18 August 2014

~ Dad & Photos ~

Gosh, has it been 4 weeks since I posted?
To be honest the overall care for my dad takes a lot of my time. The Samoan Genealogy Group (SGG) Blog sometimes takes me three days or more before I have a post ready.
If you don't see a post on the this blog for a few weeks, please don't think that SGG has stopped. I post more on Facebook because its easier for me to do at this time with everything going on. I know that this blog needs some 'tweeks' such as easier links and pins. I'm trying to get there.

Other places to find SGG.

~ Dad & Photos ~
One thing that I've been regretting that I wished I had pressed a little bit more on my dad was 'Photo Time'. My dad has family photos that I had asked him time and time again before he got sick if he could tell me who the people are in the photos. I was successful once but after that nothing happened. Now, I have these photos and don't know who's in them. Sure, I could go to my uncles, aunties, cousins etc. but I would rather get it from my dad.

Take the time with your parents and elders to talk about family history. It is worth it in the end.

17 July 2014

New changes in FamilySearch Wiki Page: Samoa

Some new changes are showing on the FamilySearch Wiki Page Samoa. I wanted to show in detail the new changes but it would be a very long post. So, I have the links attached to the Topics that were updated.

Samoa Probate Records
Samoa Vital Records
Samoa Land and Property
Samoa History
Samoa Court Records
Samoa Emigration and Immigration

If you haven't visited the FamilySearch Wiki its worth a look. One of the searches I normally do on FamilySearch Wiki are the Polynesian communities such as Samoa (Western Samoa), American Samoa, Hawaii and Tonga. These are some of the topics that you will find on each of these Polynesian pages they will differ from each page.
 Another thing is, if the topics are in BLUE their is information on that topic. If the topic is RED then their is no information on that topic.

Lastly, take a look at the Pacific Islands Guide. Click on the link here and follow steps 1 to 9. It is a great way to start off your Polynesian Family History.

Don't forget to visit the Samoan Genealogy Group on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. I'm not doing genealogy inquiries at the moment. My dad's care is very important to me. You are more then welcome to post your inquiry on the Samoan Genealogy Group Facebook page where others in the community may help you out. Fa'afetai lava for taking the time to visit this blog and all other media sites that SGG is on.

03 July 2014

Family History Book Site

I shared a blog post about the Family History Book site and a blog post of family genealogy that I came across on that site too.  If you haven't visited the Family History Book site, you may want to stop by just to check things out, you never what you may find.
The site is found on FamilySearch.org and can be found under the 'Search' tab

From their site: 
                   Family History Books is a collection of more than 100,000 digitized genealogy and family history publications from the archives of some of the most important family history libraries in the world. The collection includes family histories, county and local histories, genealogy magazines and how-to books, gazetteers, and medieval histories and pedigrees. The valuable resources included in Family History Books come from the following partner institutions:
Allen County Public Library
Brigham Young University Harold B. Lee Library
Brigham Young University Idaho David O. McKay Library
Brigham Young University Hawaii Joseph F. Smith Library
Church History Library
Family History Library
Houston Public Library - Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
Mid-Continent Public Library - Midwest Genealogy Center

In my first visit to the Family History Book site I found seven books of my family history submitted by my Auntie Lemao. I've went through two so far with the care of my dad taking much of my time I haven't been able to look at the other five. This past week I thought to revisit the site and study that other books. Right now, I'm going through this book entitled: Simamao Toa

This should be interesting! I'll post blogs as I see what I come across. I never thought I would come across seven books of family genealogy on the Family History Book site. I also tried other searches such as surnames, villages and events. I was more successful in the surname and village searches. Didn't find what I had hoped but came across other books that had just as much information that helps me in my genealogy. 
You never know what what you might.......so try out the Family History Book site.

Also, I might have to put up this wording at the end of all my blog posts as I share family genealogy. So, to all you family members out there the genealogy that I post in my blogs are all public information. Follow the links that will show you where I found this information. Again, this is all public information. 

Gotta take care of my dad now. Fa'afetai lava for taking the time to visit the SGG blog. 

16 June 2014

Polynesian Islands Cultural Event!!!

Exciting Event! June 20th from 6:00-8:00pm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah is having a Polynesian Islands Cultural Event with live entertainment, activities, story telling and more. What a great event!! Read below to learn more the event.

15 June 2014

Happy Daddy Day!

The Samoan Genealogy Group wishes all Father's around the world a Very Happy Father's Day!!

03 June 2014

Free, downloadable images from Te Papa’s collections online now!

I came upon the Te Papa website about a year ago as I was searching for Samoan old photos of my Samoan families. I've had success in founding some family photos on Te Papa's online collection that I've shared with my family and they were even surprised to see the photos. It was then that I decided to add a Samoan Old Photo board to the SGG Pinterest page that has grown to more then 900 images. Some images that you will see on the Samoan Old Photo board I pinned from the Te Papa online collection.

Te Papa just posted a blog today about the image collection. Here's what they said:

"A few weeks ago we released an updated version of Collections Online, making images bigger, search results clearer, and easier to use regardless of what device you are using. Today we are extremely happy to let you know about our latest development; over 30,000 images downloadable, for free, in the highest resolution we have them. You can search for and download them at Collections Online

Over 14,000 images are available under a Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-ND. If you aren’t familiar with Creative Commons it can look a little complicated, but what it means is you can use those images if attribute the image (we help you do that at each download page). You can’t make money from using the image, and you can’t change the image. Might sound a little restrictive but there is plenty you can still do, like use it in your homework, on your blog, print it and hang it on your wall…

But even better are the 17,000 images that downloadable for any use, any use at all. These images have no known copyright restrictions. Again it would be good if you attributed the original maker of the work, and link to the page on Collections Online so others can find it, but that isn’t mandatory.

We’ve made these images available under these licences for quite a while now, but it hasn’t been easy to download high resolution copies of them up to this point. This new development fixes that. You can search through the collections for reusable images by ticking “with downloadable images” on the search box.

Then just look for the Download button beneath the images. We hope that by making these images available for reuse, we are empowering people to use images of the collection in teaching and learning, research, innovation and new forms of creativity. There are similar initiatives in the USA (Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Los Angeles County of Art, and Yale University to name a few); and Europe (the Rijksmuseum, British Library, British Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum). And recently the National Library of New Zealand also announced an Open Access Policy.

We have a large, diverse collection from many sources, covering a large range of subject areas. We can only make images available for items that are out of copyright, or where Te Papa owns the copyright. We’ve done a lot of work on researching copyright but we’re still working on through the collection so expect more to be released over time. And of course we need to have digitised the item!

We’ve been digitising our collection for a while now, and technology has changed over the years. This means some of our images are super high resolution, others, which may have been done a few years ago with old technology, maybe aren’t so big. But we thought we’d still make them downloadable in the meantime anyway, so you can use them. We’ll keep working through our collections digitising new items, and sometimes making better images to replace some of the smaller scans. If you do download images from the collections, we’d be really interested to know how you are using them. Maybe leave a comment here, or tweet us at @TePapaColonline, we are really interested to see what creative things you do with the images, or how they are helping you with research, homework, or brightening up your room. Start searching and downloading at Collections Online."

So, visit their site. Type "Samoa" in the search box and hit "Enter". Try other searches such as a name or a village.  Here are some photos of my family that I have found on the Te Papa Site.

Title: [King Malietoa and Queen, Samoa]
Production: Burton Brothers (photography studio), 1884, Dunedin 
Unknown (photographer), 1884, Apia 

Title: Malietoa Tanu, King of Samoa
Production: Muir & Moodie (photography studio), New Zealand 
Unknown (photographer), Samoa 

21 May 2014

What do I do with my family photos, documents and histories?

This is a question I often think of when it comes to my genealogy records. Since my father's illness his genealogy, family photos, letters and old documents have been passed on to me. What do I do with all these records that my father has passed on to me? What if anything happens to me? What happens to the family history?
My father once told me my grandmother wanted to photo copy all her ledgers at the Family History Library in Salt Lake and add them to their library.  It never came about for some reason or another. Years later my family moved close to a Family History Center where for the first time you could scan images and those images would be saved in the Family History Library my father went to inquire about it. He came back saying, " I need to think about it." We never talked about it for awhile. Now, he is terminally ill and I have been thinking back on the past times that my grandmother and father had wanted to add their family records to FamilySearch.org.
Since I have no children and my siblings, nieces or nephews who at present have no interest in family history. I can't wait for them to come around. Who knows what might happen to me. So, where do I persevere my father's family history?
My grandmother and father have had an interest to donate their genealogy to FamilySearch.org. So, that's where I'm going to put it! I have already uploaded some of my father's family history to FamilySearch.org. I'm in the process of scanning more and adding those later.
Hopefully in some future time an interest of genealogy will be stirred within my family, at least the records will be in a place that they can access them no matter if its today or years on down the line.

Learn about Free Records Perservation Service Available Nationwide on FamilySearch.org

06 May 2014

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

Hi Folks,

This month is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month it is a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Here's what's it all about:

In celebration for this month I also wanted to post this video of the basic introduction of the Samoan Culture. Gary B. Smith shares this video on youtube he produced years ago for the Polynesian Cultural Center in Hawai'i. Chief Sielu Avea shares his love for the Samoan culture and even learning some good ole fashion Samoan cooking.