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Island scene, Saint-Joseph, Île des Pins, Nouméa, New Caledonia.

Introduction[edit | edit source]

Because Pacific Island family history is based largely on an oral tradition, it is important to apply indigenous methodologies to respectfully perform genealogy work. The methodology presented here is based on the successful genealogical experiences of other Pacific Islanders. Those who have shared their experiences are listed below in the Bibliography.

How to Use This Guide[edit | edit source]

It is important to note the steps listed below are generalizations for getting started on the basics on Pacific Island research. Pages are currently being made to explain the cultural differences that are essential to understand when doing genealogy work in each Pacific nation and culture.

Tips to Begin Genealogy Work[edit | edit source]

Table of Pacific Island Names

Cook Islands Genealogy
Easter Island (Rapa Nui)
French Polynesia
Austral Islands
Gambier Islands
Marquesas Islands
Society Islands
Tuamotu Islands Genealogy
Hawaii background and case study
Hawaii research helps
Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)
Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands
Kiribati (Gilbert Islands)
Marshall Islands
New Caledonia
New Zealand Maori Customs and Background
New Zealand Maori research ideas
Capt. Cook, a British explorer, mapped many of the Pacific islands.
Papua New Guinea
Samoa (Western and American)
Solomon Islands
Tongan customs and research ideas
Tongan oral history
Register of Tongan Oral Histories
Tuvalu Genealogy
Wallis and Futuna Islands

Pacific Island Guide Bibliography