For this weeks SNGF at Genea Musings, Randy asks us to write about genealogy database we’d like to see adding to the web.
My wish list would include…
The Garden Island Newspaper of Kauai, Hawaii. The newspaper started in 1902 and would be rich with information on the comings and goings of my family from Kilauea and other areas of Kauai. I do not know who has this database in their possession. The newspaper currently resides at www.kauaiworld.com and has more recent issues. I’d sure like to see the stuff from 1902-1920 online.
The Monitor Newspaper. This is the Catholic Church newspaper for the San Francisco region. The newspaper was published betweed 1858 and 1984. This is where I found an obituary for my Great Great Grandmother, Margaret (Kelly) Jones, who died in 1889. Currently, the collection is with the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
Consulado Geral de Portugal em Hawaii, 1878-1913. This is an important resource for those researching Portuguese roots in Hawaii. These are the consulate logs. When a passenger arrived at Honolul for processing, they were interviewed by the Portuguese consulate. Information was given on everyone in a family group including who died on the voyage and who was born. It’s a good snapshot of who really arrived in Hawaii. The LDS Church has microfilmed these records.
1890 Hawaii Kingdom Census. This is a vital resource for anyone researching in Hawaii, especially if your ancestor left the islands prior to the 1900 US Federal Census. Though the records are organized a bit strange (head of household might be recorded alone as they were interviewed while working on a plantation, while the rest of the family is recorded elsewhere). Because pre-1900 records for Hawaii are difficult to find, locating your ancestor in the Kingdom Census may be the only way to verify that they were really there. These have been filmed by the LDS Church.
I am sure if I put more thought into this I could come up with many more wishes 😉
I am sure there are many, many more resources that I would love to see online. These four would be at the top of my list. Though, at the top of my wish list would be the records destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and fire in San Francisco. Those records that seem to have all the details about my Irish ancestors. I guess that might be asking too much even of Santa.
Please Santa…a little elfy magic to get my records online…please?
Genealogist and writer. Creator of the Portuguese Hawaiian Genealogy and Heritage website, yourislandroutes.com