American Samoa Colonial Records

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European Colonization (18th century- 20th century)[edit | edit source]

European contact with the Samoan Islands began in the 18th century with Dutch and French explorers. In the 1830s British missionaries from the Cook Islands and Tahiti came to the Samoan Islands. During the 19th century, the islands became frequent stopping places for French, British, German, and United States ships. In 1899, during the Tripartite Convention, the islands were partitioned and divided between Germany and the United States.[1]

Record collection Years covered Record type Language Who is in the records
American Samoa, Vital Records, 1850-1930 at FamilySearch — index and images 1850-1930 Birth, marriage, and death English and Samoan Samoans
Samoa Baptisms, 1863-1940 at FamilySearch — index 1863-1940 Baptisms English and Samoan Samoans

United States Territory (1900-present)[edit | edit source]

Originally called Naval Station Tutuila after its annexation to the United States, the islands were renamed American Samoa in 1911. American Samoa is a territory of the United States.[2]

Record collection Years covered Record type Language Who is in the records
American Samoa, Census Records, 1900-1945 at FamilySearch — index 1900-1945 Census English American Samoans
American Samoa, Passenger Lists and Travel Documents, 1918-1965 at FamilySearch — index and images 1918-1965 Passenger lists, passports and travel permits, letters of identity, affidavits of birth, visas and visa requests, and naturalization petitions English American Samoans
American Samoa, Vital Records, 1850-1930 at FamilySearch — index and images 1850-1930 Birth, marriage, and death English and Samoan American Samoans
Samoa Baptisms, 1863-1940 at FamilySearch — index 1863-1940 Baptisms English and Samoan American Samoans
American Samoa, Delayed Birth Registrations, 1962-1972 at FamilySearch — index 1962-1972 Births English and Samoan American Samoans
American Samoa, Passports, 1919-1924 at FamilySearch — index 1919-1924 Passports English and Samoan American Samoans
U.S. Census Records — links to all major databases 1920-1940 Census English American Samoans
Probate records, 1902-1961 at FamilySearch - images 1902-1961 Probate records English Property-owning American Samoans
War damage claims, 1946-1953 at FamilySearch — images 1946-1953 Land records English Property-owning American Samoans whose property was damaged from WWII

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "American Samoa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Samoa, accessed 11 March 2020.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "American Samoa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Samoa, accessed 11 March 2020.