28 February 2012

Excited for the 1940 Release!

 "ON APRIL 2, 2012NARA will provide access to the images of the 1940 United States Federal Census for the first time. Unlike previous census years, images of the 1940 U.S. Federal Census will be made available as free digital images. Upon its release, the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project, a joint initiative between Archives.com, FamilySearch, findmypast.com, and other leading genealogy organizations, will coordinate efforts to provide quick access to these digital images and immediately start indexing these records to make them searchable online with free and open access." From the NARA site

33 more days till the 1940 Census will be released. I am so excited! Some families that I am looking for are Fonoimoana, Afualo, Nainoa and Kalehuawehe. The last two names are my Hawaiian side. These are just a handful of the families that I am looking for. Areas of interest for me- Hawaii and California. I've already signed up for indexing!! If you haven't here is the link to do so.

Here is a link to FAQ of the 1940 Census

27 February 2012

New Zealand Electronic Text Centre

While my dad was doing research on Kings of Samoa he came across this site The New Zealand Electronic Text Centre. This 1,400 text collection is a part of Victoria University of Wellington Library through their projects of teaching, learning and research, it will continue to grow.

You can search by Author, Projects, Works and Subjects. You can access each collection by clicking on them. Or you can just type a few words in the Search box.
Subjects: The Subject collection is listed below its words.

This is the book my Dad was searching for...
Author: Edward Tregear
Publication details: Lyon and Blair, 1891, Wellington

My dad loved this book. He found his family lines he was looking for. Check out the book.
Their are many more texts to look at. So, put in your searches. Comment on your findings. I’d love to hear them.
Tofa Soifua

Family History Books Website ~ Samoa search

Whenever I come across family history books I am so enthralled in reading them. It's amazing one person's life experiences, let alone a family's journey. I have used Family History Books website that has help me in my Samoan Research.  I hope it helps you.

From their website:

Family History Books is a collection of more than 40,000 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 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

One of my nice finds was a missionary journal of Aioulu Tu'ua containing genealogy of families in Samoa.
Aioulu has an accounting of my grandmother Mataniu's family: Manulua Tapasa (my 4th great grandfather) married Pisilaula. Pisilia Ula is from the Tuitonga line. This is where one of my many tongan lines come in. Awesome. Take a look at this Family History Books website. Share what you find.

18 February 2012

Search Engine DuckDuckGo

A search on a website led me to this Search Engine called DuckDuckGo . It’s probably been around for awhile but it’s the first I’ve seen of it. In my first few moments on this search engine I have come across sites I haven’t seen before.

Wikipedia says, “DuckDuckGo is a search engine that is based in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania and uses information from crowd-sourced sites (like Wikipedia) with the aim of augmenting traditional results and improving relevance. The search engine philosophy emphasizes privacy and does not record user information."

DuckDuckGo has been featured in Time Magazine, PC Mag, CNN, Wired and is About.com’s 2011 Search Reader’s Choice Award.  DuckDuckGo was founded by Gabriel Weinberg.

If their are no more results for your search. Other options of search words appear you might want to use or on another search engine.

Check out the site and try it out. Leave a comment if it worked for you or not.
Searches I tried: Samoa, Samoan Genealogy, Vital records Samoa, input your surnames,


One result I got was a picture of my grandparents. Teila Opapo Fonoimoana and Mataniu Apiolefaga Tuia.

A MONUMENTAL picture I found on this search engine was a picture of my grandpa Teila smiling. My dad doesn't have many pictures of him smiling so this was a real treat!!

16 February 2012

Mocavo is doubling their data!!

I talked about Mocavo in March 2011. I was really excited about it. I found interesting results that helped me in my research. At the 2012 Rootstech Conference Mocavo unveiled new products.  Now they announced they are doubling their data on Mocavo website.

Here is an announcement by Casey Hopkins - Community Director
Over the past few weeks, Mocavo has been working on something that is rather extraordinary, and we’re excited to bring it to light in the genealogy world. We’re determined to give you access to even more of the free genealogical Web so over the next month, we’ll be working to double–that’s right, double– the size of our index.
The last few days alone, we’ve added hundreds of new sites, and you’ll notice that per our announcement at RootsTech, Geni.com results are starting to appear in our index. Additionally, we’re “re-indexing” sites we already have in our database to weed out brokenlinks and get the freshest, most up-to-date genealogy information we can.
We’re also pleased to announce that all of your personal site submissions that you have submitted to us over the past few months are now being indexed and will be searchable on Mocavo by this evening. From today on, when you submit a suggested site to Mocavo, it’ll take a little as 6 hours to be indexed and fully searchable in the Mocavo database, making your site part of the largest and fastest growing index of free genealogy content.
So now we’d like to ask something of you, our community. Since our mission is to offer you the best data we possibly can, we’d like you to take a minute and submit any and all of your favorite genealogy sites, resources, blogs and more. The more you suggest, the better Mocavo will become. We look forward to working with all of you to continually redefine the world of family history.


14 February 2012

"Sau. Come, come. Sit!!"

One afternoon I came home from school and I was tired, hungry and not having much patience. My grandparents were living with us at the time. I'd always check in on them to see how they are doing. Grandpa was outside cleaning the yard. I made sure he didn't see, cause I didn't feel like working outside. Then I hear, "Eh, Larri-Anne Sau!" I thought, "Aaaww shucks! Grandma saw me!" I stood by the door,"Yes, grandma." She said, "Sau. Come, come. Sit!" I didn't want to. I wanted to go eat junk food and sleep.
My grandma had  this serious look on her face that I did not want a sasa (spanking).  I may not know all of Fa'a Samoa (The Samoan Way) but I do know that you must respect your elders. So I took my shoes off and  neatly put them outside the door and sat cross legged on the floor where grandma told me to sit. Beside her were her genealogy ledger books. She had one book already opened and she began to recite her four generations. I became quite interested as she continued to recite I asked her questions one after another. 
Today I recalled this time as I looked at her ledger books today. My father is in possession of them and I have been so grateful for the opportunity to study them and research them. 

06 February 2012

Great time at Rootstech!

I had such an awesome time at Rootstech Conference. A cool moment was meeting Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers. Since the Samoan Genealogy Group first came about in 2009. We were recognized by GeneaBloggers and added to this great communtiy of genealogy blogging. 
It was my first time at Rootstech and it was totally worth it to come. I got so much out of the sessions, keynote speakers, unconferencing sessions, meeting vendors, instructors and people. It was the best place to be with technology and genealogy all meshed up and in one place. 
Take a look at some of the live recap sessions at the Rootstech website

03 February 2012


 Really excited to be around the air of tech and genealogy. Lots of awesome things going on here. Today looking at classes of Voice recognition software, Optimizing your site for search engines and Going Mobile!!! Don't forget the live session at Rootstech as well. 8:30am Keynote is Josh Coates speaking on Exabyte Social Clouds & Other Monstrosities.
Eh? Where all the Samoans???

01 February 2012

SGG at Rootstech

Talofa! Samoan Genealogy Group is so excited to be here at Rootstech!!!!!
Check out the Rootstech Site for more details!!!