This Web site contains a short list of
reference material that may be suitable for people wishing to trace
their genealogy particularly if they are descendants of the early
traders of Oceania.
In the light of an
increasing number of enquiries from Pacific Island people and others
interested in determining their western style genealogy, it is certainly
most pleasing to see the extended range of research material becoming
For those people whose genealogy has a Micronesian connection, it would be
certainly worth a visit to a Web site called Beachcombers, Traders &
Castaways in Micronesia.
Ever since foreign ships began visiting the islands of Micronesia, men came
ashore to stay - some as deserters, whalers, beachcombers, castaways and
traders. This Web site contains a list of those foreigners who came to
Micronesia to stay - at least for a while. It includes foreigners who are
proved to have lived ashore on Palau, Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei, Kosrae and the
Marshall Islands during the 18th and 19th centuries. I should perhaps
mention that my own dear great grandfather, Alfred Restieaux (Resture) is
one of those mentioned along with many other familiar names of ancestors of
my dear friends, relatives and many others in the Pacific region.
For more information, you are welcome to visit this excellent Web site:
We are certainly indebted to Christine Liava'a from the Pacific Islands
Interests group of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists for her advice on
a wide range of research material being made available by the New Zealand
Society of Genealogists.
Again, this material comprises primarily names of foreigners, however, it is
of considerable value to Pacific Island people and friends of the Pacific
Islands as a result of the high level of inter-marriage between the foreign
visitors and the local people.
You are most welcome to contact Christine Liava'a at her e-mail address:
We are also indebted to Rondo Blue who has recently published the Census of
European Residents in Fiji 1874-5. As Fiji was the hub of so much activity
during this time, this particular census will be an invaluable research aid
You are welcome to contact Rondo Blue for further information at:
ISLANDS INTERESTS GROUP OF THE
NEW ZEALAND SOCIETY OF GENEALOGISTS
I run the Pacific Islands Interests group of the New Zealand Society of
My group publishes booklets of genealogical information, i.e. lists of names,
for as many places and times in the Pacific region as possible. For historical
reasons, these are mainly names of foreigners, but we would welcome any lists
anyone has, if you would like them published. So far, we have produced:
1. Niue Islanders in World War 1
2. French Convicts in New Zealand
3. Tahiti and the Society Islands 1846-7
4. Men from the Pacific in the American Civil War1861-65
5. Persons born in the Pacific Region included in the 1881 British
6. British Consul for Fiji & Tonga; BMD Index 1858-1873
7. American adventurers in the SW Pacific 1897-98
8. Foreigners in the Kingdom of Hawaii 1840-1893
9. Strangers in the Samoan Islands- foreigners mentioned in the
Cyclopedia of Samoa 1907
10.Foreign voters in California 1872, from the Pacific area
11.People of Penrhyn 1853
12/Some memorials from Ovalau, Fiji
These all, except no 8, cost NZ $5.00 (no 8 is $10) plus post and packaging.
EUROPEANS IN FIJI 1874-5
In co-operation with the National Archives of Fiji, Rondo Blue has recently
published the Census of Europeans Residents in Fiji 1874-5.
It is available either from the Bookshop at the Fiji Museum in Suva if you are
local, or by mail order from Rondo Blue who hopes to have it available online
soon as an eBook.
The Returns were submitted by District Officers and Magistrates during the
latter period of the Cakobau Interim Administration and the early days of
British colonial administration.