Avarua Cook Islands Family History Centre

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FamilySearch This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Centre, a branch facility of the Family History Library.

The Avarua, Rarotonga, Family History Library is located in the village of Avatiu on the main road.  The building was once the home to the only Mission President of the Cook Islands in the 1960's.  The building has now been divided into a District Office, a Missionary Quarters and the Family History Library.  This facility serves all of the Cook Islands and contains approx. 120 films along with a large collection of church history documents.  Smaller libraries can be found on the islands of Mangaia and Aitutaki.  

Centre Contacts and Hours

Language: 'English, Rarotongan and all dialects

Location & Map:  

  • Address: PO Box 81, Avatiu, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
  • The Family History Center is located to the right of the chapel on the main road in Avatiu village and across the street from the harbor.

Phone:  682-23319


Open Hours:

  • Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 12:00 noon
  • Some evenings 5:00-8:00pm

Holiday Schedule:  Closed

Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events

Class Schedule

Staff Training Meetings

Centre Resources


  • FamilySearch Catalog: This centre has the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through the FamilySearch Catalog.
  • In addition to all of the known micofilms of the Cook Islands, there is a small collection of books and many files related to the history of the Church in the Cook Islands.  There are also Pedigree Charts for the island of Mangaia.

Databases and Software

  • FHC Portal This centre has access to the Family History Center Portal page which gives free access in the centre to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions. 

Hardware and Equipment

  • Three computers with free access to the internet for research
  • Printers and copiers in B/W
  • Three 20/20 large film readers
  • Microfiche readers that have been adapted for reading films.

Centre Services

Staff Research Specialties

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Resources in the Local Area

The Cook Islands Justice Department holds a vast collection of Vital Records.  It is the only source for obtaining a legal document.  In addition, the Cook Islands Christian Church in Takimoa and the Catholic Church parishes have information that is sometimes available. 



Volunteer at the Centre

The Family History Director, Sister Cummings is always available.  She is assisted by volunteers from each of the three branches on the islands, some of whom have served for many years.