Hawaii Research Guide Digital Download
You'll love this if:
- You're getting started tracing your ancestors in Hawaii
- You want new ideas and resources to get past a Hawaii brick wall
- Your genealogy search is focused mainly on Hawaii
Trace your Hawaii ancestors with the advice and resources in our State Research Guide! This four-page download includes:
- a how-to article detailing Hawaii's history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
- the best websites, books and other resources for Hawaii research, handpicked by our editors and experts
- listings of key libraries, archives and organizations that hold the records you need
- timeline of key events in the state's history
Here's a sampling of the helpful tips you'll get in the Hawaii guide:
- In 1810, Kamehameha united the Hawaiian islands and established a kingdom. The islands' location and agriculture made them militarily and economically valuable to the United States, which led a coup and then annexed the islands in 1898.
- Territory-wide vital records were required in 1896, but some localities kept them as early as 1826. Early records are likely written in Hawaiian.
- FamilySearch holds various Hawaiian censuses from 1878 to 1896—including a count taken in 1890 (a year for which most US census records were destroyed).
Plus, each guide contains active web links for one-click access to every recommended online resource. You can view this PDF on your computer and print pages for reference.