Alaska Archives and Libraries

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The archives, libraries, and societies listed below have collections or services helpful to genealogical researchers.

  • Alaska State Archives
    141 Willoughby Avenue
    Juneau, AK 99801
    Telephone: 907-465-2270
    Fax: 907-465-2465
    Internet: http://www.archives.state.ak.us/
  • National Archives—Alaska Region
    Federal Office Building
    654 West Third Avenue, Room 012
    Anchorage, AK 99501
    Telephone: 907-271-2441
    Internet: http://www.archives.gov/pacific-alaska/anchorage/
  • Genealogical Society of Southeastern Alaska
    P.O. Box 6313
    Ketchikan, AK 99901
  • Alaska Historical Society
    P.O. Box 100299
    Anchorage, AK 99510-0299
    Telephone: 907-276-1596
    Fax: 907-276-1596
    Internet: http://www.alaskahistoricalsociety.org/
  • Alaska State Library
    Alaska Historical Collections
    State Office Building
    P.O. Box 110571
    Juneau, AK 99811-0571
    Telephone: 907-465-2910
    Fax: 907-465-2665
    Internet http://library.state.ak.us/hist/pca/pca.html
  • University of Alaska, Fairbanks
    Elmer E. Rasmuson Library310 Tanana Drive
    Fairbanks, AK 99775-6800
    Telephone: 907-474-7224
    Fax: 907-474-6841
    Mailing address:
    P.O. Box 756800
    Fairbanks, AK 99775-6800
    Internet: http://www.uaf.edu/
  • Anchorage Museum of History and Art
    121 W. 7th Avenue
    Anchorage, AK 99501
    Telephone: 907-343-4326
    Fax: 907-343-6149
    Internet: http://www.anchoragemuseum.org/

The museum has an archive section.

Two helpful guides to Alaska records are:

Ulibarri, George S. Documenting Alaskan History: Guide to Federal Archives Relating to Alaska. Fairbanks, Alaska: University of Alaska Press, 1982. (FHL book 979.8 A3u; fiche 6101864.)

University of Washington (Seattle) Library. The Dictionary Catalog of the Pacific Northwest Collection of the University of Washington (Seattle) Libraries. Six Volumes. Boston, Massachusetts: G.K. Hall and Company, 1972. (FHL book Q 970 A3w.)

Computer Networks and Bulletin Boards

Computers with modems can be useful tools for obtaining information from selected archives and libraries. In a way, computer networks themselves serve as a library. The Internet, certain computer bulletin boards, and commercial on-line services help family history researchers:

  • Locate other researchers
  • Post queries
  • Send and receive E-mail
  • Search large databases
  • Search computer libraries
  • Join in computer chat and lecture sessions

You can find computerized research tips and information about ancestors from Alaska in a variety of sources at local, state, national, and international levels. The list of sources is growing rapidly. Most of the information is available at no cost.

Addresses on the Internet change frequently. As of April 2007, the following sites are important gateways linking you to many more network and bulletin board sites:

The USGenWeb Project

A cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, state, and country.

Roots-L

A useful list of sites and resources. Includes a large, regularly-updated research coordination list.

For further details about using computer networks, bulletin boards, and news groups for family history research, see the United States Research Outline, 2nd ed., "Archives and Libraries" section.

FamilySearch™

The Family History Library and some Family History Centers have computers with FamilySearch™. FamilySearch is a collection of computer files containing several million names. FamilySearch is a good place to begin your research. Some of the records come from compiled sources; some have been automated from original sources.