30 September 2010

Finding ancestors on Message Boards- Charles Louis Spitzenberg

Message boards bring people together to help search for ancestors but at the same time you also learn about the person they are researching, just by reading all their replies. I came across Charles Louis Spitzenberg born 18 July 1833 in Heliogoland, Germany. It intrigued me that he was a Sweden man who married a Samoan woman. A reply by Nerissa gives a history of his life. It all started when he bought a ticket on a boat. In fact I think he had 3 wives. As I read Nerissa's reply I came across a marriage of Charles to a Melea Solia who was a niece of a Maliatoa. Well, looks like I'm  related to Charles through this Maliatoa marriage. Guess you never know what you find in these message boards. It's worth sometimes just to pop and take a look. Getting back to Nerissa. She says that she has been doing research on Charles, her Great-Grandfather for five and half years. She shares more of Charles story and other inquiries as well. I don't want to tell the whole story of Charles as it is nice to see the journey all these people go through just for this one ancestor. So here is the link to read more about it.
Link to board to read the story of Charles

16 September 2010

FamilySearch New Zealand—Immigration Passenger Lists

FamilySearch Announces 5 Million New Records from 19 Countries
New Zealand—Immigration Passenger Lists, 1871–1915 160774 New Index
New Zealand—Immigration Passenger Lists, 1871-1915, Pt.2 296065 New Images

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Arrival Port                      Arrival date    Ship
Pago Pago                      1940             Mariposa
Pago Pago other ports      1964             Tofua

Samoa                             1915            Talune
Samoa    other ports         1928            Tofua
                                       1930            Tofua
                                       1933            Waipahi
                                       1939            Maui Pomare
                                       1954            Matua
                                       1955            Matua & Tofua
                                       1956            Matua & Tofus
                                       1961            Castel Felice & Matua & Tofua

Western Samoa               1957            Ellinis
                                       1958            Matua
                                       1964            Ellinis

Even though this is an Immigration Passenger List there are Samoan names on these lists. They either are part of the crew or traveling.

09 September 2010

Title Paramount King Fonoti Website

This is a site maintained by Christian Teoteo Fonoti Brown. On his site he shares 442 names in his family tree. He shares photos, pedigrees, a name index and much more.

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