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Hawaiʻi - Genealogy Research


Immigration, Citizenship

Background Info | Hawaiʻi State Archives | Hamilton Library

Background Info

Records of immigration to Hawaiʻi from 1842 to June 1900 are at the Hawaiʻi State Archives and are findable using their online digital collections of these records which are listed below. Immigration records after 1900 including Koreans, Okinawans, Russians, Spanish, Puerto Ricans, and later groups of Portuguese, Japanese, and Chinese are with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. Citizenship records prior 1900 are also at the Hawaiʻi State Archives and some are searchable through Ulukau's genealogy indexes. Hamilton Library has microfilm copies of a few of those records.

Hawaiʻi State Archives

The Passenger Manifests 1843-1900 collection indexes information from the original passenger lists that are part of the Collector General of Custom records. The ethnic groups indexed included: Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, and Miscellaneous Ethnic which lists only paying passengers and is divided into two parts, 1843-1879 and 1880-1900. Information on the card includes name of passenger, name of ship, date of arrival or departure, port of entry or departure. Some entries include age of passenger, occupation, nationality, and accompanying family members.

  • Passenger Manifest Indexes, 1843-1900
  • Naturalization Records, 1844-1894
    • ​​​​​​​Naturalization Record Book (Available Online)
    • Certificates of Nationality, 1846-1854 (Available in Print)
    • Letters of Denization (Available on Microfilm)

Hamilton Library

The items we have are copies of indexes from the Hawaiʻi State Archives and original records from those who came to Hawaiʻi as plantation laborers.

  • Index to passenger manifests, Hawaii, 1843-1900 (Available on Microfilm)
    • Microfilm of Hawaiʻi State Archives card file indexing passengers arriving in Hawaiʻi, arranged by ethnic group.
  • Ships' manifests, 1843-1900 (Available on Microfilm)
    • Microfilm of Hawaiʻi State Archives lists of passengers on ships arriving in Hawaiʻi.
  • Hawaiian Sugar Plantation Archives (Available only in Print)
    • There is no NO name list of plantation laborers, but the collection hold many employment records of Filipino laborers who immigrated into Hawaiʻi to work. It is difficult to locate specific names and you need to know which plantation they worked.