French Polynesia Compiled Genealogies

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Compiled Genealogies

The term genealogy is used in this Wiki article and in the FamilySearch Catalog to describe a variety of records containing family information previously gathered by other researchers, societies, or archives. These records can include pedigree charts, compiled data on families, correspondence, ancestor lists, research exchange files, record abstracts, and collections of original or copied documents. These can be excellent sources of information that can save you valuable time. Because they are secondary sources of information, however, they must be carefully evaluated for accuracy.

Family Trees

Digital Books

FamilySearch Catalog

Many family histories can be found on the FamilySearch Catalog by performing a surname search:

  • Go to the FamilySearch Catalog
  • Click on the Surname link
  • Type in the search field the last name of the family that you are researching

OR to filter by location and surname:

  • Go to the FamilySearch Catalog
  • Click on the Keyword link
  • Type in the search field the country of residence and last name of the family that you are researching

Oral Genealogies

Oral genealogies are spoken lineages that are common in certain parts of the world. Oral Genealogies can be especially useful in localities where few if any written records exist and in some cultures are the main genealogical tool for researchers. The following are resources for finding Oral Genealogies for French Polynesia.

Online Records

Cole Jensen Collection

The Cole Jensen Collection: Oral Genealogies and Genealogical Information Collected from the Polynesian Peoples and from the Pacific Islands is a set of compiled and oral genealogies collected by William Cole and Elwin Jensen over a period of 50 years.

FamilySearch Catalog

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Many oral genealogies can be found in the FamilySearch catalog:

Browse a List of Oral Genealogies

Search by Place

  • Go to French Polynesia in the FamilySearch Catalog
  • Once there, click on "Places within French Polynesia"
  • Go to the smallest possible jurisdictional level of your place of interest
  • Click on the "Genealogy" topic

Search by Keyword

  • Go to the FamilySearch Catalog
  • Click on the Keyword link
  • Type in the search field the town of residence, the surname of the family that you are researching, and the phrase oral genealogy interview. The name search will be limited, finding only the name of the person who was interviewed. For a more complete search by name, use the FamilySearch Genealogies Index.