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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.
  
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==Alaska Information==
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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.  The capital of Alaska is Juneau.  There are 19 organized and 1 unorganized boroughs.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Alaska" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaska (accessed 1 Nov 2016).</ref>
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=== Welcome to Alaska, North to the Future  ===
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<h3>Getting Started with Alaska Research</h3>
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Links to articles on getting started with Alaska research.
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*[[Step-by-Step Alaska Research, 1880-Present]]
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*[[How to Find Alaska Birth Records|How to Find Birth Records]]
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*[[How to Find Alaska Marriage Records|How to Find Marriage Records]]
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*[[How to Find Alaska Death Records|How to Find Death Records]]
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*[[Alaska Research Tips and Strategies|Research Strategies]]
  
[[Image:Alaska.jpg|150px|Alaska.jpg]] [[Image:Alaska flag.png|150px|Alaska flag.png]] An index that gives references to over 1,800 members of the Alaska Pioneer Organization is A Guide to the Pathfinder: A Monthly Journal of the Pioneers of Alaska, 1919-1926. Click here for a link to the Alaska State Library where the information is housed.
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<h3>Alaska Research Tools</h3>
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Links to articles and websites that assist in Alaska research.
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/alaska/ Boundary Changes for Alaska Counties]
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*[[Alaska Archives and Libraries|Alaska Archives and Libraries]]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~akgenweb/index2.htm AKGenWeb]
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*[https://geonames.usgs.gov/apex/f?p=138:1:0::NO::: Geographical Names Information System] - U.S. gazetteer of places, cemeteries and post offices in Alaska.  
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=== Featured Content ===
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== Alaska Clickable Map==
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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 National Archives has land-entry case files and a card index to 1908 containing only 56 cash entries and 133 homestead patents for the entire state. Patents, tract books, and township plats are at:
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== Boroughs ==
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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.
  
Bureau of Land Management<br>222 W. 7th Ave. #13 <br>Anchorage AK 99513-7599<br>Telephone 907-271-5555 <br>Fax 907-272-3430 <br>Internet: http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en.html
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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.<ref>{{wpd|Alaska_counties#Census_areas_in_the_Unorganized_Borough|Census areas in the Unorganized Borough}}</ref><br>
  
=== Did You Know?  ===
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The table below shows the regions, boroughs and census areas as of July 1, 2013. Census areas in the [[Unorganized Borough, Alaska|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 [https://web.archive.org/web/20150910051442/http://almis.labor.state.ak.us/pop/estimates/pub/chap2.pdf Alaska Department of Labor] web site.
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Anchorage / Mat-Su Region
  
More than half of the coastline of the entire United States is in Alaska.{{AKDCleft}}
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*[[Anchorage Municipality, Alaska Genealogy|Anchorage Municipality]]
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*[[Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska Genealogy|Matanuska-Susitna Borough]]
  
=== Jurisdictions  ===
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Gulf Coast Region
  
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 eighteen 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.
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*[[Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska Genealogy|Kenai Peninsula Borough]]
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*[[Kodiak Island Borough, Alaska Genealogy|Kodiak Island Borough]]
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*[[Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska Genealogy|''Valdez-Cordova Census Area'']]<br>
  
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.<ref>{{wpd|Alaska_counties#Census_areas_in_the_Unorganized_Borough|Census areas in the Unorganized Borough}}</ref><br>
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Interior Region
  
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*[[Denali Borough, Alaska Genealogy|Denali Borough]]
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*[[Fairbanks North Star Borough|Fairbanks North Star Borough]]
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*[[Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska Genealogy|''Southeast Fairbanks Census Area'']]<br>
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*[[Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, Alaska Genealogy|''Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area'']]
  
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Northern Region
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*[[Nome Census Area, Alaska Genealogy|''Nome Census Area'']]<br>  
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*[[North Slope Borough, Alaska Genealogy|North Slope Borough]]  
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*[[Northwest Arctic Borough, Alaska Genealogy|Northwest Arctic Borough]]
*[[Aleutians East Borough, Alaska|Aleutians East Borough]]
 
*Aleutians West Census Area<br>
 
*[[Anchorage Borough, Alaska|Municipality of Anchorage]]
 
*Bethel Census Area<br>
 
*[[Bristol Bay Borough, Alaska|Bristol Bay Borough]]
 
*[[Denali Borough, Alaska|Denali Borough]]  
 
*Dillingham Census Area<br>  
 
*[[Fairbanks North Star Borough|Fairbanks North Star Borough]]  
 
*[[Haines Borough, Alaska|Haines Borough]]<br>
 
*Hoonah-Angoon Census Area
 
  
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Southwest Region
*[[Juneau Borough, Alaska|City and Borough of Juneau]] <br>
 
*[[Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska|Kenai Peninsula Borough]]
 
*[[Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Alaska|Ketchikan Gateway Borough]]
 
*[[Kodiak Island Borough, Alaska|Kodiak Island Borough]]
 
*[[Lake and Peninsula Borough, Alaska|Lake and Peninsula Borough]]
 
*[[Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska|Matanuska-Susitna Borough]]
 
*Nome Census Area<br>
 
*[[North Slope Borough, Alaska|North Slope Borough]]
 
*[[Northwest Arctic Borough, Alaska|Northwest Arctic Borough]]
 
*Petersburg Census Area
 
  
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*[[Aleutians East Borough, Alaska Genealogy|Aleutians East Borough]]
*[[Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area|Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area]]<br>
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*[[Aleutians West Census Area, Alaska Genealogy|Aleutians West Census Area]]  
*[[Sitka Borough, Alaska|City and Borough of Sitka]]  
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*[[Bethel Census Area, Alaska Genealogy|''Bethel Census Area'']]<br>  
*Municipality of Skagway<br>
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*[[Bristol Bay Borough, Alaska Genealogy|Bristol Bay Borough]]  
*Southeast Fairbanks Census Area<br>  
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*[[Dillingham Census Area, Alaska Genealogy|''Dillingham Census Area'']]<br>  
*[[Unorganized Borough, Alaska|Unorganized Borough]]<br>
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*[[Lake and Peninsula Borough, Alaska Genealogy|Lake and Peninsula Borough]]  
*Valdez-Cordova Census Area<br>
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*[[Wade Hampton Census Area, Alaska Genealogy|''Wade Hampton Census Area'']]
*Wade Hampton Census Area<br>  
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Southeast Region
*[[Yakutat Borough, Alaska|City and Borough of Yakutat]]  
 
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*[[Haines Borough, Alaska Genealogy|Haines Borough]]<br>
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*[[Hoonah-Angoon Census Area, Alaska Genealogy|''Hoonah-Angoon Census Area'']]
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*[[Juneau Borough, Alaska Genealogy|Juneau, City and Borough]] <br>
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*[[Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Alaska Genealogy|Ketchikan Gateway Borough]]
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*[[Petersburg Borough, Alaska Genealogy|Petersburg Borough]]
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*[[Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area|''Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area'']]<br>
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*[[Sitka Borough, Alaska Genealogy|Sitka City and Borough]]
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*[[Skagway Municipality, Alaska Genealogy|Skagway Municipality]]<br>
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*[[Wrangell Borough, Alaska Genealogy|Wrangell, City and Borough]]
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*[[Yakutat Borough, Alaska Genealogy|Yakutat, City and Borough]]
 
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=== Research Tools  ===
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==FamilySearch Resources==
 
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Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in resourcing your family.<br>
*[http://www.alaskaweb.org/ Alaska Trails to the Past]  
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*[[Genealogy Help on Facebook|Facebook Communities]] - Facebook groups discussing genealogy research
*Find which county a town is in, what town a cemetery is in, even where a postoffice or building is by using the United States Geographical Survey's [http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic Geographical Names Information System].
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*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/home.html Learning Center] - Online genealogy courses
*[http://www.davidrumsey.com/directory/where/Alaska/ David Rumsey Map Collection] is a large online collection of rare, old, antique historical atlases, globes, maps, charts plus other cartographic treasures.
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/location/32?region=United+States+of+America&englishRegion=United+States+of+America Historical Records] - databases and record images on FamilySearch
*[http://www.akgenweb.org// The Alaska GenWeb Project] has a wealth of information and is a part of the larger [[USGenWeb|USGenWeb Project]]. [http://www.usgenweb.org/ The USGenWeb Project] provides internet information on every county in every state in the United States.
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*[https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator?c=Alaska Family History Center locator map]
*[http://net.lib.byu.edu/fslab/researchoutlines/US/Alaska.pdf BYU Research Outline for Alaska]  
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*1816-1959 {{RecordSearch|2216300|Alaska, Vital Records, 1816-1959}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
*[http://www.looking4kin.com/group/alaskagenealogy Looking 4 Kin Genealogy &amp; Family History Network - Alaska]
 
 
 
=== Obtain additional help  ===
 
 
 
*[https://familysearch.org/ask/gethelp Call or chat with an experienced researcher]&nbsp;
 
*[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Alaska-Genealogy-Research/176484095801496?fref=ts Join a Facebook Group]&nbsp;
 
*[[Professional Genealogists who specialize in Alaska Research|Consult a Professional Genealogist]]
 
 
 
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In order to make this wiki a better research tool, we need your help! [[FamilySearch Wiki:Help wanted on the Alaska pages|Many tasks need willing volunteers]]. You can help:<br>
 
 
 
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== Additional Resources ==
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*'''2001-2014''' - {{RecordSearch|2311973|Currentobituary.com index, 2001-2014}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ak/ Cyndi's List] - Alaska genealogy sites on the internet
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*[http://www.alaskaweb.org/ AlaskaWeb] - Alaska Trails to the Past
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/alaska/ Alaska Genealogy Trails] - collection of transcribed data for the state of Alaska
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*[https://www.accessgenealogy.com/alaska-genealogy Access Genealogy] – Genealogy guide for Alaska
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*[http://www.alaskagenealogysearch.com/ Alaska Genealogy History Guide] – Genealogy Guide for Alaska
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*[http://www.ancestorhunt.com/alaska-genealogy.htm Ancestorhunt.com] - resources for Alaska genealogy research
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/AK/ Alaska Genealogy] - extensive directory of Alaska genealogy records
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*[http://files.lib.byu.edu/family-history-library/research-outlines/US/Alaska.pdf Alaska Research Outline] – Original Family History Library research outline; contains many out-of-date links
  
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*[[Alaska Genealogy|Genealogy]]
 
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*[[Alaska Land and Property|Land and Property]]
 
*[[Alaska Maps|Maps]]
 
*[[Alaska Military Records|Military Records]]
 
*[[Alaska Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]]
 
*[[Alaska Newspapers|Newspapers]]
 
*[[Alaska Online Collections|Online Collections]]
 
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*[[Alaska Probate Records|Probate Records]]
 
*[[Alaska Vital Records|Vital Records]]
 
*[[Alaska For Further Readings|For Further Readings]]
 
 
 
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Latest revision as of 20:07, 6 April 2017

United States
Alaska
Alaska Wiki Topics
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Beginning Research
Record Types
Alaska Background
Ethnicity
Local Research Resources

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. The capital of Alaska is Juneau. There are 19 organized and 1 unorganized boroughs.[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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Alaska Clickable Map

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.

Denali BoroughNorth Slope BoroughNorthwest Arctic BoroughNomeWade HamptonBethelDillinghamBristol BayAleutians WestAleutians East BoroughLake and Peninsula BoroughKodiak Island BoroughKenai Peninsula BoroughMatanuska-Susitna BoroughAnchorage BoroughValdez-CordovaSoutheast FairbanksYukon-KoyukukFairbanks North StarYakutat BoroughHaines BoroughSkagway-Hoonah-AngoonSkagway-Hoonah-AngoonJuneau BoroughSitka BoroughWrangell-PetersburgPrince of Wales-Outer KetchikanKetchikan Gateway BoroughPrince of Wales-Outer KetchikanAlaska-county-map.gif

Boroughs

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

References

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Alaska" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaska (accessed 1 Nov 2016).
  2. Census areas in the Unorganized Borough