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Last Modified: 25 June 2016

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Welcome to the United States Territories website which is hosted by Trails To The Past.

My name is Charlie Vines and I am your host. I have been researching our families since 1996. My goal is to assist family researchers by providing as much information on the History and People of the United States Territories as possible.

If you find any errors on this site, broken links,  or if you would like to contribute to this project, please contact me

Although I do host this site, I do not live in one of the territories; therefore, my ability to assist with any research will be extremely limited.  I make every effort to post all data that I receive in a timely manner. 

If you have information that you would like to contribute to this project, please sent the information to me and I will be sure to forward it to the correct host. You can e-mail any information to me.

There are fourteen territories that are part of the United States Territories.  Five (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Marianas Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U. S. Virgin Islands) have significant populations; therefore, they will each have their on website as part of the U. S. Territories Project at Trails To The Past.  Of the remaining nine territories, only Wake Island has any population.  These nine will be listed on a single site called 'Other Territories'.  There is history with the territories and my goal as host is to list that history, especially as it relates to genealogy.  

The Territories of the United States of America consist of the following:

Area: 77 Square Miles
Population: 57,663 (2007 Estimate)

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Baker Island
Area: 0.63 Square Miles
Population: Uninhabited

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Area: 212 Square Miles
Population: 175,877 (2008 Estimate)

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Howland Island
Area: 0.69 Square Miles
Population: Uninhabited

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Jarvis Island
Area: 1.74 Square Miles
Population: Uninhabited

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Johnston Island
Area: 1.02 Square Miles
Population: Uninhabited

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Kingman Reef
Area: 0.01 Square Miles
Population: Uninhabited

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Midway Island
Area: 2.4 Square Miles
Population: There are no permanent inhabits but caretakers will periodically live on the island

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Navassa Island
Area: 2 Square Miles
Population: Uninhabited

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Area: 184 Square Miles
Population: 86,616 (2008 Estimate)

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Palmyra Atoll
Area: 1.56 Square Miles
Population: Uninhabited

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Area: 3,151 Square Miles
Population: 3,927,188 (2006 Estimate)
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Area: 136 Square Miles
Population: 108,605 (2006 Estimate)

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Wake Island
Area: 2.51 Square Miles
Population: 200 (2003 Estimate)

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The United States fourteen territories
"Territories of the United States." (March 11, 2010). Wikipedia.

More information on each of these territories can be found on the corresponding page for each territory.

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Volunteering To Be A State or County Administrator

What are my responsibilities as a State or County Administrator?

First and foremost, you need to have some knowledge of html and be able to create and upload web pages, either through your own html or a software package, such as Front Page, Dreamweaver, etc.


1. The ability to work well with the public and answer general questions about the State. We don't expect you to do research for people, but, you should have a general knowledge of where researchers might look for information they may need, such as the library, newspapers on microfilm, county building, genealogical and historical societies, etc. The ability to work well with the County Administrators.

2. Being the general overseer of the State pages. Maintaining them and seeing that they are up to date. Providing your State logo at the top of your main page, as well as links to all your county pages.

3. Recruiting County Administrators for your State.

4. Assisting County Administrators in getting a place to house their county pages, and offering any needed assistance, so that they will feel comfortable in what they are doing.

5. Visiting the county pages to make sure that they are up to date and broken links taken care of. Since we want our patrons to come back, we need to try and keep things as up to date as possible.


1. Try to provide a County History to give your visitors a little background on your County.

2. Providing raw data to the website. This can be in many forms: Cemeteries, Census, Vital Records, Biographies, Maps, Photographs, Churches, Obituaries, News Articles. As a researcher, you know what you like to see on a genealogy web site, so generally other people will want to see the same thing. This can come in the form of what you can provide, as well as adding what others send to you. Make sure you provide the name and email of the contributor on the page unless requested to do otherwise.

3. You must provide a link to the main State Page and a Trails to the Past logo at the top of your main page.

4. If you are interested in either being a State or County Administrator or would like more information, please contact me or a District Administrator in your  area of interest.  

What if I am Unable to adopt a County, but would like to help?

There are many other ways in which to help, such as sharing some of your research or typing for the County Administrator. Contact the County Administrator or the State Administrator, if the county isn't hosted, to find out what help is needed.

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