American Samoa Births - What else you can try
This page will give you additional guidance and resources to find birth information for your ancestor. Use this page after first completing the birth section of the American Samoa Guided Research page.
Additional Online Resources
Additional Databases and Online Resources
Additional Records with Birth Information
Substitute records may contain information about more than one event and are used when records for an event are not available. Records that are used to substitute for birth events may not have been created at the time of the birth. The accuracy of the record is contingent upon when the information was recorded. Search for information in multiple substitute records to confirm the accuracy of these records.
|Use these additional records to locate birth information about your ancestor:|
|Why to search the records|
|Census records may provide an age at the time of the census, giving an estimated birth year.|
|Marriage records may occasionally provide the age of the individuals getting married, giving an estimated birth year.|
|Death and burial records may provide an age at the time of death, giving an estimated birth year.|
|Church records often contain christening/baptism, marriage, and burial records that can list ages and possible birthdates.|
|Oral genealogies do not usually give dates and places, however, they do often give names and relationships. These are especially helpful in pre-1930 research when fewer records were kept.|
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Tips for finding births
Successfully finding birth records in online databases depends on a few key points. Try the following search suggestions:
- Your ancestor’s name and surname may have had many different spelling variations.
- If you are not finding what you’re looking for, try using wildcard characters. That is, use an asterisk * to replace one or more characters.
- Try searching surrounding areas. Your ancestors may have been born in another town than where they lived later in life.
- Be flexible with year searches. Give a year range of about 2-3 years on either side of the believed year of the event.
Why the Record may not Exist
Known Record Gaps