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[[Image:Tonga Wesleyan Church.jpg|thumb|right|340px|Wesleyan Church in Neiafu, Vavau, Tonga, 1884. Image courtesy of The George Handy Bates Samoan Papers, University of Delaware Library, Newark, DE.]]''[[Pacific Island Guide to Family History Research|Pacific Island Guide&nbsp;]] &gt; &nbsp;Tongan customs and research ideas'' <br>
A case study with research steps, and description of genealogy resources in the Family History Library.
'''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]].)&nbsp; I used this map to copy the basic information&nbsp;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 10https://new. Submit names to the IGI|familysearch.org/en/action/unsec/welcome LDS temple ordinance work.]].
'''4. Write what is learned and share the information with others.<br>'''We also compiled the stories of our family and published them in a book, Tisina Wolfgramm Gerber, ''[http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/FH27&CISOPTR=31717 Iohani Wolfgramm, Man of Faith and Courage]''&nbsp; [FHL book 921.9612 G313i]. Testimonies, family stories and memories, as well as family history of our ancestors have been compiled in this book.&nbsp;&nbsp; You also could eventually compile your family stories into a book, if you have the time and the means to do it,
'''Using the FHL Catalog to Find Tongan Sources'''
The '''Place''' Search of the Family History Library Catalog will help you find and use records about Tongans. In the online Catalog click on each blue underlined topic or title to see more details about it. Click the '''View Film Notes''' button to see microfilm numbers. The sources on microfilm can be ordered and viewed at your local Family HIstory Center. To find a Family History Center near you, [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp [Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|click here.]]. Search the online Catalog for the records of Tongan ancestors at each of the following levels:
'''''National level.''''' Use the Place Search to find the records of for the whole nation of Tonga. To do this {{FHL|Tonga|subject|disp=click here}}, and then click on the blue underlined topic of interest. <br>
*{{FHL|Tonga%2C+Vava%27u|subject|disp=Vava`u}} island group
'''''Island level.''''' Some of the records of Tonga are about an entire island, for example, Niuafo'ou. To start, open the the Place Search by clicking [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog here ]. Then find records at the island level by typing the name of the island in the ''Place'' field, and then clicking on the '''Search''' button. In the ''Place Search Results'' click the blue underlined name of the island. Then click the blue underlined topic of interest for that island to see titles under that topic. Click the blue underlined title to see more details. If available, also click the '''View Film Notes''' button. <br>
'''''Village level.''''' Some records are only about one village, for example, Hoi. To start, open the the Place Search by clicking [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog here ]. Then find records at the village level by typing the name of the village in the ''Place'' field, and then clicking on the '''Search''' button. In the ''Place Search Results'' click the blue underlined name of the village. Then click the blue underlined topic of interest for that village to see titles under that topic. Click the blue underlined title to see more details. If available, also click the '''View Film Notes''' button. <br>
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