31 March 2010

Amercian Samoan and Guam 1930 Census Book

I came across the 1930 American Samoa and Guam Census Book. I'm so excited. It looks like the actual book. Take a look at the book. Here's the link 1930 Census Book

20 March 2010

Genealogy and Fine Mats

I got my first fine mat from Grandma Mataniu when I was 16. Grandma was cleaning out her room and asked me to help her lift up her mattress. I thought it was a funny request but being obedient I did. Under her bed were beautiful brown leaf mats woven with colorful feathers and yarn. I could tell the mats took some time to weave, as the weaving was very fine and delicate. Grandma carefully looked through her fine mats and choose one, she said, “Here, this is for you. Take very good care of it.” She continued to tell me the family history on how she got this mat and the family names that are tied to it.
I thought it was just a pretty mat from Grandma but it was more then just a mat. It is a part of my culture, my family and me. Till today I still have this fine mat and treasure it dearly. Tanielu Sataraka, editor of the Samoa International Newspaper said, '"To us they are two basic sacred traditions of Samoan culture and that is genealogy and fine mats...”.

16 March 2010

Found Grandfather on 1930 Census

Since footnote.com has U.S. Census free to view for a limited time. I searched through the Censuses and found my grandfather Teila. He is in the 1930 Census. I discovered that he is much older than I thought when he moved to Hawaii from Samoa. His birth date is different then on records I have and he was a sugar farm worker. I also was able to download the image which is exciting so I can share it with my dad.
One feature on footnote I thought was cool was a box on the census image that can click on called "related to"
and it helps you connect to other family members on footnote who also are related to that same individual.
So if you haven't taken a look at http://www.footnote.com/ check it out.

12 March 2010

Footnote.com Opens All of their U.S. Census Documents for Free to the Public

Footnote.com Opens All of their U.S. Census Documents for Free to the Public
This is for a limited time only.
No telling what this holds for Samoa. Check it out!
http://www.footnote.com/

03 March 2010

Keeping a record of a record

As I've been looking through my Grandma's genealogy records. I can't tell you enough how I wished she kept a journal of what she was researching, who she talked to, where she left off and who she wanted to find or her brickwalls...just so many things come into my mind when I look through her records.
I've decided that as I go through and compile my genealogy records. I see the importance of keeping a genealogy record journal. Write down what you researched, questions you have or who you talked to. So that if anything happens to you and the records fall into a family member they know exactly where you left off and can continue on.
Genealogy records are who we are.