Pacific Island Guide to Family History Research
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
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.
Below the "Tips" section is a list of a major island groups, their nations, and links to research guides.
Pre-Research Research Tips
Before beginning research, it is important to understand a few things. Family history work is much more than just finding names of ancestors. It involves these aspects that are significant in any kind of historical research:
- Law & Religion
Tips to Begin Genealogy Work
- Tip 1: Create an objective
- Tip 2: Organize your research by creating a plan
- Tip 3: Keep a record of your work
- Tip 4: Identify what you already know
- Tip 5: Learn the history and customs of your culture
- Tip 6: Speak with your family
- Tip 7: Research written records
- Tip 8: Share your discoveries
Table of Pacific Island Research Guides