SGG was created to share stories, experiences, resources and more that help in Samoan Genealogy Research.
One day grandma began to share with me stories of her experiences in genealogy research and I became inspired to start my own family history.
Have you visited JSTOR.org? I've used it and found some articles on Samoan culture. Though I haven't used this site in awhile. A post on Facebook from the American Samoa Genealogy Facebook Page posted an article, "The War Of Tonga And Samoa And The Orgin Of The Name Malietoa."
It's an interesting article, also since the Malietoa name appears in my 6th generation that brought me back to thinking that I need to revisit this site again.
Here's what JSTOR is all about.
I put a "Samoa" search in and got over 1,000 results. To narrow down your search you may want to try an advanced search.
You can also choose a "Browse" search. I clicked on it and got this. Wow! That starting from 1892 the list goes longer. I just couldn't fit it all in.
I wonder what kind of links they have?
If you want to download an article some do have a cost, some are free. I tried to view an article and got this,
Take some time and visit JSTOR.org. you may find something that could help your Samoan research along.
I was reading this article by Diane Haddad & The Family Tree Magazine Staff,
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Two Genealogy Databases to Search While They're Free
Posted by Diane
You have a couple of days left to take advantage of these free database offers from sites where you'd normally need to subscribe or hope your library subscribes: Ancestry.com has made its marriage records collection free to search through April 21 at midnight ET. These records are great sources for female ancestors' maiden names and sometimes the couples' parents' names, in addition to the marriage date and place. You'll need to register for a free account, if you don't already have one, to view records. ProQuest's Historic MapWorks Library Edition (link to it from this page) is free to at-home users through April 20 in honor of National Library Week. Here, you can browse by place or search for an address, keyword or GPS coordinates to find old landowner and other maps. (The landowner maps aren't indexed by name here, so you need to search for the place and then find the person's name on a map.) You can download maps and overlay the maps with Google maps to pinpoint the modern location.
Cool! I already sent this off to some of my immediate family who don't have a subscription to Ancestry.com. Hahaha! They are peeled to their computers! I don't have a subscription to Ancestry.com either. So, soon my face will be peeled to my computer looking for my families.
I also am interested in the ProQuest's Historic Map Works Library Edition. Curious to see what I find on Samoa.
So, check out the links. I'd to hear what you found, if it worked for you or not?
They launched the new site today! New features on the site like Fan Chart, add photos to your Family Tree and Live Help options. I'm still poking around and having fun on the new site. What you think about the site? Post your comments below or on the SGG Facebook.
I just saw this book online on the New Zealand Electronic Text Collection.
Teo Tuvale is the author of, "An Account of Samoan History up to 1918"
I have found some great books on Samoa genealogy on the NZETC site. Try a 'Samoa' search and you get over 800 results. Plug in some of your family names, titles or villages. You never know what you might find.
I've had a few questions and emails about how the Samoan Genealogy Group started.
One day my grandma Mataniu showed me her ledger books all filled with Samoan family names and genealogy. She began to tell me her experiences in how she got these names. Ever since then I have been hooked on genealogy. My grandma and my parents were my first teachers. They've been doing their own genealogy research for years. They were excited that I got the genealogy bug.
I studied my grandma’s records, asked her questions, listened to her stories. I did the same thing with my parents studied their records, asked questions and listened to their stories.
I live in the United States right now. I am unable to travel to Samoa and other pacific islands to get genealogy information so I turn to the internet, order microfilm, seek out books, phone calling, libraries, archives, travel to family history centers and talk to Samoans about their family genealogy.
I wanted to collaborate with others doing Samoan genealogy and share stories, experiences and resources that support Samoan genealogy research so the Samoan Genealogy Group was created.
I do have other daily/weekly tasks. I try to post a blog weekly if my tasks aren't to demanding. This is probably going to be one of the longest blogs I’ll write. I like to keep my blogs short and to the point. I know that you folks don’t have all day to read a long blog, you got stuff to do too.
Now, I know I am not the best blog writer. My punctuation may not be correct nor my grammar. But I do have a great love for my Samoan heritage and for genealogy.
My dad would tell me one of his fun times growing up in Laie was swimming at Laie Beauty Hole. He said that locals would throw coins in the Beauty Hole and the kids would dive to grab the coins before they hit the bottom.
BYU-Hawaii Library Digital Collections, Laie Beauty Hole, ca. 1910-1930, jpg, Laie Plantation and Community Photo 1879-1965, http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/Laie/id/33/rec/50, photograph, 2009-02.
I've receive a lot emails on where to purchase the book The Samoa Islands: Vol 1: Constitution, Pedigrees and Traditions, by Dr. Augustine Kramer.
My grandma had a Augustine Kramer book and used this in her genealogy research. The version she had was the German/Samoan book. I remember turning the pages and seeing all the genealogy notations she made in the columns. I'm not sure what ever happened to her book. Many times I wish that I had kept tract of the book and asked grandma for it.
I did inherit my dad's copy of the Kramer book, Samoa Islands: Vol 1.
The only copies that I have found online were quite expensive some starting at $90.00 to $400.00 a book. The Google ebook is only 40.00 dollars. You do get some chapters to the view not the whole book. Not bad, if you don't mind the digital version. I prefer a hard copy book. I understand that University of Hawaii printed this book that is now out of print.
If anyone knows where to purchase a Kramer book or would like to sale their book. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or put info in the comment box below.
George Turner was a London Missionary Society missionary he was based in Samoa towards the last half of the 19th century. He wrote the book, "Samoa A Hundred Years And Long Before" detailing his observations of Samoan culture.
I don't remember my grandma using this book. She might have I'd have to ask my dad if she did. It is a great read of insight to the Samoan Culture.
Has it been a year already since the 1940 US Census release? It sure doesn't feel like it to me. I was extremely excited for this release. My dad's family from Samoa were moving to Hawaii during this time.
I was curious to see how many relatives were staying with my dad's family and who else moved from Samoa to Hawaii. I have found most of them and have already shared this information with other family members. Also, my mom's family was moving from Hawaii to California . I found most of them through Steve Morse Unified 1940 Census ED Finder. I'm still searching through the 1940 US Census for my families. Got more to search and share.