Welcome to the Northern Mariana Islands
Welcome to the Northern Mariana Islands Genealogy Project site. We
provide genealogical and historical transcriptions relating to the
island of Northern Mariana Islands. 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
Northern Mariana Islands Genealogy Project, please feel free to contact
2/4/03 - Website redesigned.
When Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan made landfall at the
Marianas in 1521, he was searching for the Spice Islands. After taking
on water and provisions, Magellan departed, but not before naming the
islands after Mariana, the Queen of Spain. At the time of Magellan's
arrival a strong indigenous population of Chamorros and Carolinians
already inhabited the three main islands of Saipan, Tinian
and Rota, and to a lesser extent, the ten smaller northern
islands. Anthropologists generally agree that these first inhabitants
migrated to The Marianas from Southwest Asia around 1500 BC.
Located in the western Pacific, the Northern Marianas are the tips of
massive undersea mountains of both limestone uplift and volcanic origin.
Its towns and cities rest against a backdrop of verdant forest or
aquamarine waters. The three main islands have their own unique
personalities, Saipan is the largest island, and the capitol, most of
the island remains rural. Tinian and Rota offer a quiet respite, though
they offer modern conveniences, these islands embody the charm and
simplicity of rural life "the way it used to be"
North of the main islands lies an archipelago of sparsely inhabited
smaller islands. Some are volcanically active and many host huge bird
populations - Farallon De Medinilla, Anatahan, Sarigan, Guguan, Alamagan,
Pagan, Agrihan, Asuncion, Maug and Farallon De Pajaros may be reached by
charter boat, helicopter or small plane.
||The Northern Mariana Islands 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