30 August 2012

Findmypast.com Announces Partnership with Federation of Genealogical Societies

I got an email this morning from Findmypast.com and thought to share it on this blog. Though I haven't used Findmypast.com for Samoan genealogy. I believe it to be a great resource for doing your family history. Their is a  fee to use this site. I might use this site for research on my other Polynesian lines. I'll think about it. Meanwhile, if you use this site or thinking about it. I would like to hear your experiences on using Findmypast.com.

Here is the email:


LOS ANGELES, August 30, 2012 –Findmypast.com, an international leader in online family history research, today announced a national partnership with Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) to preserve, digitize and provide access to local records from genealogical societies across the country.

The collaborative initiative will help preserve genealogical records and provide a vital revenue stream for the societies. Throughout the remainder of 2012, findmypast.com will release records from the following pilot partners:
·         New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, the most authoritative source for research on New York families
·         Illinois State Genealogical Society
·         Williamson County (Texas) Genealogical Society

“As we aggressively grow our business in the U.S., we are looking to form partnerships that benefit both the genealogical community and findmypast.com,” said Chris van der Kuyl, CEO of brightsolid, the parent company for findmypast. “This partnership will benefit our customers by giving them access to records that can’t be found anywhere else and participating societies will receive royalties for record images viewed.”

The records are a fantastic addition to a growing collection of US records on findmypast.com. FGS members who participate will reach new audiences as each society and their collection will be promoted by findmypast.com.

The society collection complements the new US and international records that will be made available on findmypast.com and could include:
·         Newspapers and obituaries
·         Bible records
·         Cemetery records
·         Birth, marriage and death records
·         Land records
·         Court records

“Through its partnership with findmypast.com, the Federation of Genealogical Societies is pleased to offer a way for its member societies to engage with content providers and publishers,” said Pat Oxley, President of FGS. “Currently, one of the biggest challenges for societies is the pressure to provide online content, while also growing their membership and operating budgets. Through this partnership, societies will generate income and entice new audiences.”

About findmypast.com
Findmypast.com (owned by brightsolid) is the U.S. site of findmypast, an international leader in online family history with over 18 million registered members worldwide. Findmypast connects people to core and unique U.S., English, Welsh, Scottish, Irish, Australian and New Zealand records dating back as far as 1200.

About brightsolid
Findmypast.com is owned by brightsolid online publishing, a British-owned world leader in online genealogy, with over 45 years’ experience in family history and a record of online innovation in the field of family history nearly two decades long. With nearly 18 million registered users across its family of online genealogy brands, brightsolid hosts over a billion genealogical records from across the globe. The company reported a 75 percent growth in turnover and a 47 percent growth in gross profits in its most recent published accounts and was voted Best Genealogy Organization in the Online Gene Awards.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)
The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference -- four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit http://www.fgs.org.

22 August 2012

Royal Ark Website



I recently shared the Royal Ark website on the Samoan Genealogy Group Facebook page. This is another website that my dad found in 2005 searching  for Tongan and Samoan Royal lines intermarrying. This site does not have a Samoa section on the Royal lines but you can find Tonga, Hawaii and Tahiti.

Scroll down the page a bit and you will see yellow boxes.



Christopher Buyers maintains this website, from the Royal Ark Website: "Welcome to the Royal Ark. The web's most comprehensive site on the genealogies of the Royal and ruling houses of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas.

These pages have been designed with the aim of recording, and increasing knowledge about, the genealogies of the current and former ruling families of Africa, Asia and the Americas. Unlike their European counterparts, genealogical information on these families is sparse and inadequate. This is the case, even though many of the dynasties are more ancient than most of the European dynasties that are so amply covered in genealogical works. I hope you will find that this small attempt to redress the balance contributes to your knowledge and enjoyment and makes a small contribution towards historical knowledge.

Many of the ruling families, particularly those of the princely families of India, Pakistan, Indonesia and Burma, have ceased to rule or have been prohibited from playing officially recognised roles in national life. It is therefore, imperative that their stories be recorded for posterity, before they are forgotten to history's memory.

With a work of this size, mistakes and errors are inevitable. For this, I apologise in advance most profusely. I would be most grateful to hear from anyone who visits this site and who may have corrections or suggestions for improvement."

My dad studied the Tonga Royal lines for months on this site. Hint: Read the Brief History first!! Don't skip it like my dad did, he only had to go back to read it. Hahahaha!

I'd love to hear what you've found on here that helps you in your research.


15 August 2012

Let's share genealogy


In a past post I talked about our Tupua Mailei Tuia reunion and that prior to the reunion the family asked not to share the genealogy to keep it in the family.

When I first started my genealogy this is what I’ve been told by my grandma and dad why some Samoan’s may not share their genealogy.

-The land in Samoa is owned by genealogical rights. People try to get land from another family by disputing the genealogy.
-Obtaining a Matai Title. The Matai system is the traditional Samoan way of over seeing the family, village and country. These are the head of families that make up the village. Both male and females can have hold a matai title.

There are probably tons of other reasons and this topic could be a long drawn out discussion but I’m going to keep this short. Your more then welcome to research this topic more in depth. I’m no expert in the Fa’a Samoa way.

My dad taught us what he loved most of the Fa'a Samoa way (Samoan culture) and that is the great love for the aiga (family). He wanted us to know who we are, who we come from, who are the ancestors that we are named after.

 I still have a lot to complete in my family lines but getting the information has been a little hard. Some of my family will share genealogy, some not. Since I live in the US, records I'd like to access are in American Samoa, Samoa and New Zealand. Meanwhile, the resources that I find and use I want to share and post it so it helps others who are doing their Samoan Genealogy.


08 August 2012

Wordless Wednesday - Apiolefaga Tuia


My great grandfather Apiolefaga Tuia
Birth: 17 Oct 1897 Falefa, Upolu, Samoa
Death:15 Mar 1938 Mapusaga, Tutuila, American Samoa


Guess what? It’s been online for awhile!!


This past week August 2-4, I highlighted my Tuia family reunion on my SGG blog. Prior to the reunion the family asked not to share the genealogy to keep it in the family. (More about this in another post.)

Now, I’m not sure if any of my family members read my blog. The reunion was for the families of  Tupua Mailei Tuia who married 5 wives (I come from the fourth wife.). I posted his genealogy on my blog. I also shared that I got Tupua Mailei’s line from my grandma’s genealogy records. My family members may not like me sharing my grandma’s genealogy online.

But maybe they don’t know THAT my grandma’s genealogy records have been online for awhile!! From the early 1950‘s to the 1990‘s my grandma started doing LDS (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) temple work for the genealogy she gathered.  All of the genealogy is online at FamilySearch.org and Newfamilysearch.org. Adding to this are the oral genealogy interviews where my grandma recites her genealogy that can be found at Community Trees.

So, I hope that my family understands that I mean no disrespect to the genealogy that my grandma gathered. That all I've shared is public knowledge. I only want to find my families and at the same time help others by sharing resources that may help them find their families too.
My grandma inspired me to start my own genealogy record that has turned into a passion and I love it!

06 August 2012

Update on Tuia Family Reunion August 2012



I missed out in attending a Tuia Family Reunion this past August 2-4 in Utah. I understand lots of family came from Samoa. Here is an update of the reunion.

This reunion was for the descendants of Tupua Mailei Tuia (born 1825).  Genealogy was the focus of the reunion. The family was asked to memorize and recite four generations of their line starting with themselves. Huummmm?? Can you recite your 4 generations?

Here is a pic of a genealogy session. The families were to write their genealogy on the large sheets you see in picture below. Look at all them names!!
 The families were invited to bring their genealogy records for collaboration.

The genealogy of Tupua's line I got from grandma Mataniu's genealogy records. My grandmother did a lot of Samoan LDS (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) temple work and all of the genealogy hooked to the temple work is found online at FamilySearch.org. The temple work is found on NewFamilySearch.org.

In the 1970's my grandma participated in an oral genealogy interview and recited her genealogy at the Family History Library is Salt Lake City, Utah it was recorded on open-reel tapes, this interview and other Samoans who recited their family history are available online.

Here is the Genealogy of Tupua Mailei Tuia.
Tupua Mailei Tuia had 5 wives:

1. Tufaiga
Children: f) Toipua 1865

2. Kuea
Children: f) Sisifata 1867

3. Mrs. Mailei Tuia
Children: m) Limaono 1869

4. Vaimasina Fetuliagogo Muagututia
Children: m) Alaia Siaea 1869-1927
f) Sivaotele 1871-1919
m) Siaifoi 1873
m) Toetoe 1875-1878
f) Silei 1877-1903
*m) Apiolefaga 17 Oct 1879-15 Mar 1938
m) Apiolesau 1881-1902
f) Matalega 1883-25 Nov 1965
f) Fuamoa 1885-1918
m) Samu 1887-1918

5. Toaiga
Children: m) 1889 Asini Vito

I come from wife number four, Vaimasina Fetuliagogo Muagututia. Her son Apiolefaga md Salafai Taimalelagi Malietoa and had my grandmother Mataniu Tuia.

Here are more pics of the reunion






04 August 2012

Samoan Heritage Week In Hawaii


Samoan Heritage Week in Hawaii starts off this coming Sunday August 5, 2012. The event is combined with a church service hosted at the Kanana Fou Church in Kunia, Hawaii, services will be conducted by Revered Elder Falelua Lafitaga.

Throughout the week a variety of activities are scheduled such as cricket, volleyball, entertainment, workshops and more.

Closing ceremony will be at Keehi Lagoon Park Friday the 11th from 8am- 12pm following with a Color Presentation by the US Marines, a Traditional Ava Ceremony, a Keynot speech by Governor Togiola Tulafono, and special remarks by the Governor of Hawaii, Neil A. Abercrombie.

Click here for a full schedule of events.

http://americansamoa.gov/