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Research Centers | How to do Alaska genealogy | Counties and geographic areas | Gold Rush | Biographies | Maps | Digital resources | History | Ethnic groups

Research Centers

  • Alaska State Archives External Link. Provides links to specialized information for genealogists, online guides to collections, and a list of free-lance researchers.
  • Alaska Historical Society External Link. Under heading "Discover Alaska" offers links to sources of genealogical data and reference assistance.

How to do Alaska genealogy

  • Resource guide External Link from Brigham Young University. Lists libraries, genealogical societies, museums, organizations, locations for Moravian, Roman Catholic, and Russian Orthodox church records.
  • Research guidance External Link from Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Section on Alaska provides links to extensive, detailed information about resources for Alaskan vital records from 1783 to the present.
  • Alaska GenWeb External Link projects containing data from many primary sources. Records posted on site include birth, marriage and death records, cemetery records, obituaries, wills, church resources, census records, maps. Also provides links to libraries, historical societies, and museum. Data has been posted by volunteers and is freely available to all researchers.
  • "Alaska Trails" External Link - free genealogical postings for state of Alaska and its counties. Site is a work in progress but contains census data for some counties and boroughs, as well as obituaries, newspaper clippings, a list of "alien arrivals" to Alaska ports in 1906.

Counties and geographic areas

Gold Rush



Digital resources

  • Collaborative project External Linkof the Rasmuson Library at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the Consortium Library at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and the Alaska State Library in Juneau. Contains a variety of historical materials. It is possible to search for maps and photographs of towns, buildings, people, etc.
  • Alaska, Western Canada and United States collection External Link of the University of Alaska, containing photographs documenting history of Alaska, Western United States and the Canadian provinces of Yukon Territory and British Columbia.
  • Northwest Digital Archives External Link systematically describes primary sources (archival and manuscript sources) from consortium of universities and historical societies in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Alaska, and Washington.


  • Timeline of Alaskan history External Link from SHG Resources (State Handbook and Guide). From the 16th century through the year 2000.
  • Timeline External Link from Alaska GenWeb project. Begins with 100,000 B.C. and continues to 2010. Includes a variety of natural, cultural, political, and sports events.
  • Alaska state symbols, emblems, and icons External Link from "State Symbols USA" website with information on all states. For most items, website includes linked picture and background information.
  • Bureau of Land Management web pages dedicated to the Iditarod National Historic Trail, "a 2,300-mile system of winter trails that first connected ancient Native Alaskan villages, opened up Alaska for the last great American gold rush, and now plays a vital role for travel and recreation in modern day Alaska." Includes links to online articles about the trail's history and to an informative map showing the course of the trail.
  • Iditarod National Historical Alliance External Link. Offers link to "historic overview" essay. 2008 marked the 100th centennial of the beginning of the federal government's work on the trail.

Ethnic groups

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