Hawaii, Kauai Obituaries - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Kauai, Hawaii
United States
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Country United States
State Hawaii
County Kauai
Record Description
Record Type Newspaper Obituaries
Collection Years 1990-2010
Coverage Tables and Maps
Hawaii County Death Holdings
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites

What Is In This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This is a digital image collection of an index to obituaries from the Garden Island Newspaper for the years 1990 to 2010.

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

You may also wish to view the collection located at [[Hawaii, Obituaries Index (FamilySearch Historical Records) for an index of obituaries in Hawaii for the years 1980 to present.

Sample of Record Content[edit | edit source]

These obituaries may contain the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Date of death or burial
  • Place of death or burial
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Birth year (estimated)
  • Birthplace
  • Date of obituary publication

Sample of Images[edit | edit source]

Click on images for larger view.

How Do I Search the Collection?[edit | edit source]

To search the images in this collection you will need to follow this series of links. Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the "…" category
⇒Select the “…" category which takes you to the images

What Do I Do Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the index information to locate the original obituary in The Garden Island newspaper which may provide more information for your records such as occupation, parents, children, birth place, burial place, and religious affiliation.
  • Use the death date and place to obtain an original or genealogical copy of the death certificate with the State of Hawaii ($, restrictions apply) which may list parents and spouses names, occupation, cause of death, place of death, and place of burial. The person providing the information for the certificate is often a relative. The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members. Write down this information to add more detail to your ancestor's record and help you identify more family members.
  • Use the place of burial to find other records that may provide more information on your ancestor. These include grave markers, sexton’s records, or a civil or religious death record. Remember that a burial date is not always the same as a death date. Sometimes a person is buried in a city or town in which they did not die. Do not assume that a burial place is the same as a death place.
  • If your ancestor had a common name be sure to evaluate all available information to determine the correct individual. This may involve comparing the data from multiple records. Note the age at death, occupation, residence, or family members.
  • Family members were often buried near each other. Pay attention to individuals buried in the same cemetery as your ancestor—they may have been family members. Similarly, if your ancestor is buried amongst other relatives, it may be a clue that you have located the correct individual.
  • Search Hawaii Census records from this area to find this person as a child in the birth family and also as a parent in their adult family. Record names of family members listed, immigration dates, occupation, residence, birthplace, parents birthplace, and other information leading to more clues about your ancestor.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?[edit | edit source]

  • If an obituary cannot be found for your ancestor in the locality where it is believed they died, try searching the records of nearby localities.
  • Try searching other newspaper indexes for an obituary, death notice, or notice of your ancestor’s estate to determine when your ancestor died.
  • Search cemetery transcripts for a transcript of your ancestor’s grave marker.
  • Look for probate records for the region and time period in which your ancestor supposedly died. These records may give clues about when he or she passed away.
  • Search church records which usually were kept many years before civil records.

  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.

  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.

Citations for This Collection[edit | edit source]

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection Citation:

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.

Image Citation:

This template has been deprecated and is no longer used.

When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Hawaii, Kauai Obituaries, 1990-2010.

Contributions to this Article[edit | edit source]

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