Papua New Guinea Land and Property

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Land Records

  • Tochi Daicho (Japanese Land Records) Available for Keyngel, Ngaraad, Ngatpang, Ngchesar, Ngerchelong, Ngeremlengui, Ngiwal, Melekeok, and Peleliu
  • Microfilmed in Trust Territory Archives (Reel 490) available at United States National Archives, Hamilton TT Archives, University of Hawaii, Manoa and Micronesia Area Research Center, University of Guam
  • Translated into English and indexed, available at Department of Lands and Surveys, Koror, Palau

Homestead Records

  • Digitized and indexed, available at Department of Lands and Surveys, Koror

Land Claims

Record type: Land claims based on family and tradition, tenancy and tax records.

Time Period: 1950-present.

Content: Land claimants’ names, taxes and rent paid, dates of residence, land descriptions, fathers’ names and sometimes names of several generations of ancestors; date and mode of land acquisition.

Location: National Archives, municipal archives.

Population coverage: 40%.

Reliability: Good.

Research use: Primarily for family relationships and to extend lineage beyond other existing records.[1]

References

  1. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Papua New Guinea,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 2000.