American Samoa Compiled Genealogies

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Compiled Genealogies[edit | edit source]

The term genealogy is used in this Wiki article and in the FamilySearch Catalog to describe a variety of records containing family information previously gathered by other researchers, societies, or archives. These records can include pedigree charts, compiled data on families, correspondence, ancestor lists, research exchange files, record abstracts, and collections of original or copied documents. These can be excellent sources of information that can save you valuable time. Because they are secondary sources of information, however, they must be carefully evaluated for accuracy.

Family Trees[edit | edit source]

Family Histories[edit | edit source]

Digital Books[edit | edit source]

FamilySearch Catalog[edit | edit source]

Many family histories can be found on the FamilySearch catalog by performing a surname search:

  • Go to the FamilySearch Catalog
  • Click on the Surname button
  • Type in the search field the last name of the family that you are researching

Oral Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Oral genealogies are spoken lineages that are common in certain parts of the world. Oral Genealogies can be especially useful in localities where few if any written records exist and in some cultures are the main genealogical tool for researchers. The following are resources for finding Oral Genealogies for American Samoa.

Online Records[edit | edit source]

Cole Jensen Collection[edit | edit source]

The Cole Jensen Collection: Oral Genealogies and Genealogical Information Collected from the Polynesian Peoples and from the Pacific Islands is a set of compiled and oral genealogies collected by William Cole and Elwin Jensen over a period of 50 years. The collection covers the islands of Hawaii, New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga, Niue, Cook Islands, and French Polynesia, including the Society, Marquesas, Austral Islands, and the Tuamotu Archipelago. It has been digitized and is available on FamilySearch Genealogies and at the FamilySearch Catalog. It is also available on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and the Auckland Libraries in New Zealand.

FamilySearch Catalog[edit | edit source]

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Many oral genealogies can be found on the FamilySearch catalog:

  • Go to the FamilySearch Catalog and in the place field type in American Samoa
  • Go to American Samoa
  • Once there, click on "Places within American Samoa"
  • Go to the smallest possible jurisdictional level of your place of interest
  • Click on the "Genealogy" section