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Navigating Hawaiian Genealogy Research

Hawaiian Genealogy research is a very complicated, multi-layered research process... but very doable! You just need to know the kinds of genealogy information you need to find and the right places to locate them. 

About this Guide

This guide was created for students in HWST 341 Mo'okū'auhau: Hawaiian Genealogies to help them better navigate around key genealogy repositories and resources for their family research.
Use the tabs along the top of this window to navigate within the guide.
Consult with a librarian if you have questions about any step of your research process: choosing a topic, finding background information, digging deeper, citing your sources, etc.
I'm always here to help too. Just send me an email, and we will set up a research consultation.

Getting Started

1. Talk with your family
Ask your parents, grandparents, aunties, and uncles.
2. Begin to map out your family tree
Go back as far as you can. Be sure to write down any "vital" information.
3. Print out genealogy worksheets
See the research guides page.
4. Keep a notebook
Organization is key. Keep a research log of places you went, areas you searched, and names you looked for.
5. Get a Hawaii State Library Card
With this card, you can use the library edition or and access censuses from 1900 to 1930.

Hawai'i Specialist Librarian

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Kapena Shim
Hawaiian Collection, Hamilton Library

Fifth Floor, Office 508
Hamilton Library
2550 McCarthy Mall
Honolulu. HI 96822