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American Samoa, Census Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

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American Samoa

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Record Description
Record Type Census
Collection years 1900-1945
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What is in This Collection?

This collection will include records from American Samoa for the years 1900-1945. Specifically, these census records are for the years 1900-1901, 1903, 1908-1909, 1912, 1916, 1920, 1922, 1923, 1926, and 1945. Original records are located in the U.S. Federal Records Center in San Bruno, California.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

‘’’Census Records’’’ may contain the following information:

  • Given Name of all Family Members
  • Ages of Family Members
  • Occupation of Head of Household
  • Relation to head of household
  • District, County, City or Village of Residence
  • Religious Affiliation

Collection Content

Sample Images

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Digital Folder Number List

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How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know: List items that will help people search the collection. Be careful not to intimidate searchers by listing too many items. For example:

  • Name of the person
  • Approximate date of the event

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Search the Index

You will be able to search this collection when it is published.

=== View the Images === (Only for Fakey Browse Collections with a DFNL page) To view images in this collection:

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  2. Go to the Browse Page
  3. Select the Film number to view the images

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How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

Add advice about how to use the discovered information. For example:

  • If possible, use what you know to find an image of the original record. The index contains only basic identifying information for a person; the original record therefore may contain more information not found in the index.
  • Continue to search the index for family members.

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I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • Check for variants of given names and surnames. It was not uncommon for an individual to be listed under a nickname, middle name, or abbreviation of their given name.
  • Search the records of nearby locations. In the period of this collection, few individuals ever lived more than 20 miles from their place pf birth, though smaller moves were common.

Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.

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