Family History 411: The Hawaiian Senate, Territory of the USA

It’s been an interesting month for Family History for me.

For the past year, I’ve been helping my grandmother transfer her hard copy family records to a digital database. (I’ll admit it. I’m using a paid program to keep track of my family records–Roots Magic. I love it, by the way) The hard part is that no one in my immediate family has ever kept digital records so I have to type in the entries.

Anyway, a few weeks ago, an aunt of mine and a cousin to my grandmother, dropped off an information packet on an ancestor who served in the Hawaii Territory of USA senate. I have a Senator as an ancestor! Talk about mind blown. Joseph B. Kaohi. So he was in there before Hawaii became a state. There was a lot of political turmoil back in his days. It was during the whole “should Hawaii become a state in the United States of America” or not. It’s still as sore spot in our history, but I’m not going to dwell on that particularly. It was noted that congress actually took a day off to honor him when he passed. How cool is that? And I don’t care if it’s common among government officials, it’s just cool that it was done for one of my relatives.

Also, this ancestor of mine, Joseph B. Kaohi, has no record of his middle name. Can you believe it? The “B” is not even spelled out on his gravestone nor is it spelled out in his obituary. No one knows. A mystery! And you know how I love mysteries.

So, that’s the first interesting thing to happen this month regarding my genealogy. I’m going to scan this information booklet, even though it’s only a few pages put together by another family member, just so we can have some kind of record on it and we can preserve it.

Such a cool family story this makes. I’m adding this tidbit to my records as well 😉 .

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