tongan Oral Histories]] Wiki page, or (2)&nbsp;the online Keyword Search of the [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]] to find and hear a digital mp3 version of a Tongan oral history interview, or to find and view a microfilm of its transcript.  
  
#Go to '''[http://www.familysearch.org/ www.familysearch.org]'''.&nbsp; (If you are in the Family History Library, you can get to [http://www.familysearch.org/ www.familysearch.org] by clicking '''FamilySearch Internet''' on their computer screens.)
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'''Using the [https://familysearch.org/#form=catalog Catalog] to Find Oral Histories '''<br>
#Click on the '''Library'''tab.
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#Click on the '''Family History Library Catalog''' tab.
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#Click on '''Title Search.'''
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#Type '''oral genealogy interview''' in the search box and click the '''Search''' button. This will bring up more than 650 titles arranged alphabetically by title.
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::Example: Oral genealogy interview, 1976 Sept 17
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'''''Step 1.''''' {{FHL|oral genealogy interview|keywords|disp=Click here}} to see the Keyword Search for "oral genealogy interview" arranged alphabetically by the authors' surnames. Names that start with a glottal stop (`) will come up first, followed by the alphabetical letters. Scroll down the page until you find an ancestor’s last name. At the bottom of each screen, click on '''Next results''' to see the next 50 names.  
::Tonga, Sisumangumangu Lopeti, 1909-
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::In this example, “Oral genealogy interview, 1976 Sep 17” is the date when the interview took place.&nbsp; “Tonga, Sisumangumangu Lopeti” is the person who was interviewed, listed with his last name (“Tonga”) first.&nbsp; “1909” is the year he was born.
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6. To view the list in alphabetical order by last name, click on '''Order results by author''' at the bottom of the page. Names that start with a glottal stop (`) will come up first, followed by the alphabetical letters.  
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:'''Note: '''Instead of scrolling through all of the records, you can save time by “jumping” to later records.&nbsp; To do this, you must select a record number to “jump” to and type it in the ''Get records from number'' box at the bottom of the screen.&nbsp;
  
7. Scroll down the page until you find your ancestor’s last name. At the bottom of each screen, click on '''Next results''' to see the next 50 names.  
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:Since you don’t know the number of the record you are looking for, you could guess one.&nbsp; For example, if your ancestor’s name starts with the letter “T” you might guess that the record number for that ancestor would occur around 450, because the letter “T” occurs a little more than two-thirds of the way through the alphabet and 450 is a little more than two-thirds of 600, which is the approximate number of records in the database. Use the following table to help you guess a record number closer to your ancestor’s name, or click the letter(s) to go (link) there.<br>
  
:'''Note: '''Instead of scrolling through all of the records, you can save time by “jumping” to later records.&nbsp; To do this, you must select a record number to “jump” to and type it in the '''Get records from number''' box at the bottom of the screen.&nbsp;
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| align="center" | {{FHL|oral genealogy interview|keywords|disp=1 &nbsp; 'A}}
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| align="center" | {{FHL|oral genealogy interview|keywords|disp=54&nbsp; D}}
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| align="center" | {{FHL|oral genealogy interview|keywords|disp=144&nbsp; H}}
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| align="center" | {{FHL|oral genealogy interview|keywords|disp=269&nbsp; Le}}
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| align="center" | {{FHL|oral genealogy interview|keywords|disp=390&nbsp; P}}
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| align="center" | {{FHL|oral genealogy interview|keywords|disp=521&nbsp; Te}}
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| align="center" | {{FHL|oral genealogy interview|keywords|disp=19&nbsp; 'U}}
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| align="center" | {{FHL|oral genealogy interview|keywords|disp=56&nbsp; E}}
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| align="center" | {{FHL|oral genealogy interview|keywords|disp=188&nbsp; I}}
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| align="center" | {{FHL|oral genealogy interview|keywords|disp=298&nbsp; Ma}}
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| align="center" | {{FHL|oral genealogy interview|keywords|disp=432&nbsp; Q}}
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| align="center" | {{FHL|oral genealogy interview|keywords|disp=572&nbsp; Tu}}
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| align="center" | {{FHL|oral genealogy interview|keywords|disp=20&nbsp; A}}
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| align="center" | {{FHL|oral genealogy interview|keywords|disp=60&nbsp; Fa}}
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| align="center" | {{FHL|oral genealogy interview|keywords|disp=191&nbsp; J}}
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| align="center" | {{FHL|oral genealogy interview|keywords|disp=346&nbsp; Me}}
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| align="center" | {{FHL|oral genealogy interview|keywords|disp=434&nbsp; R}}
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| align="center" | {{FHL|oral genealogy interview|keywords|disp=626&nbsp; U}}
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| align="center" | {{FHL|oral genealogy interview|keywords|disp=40&nbsp; B}}
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| align="center" | {{FHL|oral genealogy interview|keywords|disp=93&nbsp; Fi}}
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| align="center" | {{FHL|oral genealogy interview|keywords|disp=194&nbsp; K}}
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| align="center" | {{FHL|oral genealogy interview|keywords|disp=369&nbsp; N}}
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| align="center" | {{FHL|oral genealogy interview|keywords|disp=443&nbsp; S}}
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| align="center" | {{FHL|oral genealogy interview|keywords|disp=634&nbsp; V}}
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| align="center" | {{FHL|oral genealogy interview|keywords|disp=49&nbsp; C}}
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| align="center" | {{FHL|oral genealogy interview|keywords|disp=143 G}}
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| align="center" | {{FHL|oral genealogy interview|keywords|disp=242&nbsp; La}}
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| align="center" | {{FHL|oral genealogy interview|keywords|disp=382&nbsp; O}}
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| align="center" | {{FHL|oral genealogy interview|keywords|disp=467&nbsp; Ta}}
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| align="center" | {{FHL|oral genealogy interview|keywords|disp=682&nbsp; W}}
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:Since you don’t know the number of the record you are looking for, you will have to guess one.&nbsp; For example, if your ancestor’s name starts with the letter “T” you might guess that the record number for that ancestor would occur around 450, because the letter “T” occurs a little more than two-thirds of the way through the alphabet and 450 is a little more than two-thirds of 600, which is the approximate number of records in the database. <br>Use the following chart to help you guess a record number closer to your ancestor’s name.
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8. Once you have located the history you want, select it by clicking on the underlined title for the record. This will bring up a screen with more information about the record, such as notes, call numbers, and the record’s location in the Library. You may want to '''print''' this screen so that you will have a record of what you found in the catalog. The screen will look like this:  
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'''''Step 2'''''. Once you see an oral history you want, select it by clicking on the underlined title. This will bring up a screen with more information about the record, such as notes, call numbers, and the record’s location in the Library. You may want to print this screen so that you will have a record of what you found in the catalog. The screen will look like this: [[Image:Tonga oral history in FHLC.jpg|center]]
  
:'''Note:''' In this case, the person was from the village “Neiafu” on the island of “Vava`u”. The village the person is from is important because you may find more information about your ancestor by looking at genealogies of other people from the same village. To quickly find out what villages the people who gave their oral histories were from, see “How to browse through the villages more quickly” on the back page of this handout.
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:'''Note:''' In this case, the person was from the village “Neiafu” on the island of “Vava`u”. The village the person is from is important because you may find more information about your ancestor by looking at genealogies of other people from the same village. To quickly find villages of the interviewees, see “How to browse the villages” near the bottom of this page.
  
:'''Note: Neither of these call numbers is the microfilm number.'''
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:'''Note: '''''<b>Neither of these call numbers is the microfilm number.</b>''
  
:The word “Audio” in the “Location” column signifies that the corresponding call number is for the audio Tape of the interview. The word “Book” in the “Location” column signifies that the corresponding call number is for the paper transcript of the interview. The audio tapes are in special storage and must be special ordered. To read the paper transcript, take the call number to Floor B-1 of the Family History Library and ask a Library attendant for help.
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:The word “Audio” in the “Location” column signifies that the corresponding call number is for the audio Tape of the interview. The word “Book” in the “Location” column signifies that the corresponding call number is for the paper transcript of the interview. The audio tapes are in high-density storage and must be special ordered. To read the paper transcript, take the call number to Floor B-1 of the Family History Library and ask a Library attendant for help.
  
9. To get the microfilm number, click on '''View Film Notes.'''&nbsp; This will take you to a screen similar to the one below. '''Print''' this screen so that you will have a record of the microfilm number.  
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'''''Step 3.''''' To get the microfilm number, click on '''View Film Notes''' button in the upper-right corner.&nbsp; This will take you to a screen similar to the one below. Click the blue (or purple) word "<u>here</u>" near the bottom of the screen to get a printable version, then '''print''' a copy for your records. [[Image:Tonga oral history film notes.jpg|frame|center]]
  
10. Use the microfilm number to locate the film in the Library or order the film from a family history center near you.&nbsp; To find the nearest family history center, go to '''[http://www.familysearch.org/ www.familysearch.org]''' and click on the '''Library'''tab, then click on the '''Family History Centers''' tab and follow the instructions given there.  
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'''''Step 4'''''. Use the film number to order the film at a Family History Center. To find a Family History Center near you, [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|click here.]]
  
To save time, we can also use a film/fiche number search to get to the oral genealogy interviews quickly. Some of these numbers are: 795707, 796816, 795831, 795708, 795709, 795710, 795889, 795890, 795891, 795892, 795913, 795978, 795983, 1066597,795976, and 795975 item 4795913
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'''How to browse the villages'''
 
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How to browse through the villages more quickly
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If you want to see a list of '''villages''' of people who gave their oral histories, use the [[Register of Tongan Oral Histories|Register of Tongan Oral Histories]] Wiki page. It lists the oral genealogies in alphabetical order by last name, with a column showing the name of the '''village''' and a column showing the cassette tape number. The glottal stops are interfiled with the letters of the alphabet in this list.  
 
If you want to see a list of '''villages''' of people who gave their oral histories, use the [[Register of Tongan Oral Histories|Register of Tongan Oral Histories]] Wiki page. It lists the oral genealogies in alphabetical order by last name, with a column showing the name of the '''village''' and a column showing the cassette tape number. The glottal stops are interfiled with the letters of the alphabet in this list.  
  
'''Example from the Register of Tongan Oral Histories''':<br>
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'''Examples from the Register of Tongan Oral Histories''':  
  
{| align="center" width="532" class="FCK__ShowTableBorders" style="width: 532px; height: 130px;"
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{| width="740" cellpadding="0" border="1" align="center"
 
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|-
| '''Last Name'''  
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| align="center" | '''Last Name'''  
| '''First Names'''  
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| align="center" | '''First Names'''  
| '''Place'''  
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| align="center" | '''Residence'''  
| '''Tape Number'''  
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| align="center" | '''About place'''
| '''Links to PAF, Word Doc<br>and MP3 file'''
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| align="center" | '''Tape'''  
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| align="center" | '''mp3'''
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| align="center" | '''Transcript'''
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| align="center" | '''PAF'''
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|-
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| Afemui<br>  
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| Afasa<br>
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| Fo'ui<br>
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| Fo'ui<br>
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| align="center" | 313<br>
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| align="center" | <br>
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| align="center" | 795890 Item 12<br>
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| align="center" | <br>
 
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| Afimeimo’unga  
 
| Afimeimo’unga  
 
| <br>  
 
| <br>  
 
| Pahu  
 
| Pahu  
| 595  
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| <br>
|  
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| align="center" | 595  
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| align="center" | <br>
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| align="center" | <br>
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| align="center" | <br>
 
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| Afu  
 
| Afu  
 
| Maika  
 
| Maika  
 
| Ha’ano  
 
| Ha’ano  
| 787
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| <br>
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| align="center" | 787
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| align="center" | <br>
| Afuha’amango
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| align="center" | <br>
| Setaleki Mumui
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| align="center" | <br>
| Neiafu
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| 104
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| Mapa  
 
| Mapa  
 
| Penisimani Latuselu  
 
| Penisimani Latuselu  
 
| Nuku'alofa  
 
| Nuku'alofa  
| 89
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| Tongatapu
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| align="center" | 1
[https://fch.ldschurch.org/medieval/fhl0000089_1.mp3 https://fch.ldschurch.org/medieval/fhl0000089_1.mp3]  
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| align="center" | [https://fch.ldschurch.org/medieval/fhl0000089_1.mp3 mp3]  
 
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| align="center" | [https://fch.ldschurch.org/medieval/Feb.09515Tape1Peni.docx 795707 Item 2]  
[https://fch.ldschurch.org/medieval/Feb.09515Tape1Peni.docx fch.ldschurch.org/medieval/Feb.09515Tape1Peni.docx]<br>[https://fch.ldschurch.org/medieval/%231PenisimaniLatuseluMapa-Nuku'alofa.paf https://fch.ldschurch.org/medieval/%231PenisimaniLatuseluMapa-Nuku'alofa.paf]  
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| align="center" | [https://fch.ldschurch.org/medieval/%231PenisimaniLatuseluMapa-Nuku'alofa.paf PAF]
 
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<br>The ''Register'' is also available in book and microfilm format from the Family History Library:  
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An earlier, less-complete version of the ''Register'' is also available in book and microfilm format from the Family History Library:  
  
:''Register of Tongan Oral Histories''. Salt Lake City: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1993. [FHL INTL [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=600992&disp=Register+of+Tongan+oral+histories++ book 996.12 D33r; film 795912 Item 12]].
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:''Register of Tongan Oral Histories''. Salt Lake City: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1993. [FHL INTL {{FHL|600992|title-id|disp=book 996.12 D33r; film 795912 Item 12}}].
  
''[[Tonga customs|Tongan Customs]] &nbsp;&lt; &nbsp;Previous&nbsp; | &nbsp;Next&nbsp; &gt;&nbsp; [[Register of Tongan Oral Histories|Register of Tongan Oral Histories]]''
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Latest revision as of 15:38, 24 November 2011

Pacific Island Guide  >  Tongan Oral History

Over 700 Tongan oral histories were recorded on open-reel tapes during the 1970s, and later transferred to compact discs, and then MP3 files. All of them contain genealogies. These oral histories were recorded in the native language and were later transcribed onto paper. The paper transcripts were microfilmed and given numbers so that people could find, read, and print copies. The sources on microfilm can be ordered and viewed at your local Family HIstory Center.

You can use either (1) the Register of Tongan Oral Histories Wiki page, or (2) the online Keyword Search of the Family History Library Catalog to find and hear a digital mp3 version of a Tongan oral history interview, or to find and view a microfilm of its transcript.

Using the Catalog to Find Oral Histories

Step 1. Click here to see the Keyword Search for "oral genealogy interview" arranged alphabetically by the authors' surnames. Names that start with a glottal stop (`) will come up first, followed by the alphabetical letters. Scroll down the page until you find an ancestor’s last name. At the bottom of each screen, click on Next results to see the next 50 names.

Note: Instead of scrolling through all of the records, you can save time by “jumping” to later records.  To do this, you must select a record number to “jump” to and type it in the Get records from number box at the bottom of the screen. 
Since you don’t know the number of the record you are looking for, you could guess one.  For example, if your ancestor’s name starts with the letter “T” you might guess that the record number for that ancestor would occur around 450, because the letter “T” occurs a little more than two-thirds of the way through the alphabet and 450 is a little more than two-thirds of 600, which is the approximate number of records in the database. Use the following table to help you guess a record number closer to your ancestor’s name, or click the letter(s) to go (link) there.
1   'A 54  D 144  H 269  Le 390  P 521  Te
19  'U 56  E 188  I 298  Ma 432  Q 572  Tu
20  A 60  Fa 191  J 346  Me 434  R 626  U
40  B 93  Fi 194  K 369  N 443  S 634  V
49  C 143 G 242  La 382  O 467  Ta 682  W


Step 2. Once you see an oral history you want, select it by clicking on the underlined title. This will bring up a screen with more information about the record, such as notes, call numbers, and the record’s location in the Library. You may want to print this screen so that you will have a record of what you found in the catalog. The screen will look like this:
Tonga oral history in FHLC.jpg
Note: In this case, the person was from the village “Neiafu” on the island of “Vava`u”. The village the person is from is important because you may find more information about your ancestor by looking at genealogies of other people from the same village. To quickly find villages of the interviewees, see “How to browse the villages” near the bottom of this page.
Note: Neither of these call numbers is the microfilm number.
The word “Audio” in the “Location” column signifies that the corresponding call number is for the audio Tape of the interview. The word “Book” in the “Location” column signifies that the corresponding call number is for the paper transcript of the interview. The audio tapes are in high-density storage and must be special ordered. To read the paper transcript, take the call number to Floor B-1 of the Family History Library and ask a Library attendant for help.
Step 3. To get the microfilm number, click on View Film Notes button in the upper-right corner.  This will take you to a screen similar to the one below. Click the blue (or purple) word "here" near the bottom of the screen to get a printable version, then print a copy for your records.
Tonga oral history film notes.jpg

Step 4. Use the film number to order the film at a Family History Center. To find a Family History Center near you, click here.

How to browse the villages

If you want to see a list of villages of people who gave their oral histories, use the Register of Tongan Oral Histories Wiki page. It lists the oral genealogies in alphabetical order by last name, with a column showing the name of the village and a column showing the cassette tape number. The glottal stops are interfiled with the letters of the alphabet in this list.

Examples from the Register of Tongan Oral Histories:

Last Name First Names Residence About place Tape mp3 Transcript PAF
Afemui
Afasa
Fo'ui
Fo'ui
313

795890 Item 12

Afimeimo’unga
Pahu
595


Afu Maika Ha’ano
787


Mapa Penisimani Latuselu Nuku'alofa Tongatapu 1 mp3 795707 Item 2 PAF

An earlier, less-complete version of the Register is also available in book and microfilm format from the Family History Library:

Register of Tongan Oral Histories. Salt Lake City: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1993. [FHL INTL book 996.12 D33r; film 795912 Item 12].


 

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