Cook Islands Genealogy

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Cook Islands
Guide to Cook Islands ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.

Country Information

The Cook Islands are an island country in free association with New Zealand in the Pacific Ocean whose nearest neighbors are French Polynesia, Niue, American Samoa, and Samoa. They were formerly a British protectorate. The official languages are English and Cook Islands Māori.[1]

Getting Started

Getting Started with Cook Islands Research

Links to articles on getting started with Cook Islands research.

Cook Islands Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in Cook Islands research.

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Cook Islands Map

Genealogy records are kept on the local level in the Cook Islands.

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Genealogy records are 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

FamilySearch Resources

Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in researching your family.


  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Cook Islands," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 3 May 2016.