Samoa Civil Registration

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Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

How to Find the Records[edit | edit source]

Online Collection[edit | edit source]

For the following records, the index is available online, but the record images can only be seen at family history centers and the Family History Library:

Offices to Contact[edit | edit source]

Location: Local and national civil registry offices.

Registrar General of Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Adoptions
Department of Justice
PO Box 49
Apia, Samoa

Tuautu Kalepo, Civil Registrar on tuautu.kalepo@sbs.gov.ws
Ponifasio Vasa and Tupai Silapela, Deputy Rigistrars on ponifasio.vasa@sbs.gov.ws & tupai.silapela@sbs.gov.ws

Telephone : 32984, 32157 and 51538

Samoa Bureau of Statistics, birth records information
Samoa Bureau of Statistics, instructions for civil registration

For help in obtaining vital records from American Samoa see American Samoa Vital Records.

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

Time period: 1852-present

Coverage and Compliance[edit | edit source]

Population coverage: 90% coverage of the population in the 20th century; less for earlier periods.[1]

Information Recorded in the Records[edit | edit source]

Births

  • Date of the event, including time of day
  • Name of child
  • Names of parents
  • Occupation of parents
  • Religious preference of parents
  • Name of informant
  • Place of residence for parents

Marriages

  • Date
  • Name of principal and
  • Names of parents
  • Occupation of parents
  • Religious preference of parents
  • Names of witnesses
  • Place of residence of the groom and bride

Deaths

  • Date
  • Name
  • Names of parents
  • Occupation of parents
  • Religious preference of parents
  • Place of the deceased
  • Age at death
  • Cause of death
  • Place of burial

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Polynesia,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1987-2000.