28 August 2013

24 August 2013

Facebook Samoan pages

I was totally excited at these two Facebook pages that I came across the beginning of this week. I have shared them with my dad and we are still looking through the posts and pictures of these websites.
Totally Awesome.

Marist Brothers Primary School Mulivai
The Marist Brother's Primary School was established by the Marist Brothers Religious Institution in August 1888. The school will celebrate its 125th Anniversary in August 2013.


Betty Robles shares her family experiences in American Samoa. The Facebook page is filled with photos, stories and remembering good times. Betty Robles has a book out called, American Samoa The Heart of a Giant that you can purchase on her website.







20 August 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Api & Salafai Tuia Chart

My dad gave me this photo of a Tuia chart at Uncle Fa'atamala's house in Samoa. 
Don't know what year chart was written.


17 August 2013

New Zealand Family History Month 2013

What a great event! I have family in New Zealand who are attending this program for the entire month. I sure wish I could attend as well. If you are attending I would love to hear your experience. Please post below in comments or on the Samoan Genealogy Group Facebook page.

Here is the program for the month of August:

New Zealand Family History Month Speaker Series

When: 1 August - 31 August
Where: Multiple locations
Cost: Free, unless otherwise stated
Booking: Recommended. Please phone host library to reserve your place.
Find the contact details for Auckland Libraries
The genealogy and family history experts at Auckland Libraries will be giving a series of talks at libraries all over the region during the month of August.
See below to find out what talks are happening at a library near you.
Please note: All Wellsford Library events are part of an all-day event collaboration with Warkworth and Mahurangi East Libraries.

Ancestry
Ancestry Library edition is a great genealogical online resource and has more than 4 billion names in over 3,400 collections to help searchers trace their family lineage.
Parnell Library, Thursday 8 August, 10am
Botany Library, Friday 9 August, 11am
Massey Library, Tuesday 13 August, 10.30am
Blockhouse Bay Library, Wednesday 14 August, 1pm
Pukekohe Library, Wednesday 14 August, 10am
Mt Albert Library, Friday 16 August, 2pm
Leys Institute Library, Wednesday 21 August, 2pm

Auckland Council Archives
Find out how the Auckland Council Archives can assist in your genealogical search.
Birkenhead Library, Wednesday 21 August, 2pm

Beginning your family history
New to family history? Not sure how to start? Come let our specialist staff show you how.
Te Matariki Clendon Library, Tuesday 6 August, 11am
Panmure Library, Tuesday 6 August, 11am
Leys Institute Library, Wednesday 7 August, 10am
West Auckland Research Centre, Waitakere Central Library, Wednesday 7 August, 2pm
Howick Library, Thursday 8 August, 10.30am
Glen Eden Library, Thursday 8 August, 1.30pm
Mt Roskill Library, Friday 9 August, 10.30am
Mt Albert Library, Friday 9 August, 2pm
Massey Library, Saturday 10 August, 11am
Blockhouse Bay Library, Wednesday 14 August, 10.30am
Botany Library, Friday 23 August, 11am
Onehunga Library, Sunday 25 August, 1pm
Mangere Bridge Library, Wednesday 28 August, 10am

British Newspapers Archive
New to Auckland Libraries! The British Newspaper Archive website gives access to over 6 million fully searchable pages, featuring more than 200 UK and Irish newspaper titles.
West Auckland Research Centre, Waitakere Central Library, Monday 12 August, 2pm
Sir Edmund Hillary Papakura Library, Friday 16 August, 2pm
Massey Library, Tuesday 20 August, 10.30am
Howick Library, Thursday 22 August, 10.30am
Kumeu Library, Thursday 22 August, 2pm
Botany Library, Friday 23 August, 1.30pm
Wellsford Library, Tuesday 27 August, 1.30pm. Bring a plate for shared lunch. Part of an all-day event.

Bust down those brick walls
Tips and tricks to help solve your family history puzzle.
Devonport Library, Wednesday 14 August, 10.30am
Howick Library, Thursday 15 August, 10.30am
Mt Roskill Library, Thursday 15 August, 10.30am
East Coast Bays Library, Friday 16 August, 10.30am
Pakuranga Library, Wednesday 21 August, 10.30am
Wellsford Library, Tuesday 27 August, 3pm. Bring a plate for shared lunch. Part of an all-day event.

Family footprints with Bruce Ringer
Join Bruce Ringer from Auckland Libraries as he answers questions about what photographs can tell you about families, relationships and family activities in past years and how they can enrich our family narratives. An illustrated talk using images from family albums and other sources reproduced on the Auckland Libraries’ Footprints database.
South Auckland Research Centre, Tuesday 6 August, 10am
Papatoetoe Library, Tuesday 20 August, 10.30am

Family archives – prepare and preserve
David Ashman, Preservation Manager and Book Conservator at Auckland Libraries will talk to you about how to care for your family papers, photographs and precious books. Read more about this event... 
Central City Library, Wednesday 28 August, 1pm

Family history eResources
A case study to demonstrate how you can use our online family history e-resources to trace your early New Zealand pioneers.
Onehunga Library, Saturday 17 August, 2pm
Waiheke Library, Sunday 18 August, 1pm. Bring a plate for shared lunch. Part of an all-day event.

FindMyPast UK
Findmypast.co.uk is a website dedicated to family history records from the United Kingdom. There are over 550 million individual records available to search.
Highland Park Library, Wednesday 14 August, 10am
Pukekohe Library, Wednesday 14 August, 10am
Botany Library, Friday 16 August, 11am
Leys Institute Library, Monday 19 August, 10am

How to store your family’s photographs
Hot tips and suggestions on how to store your family photos for generations to come.
Pukekohe Library, Thursday 22 August, 10am

Identifying and preserving photographs
Sir George Grey Special Collections Photograph Librarian Keith Giles will show you how to identify different types of photographs and will give you some tips on preserving the images in your family’s collection.
Howick Library, Tuesday 6 August,10.30am
Birkenhead Library, Thursday 15 August, 2pm
West Auckland Research Centre, Waitakere Central Library, Friday 23 August, 11am

Newspapers and magazines for family history
Have a look at the sorts of things that can be found in our heritage publications, on microfilm and online.
Mangere Bridge Library, Thursday 15 August, 6.30pm
Waiheke Library, Sunday 18 August, 10am. Bring a plate for a shared lunch. Part of an all-day event.
Mt Albert Library, Sunday 18 August, 2pm

Pacific Island resources for family history
An overview of the Pacific Island resources held at the Central Auckland Research Centre for Fiji, Cook Islands, Samoa, Niue, Tahiti and Tonga.
Glen Innes Library, Thursday 8 August, 10am
Sir Edmund Hillary Papakura Library, Friday 9 August, 2pm
Te Matariki Clendon Library, Tuesday 13 August, 11am
Mangere Town Centre Library, Thursday 22 August, 10am

Passenger lists and immigration
A family historian’s most frequent brickwall! Finding when your ancestor arrived in NZ can be very frustrating. This talk will explore some of what is available online as well as resources which may not ordinarily be thought of in relation to immigration records.
St Heliers Library, Thursday 8 August, 2pm
Whangaparaoa Library, Monday 12 August, 10am
Albany Library, Tuesday 13 August, 10am
Orewa Library, Tuesday 20 August, 10am
Kumeu Library, Saturday 24 August, 10.30am
Blockhouse Bay Library, Monday 26 August, 10.30am
Pukekohe Library, Wednesday 28 August, 10am

Researching your Irish ancestry
West Auckland Research Centre, Waitakere Central Library, Thursday 22 August, 6pm

Searching for your family on the internet
A brief tour through the different websites that can be used to find your family, subscription websites, free websites and social media sites.
Leys Institute, Monday 12 August, 10am
Panmure Library, Thursday 15 August, 11am
Massey Library, Saturday 17 August, 11am
Mt Albert Library, Tuesday 20 August, 2pm
Wellsford Library, Tuesday 27 August, 11.30am. Bring a plate for shared lunch. Part of an all-day event.

Treasures of Central Auckland Research Centre
An overview of the many different resources within the international family history collection held at the Central Auckland Research Centre.
Highland Park Library, Wednesday 7 August, 10am
Wellsford Library, Tuesday 27 August, 10am. Bring a plate for shared lunch. Part of an all-day event.

Whakapapa for beginners
Come and join Māori Services Librarian Raewyn Paewai, who can help you get started researching whakapapa.
Pukekohe Library, Thursday 15 August, 10.30am
Sir Edmund Hillary Papakura Library, Friday 23 August, 11.30am

06 August 2013

Not just Wikipedia...there's more?

I recently came across a Fiji Genealogy blog by Carole she shared a whole article on Wikipedia alternatives. Which some I knew and some I didn't know. So, I thought to see what I could find for Samoa.

These are the Wiki alternatives she used on her search that I'm trying for a "Samoa" search.


Wikibooks, an open-content textbooks collection that anyone can edit. 2,691 books with 47,407 pages.
I typed in a, "Samoa" search didn't see anything to interesting except a book about New Zealand History/World War I that talked about Samoa. You might want to try other Samoa variation searches like, American Samoa or Western Samoa or a village. Some villages I typed in search didn't come up. (Apia, Falealii).

Wikiquote, a free quote compendium that anyone can edit. 22,340 articles in English. Here goes my search, "Samoa" this ought to be interesting. Well, not bad, my first hit was Samoa proverbs. 
Samoa proverbs:
Fa'amatagi
Translation: From the direction of the wind.
Meaning: Tell the story from the begining

Wikisource,the free library that anyone can improve. 289,483 texts in English. Search, "Samoa". I like this result I could read all day on this one. Definitely good results on the Wikisource. I typed in "Apia" and got a result of the Vailima letters. Looks like I will be coming back again on this one and trying other Samoa searches. Try some of your searches on this too.

Wikiversity with 20,819 learning resources and growing. I didn't think I would find much here and I didn't. I might come back to this one later on.

Wikimedia Commons a database of 17,908,130 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute. Lots of great results here.


At the end of the page was this map included in Wikimedia, which I haven't tried before.

I clicked on the link and got this


Awesome! Looks like I did find some great results on Wikipedia for Samoa. I haven't even tried the other Wikipedia Sister projects


Wikipedia has much more on Samoa then I thought. Try some of your own searches. Like a village, an event, even a surname. You just never know what you might find. Share your experiences on your Wikipedia searches by leaving a comment below or on the SGG Facebook page.  

Here is an image of a fale from Wikimedia Commons.


English: Samoan fale construction 1902
Date:1902
Source Image from 1902 published book Samoa Uma, where life is different ; (USA,1896)[1]
Author: Llewella Pierce Churchill
Publisher: New York, Forest & Stream Publishing Company;London Sampson Low, Marston