Hawaii County, Hawaii Genealogy

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Guide to Hawaii County, Hawaii ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Hawaii County, Hawaii
Map
Map of Hawaii highlighting Hawaii County
Location in the state of Hawaii
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Location of Hawaii in the U.S.
Facts
Founded 1905
County Seat Hilo
Courthouse
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Address Hawaii County Courthouse
25 Aupuni Street
Hilo, HI 96720
Phone: 808.961.8255
Hawaii County Website


Historical Facts

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1859 1846 1841 1854 1848 1854 1890
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1842 but very few records survive before 1896. General compliance by 1929.
  • Parent County: created in 1905 from Hilo (old) county
  • County seat: Hilo [2]
  • Neighboring Island: Maui

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Resources

Biography

Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
HIGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
HIGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Hawaii Cemeteries for more information.

Census

For tips on accessing Hawaii County, Hawaii Genealogy census records online, see: Hawaii Census.

Church Records

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Hawaii denominations, view the Hawaii Church Records wiki page.

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Local histories are available for Hawaii County, Hawaii Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Hawaii Local Histories.

Land and Property

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Hawaii Land and Property for additional information about early Hawaii land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Maps

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Migration

Military

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Obituaries

 Probate


Public Records

State Health Dept has marriage, death, wills, wills, probate and land records.[3]

Repositories

Description

The County Seat is Hilo and was founded 1905. It is located on the Hawaiian Islands.[4]

Courthouse
Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Libraries
Museums
Societies

Kona Historical Society
PO Box 398
Captain Cook, HI. 96704
808-323-3222
FAX: 808-323-2398
E-mail: khs@konahistorical.org
Website


Lyman Museum & Mission House
276 Haili Street
Hilo, Hawai’i 96720
808-935-5021
Fax 808-969-7685
E-Mail: info@lymanmuseum.org
Website

  Taxation

Vital Records

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. The State office has some records as early as 1853 up to the present. See the State of Hawaii, Department of Health website for information on acquiring the records and any restrictions.

Birth
Marriage
Death

Websites

Populated Places

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[5]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places


References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hawaii County, Hawaii . Page 170 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 169.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hawaii County, Hawaii page 170, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Hawaii County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawaii_County,_Hawaii
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Hawaii County, Hawaii," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawaii_County,_Hawaii, accessed 7 February 2019.