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U.S. National Genealogical Society Introduces Two New Research in the States Guidebooks for Hawaii and Maine

3 Jun 2024 5:43 PM | Anonymous

The following is a press release written by the folks at the (U.S.) National Genealogical Society:

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) has released two, new books as part of its Research in the States series. The latest volumes are Research in Hawaii by Darcie Hind Posz, CG, FASG, and Research in Maine, by Eva Holmes, CG, AG. The books are available in the NGS store in both PDF and print versions. 

Both guidebooks provide detailed information on a wealth of resources including business, census, and court records; institutional, military, and vital records; directories and newspapers; and advice for researching female ancestors. The authors include the website address, physical address, and telephone number for each resource.

In Research in Hawaii, the author provides details for research distinct to Hawaii such as its rich oral genealogies. Posz includes information covering African American, Chinese, Filipino, Hawaiian, Japanese, Korean, Polynesian, and Portuguese ethnic records. The section on archives, libraries, and societies includes those centrally located in Honolulu and on each island with resources specific to ethnicity, occupation, region, and time period. Posz discusses unique resources that are essential to many family historians such as the Hawaiian Sugar Planters’ Association Plantation Archives, which offers maps of plantations and camps where workers resided. Hawaiian land records for this state-land-state are thoroughly explained. The author also includes a glossary of Hawaiian words found in vital records. 

Research in Maine offers readers a comprehensive guide of where and how to find records of ancestors who lived in Maine. During the mid-to-late nineteenth century, Maine led the United States in shipbuilding. Its ships engaged in international trade stretching across both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Holmes provides family historians with a detailed guide on researching maritime records from diaries, ledgers, and logbooks in local cities and towns as well as out-of-state repositories. She also includes valuable information on cemetery records such as at the Maine Old Cemetery Association with information on over 7,100 cemeteries. The section on ethnic records covers African American, French, French-Canadian, German, Italian, Jewish, and Native Americans as well as Irish, Scots, and Scots-Irish.

The Research in the States series is edited by Barbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS, FUGA, FVGS. This series now covers research in thirty-three states, the District of Columbia, and the tribal records of Oklahoma’s American Indians. Purchase the newest books, Research in Hawaii and Research in Maine, in the NGS online store.

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