Kalaupapa, HI Genealogy Resources


I posted a film yes­ter­day about a woman dis­cov­er­ing infor­ma­tion about her great grand­mother who lived in what was called the Kalaupapa (Moloka’i) Leprosy Settlement. Wikipedia has this to say about Kalaupapa:

The county is coex­ten­sive with the Kalaupapa National Historical Park, and encom­passes the Kalaupapa Settlement where the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi, the ter­ri­tory, and the state once exiled per­sons suf­fer­ing from lep­rosy (Hansen’s dis­ease) begin­ning in the 1860s. The quar­an­tine pol­icy was lifted in 1969, after the dis­ease became treat­able on an out­pa­tient basis and could be ren­dered non-contagious. However, many of the res­i­dent patients chose to remain, and the state has promised they can stay there for the rest of their lives. No new patients, or other per­ma­nent res­i­dents, are admit­ted. Visitors are only per­mit­ted as part of offi­cially sanc­tioned tours. State law pro­hibits any­one under the age of 16 from vis­it­ing or liv­ing there. With a pop­u­la­tion of 147 at the 2000 cen­sus, Kalawao County’s pop­u­la­tion is the sec­ond small­est of any county in the United States, ahead of only Loving County, Texas. Ranked by median house­hold income, it is the poor­est county in the United States.

(Source: Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalawao : Accessed 5 May 2010)

People who are look­ing into ances­tors who lived in Kalaupapa do not have a lot of resources. If you are doing fam­ily his­tory in this locale, here are some places you could try:

  • Hawai‘i State Archives, Genealogy Research Guide (which includes some dig­i­tized vital records)
  • Linkpendium > Genealogy > USA > Hawaii and the Pacific > Kalawao County
  • US GenWeb Archives for Kalawao
  • Remembering Kalaupapa
  • Kalawao County HI GenWeb
  • Family History Library Microfilm from the Church of St. Francis of Asissi, one reel, includ­ing:

    Baptisms 1927–1964, 1978 (FHL US/CAN Film 1025712 Item 1)
    Marriages 1896–1909, 1927–1977 (FHL US/CAN Film 1025712 Item 2–3)
    Confirmations 1927–1975 (FHL US/CAN Film 1025712 Item 4)
    Church accounts 1889–1891 Deaths 1904–1927 (FHL US/CAN Film 1025712 Item 5)
    Deaths 1927–1977 (FHL US/CAN Film 1025712 Item 6)
    Register 1873–1930 (pho­to­copy of orig.) (bap­tisms, con­fir­ma­tions, mar­riages, buri­als) (FHL US/CAN Film 1025712 Item 7)

 
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