How to Find Alaska Marriage Records

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Alaska was permanently founded by Russians from 1799 to 1867. The United States purchased Alaska in 1867 and made it a territory. In 1959 Alaska became the 49th state. Alaska is divided into boroughs rather than counties. There were no marriage records kept until 1913 when statewide registration of marriages began.

Finding Alaska Marriage Records


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Marriages Before 1913

Before 1913, no government marriages were recorded in Alaska. Church marriage records are included in the following Findmypast collection.


If you cannot locate your ancestor in the other sections below, try searching for marriage information in other records.

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Church Records

Newspapers
Military Records

Census Records

Cemetery Records
Death Records



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Marriages 1913 to Present

Obtain the Record

Online records are available in the following Findmypast collection:

With a date (from your records), you can order a copy of the marriage certificate for a fee from the following:

Order Alaska Marriage Certificates

1913–Present - Alaska Division of Public Health. $; Order marriage certificates through the Alaska Division of Public Health. They are restricted to the bride and groom in the last 50 years.[1]

See list of restrictions for ordering marriage records.




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Restrictions for Obtaining Marriage Records

Restrictions for obtaining certificates for couples who married within the last 50 years[2]:
The following may obtain a copy of the marriage certificate for those who married within the last 50 years:

  • The bride or groom may obtain a copy of their own marriage certificate.
  • Legal representative must submit a certified copy of the legal document.

You need to supply:

  • Copy of government-issued picture ID of the person requesting the marriage certificate.
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Sources

  1. Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/VitalStats/Pages/default.aspx
  2. Alaska department of Health And Social Services, Division of Public Health, "Under Alaska law, all Vital Statistics records are strictly confidential until they become public records. Births become public records 100 years after the event; deaths, marriages, and divorces become public records 50 years after the event." http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/VitalStats/Pages/marriage/default.aspx