Although reports of vital statistics were required by law, many of the reports were not turned in and vital statistics were seriously under reported. This incomplete record keeping, especially in the early years, is reflected in the Archives Vital Statistics Collection.
There are two sets of indexes to the collection: records from 1832-1910 and 1911-1929. Both sets are arranged by island and there under alphabetically by name. These are located in the Archives reference room. You can also access the index through Ulukau, refer to Getting Started for an example of the index.
Records are being continually scanned and added to our Vital Statistics Collection in the Digital Collections. Here you can search by name and view the document as a PDF file.
The Vital Statistics Collection Includes:
- reports of births, marriages, and deaths
- marriage licenses
- records of issue of license to marry
- license stubs
- marriage records books
- marriage record stubs
- reports of licenses granted
There are a few birth and death records, which are not certificates, but a part of reports made for statistical purposes. Also marriage records before 1896 do not include the bride and groom’s parents.
The Vital Statistics Collection was artificially created by the Archives and indexes to the collection use the numbering system assigned by the Archives. Records are arranged by island and designated by a letter:
Further information about the Vital Statistics collection and records