Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area, Alaska Genealogy

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Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area, Alaska
Map
Map of Alaska highlighting Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area
Location in the state of Alaska
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alaska
Location of Alaska in the U.S.
Facts
Founded 2008
County Seat No borough seat
Courthouse


Description

Formerly part of the Prince of Wales-Outer Ketchikan Census Area, the Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area was renamed in 2008 after it lost most of the Outer Ketchikan to the Ketchikan Gateway Borough. It has no borough seat. This census area is located in the southeastern part of the state.[1]

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Aleutians East Borough, Alaska
  • Prince of Wales Island is the fourth-largest island in the United States (after Hawaii, Kodiak Island, and Puerto Rico), and the 97th-largest island in the world. It was explored by the Russians, Spanish, British, and French, and was named for George Augustus Frederick, Prince of Wales (later King George IV).
  • The community of Hyder is the easternmost town of Alaska and is notable for being the only place in Alaska not to use the 907 area code, instead using British Columbia's 250. Tourists also find that Hyder uses the Pacific Time Zone, the "preferred" currency is Canadian (except the U.S. Post Office, which accepts only American currency), observes Canadian holidays, send their children to a Canadian school, and calling the police means a Canadian Mountie will respond. Electricity comes from Canada, as the local electric utility is British Columbia's BC Hydro.
  • This area is traditional Tlinget territory, with the Haida tribes resettling on the island in the late 18th century from what is now Northern British Columbia. In 1887, William Duncan, a lay minister of the Anglican Church, settled Annette Island with a group of Tsimshian natives from Metlakatla, British Columbia, founding the community of "New" Metlakatla.

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
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*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Boundary Changes

It was formerly part of the Census Bureau's Prince of Wales-Outer Ketchikan Census Area, but the name was changed in 2008 after most of the Outer Ketchikan (except the parts near the community of Hyder, and Annette Island) was lost to annexation by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough.

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this census area.

Places/Localities

Neighboring Boroughs, Census Areas, and Districts

Populated Places

  • Coffman Cove
  • Craig
  • Edna Bay
  • Hollis
  • Hydaburg
  • Hyder
  • Kasaan
  • Klawock
  • Metlakatla
  • Naukati Bay
  • Point Baker
  • Port Protection
  • Thorne Bay
  • Waterfall
  • Whale Pass

Resources

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Prince of Wales-Hyder, 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

Church Records

Court Records

Local Histories

Land and Property

Maps

Military

Newspapers

Alaska Online Historical Newspapers - identifies historical archived and digitized newspapers available online on both free and pay-to-access websites. Includes a title for Thorne Bay.

Other Records

Directories

Probate

Repositories

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Taxation

Vital Records

Websites

References

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Prince of Wales–Hyder Census Area, Alaska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_of_Wales%E2%80%93Hyder_Census_Area,_Alaska 18 June 2018.