Wake Island Genealogy
No Indigenous Genealogy
There was no permanent indigenous settlement on the Wake Island atoll, although oral traditions show it was visited by Marshall Islanders.
Wake is a part of the Micronesia island area of the Pacific. Some Marshallese consider Wake Island part of the Marshall Islands. It is also considered an unorganized, unincorporated territory of the United States. Access is restricted to U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force activities.
Wake Island has been sparsely inhabited, or often uninhabited. In 1935 Pan America Airlines built an air station on Wake Island, the first permanant settlement. At the same time as the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the American marines at Wake Island was attacked, invaded, and captured by the Japanese. On 5 October 1943 the Japanese massacred 98 American civilians.