31 October 2012

Samoan Superstitions ~ Happy Halloween




Halloween Memories

After trick-or-treating  my cousins and I would gather in grandma's living room where our parents were waiting to check our candy bags. My dad always took my candy corns. Yuck! I never really liked those anyway. We would sit in a circle eating our candies while we told scary stories and superstitions that we heard from our friends and families.

Here are a few that I remember:

 If you dream about your teeth falling out, someone you know is gonna die.

If someone dies in your village or town. They also die in three's.

You shouldn't comb your hair in front of a mirror at night. You'll see a ghost looking back at you.

When you sneeze it means someone is thinking of you.

You should never whistle or make lots of noise at night or around graves; doing so will upset a ghost.

Whistling in your house [especially at night] is supposed to draw evil spirits and bad luck to the house.

Females should never let their hair down at night and in certain spots lest they incur the wrath of some jealous ghost.

Cover your mirrors at night they said the dead can see you through the mirrors.


Post below or on the SGG Facebook page your Samoan Superstitions



24 October 2012

Family History Month - Augustin Kramer Samoa Islands

For this month of Family History Month I wanted to share a book that has helped me out in my research. I wrote about it back in 2012 its called, "The Samoan Islands Vol I and II" by Dr. Augustin Kramer.
Volume I contains Samoan genealogies, this is the same book that my grandma referred too. Her copy was thick. One page was written in German and the other page was in Samoan. She had tons of notes written in the columns of family names and translation words. I inherited my copy of the Kramer book from my dad. He bought his copy from Ati's Print Shop back in 2008. I don't know if the contact information if correct today, but check out the link and see if it does.
 I have found some Kramer books online but they are really expensive. So, far all I have found online a free version on Google ebook. If anyone knows where to purchase a Samoa Islands Book Vol I. Could you please post it comments below or on the SGG Facebook page. I get a lot of requests on how to obtain this book.

I'd like to hear what books you use that help in your Samoan research.

19 October 2012

Family History Month - Genealogy In Time Magazine

I've shared this site a few posts ago talking about their Million Short Search Engine. Genealogy In Time Magazine website really cuts down my searches for Samoan Genealogy. They are the fifth largest free genealogy website in the world.

Highlights they share about their site that I really love are:

~Three different Search Engines.
         * Genealogy Search Engine that searches for free ancestral records.

         * Family Tree Search Engine  searches online family trees and genealogy forums.

         * Rare Book Search Engine  tracks down second-hand, rare and out-of-print books.

~The Genealogy Toolbar has buttons to quick access to search engines, blogs and more.

~New Genealogy Records Search. This is a list of the most recent records by date and country.

         * Newest genealogy records by date.

         * Newest genealogy records by country.


These are just a few of other great highlights that this website offers. Try it in your Samoan genealogy searches and see if it works for you. Leave a comment below or on the SGG Facebook page.

Samoan Word List

My grandmother spoke Samoan. She would sit me down and teach me Samoan words and how to pray in Samoan.  After she died I never carried on learning the language. My dad never spoke Samoan to us.  I attempted over the years but never really a serious study. I understand a little. So, in doing genealogy I created a cheat list for myself of some Samoan words that I would come across in letters, documents, newspapers, stories and helping me figure out family relationships. I hope this helps you too.


born         fanau
dead                 mate
day         aso
place         nofoaga
year         tausaga
month         masina

a couple (husband and wife) ulugāli'i
auntie uso o lo'u tinā
baby         pepe
boy         tama
brother tuagane
brother's sister  taufafine
child tamaitiiti
children (all ages) fānau
cousin tama ale tuafafine o le tama/tama ale uso ole tina/tama
daughter         āfafine
father tamā
female suga
female in-law nōfotane
girl         teine
grandmother tinā matua
grandfather tamā matua
husband         tāne
male sole
male in-law faiāvā
man  tamāloa
mother         tinā
niece tama teine a lo'u uso
nephew         tamatama alo'u uso
parents mātua
son         ātali'i
sister tuafafine
sister's brother          tuagane
sisters, brothers 'au uso
uncle uso o lo'u tamā
wife         āvā
woman fafine
young children tamaiti

bishop, minister faife’au
genealogy                        gafa
license laisene
name suafa/igoa
village nu'u; ala'ala'faga

one         tasi
two         lua
three tolu
four         fa
five         lima
six         ono
seven fitu
eight valu
nine         iva
ten         sefulu
eleven sefulutasi
twelve sefululua
thirteen         sefulutolu
fourteen         sefulufa
fifteen sefululima
sixteen sefuluono
seventeen sefulufitu
eighteen         sefuluvalu
nineteen         sefuluiva
twenty luasefulu
one hundred selau
one thousand afe
first         muamua
once fa'atasi
twice fa'alua

no          leai
yes         ‘ioe

I          ou/'ou te
you          o 'oe
he          o ia/tama
she          o ia/teine
we          tatou

Januaray          Ianuari
February          Fepuari
March  Mati
April          Aperila
May          Me
June          Iuni
July          Iulai
August Auguso
September Setema
October         Oketopa
November Novema
December Tesema

05 October 2012

Family History Month - Duck Duck Go

Since October is Family History Month I wanted to celebrate in my own way by sharing in posts this month websites and search engines that have helped in my Samoan research. I may have shared these before so don't be surprised if you see a repeat.

Duck Duck Go is a search engine that I've used and found some great Samoan information on. The first thing I like about it is no distractions - all you see is the logo, the search box just input your search and you get results. I get less spam, less clutter and my results are too bad.

Check out this video that talks a little more Duck Duck Go and visit this link to search operators and tips for Duck Duck Go




I hope this helps out in your Samoan searches. I'd love to hear how this search engine helped or didn't help you.

Fa'afetai, SGG