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Cook Islands, Public Records, 1846-1989
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Cook Islands
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Record Description
Record Type: Civil Registration
Collection years: 1846-1989
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Cook Islands Ministry of Justice

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains an index to birth, marriage, and death records. The original records are held by the Cook Islands Ministry of Justice.

Jurisdictions: Records are generally kept on the local level in the Cook Islands. The individual islands which keep records are:

  • Aitutaki
  • Atiu
  • Mangaia
  • Mangarongaro
  • Manihiki
  • Mauke
  • Mitiaro
  • Nassau
  • Palmerston
  • Penrhyn
  • Pukapuka
  • Rakahanga
  • Rarotonga
  • Suwarrow
  • Tongareva
  • Wytootachee

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Cook Islands, Civil Registration, 1846-1989.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The information in these records may include the following:

Notice of Adoption

  • Given Name
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Event Date
  • Name of adopting Parents
  • Place child was from


  • Name of bride and groom
  • Occupation
  • Date of event
  • Place of event
  • Name of parents
  • Mothers maiden name


  • Name
  • Death date
  • Death place
  • Gender
  • Parents name
  • Name of spouse


  • Given name
  • Date of birth
  • Birth place
  • Parents name


  • Name of spouse
  • Name of children
  • Name of siblings
  • Place of residents

Land Records

  • Name
  • Family relationships
  • Order of onwership

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

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

Before searching, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the person
  • A general date range for the record

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select Record Category
  2. Select County
  3. Select Record Type, Year Range, and Volume Number or Letter to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

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

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Copy down all the information from the index entry
  • Cite the record. See below for help citing this collection
  • Continue to search the index for family members

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Check for variants of given names and surnames. An individual might have been listed under a nickname, middle name, or abbreviation of their given name in a record
  • Vary the search terms. Either expand the date range or search by only the surname or given name to return a broader list of results
  • Search the records of other islands

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the Cook Islands:

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]

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