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''[[Pacific]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Federated States of Micronesia (Guide)|Micronesia]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''[[Marshall Islands Genealogy|Marshall Islands]]'''{{Marshall Islands-sidebar}}Guide to '''Marshall Islands ancestry, family history and genealogy''': birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records. <br>
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==Country Information==
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The Marshall Islands are an island country in the Pacific Ocean whose nearest neighbors are the [[Federated States of Micronesia Genealogy|Federated States of Micronesia]], [[Wake Island Genealogy|Wake Island]], [[Kiribati Genealogy|Kiribati]], and [[Nauru Genealogy|Nauru]]. It was formerly ruled by [[Spain Genealogy|Spain]], [[Germany Genealogy|Germany]], and [[Japan Genealogy|Japan]]. The official languages are Marshallese and English.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Marshall Islands," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,'' https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_Islands, accessed 27 April 2016.</ref>
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Links to articles on getting started with Marshall Islands research.
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Links to articles and websites that assist in Marshall Islands research.
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*[http://members.tripod.com/~alelemuseum/Archives.html Alele Museum, Library, National Archives]
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*[http://www.oceaniagenweb.org/index.php/marshall-islands Marshall Islands GenWeb]
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/HI/MarshallI/ Marshall Islands Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
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=== Getting started with Marshall Islands research  ===
 
 
 
Although the Marshall Islands were settled by Micronesians in the 2nd millennium BC, little is known of the early history of the islands. Spanish explorer Alonso de Salazar was the first European to sight the Marshall Islands in 1526, but the islands remained virtually unvisited by Europeans for several more centuries, before the arrival of British Captain John Marshall in 1788. The islands owe their name to him.
 
  
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Genealogy records are kept on the local level in the Marshall Islands.  Click on a place below to go to the corresponding Wiki article listing more information.
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The easternmost part of the Micronesia area, the [[Marshall_Islands|Marshall Islands]] are an independent nation located between Hawaii and Papua New Guinea, north of Fiji. The islands are composed of 29 coral atolls and 5 small low-lying islands in the central Pacific. The Ratak chain on the east is made up of 15 atolls, and the Ralik chain has 16 atolls. There a over 1,000 island in these two chains. The Marshall Islands have a population of around 50,000. ''English'' is the official language. ''Marshallese and Japanese'' are also spoken.
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Where to write for vital records starting 12 November 1952 in the Marshall Islands (RMI)
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==FamilySearch Resources==
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Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in resourcing your family.
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*[[Genealogy Help on Facebook|Facebook Communities]] - Facebook groups discussing genealogy research
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*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/home.html Learning Center] - Online genealogy courses
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records]
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*[https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator?c=Marshall_Islands Family History Center locator map]
  
:'''Registrar’s Office'''<br>
 
:PO Box 546<br>
 
:Majuro, Marshall Islands 96960<br><br>
 
  
The National Archives (see below) also has birth and death certificates in its collection.<br>  
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==References==
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:Alele Museum of the Marshall Islands<br>
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:'''Library and National Archives'''<br>
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:PO Box 629 <br>
 
:Majuro, Marshall Islands 96960<br>
 
:Telepone 011-692-625-3660<br>
 
:Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm<br>
 
:[http://alelemuseum.tripod.com/Archives.html Archives website]<br><br>
 
 
 
Another possiblity is:
 
 
 
:'''Embassy of the Marshall Islands'''
 
:2433 Massachusetts Avenue, NW<br>
 
:Washington, DC 20008<br>
 
:Telephone 202-234-5414<br><br>
 
 
 
=== Historical Background  ===
 
 
 
'''500''' B.C.First Micronesian navigators arrive in the Marshalls, calling the atolls ''Aelon Kien Ad ''(Our Islands).<br>'''1494''' All of Micronesia is ceded to Spain<br>'''1529''' Spaniard Alvaro Saavedra discovers the Marshalls.<br>'''1788''' British Naval Captain William Marshall sails through the area while transporting convicts and names it.<br>'''1857''' Reverend Hiram Bingham, Jr. of the American Board of Commissioners of Foreign Missions creates a missionary outpost on Ebon.<br>'''1860s''' Adolph Capelle builds the first trading company in the Marshalls. Other German trading firms come.<br>'''1878''' Germans establish a calling station and start coconut plantations to produce copra. Captain von Werner of the German Navy grants trade privileges to natives of the Ralik chain.<br>'''1885''' German government annexes the Marshalls and pays Spain $4.5 milllion.<br>'''1886''' Germany establishes a protectorate over the Marshalls.<br>'''1887''' The Jaluit Company, a German entity entrusted with governance of the Marshalls, is formed.<br>'''1898''' Germany receives ownership of Ujelang and Enewetok atolls as a result of the Spanish American war<br>'''1914''' The Marshalls are captured from Germany by the Japanese.<br>'''1920''' The League of Nations grants a mandate to Japan to administer the Marshalls.<br>'''1934''' Japan builds defenses in the Marshalls.<br>'''1943''' Allied invasion of the Marshalls begins and occupation results in 1943.<br>'''1945''' End of World War II grants control of the Marshall to the U.S.A.<br>'''1946''' U.S.A. begins testing nuclear bombs. Bikini atoll is evacuated for the first tests.<br>'''1947''' Marshall Islands become part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands established by the United Nations.<br>'''1948''' U.S. nuclear testing expands to Enewetok atoll.<br>'''1951''' U.S. Dept. of the Interior assumes responsibility within the U.S. Government from the Dept. of the Navy.<br>'''1952''' U.S. tests the first hydrogen bomb on Enewetak.<br>'''1954''' U.S. nuclear hydrogen bomb on Bikini atoll and radiation from the test forces evacuation of all people on ''Rongelap, Rongerik, Utirik, and Ailinginae''. The Rongleapese return and leave again years later.<br>'''1965''' Congress of Micronesia is formed.<br>'''1978''' Marshall Islands Constitutional convention adopts the first constitution.<br>'''1979''' The country becomes self-governing.<br>'''1982''' It is renamed the ''Republic of the Marshall Islands ''(RMI)<br>'''1983''' Voters in the RMI approve the Compact of Free Association with the USA. The USA gives $183 million to the Marshalls for damages caused by the nuclear bomb tests. <br>'''1991 '''The Republic of the Marshall Islands becomes a member of the United Nations.
 
 
 
'''2008''' memebership in the LDS Church in the Marshall Islands was 4,623.
 
 
 
== Jurisdictions  ==
 
 
 
== Research Tools  ==
 
 
 
*Pacific Island Guide to Family History Research (Wiki article [[Pacific Island Guide to Family History Research|click here]])
 
*[http://members.tripod.com/~alelemuseum/Archives.html Alele Museum, Library, National Archives]
 
*[http://www.micronesiagenweb.com/islands/marshall/index.html Marshall Islands GenWeb]  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/HI/MarshallI/ Marshall Islands Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*(helpful tools and resources, gazetteers)
 
*(language dictionary, handwriting guide or tutorial, etc.)
 
 
 
Go to the Internet at ''familysearch.org ''and click on the ''Library''. From that tab, click on the ''Family History Library Catalog'' and then Click on ''Place,''and then type in ''Marshall Islands'' and press enter.
 
 
 
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Beginning Research
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Local Research Resources

Guide to Marshall Islands ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.

Country Information

The Marshall Islands are an island country in the Pacific Ocean whose nearest neighbors are the Federated States of Micronesia, Wake Island, Kiribati, and Nauru. It was formerly ruled by Spain, Germany, and Japan. The official languages are Marshallese and English.[1]

Getting Started

Getting Started with Marshall Islands Research

Links to articles on getting started with Marshall Islands research.

Marshall Islands Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in Marshall Islands research.

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Marshall Islands Map

Genealogy records are kept on the local level in the Marshall Islands. Click on a place below to go to the corresponding Wiki article listing more information.

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FamilySearch Resources

Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in resourcing your family.


References

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Marshall Islands," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_Islands, accessed 27 April 2016.