Juneau Borough, Alaska Genealogy

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Guide to Juneau Borough, Alaska ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Juneau Borough, Alaska
Map of Alaska highlighting Juneau Borough
Location in the state of Alaska
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alaska
Location of Alaska in the U.S.
Founded July 1, 1970
County Seat Juneau
Address Juneau, City and Borough
Manager's Office
155 South Seward Street
Juneau, Alaska, 99801
Phone: 907-586-5240 http://www.juneau.org/ [1]

Description[edit | edit source]

The Borough was named for Joe Juneau. The Borough seat is Juneau and it was created on July 1, 1970. The Borough is located in the southeastern part of the state.[2]

Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

1970: The City of Juneau and City of Douglas were unified into the City and Borough of Juneau.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

Juneau, AK Courthouse and Jail Fire, Jan 1898

Jail Delivery At Juneau.

Tacoma, Washington, Feb. 5.-Fire destroyed the Court House and jail at Juneau Sunday night. All records were lost. No one was injured. Fourteen prisoners had to be released and made their escape. Some were recaptured.

The New York Times, New York, NY 6 Feb 1898

Fire At Juneau.

The Government Building and Records are Destroyed.

Victoria, B.C., February 5.-A special from Juneau, Alaska, says: The most severe conflagration that ever occurred in Alaska, next to the burning of Baranoff Castle, the old Russia Capitol building at Sitka March 17, 1894, visited Juneau, January 31.

The Government building and court house, occupying the most conspicuous elevation in the city, was burned to the ground. Nearly all the Government records were lost. A heavy gale was blowing and no fire department on earth, leaving out of consideration the two-hose carts that Juneau has, could have extinguished the castle of roaring fire.

The illumination was seen for forty miles up Lynn Canal, and it lighted up beautifully the surrounding mountains of snow.

The Evening News, San Jose, CA 5 Feb 1898

No Records Destroyed.

Seattle, Feb. 5.-Advices received here to-day from Juneau, Alaska, on the steamer City of Seattle, state that there were no records destroyed by the burning of the court house. The safe containing them was saved. The fire originated in the marshal’s office and was caused by the explosion of a lamp.

Butte Weekly Miner, Butte, ID 10 Feb 1898

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Neighboring Boroughs and Census Areas[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this borough:[3]

Unincorporated communities
Ghost towns

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Business Records and Commerce[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Juneau, Alaska online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the Borough
See Alaska Cemeteries for more information

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1890 1,253
1900 1,864 48.8%
1910 1,644 −11.8%
1920 3,058 86.0%
1930 4,043 32.2%
1940 5,729 41.7%
1950 5,956 4.0%
1960 6,797 14.1%
1970 6,050 −11.0%
1980 19,528 222.8%
1990 26,751 37.0%
2000 30,711 14.8%
2010 31,275 1.8%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden name; and death date.

For general information about Alaska denominations, see the Alaska Church Records wiki page.

The Family History Library also has copies of many Alaskan church records. To find a list in the FamilySearch Catalog, do a Place Search for Alaska, the borough, or the town.

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Local History[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Juneau Borough, Alaska Genealogy. Borough histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Alaska Local Histories.

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

The first general land office was established at Sitka, Alaska in 1885. Records of subsequent transactions, including deeds and mortgages, are filed at the office of the district recorder in each judicial district. The Family History Library has not acquired copies of Alaskan land records.

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Military[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Juneau Borough, Alaska Genealogy newspapers may contain genealogical value including obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings.

To access newspapers, contact public libraries, college or university libraries, or the Library of Congress.

For more Alaska newspaper information, see the Newspaper Guides on the wiki page Alaska Newspapers.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate[edit | edit source]

Probate records of Alaska were kept by the district courts prior to statehood. The superior court now has jurisdiction over probate matters. They are available at the archives and offices mentioned in Alaska Court Records. The Family History Library does not have copies of probate records from Alaska.

An index with about 17,000 probate cases from the district court system from 1884 to 1960 is available online. It is arranged alphabetically. See Alaska Probate Records Index.

Public Records[edit | edit source]

Repositories[edit | edit source]

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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Courthouse[edit | edit source]
Family History Centers[edit | edit source]
Libraries[edit | edit source]
Museums[edit | edit source]
Societies[edit | edit source]

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Alaska tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses or to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the tax records. The Family History Library has not filmed Alaska tax records.

Real and personal property tax records are kept at the borough's Assessors office.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Department of Health and Social Services, Bureau of Vital Statistics. This office has birth, death and marriage records since 1890's, though, many before 1930 were not registered with the Bureau. It also has divorce records since 1950. For more information, including how to find earlier records, check Alaska Vital Records.

Birth[edit | edit source]
Marriage[edit | edit source]
Death[edit | edit source]
Divorce[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Juneau City and Borough p. 48. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Juneau Borough, Alaska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juneau,_Alaska 05/25/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Juneau Borough, Alaska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juneau_Borough,_Alaska, accessed 25 February 2019.