Tonga, unique among Pacific nations, never completely lost its indigenous governance. The archipelagos of "The Friendly Islands" were united into a Polynesian kingdom in 1845. Tonga became a constitutional monarchy in 1875 and a British protectorate in 1900; it withdrew from the protectorate and joined the Commonwealth of Nations in 1970. Tonga remains the only monarchy in the Pacific.
Getting started with Tonga research
Understanding the history of Tonga is critical. Click here to access guidelines for doing Tongan research. When you are done, click on the upper left hand arrow of the tool bar to return to this page.
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- To learn about the noble, chieftan, and royal lines, click here for a website established by Christopher Bayers of the UK. Mr. Bayers also provides Niu'atuputapu lines of those who ruled the Tongan island of 'Eua.
- German and Tonga government relationship
- BYU Research Guide for Fiji, Samoa, Tahiti, Tonga
- Pacific Island Guide to Family History Research
Did you know?
That the marriage of Sinaitakala Ilangi Leka, Tu'i Tonga Fefine of Tongatapu, daughter of Uluakimata the 1st also known as Tele'a, who was the 29th Tu'i Tonga [King] and his Ma'itaki wife [premier wife], Mataukipa, daughter of Kau'ulufonua Hua, Chief of Mataliku, to the Fijian chief, Tapu'osi from the village of Vasivasi, Fiji shifted the political alliance from Samoa to Fiji. Uluakimate the 1st reigned in Tonga as King is calculated to have started about 1561.
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