Hawaii County, Hawaii Genealogy

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Guide to Hawaii County, Hawaii ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Hawaii County, Hawaii
Map of Hawaii highlighting Hawaii County
Location in the state of Hawaii, United States Genealogy
Map of the U.S. highlighting Hawaii
Location of Hawaii in the U.S.
Founded 1905
County Seat Hilo
Address Hawaii County Courthouse
25 Aupuni Street
Hilo, HI 96720
Phone: 808.961.8255
Hawaii County Website

Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
Marriage Court Land Probate Census
1859 1846 1841 1854 1848 1854 1890
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1842 but very few records survive before 1896. General compliance by 1929.
  • Parent County: created in 1905 from Hilo (old) county
  • County seat: Hilo [2]
  • Neighboring Island: Maui

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
HIGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
HIGenWeb Archives FamilySearch Places
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Hawaii Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1900 46,843
1910 55,382 18.2%
1920 64,895 17.2%
1930 73,325 13.0%
1940 73,276 −0.1%
1950 68,350 −6.7%
1960 61,332 −10.3%
1970 63,468 3.5%
1980 92,053 45.0%
1990 120,317 30.7%
2000 148,677 23.6%
2010 185,079 24.5%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

For tips on accessing Hawaii County, Hawaii Genealogy census records online, see: Hawaii Census.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Hawaii denominations, view the Hawaii Church Records wiki page.

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Hawaii County, Hawaii Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Hawaii Local Histories.

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Hawaii Land and Property for additional information about early Hawaii land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military[edit | edit source]

World War I[edit | edit source]
World War II[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

 Probate[edit | edit source]

Public Records[edit | edit source]

State Health Dept has marriage, death, wills, wills, probate and land records.[3]

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County Seat is Hilo and was founded 1905. It is located on the Hawaiian Islands.[4]

Courthouse[edit | edit source]
Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]
Museums[edit | edit source]
Societies[edit | edit source]

Kona Historical Society
PO Box 398
Captain Cook, HI. 96704
FAX: 808-323-2398
E-mail: khs@konahistorical.org

Lyman Museum & Mission House
276 Haili Street
Hilo, Hawai’i 96720
Fax 808-969-7685
E-Mail: info@lymanmuseum.org

Honolulu County Genealogical Society

University of Hawaii at Manoa - Genealogy Starter Page

Hawaii Genealogy

Hawaiian Historical Society

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. The State office has some records as early as 1853 up to the present. See the State of Hawaii, Department of Health website for information on acquiring the records and any restrictions.

Birth[edit | edit source]
Marriage[edit | edit source]
Divorce[edit | edit source]
Death[edit | edit source]

Voting Records[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[5]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hawaii County, Hawaii . Page 170 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 169.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hawaii County, Hawaii page 170, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Hawaii County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawaii_County,_Hawaii
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Hawaii County, Hawaii," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawaii_County,_Hawaii, accessed 7 February 2019.