My mother is ''Salote Lasini Fakatou'', who was born in 1915. Her father was ''Penisoni Kaufusi Fakatou ''and her mother was ''Selu Vaia Mafi''. They have 19 children, of which I am the 5th born. My father moved to the ''United States ''in 1960. Following are some things I have learned in doing Tongan family history work:
'''1. Interview family members and write their information.'''<br>My father has worked and prayed a lot to get the information of his family, and so has my mom. We have talked for hours with my father and mother, and I helped them record in writing the things they have memorized and the records they have obtained. Also, I talked with my Aunt Edna P. Wolfgramm Burningham, to get information on the German lines.
'''2. Gather written records.<br>'''My mother wrote our family genealogy on a family map, or ''Hohoko''. Many Tongan families have charts like this. She wrote on sail cloth with a ball point pen so it could be folded up and carried and not be torn or destroyed by the elements. The map is about 4 feet wide and 20 feet long. (See the [[Step 5. Organize your information|picture in Step 5 of the Pacific Island Guide]].)
'''3. Enter information into Personal Ancestral File or similar computer program.'''<br>Family members helped me copy the information from the ''Hohoko'' into the [[PAF and Other Genealogy Organizers|Person Ancesral File computer program]]. From there, it can be printed out as [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Image:Pedigree_Chart_Blank.png pedigree charts] and [[Family group record: roadmap for researchers|family group records]] and entered into the TempleReady program to request [[Step 10. Submit names to the IGI|LDS temple ordinance work]].