Republic of Kiribati Genealogy Project

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Welcome to the Republic of Kiribati Genealogy Project

We provide genealogical and historical transcriptions relating to the islands of the Republic of Kiribati. If you have transcriptions which relate to this area or other material that you would be willing to share so that others can benefit, we would like to hear from you. Please see our transcription guidelines page for details on donating transcriptions. If you should have a specific question about Republic of Kiribati Genealogy Project, please feel free to contact me.

Nathan Zipfel


2/3/03  - Website redesigned.


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Banaban Culture & Message Board



Kiribati was first settled between 200 and 500 AD. Kiribati is an independent republic, of which are some 30 low lying coral islands comprising the Gilbert, Phoenix and Line groups of islands. The capital is Tarawa and the population of 65,000 is mainly Micronesian.

English is the official language, but Gilbertese and Kiribati are the main local languages. The flag is the banner of the arms that was given to Gilbert and Elice islands in 1937. Ellice became what we known as Tuvalu today, and Gilbert changed name to Kiribati, but the shield remained the same. This flag came in use in 1979 after the country became a republic.

"Kiribati" is pronounced Kirribarce (kih-rih-baht), and is a rendering into an Oceanic language form of the English name Gilberts (the shorthand form of the Gilbert Islands' name). So in one sense it didn't really change its name, just the spelling.

The climate is tropical and the wet season is from November to April. Local currency is the Australian dollar ($AUD)

The Republic of Kiribati Genealogy  Project is in need of volunteers to host query boards, provide look-up resources, transcribe data, etc...

If you might be interested in volunteering, please send me an e-mail message.


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