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HWST 341 - Mo'okū'auhau: Hawaiian Genealogies: Birth Records

About Birth Records

The first laws requiring reporting of births and marriages in Hawaii began in 1842, but many of those early records have not survived. In 1896, the Department of Health was given the reasonability for registering births. From 1911-1972, a person born in Hawaii but whose births was not registered could apply for a delayed certificate, commonly known as a Delayed (Hawaiian) Birth Certificate.

The Research Process

Getting Started: How do I find Birth Records?
Birth Records are found at the Department of Health, Hawaii State Archives, and the Hawaii State Library Main Branch. To obtain these records, you will need to consult Birth Record Indexes to see if your kupuna names are listed. UH Manoa has a couple of these indexes (see next column), but you will need to look at the other indexes held exclusively at the Hawaii State Archives and Hawaii State Library Main Branch to be thorough.

Available at UH Mānoa

Hamilton Library has the following birth records resources

Available at Hawaii State Archives

The Hawaii State Archives has the following birth records resources

  • Card Catalog of Birth and Marriage Notices Pubished in Hawaii Newspapers, 1850-1950
  • Birth Records from the following Islands of the following years.
    • Hawaii: 1853-1861; 1869-1897
    • Maui: 1860-1864; 1899
    • Niihau: 1853-1856
    • Oahu: 1852-1885

Available at Hawaii State Library

The Hawaii State Library (Main Branch) has the following birth records resources

  • Delayed Birth Certificates Index, 1859-1938
  • Territorial Hawaii Birth Index, 1896-1900
  • Birth Index, 1909-1914 to 1946-1948
  • Birth Certificates, 1909-1911, 1921