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Introduction

A list of available resources about African Americans in Alaska prior to 1860 and up to 2004.

Online Resources

Research Strategy

History

African Americans began settling in Alaska around the time of the Civil War. Before this, some African Americans migrated to Alaska and worked as seamen or miners.[1] After the purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867, the US Army assigned a small number of African Americans to keep the peace. More settlers came after the discovery of gold in the 1890s.[2] However, a greater influx of African Americans to Alaska occurred during World War II, when African American engineers and troops were assigned to construct the Alaska Highway.[3] To learn more about the history of Alaska, and the role that African Americans played, visit:

Resources

Biographies

Cemeteries

Census Records

Church Records

Emancipation Records

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Land and Property

Plantation

Oral Histories

Other Records

Military Records

After the purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867, the US Army assigned a small number of African Americans to keep the peace. [4] A large migration of African Americans to Alaska occurred during WWII, when African American engineers and troops were assigned to construct the Alaska Highway.[5] To learn more about this and other African American military history, see The Road to Civil Rights: WWII - The Alaska Highway (US Department of Transportation).

Newspapers

Probate Records

Reconstruction Records

Freedman’s Bank

Freedmen's Bureau

School Records

Slavery Records

Vital Records

Birth

The Alaska, Vital Records, 1816-1959 collection contains Alaska birth records from 1816 to 1912. The information found on these records can include: name, birth date and place, race, number of child in family, maiden name of mother, father, age of parents, residence and birth place of parents, occupation of father, live or stillbirth, cause of stillbirth, and information. To learn more, visit this wiki page.

Marriage

The Alaska, Vital Records, 1816-1959 collection contains Alaska marriage records from 1816 to 1959. The information found on these records can include: names of bride and groom, residence, date and place of marriage, age, race, birthplace, occupation, previous marriages, witnesses, and officiator. To learn more, visit this wiki page.

Death

The Alaska, Vital Records, 1816-1959 collection contains Alaska death records from 1816 to 1959. The information found on these records can include: name, date and place of death, date and place of birth, date and place of burial, occupation, residence, race, gender, physical description, marital status, cause of death, names and birthplaces of parents, relatives, informant, and name of undertaker. To learn more, visit this wiki page.

Divorce

Voting Registers

Archives and Libraries

Consortium Library
University of Alaska Anchorage / Alaska Pacific University
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK& 99508
Telephone: (907) 786-1848
Website: Consortium Library

Societies

AAHS of Alaska
P. O. Box 143105
Anchorage, Alaska 99514-3105

References

  1. Curtis, Nancy C. Black Heritage Sites: The South. The New Press, 1996. See page 31.
  2. Black Heritage Sites: The South. Page 31.
  3. "African American / Blacks," "Alaska's Cultures," Alaska History & Cultural Studies, accessed 11 May 2018.
  4. Black Heritage Sites: The South. Page 31.
  5. "African American / Blacks," "Alaska's Cultures," Alaska History & Cultural Studies, accessed 11 May 2018.