06 July 2012
Samoan genealogy was handed down by word of mouth and is kept within the family. Genealogies also show relationships to royal lines and family titles. Families are reluctant to share their family history for fear that someone may use the genealogy to obtain land, titles and more.
I've been asked by others researching their Samoan ancestry, "Where do I go for information when my families are not willing to share genealogy? I don’t live in Samoa to search for records."
The most success I had in finding Samoan genealogies is on FamilySearch.org. They are owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and is a nonprofit family history organization dedicated to connecting families across generations. .Anyone can use this site, you don’t have to be a member of the LDS Church.
For starters on the main site, just plug in your family names in the search boxes and see what happens. Search Samoan names on
Ancestral File the Pedigree Resource File and Community Trees.
The FamilySearch Library Catalog has a huge mircofilm collection of Samoa records ranging from civil registration, church records, history and more. Family History Book is a digitized book collection from North American family history libraries. One of these libraries is Brigham Young University Hawaii. I've been to this library several times and found some great Samoan resources.
In the Historical Collections you can find Samoanbaptisms and burials. Oral Genealogies is my favorite collection its so awesome to hear Samoans reciting their genealogy.
Pedigree Resource File
Family History Library Catalog: Samoa
Family History Books
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