New mailing list, created August 4, 2000 for Samoan family history researchers to post queries, discuss history and genealogy research problems specific to Samoa and America Samoa.
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Western Samoa was a German protectorate occupied by New Zealand until the outbreak of World War I in 1914. New Zealand contintued governing Western Samoa as a trust territory in 1962 when Samoa gained their independence -- the first Polynesian nation to do so in the 20th century. In 1997, Western Samoa dropped the word "western" from its name and is now known as Samoa.