Laie Hawaii Family History Center

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Center Contacts and Hours[edit | edit source]

Location Map: Location Map

Address: 55-630 Naniloa Loop, Laie, HI 96762

  • We are across the fountain from the Laie Temple Visitor's Center.
  • We use the Laie Distribution Center parking lot and gate entrance.
  • We are the next door neighbor of the Distribution Center.

Language: English

Phone: 808-293-2133

E-mail: HI_Laie@familyhistorymail.org

Open Hours:

We apologize for not updating this site. We were closed since March 2021 due to COVID.

Our Family History Center (FHC) welcomes "By Appointment" requests sent via email: HI_Laie@familyhistorymail.org.

Our FHC is re-aligning to follow instructions of Ward initiated & support appointments. Please contact your Bishop for Family, Auxilliary, or individual appointments. Wards to provide a Ward Consultant and Priesthood Brethren to service each appointment. We invite Ward Leads & Consultants to be FHC trained. For more information, email HI_Laie@familyhistorymail.org.

An appointment is required prior to entry along with a signed Health Assessment and agreement to wear your mask while in center. Feel free to share your negative test results or vaccination cards with Bishops, Ward Consultants or FHC email when requesting appointment as we all want a healthy experience.

Zoom appointments are also available with Ward Consultants. For more information, please email HI_Laie@familyhistorymail.org

  • Monday: By Appointment Only.
  • Tuesday: By Appointment Only.
  • Wednesday: By Appointment Only.
  • Thursday: By Appointment Only.
  • Friday: By Appointment Only.
  • Saturday: By Appointment Only.
  • Sunday: By Appointment Only.

Holiday Schedule:

  • Normal closures are aligned with the Laie Hawaii Temple dates.
  • Closed all Holidays unless Ward support by your Wards Temple & Family History Consultant.

Calendar and Event[edit | edit source]

All Upcoming Events - email to register. HI_Laie@familyhistorymail.org[edit | edit source]

Class Schedule (hr:min:sec)[edit | edit source]

Online courses always available, simply click the link provided or paste the URL link into a new browser tab.

For added support contact your Ward Temple Family History Consultant.

Topic: Getting started with Genealogy - Basics Forms, Records 10:09 min:sec

https://www.familysearch.org/help/helpcenter/lessons/getting-started-in-genealogy


Topic: How do I start my FamilySearch Tree? 10:26 min:sec

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6SysSYjRHs


Discovery experience-Family History Library SLC -Main Floor 01:00 min:sec

https://www.familysearch.org/family-history-library/discovery-center-tour


Topic: Getting Started with Indexing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2uHGFQsX4o 8:02 min:sec


We will soon be offering ZOOM classes or video instructions here. Please check back later.

Topic: How to set-up your FamilySearch account vs your Church online account.

Topic: How to Schedule Laie Temple Online Proxy Appointments (Website & mobile device)

Topic: How do I use the LDS Tools Member app?

Topic: How to use Ordinance Ready for Temple Family Name Cards

Topic: How to Merge duplicates?

Topic: FamilySearch Community Help Center Support & Forums

Topic: How to begin indexing?

Topic: How to use FamilySearch Catalog Search?


** If you'd like to have another topic, share your feedback via email: HI_Laie@familyhistorymail.org

Staff Training[edit | edit source]

Zoom training meetings available for STFHC Stake Temple Family History Consultant, Stake High Council over Family History, WTFHC Quorum Leaders, Relief Society Leaders, YM & YW Adult Leaders, Primary Leaders, Ward Temple Family History Consultant to email a request for "new calling" Laie FHC Training. The Laie Family History Center supports 5 Stakes (Laie YSA 1st Stake, Laie YSA 2nd Stake, Laie Married Student Stake, Laie Hawaii Stake, and the Laie Hawaii North Stake (Host). Each Stake has a STFHC-FHC Stake Temple Family History Consultant over the Family History Center.

Click the online trainings links below or click on the highlighted blue text topics posted by the Church.

FREE downloadable forms for Family History Patrons

https://www.familysearch.org/help/helpcenter/article/downloadable-forms-for-family-history-center-patrons

Introduction to Family History Centers

Training available the 2nd and 4th Sundays via zoom or on-site. Please email the center for an appointment HI_Laie@familyhistorymail.org.


Sunday - September 19, 2021 - 9:00 am on-site or ZOOM or 8:00 pm ZOOM only. Laie Hawaii Stake FH positions invited to FHC Training via Zoom or on-site. Limited seats available for on-site (6ft distancing enforced). Please email HI_Laie@familyhistorymail.org for participation. Time: 9:00 - 10:30 am presentation / 10:30 - 10:50 am Q&A. Meeting repeated: 9/26/2021 8:00am. Training will be recorded for future use.


Sunday - September 26, 2021 - Topic: How to set-up your FamilySearch account vs your Church online account.

Time: 9:00-9:30 am presentation / 9:30-9:50 am Q&A.

Register by email: HI_Laie@familyhistorymail.org On-site: 6 seats. Zoom: unlimited.


Sunday - September 26, 2021 - Topic: How to Schedule Laie Temple Online Proxy Appointments (Website & mobile device)

Time: 10:00-10:30 am presentation / 10:30-10:50 am Q&A

Register by email: HI_Laie@familyhistorymail.org On-site: 6 seats. Zoom: unlimited.


Sunday - September 26, 2021 - Topic: How to use Ordinance Ready for Temple Family Name Cards

Time: 3:00-3:30 pm presentation / 3:30-3:50 pm Q&A


Sunday - September 26, 2021 - Topic: How to Merge duplicates?

Time: 4:00-4:30 pm presentation / 4:30 - 5:50 am Q&A


Sunday - September 26, 2021 - Topic: FamilySearch Community Help Center Support & Forums

More to come, check back later.


Sunday - September 26, 2021 - Topic: How to begin indexing?

More to come, check back later.


Sunday - September 26, 2021 - How to use FamilySearch Catalog Search?

Holiday Schedule:[edit | edit source]

  • Normal closures are aligned with the Laie Hawaii Temple dates.
  • Closed all Holidays unless Ward support by your Wards Temple & Family History Consultant.

Center Resources[edit | edit source]

Internetis available using the computers and your personal devices. We welcome the use of your laptops and phone via WiFi or your own hotspot. Training available for your devices upon request. Please email: HI_Laie@familyhistorymail.org

Collections[edit | edit source]

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  • Patrons' Microfiche Collection -- a collection of fiche ordered by our patrons, assorted titles. Contain family histories, vital records, and other types of information.
  • Indefinite Film Collection -- a collection of films on a variety of subjects, to include vital records, county records, court records, etc.
  • Book Collection: -- Various books that are research tools, such as Passenger and Immigration List Index, and The Famine Immigrants. Our book collection, although small compared to the FHL, broadly covers most states and many countries.
  • Hawaiian Family Group Records, large collection
  • Samoan Family Group Records, large collection
  • Smaller, but significant collections of Family Group Records from Tonga, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan and Tahiti.
  • Hawaiian State Obituaries, taken from the Honolulu Star Bulletin and the Honolulu Advertiser. Mostly covers parts of the 1970s and 1980s. Large collection in 18 binders.
  • Hawaii Obituary Index, 1968-1969.
  • Family Obituaries: Achi, Cole, Cooke, Hoog, Johnson. Small collection.
  • Various Hawaii censuses, including 1890 and 1910.
  • Various Hawaiian vital records.
  • Various Tongan vital records, including births and deaths from as early as 1857.

Databases and Software[edit | edit source]

Family History Center Portal This center has access to the Family History Center Portal page which gives free access in the center only to premium family history websites that generally charge for subscriptions, including☀

  • 19th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archive - This fully searchable database of the British Library's newspaper holdings provides a complete run of 48 national and regional Victorian British newspapers for the 19th century from 1800 to 1900. These support the study of colonial history, genealogical research, politics, urban studies, and media courses.
  • Access Newspaper Archive -- the largest historical newspaper database online, contains tens of millions of newspaper pages from 1753 to present. Every newspaper in the archive is fully searchable by keyword and date, making it easy for you to quickly explore historical content. All 50 states plus 10 countries.
  • Alexander Street Press - The American Civil War: Research Database Letters and Diaries Images, Photographs, Posters, and Ephemera
  • Ancestry.com - Institution Versions: U.S. | Australia | Canada | Germany | Sweden | United Kingdom
  • ArkivDigital Online -- Swedish genealogy. 
  • Find My Past - Institution Version- 1.7 billion international family history records from the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand and beyond with records going back to 1200. New collections are added every month,
  • Fold3.com (Previously known as Footnote.com) -- Fold3 provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.
  • My Heritage-Library Edition - Used by millions of people worldwide to help research family history, build a family tree, and add photos, historical records, and more.
  • Paper Trail -- a guide to overland pioneer names and documents. Provides access to 19th-century westward American migration documents.
  • ProQuest Obituary Listings - The ProQuest obituaries collection is a premier resource for genealogical and historical research. You can use the collection to search obituaries and death notices from prominent newspapers, such as the New York Times (dating back to 1851). The collection includes both famous and lesser-known individuals and can be searched by name or by keywords appearing in the body of the article.
  • Kinpoint Premium - Kinpoint is designed to make it easier for you to do your family history by letting you see what to work on at a glance; quickly find missing information in your family tree; and discover insights into the lives of your ancestors.
  • Puzzilla.org Premium - Find new research opportunities on descendant lines in Family Tree.
  • World Vital Records --  All content has been added to MyHeritage.com (who purchased WVR). The link to World Vital Records currently redirects to MyHeritage.com. In the near future, World Vital Records will be removed from the Portal.

Databases here at our center: (These can be found on the computer at the front desk - ask for assistance.)

  • Hawaiian Delayed Birth Record Index
  • Hawaiian Birth Register
  • Hawaiian Pedigree Index

Hardware and Equipment[edit | edit source]

  • 14 Patron Computers
  • 1 Microfilm reader
  • 1 Microfilm/Microfiche reader/scanner, (a Cannon Microfilm Scanner 300)
  • 1 Kodak Photo Scanner; scans both from flat bed and auto feed source.
  • 1 Projector and a Screen for classes and training.
  • 1 Discovery Center Interactive LCD
  • 2 Lexmark Printers, black and white (Charge of $0.10 per page.)
  • 1 Lexmark Copier/Printer/Scanner (Charge of $0.10 per page.)


Software Installed at the FHC:

  • Family History Software Utilities
  • Personal Historian (Milennia Corporation). Writes and preserves personal life stories. 
  • PAF 5 (Progeny Software)
  • Ancestral Quest 14 (By Incline Software) 
  • Roots Magic (formerly Family Origins) 
  • FamilySearch Indexing
  • Family Insight

Center Services[edit | edit source]

Staff Research Specialties[edit | edit source]

U.S. Research German Research Using Ancestry Using FamilySearch

(Include sections for any other services your center provides. Add additional sections for those services. See the Bountiful and Chattanooga FHC pages for examples.)

Resources in the Local Area[edit | edit source]

Brigham Young University-Hawaii, library
Kahuku Public Library

Links[edit | edit source]

  • Using the FamilySearch Research Wiki: A comprehensive video presentation explaining the Wiki, navigating it, and some especially useful pages. Case studies demonstrate using the Wiki for genealogical research. Editing and adding articles to the Wiki are covered.
Honolulu County Genealogical Society Blog
Hawaii US Genweb
Portuguese Genealogical Society of Hawaii
The Native Hawaiian Genealogy Society
Honolulu County, Hawaii Genealogy
Hawaii Vital Records Using this web service, you may order certified copies of birth and marriage/civil union certificates and only of records dating from July 1909 to the present.
Hawaii Deaths and Burials - FamilySearch Historical Records death record index.

Volunteer at the Center[edit | edit source]

We are looking for committed, reliable people who love family history! Not an expert? That's okay! Come and learn! Shifts are from 2 hours (evenings) to 2, 3, 3 1/2, or 4 hours (daytime.) Contact the Stake TFH Consultant - Center at the telephone or e-mail listed above for more information.