Cook Islands Civil Registration

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How to Find the Records[edit | edit source]

Online Records[edit | edit source]

Offices to Contact[edit | edit source]

Rimmel Poila-Mokoroa
Registrar - Registry Services
Registry Services
Te Tango Tutara o te Ture
Ministry of Justice
PO Box 111
Avarua, Rarotonga
Cook Islands
Telephone: +(682) 29410
Fax: +(682) 22256
Email: rimmel.poila@cookislands.gov.ck

Records were generally kept on the local level in the Cook Islands. The individual islands which keep records are:[1]

  • Aitutaki
  • Atiu
  • Mangaia
  • Mangarongaro
  • Manihiki
  • Mauke
  • Mitiaro
  • Nassau
  • Palmerston
  • Penrhyn
  • Pukapuka
  • Rakahanga
  • Rarotonga
  • Suwarrow
  • Tongareva
  • Wytootachee

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

Time period: 1846-present

Coverage and Compliance[edit | edit source]

90% coverage of the population in the 20th century; less for earlier periods.[2]

Information Recorded in the Records[edit | edit source]

Births[2]

  • Name of child
  • Date and time of day of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Names of parents
  • Occupation and religious preference of parents
  • Name of informant
  • Place of residence of parents

Notice of Adoption[1]

  • Given name
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Event date
  • Name of adopting parents
  • Place child was from

Marriages[2]

  • Date
  • Place of marriage
  • Name of bride and groom
  • Places of residence of bride and groom
  • Occupations
  • Names of parents
  • Mother's maiden name
  • Names of witnesses

Deaths[2]

  • Death date
  • Place of death
  • Name of deceased
  • Gender
  • Names of parents or spouse
  • Place of residence of the deceased
  • Age at death
  • Cause of death
  • Place of burial

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 FamilySearch.org, Cook Islands, Public Records - FamilySearch Historical Records, (accessed 18 February 2020)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: French Polynesia,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1987-2000.