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Alaska was permanently founded by Russians from 1799 to 1867. United States purchased Alaska in 1867 and made it a territory. In 1959 Alaska became the 49th state. Alaska is divided into boroughs rather than counties. There were no boroughs that kept death records until 1913 when territorywide registration of deaths began.

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Deaths before 1912

Alaska didn't start death records until 1913. Before this 1913, you must search substitute records to locate your ancestor’s death date and place.

  Records that give death information:
Church Records
Newspapers
Probate (wills, etc)
Cemetery Records
Census


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Deaths after 1913

PART A: If you know the date of death

With a date (from your records), you can order a copy of the death record for a fee from the following:

Order Alaska Deaths Certificates

1913–Present - Alaska Division of Public Health. $; Order death certificates through the department of health. They are restricted to immediate family members.[1]

See list of restrictions for ordering death records.

If you do not want to order the death record, you can search other records with death information.


PART B: You don't know the exact date of death

Try:

Social Security Death Index (SSDI)


1937 to present at Genealogy Bank Free; most current version; few records before 1962; gives place where the last benefit was sent
Also, search other records with death information You may find the date of death and then may be able to order the certificate from the state.
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Restrictions for Obtaining Death Records

Restrictions for obtaining certificates for the person who died within the last 50 years[2]:
To obtain a copy of the death certificate for those who died within the last 50 years, you must be:

  • The spouse of the person on the certificate
  • The parent of the person on the certificate
  • The child of the person on the certificate
  • The sibling of the person on the certificate (Siblings need to provide a copy of their birth certificate showing parental relationship to the person on the certificate.)
  • Legal representative with a letter stating whom you represent and how you are related
  • A person providing documentation the death certificate is needed for the determination of property rights.

You need to supply:

  • Copy of government-issued picture ID of the person requesting the death certificate.

If you do not want to order the death record, you can search other records with death information.

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Sources

  1. Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, http://http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/VitalStats/Pages/death/default.aspx
  2. Alaska department of Health And Social Services, Division of Public Health, "Under Alaska law, all Vital Statistics records are strictly confidential until they become public records. Births become public records 100 years after the event; deaths, marriages, and divorces become public records 50 years after the event." http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/VitalStats/Pages/default.aspx

 

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