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Guide to Alaska ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Alaska Information

Alaska became the forty-ninth state of the United States on 3 January 1959. It was the Territory of Alaska before being admitted to the Union. It is the largest state in the Union and is in the northwest of the Americas above Canada.[1]

Getting Started

Getting Started with Alaska Research

Links to articles on getting started with Alaska research.

Alaska Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in Alaska research.

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Many genealogy records are kept on the county level in the United States. Click on a county below to go to the county Wiki article listing more information.

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The U.S. state of Alaska is not divided into counties, as 48 other states are (Louisiana having parishes instead), but it is divided into boroughs. Many of the more densely populated parts of the state are part of Alaska's nineteen boroughs, which function somewhat similarly to counties in other states. However, unlike county-equivalents in the other 49 states, the boroughs do not cover the entire land area of the state. The area not part of any borough is referred to as the Unorganized Borough.

For the 1970 census, the U.S. Census Bureau, in cooperation with the state, divided the unorganized borough into 11 census areas, each roughly corresponding to an election district. However, these areas exist solely for the purposes of statistical analysis and presentation. They have no government of their own. Boroughs and census areas are both treated as county-level equivalents by the Census Bureau.[2]

The table below shows the regions, boroughs and census areas as of July 1, 2013. Census areas in the Unorganized Borough are shown in italics. Because these areas have changed over time, it may be worthwhile for a researcher to look at the political jurisdictions at the time of ancestors being researched. More information is available on the Alaska Department of Labor web site.

Anchorage / Mat-Su Region

Gulf Coast Region

Interior Region

Northern Region

Southwest Region

Southeast Region

FamilySearch Resources

Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in resourcing your family.

Additional Resources


  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Alaska" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at (accessed 15 March 2016).
  2. Census areas in the Unorganized Borough