Hawaii, Hansen's Disease Records, Kalaupapa Census Index - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Hawaii, Hansen's Disease Records, Kalaupapa Census Index 1839-1970
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United States
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Location of Hawaii
Location of Hawaii
Record Description
Record Type Census
Collection years 1839-1970
FamilySearch Resources
Hawaii State Archives, Honolulu

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection consists of a card index of census-type records for lepers received or admitted to the leper settlement oat Molokai. It includes a census of individuals with Hansen's Disease, census of names, index of parents of non-leprous children, index of persons examined a Kakaako Hospital in Honolulu, and an index of persons apprehended and examined for leprosy.

Community Trees - Hawaii. Kalawao. Kalaupapa. Date range: 1800s-1900s. The purpose of the Kalaupapa project was to preserve, gather, source, and share information from the records of the patients, employees, volunteers, and kokua (helper) who resided in the Kalaupapa Leper Settlement on the Island of Molokai, Hawaii, beginning in 1865. A variety of records were used to glean information about these people. These records included arrival, birth, marriage, death, and burial records, and census population schedules. To view records click here.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Name of leper
  • Date entered settlement
  • Age
  • Death date

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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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  • Name of ancestor
  • Approximate date of birth
  • Place of residence

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • When you have located your ancestor on the census, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details.
  • Use the information to find other records such as marriage, death, or census records
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname, unless the surname is a common surname. This list can help you identify possible relatives that can be verified by records

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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  • Try a different index if there is one for the years needed. You may also need to search the passenger lists year by year
  • Search the indexes of other cities

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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