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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