Hawaii Research Guide Digital Download

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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.

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