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. It is important to talk to the old people and make sure their information is recorded while they are still living.
'''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]].) I used this map to copy the basic information I needed.
'''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]].
An important collection of copied genealogies for Tonga is found in the <u>''Cole-Jensen Collection: Oral Genealogies and Genealogical Information Collected from the Polnesian Peoples and from the Pacific Islands.''</u> These records were collected over a 50 year period and microfilmed in 1984 by the Genealogical Sociey of Utah. The original collection consisted of 51 binders. The original materials no longer exist as an intact collection. However, there are nine microfilms: '''1358001''' through 1'''358009''', available at various family history centers. This collection sontains family group records, pedigree charts, and oral genealoges collected from the lslands of Hawaii, New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga, Niue, Cook Ilslands, and French Polynesia, including the Society, Marquesas, Austral Islands, and the Tuamotu Archipelago. The following microfilms contain Tongan information:
1358004: Newspaper article with pictures of Queen Salote Tupou III and Tongan genealogies from Binder 20.
1358006: Names, dates, and places for 1000 pedigree charts. From Binder 35.
'''Tongan Oral Histories'''