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HWST 341: Moʻokūʻauhau: What is Genealogy?

This guide was created for the students of HWST 341 to help them with their personal genealogy research. There is special emphasis on land-related resources.

Kōlea aku i ka ʻohana.

Cry "Plover!" in seeking one's family.

Names are family possessions.  In seeking one's
unknown kin, repeat the family names until they are found.

ʻŌlelo Noʻeau #1826

What is Genealogy?

1. a record or account of the ancestry and descent of a person, family, group, etc.
2. the study of family ancestries and histories.
3. descent from an original form or progenitor; lineage; ancestry.

Why Do Genealogy Research?

  • Scholarships

  • School applications

  • Land & housing applications (Hawaiian Homelands)

  • Trace medical conditions

  • Religious tenet

  • Find birth parents, other family members

Different Types of Genealogy Information Sources

  • Oral histories, talking with family members
  • Vital records (birth, death, marriage & divorce certificates)
  • Obituaries
  • Newspapers
  • Church records
  • Government documents
  • Journals
  • Probates & wills
  • Biographies
  • Genealogy books & charts
  • Ship Passenger Manifests
  • Tax Maps
  • Census Records
  • City Directories
  • School Yearbooks/annuals
  • Cemetery Indexes
  • Land Commission Awards
  • Native & Foreign Registers & Testimonies
  • Adoption Records
  • Criminal Records