Hawaii State Archives Digital Collection Tour: Government Office Holders

Our next stop on the archives tour takes us to the Government Office Holders index cards.  Each entry in this collection includes information on folks who held office Hawaiian government and the various office names.

Go to the Government Office Holders main page.

You have three choices: Search, Office Name A-Z, and Personal Names A-Z

Click on Search.  Enter any keyword you’d like to search by.  Note that you can use multiple keywords with the qualifier “all” or “some”.

We’ll try surname.  I’m going to search on my family surname Pacheco.

For the Pacheco search two names come up:  Pacheco, David and Pacheco, Manuel C.  I have no clue who these guys are.  I guess they aren’t all related to me. :D

Next, we’ll click on Office Name A-Z.  Each entry in the list will either bring up an index card with information about the office and those who served within it or a cross reference card.

By clicking on the Advisory Council, I learn that it was created in 1893 and was abolished in 1895.  The names nine individuals who served as head of the council and their dates of service are given.

Not all cards give detailed information.  Some only give the names of those who served in the office.

Next, we’ll click on Personal Names A-Z.  The first Portuguese sounding name that I see is: Aguiar, George R.  I’m going to click on that one.

George’s index card doesn’t tell us alot.  He served in the House of Representatives in 1947 in the 6th District.

Another Portuguese sounding name is Botelho, Manuel S.  By clicking on his name, we learn that Manuel was District Magistrate for Hamakua, Hawaii in 1915.  He was reappointed in 1917 and his term ended in 1919.

Though the cards don’t include alot of information, there should be enough details for further research.  One might research the office to see if more information can be had, look for newspaper articles, or find the individual’s obituary.  There are any number of places you could take this research to.

If you are lucky enough to have a government office holder in your tree, you are sure to find something worthwhile in this index.  Be sure to check variant spellings of surnames.  If you don’t find your ancestor using the search function, check each page.  You never know how a surname will be spelled.

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Hawaii State Archives Digital Collection Tour: Genealogical Indexes

The first stop on our tour is the Genealogical Indexes.  The online description says this is an index to marriages, divorces, probates, wills, and citizenship records for 1826 to 1929.  As with all Hawaiian collections, this is not a complete index.

There are two ways to access these indexes:  Browse and Search.

Let’s look at the browse screen.  Click on the browse link above.

What you see is all the indexes available divided into categories.  They are:

Marriages – Hawaii Island – 1832-1910
Marriages – Hawaii Island – 1911-1929
Marriages – Kauai Island – 1826-1910
Marriages – Kauai Island – 1910-1929
Marriages – Maui Island – 1842-1910
Marriages – Maui Island – 1911-1929
Marriages – Molokai Island – 1850-1910
Marriages – Molokai Island – 1911-1929
Marriages – Oahu Island – 1832-1910 – Volume 1
Marriages – Oahu Island – 1832-1910 – Volume 2
Marriages – Oahu Island – 1911-1929 – Volume 1
Marriages – Oahu Island – 1911-1929 – Volume 2
Marriages – Niihau Island – 1849-1856
Divorces – First Circuit – 1851-1908
Divorces – Second Circuit – 1848-1900
Divorces – Third Circuit – 1854-1899
Divorces – Fourth Circuit – 1890-1899
Divorces – Fifth Circuit – 1852-1899
Deaths – Probates Index – First Circuit – 1845-1900
Deaths – Probates Index – Second Circuit – 1849-1917
Deaths – Probates Index – Third Circuit – 1854-1897
Deaths – Probates Minute Books – Third and Fourth Circuits – 1850-1915
Deaths – Probates Index – Fourth Circuit – 1881-1904
Deaths – Probates Index – Fifth Circuit – 1851-1914
Deaths – Probates Minute Books – Fifth Circuit – 1853-1910
Deaths – Wills – First Circuit – (no dates given)
Deaths – Wills – Other Circuits – 1852-1916
Citizenship – Naturalization 1844-1894
Citizenship – Denization – 1846-1898
Citizenship – Passports – September 1874-June 1900

The dates for most of these indexes are 1915 and earlier.  So, if you have early ancestry in Hawaii, you might luck out.

You might recognize some of these indexes as Edgar Knowlton has incorporated them into his books.  They have been microfilmed by the LDS Church Family History Library as well.

When you click on a category, you will get  a list of files alphabetized by surname.  Go ahead and click on any of the surnames.  The page you requested is produced.  You have the option of seeing the typed version or the scan of the actual page.  Note that once you are in an index, you can click through it page by page.

The information that each index entry contains varies.  All refer you to a source that should be available at the State Archives.

All indexes are searchable by using the search box in the top right hand corner of each page.  Enter a surname into the box.  You will see all occurences of that surname from every index in the collection.

It should be pointed out that this collection does not include all the records available for anyone category.  For instance, the marriage index includes the records available through the State Archives but not entries from the registry books kept by the Department of Health.  The Naturalization index gives those names recorded by the Minister of the Interior, but not the naturalization records recorded via the circuit courts once Hawaii became a territory or through the INS in later years.

While this index isn’t all conclusive, it’s a great start!  The indexes will be especially helpful to those researches trying to find events that occured before 1910.

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Hawaii State Archives Digital Collection Tour Overview

You may not know it, but the Hawaii State Archives has been very quietly adding indexes and digitized records to its website.  There is a wealth of information being added.  Alot of these documents have been difficult to find because of the confusing nature of Hawaiian research and the fact that many online genealogy websites have overlooked the state.

I’m going to dedicate a few posts to the collection so that those researching in Hawaii will have an idea of what they might find.  Note that the website is being updated regularly, so if you don’t find your island or time period, check back a month or so later.  What you need might have been added.

In this first post, we’ll look at the categories available.  In future posts, I describe them in more detail and show how they might be important to Portuguese Hawaiian researchers.  These are the categories:

Genealogical Indexes:  Indexes to Marriages, Divorces, Probates, Wills, and Citizenship Records, 1826-1929.

Government Office Holders: Government officials, positions held, and dates of office.

Land Index: Index to claims, exchanges, leases, rentals, and sales of government land.

Mahele Book: Record of division of land between King Kamehameha III, the chiefs, and konohiki.

Name Index, 1790-1950:  Index to Foreign Office and Exec., Int. Dept. & Privy Council records, books, newspapers, and manuscripts.

Passenger Manifests: Index to list of passengers traveling to and from Hawaii, 1843-1900.

Tax Ledgers: Tax assessments and collection ledgers arranged by location and date, 1847-1900.

Vital Statistics Collection:  Includes reports of births, marriages, and deaths 1826-1929.

World War I Service Records: Records of military service of Hawaii residents during World War I.

(Note: These descriptions come directly from the archive website.)

In future posts, I will attack each of these categories and show you how to get the most out of them, what to expect, and what you probably won’t find.

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