African American Resources for Alaska

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Introduction[edit | edit source]

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

Online Resources[edit | edit source]

  • 1816-1895 Alaska, Vital Records, 1816-1959 - has birth, marriage, and death records from 1816 to 1912 (for births) and 1959 (for marriages and deaths)
  • Alaska's Cultures: African American
  • African American Digital Bookshelf - a growing list of digital books on FamilySearch and other websites
  • Research Strategy[edit | edit source]

    History[edit | edit source]

    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:

  • Alaska's Cultures: African Americans
  • History of Alaska (Wiki book)
  • Black History in Alaska
  • BlackPast.org - contains articles about famous African Americans and the role African Americans played in the construction of the Alaska Highway
  • Men Who Built the Alaska Highway (PBS)
  • Resources[edit | edit source]

    Biographies[edit | edit source]

    Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

    Census Records[edit | edit source]

    Church Records[edit | edit source]

    Emancipation Records[edit | edit source]

    Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

    Genealogies[edit | edit source]

    Land and Property[edit | edit source]

    Plantation[edit | edit source]

    Oral Histories[edit | edit source]

    Other Records[edit | edit source]

    Military Records[edit | edit source]

    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[edit | edit source]

    Probate Records[edit | edit source]

    Reconstruction Records[edit | edit source]

    Freedman’s Bank[edit | edit source]

    Freedmen's Bureau[edit | edit source]

    School Records[edit | edit source]

    Slavery Records[edit | edit source]

    Vital Records[edit | edit source]

    Birth[edit | edit source]

    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[edit | edit source]

    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[edit | edit source]

    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[edit | edit source]

    Voting Registers[edit | edit source]

    Archives and Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

    Societies[edit | edit source]

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

    References[edit | edit source]

    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.