Request Form

Looking for family, want to reconnect but have no idea where to start. Believe it or not most people will have useful information that will head us, and your challenge in the right direction.  Stories your grandparents may have told you.  The names given to their children.  Conversations about an Island.  All these things can assist us find your family.  Talk to cousins and relatives, brothers and sisters as many will have information that is of utmost importance. 

Don't delay this important part of your life anymore.  To assist us in finding family please download the appropriate application form.  There is an English version and a Bislama version.  We will be soon uploading in other local Pacific languages.

  Finding Family Form (English)

  Finding Family Form (Bislama)

 

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