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== Death Records<br> ==
 
== Death Records<br> ==

Revision as of 15:02, 18 August 2009

United States > Alaska > Alaska Birth, Marriage and Death Records

Introduction to Alaska Vital Records

Alaska Vital Records include birth, marriage, divorce, and death records. A copy or extract of the original record may be purchased from the Alaska Burea of Vital Statistics or the Clerk's office where the event occurred. An overview of United States Vital Records offers additional insight into researching vital records in general. 

  
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Death & Cemetery Indexes

   Fairbanks Cemeteries 
   1883 - 1960 Probate

  1962 - Present SSDI






Alaska Birth, Marriage and Death Records Online[edit | edit source]

Alaska Vital Records Online  [edit | edit source]

Very few Alaska Vital Records indexes are available online. These online resources usually consist of indexes or extracts of original records.  After locating a person in the Alaska Vital Record Indexes, original records should always be consulted. No known digitized images of original Alaska Birth, Marriage or Death Records are available online. 

Alaska Quick Links:[edit | edit source]


 

Birth Records[edit | edit source]

1804 - 1930

Sitka was the center of government in Alaska until 1906 when Juneau became the capital. Alaska functioned as a U.S. District after 1884 and became a U.S. Territory in 1912. Territorial registration of Birth records began in 1913 and was generally complied with by 1945.

1930 - Present

The Alaska State Bureau of Vital Statistics has a few records from 1890 but most of them are after 1930. Only those listed on the records are allowed to order the birth records.  There is a 100 year privacy law.


Information Found on Alaska Birth Records
Types of Information 1804 - 1890 1890 - present
Name of Child x x
Sex x x
Race x x
Parents' Names x x
Midwife/Doctor x x
Date & Place of Birth x x
Residence
x


Adoption[edit | edit source]

General information on adoption may be found at United States- Adoption.

Marriage Records[edit | edit source]

1804 - 1930 

Sitka was the center of the government in Alaska until 1906 when Juneau became the capital. Alaska functioned as a U.S. District after 1884 and became a U.S. Territory in 1912. Territorial registration of Marriages Records began in 1913 and was generally complied with by 1945.  Church records would be a good source for marriages not found at the Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics.

1930 - Present

The Alaska State Bureau of Vital Statistics has sparse Marriage Records beginning in 1890 but most are after 1930. (reword)

The Western States Marriage Index has collected a few Alaska marriages between 1896 -1911. This index may be searched online at no cost. Eventually the Western States Marriage Index plans to include all marriage records for the western states.  


Information Found on Alaska Marriage Records
Types of Information 1816 - 1912 Remove 1912 - present
Name of Bride/Groom x   x
Date of Marriage x x
Location of Marriage x x
Presiding Official x x
Bondsmen
x
Number of Marriage for Bride/Groom
x
Parents' Names

x
Age of Bride/Groom

x
Occupation of Groom



Divorce Records[edit | edit source]

Early - 1950

Pre-1950 divorce records may be obtained from clerk of superior court in the judicial district where the divorce was granted.

1950 - Present

 Divorce records after 1950 may be obtained from Bureau of Vital Statistics. There is a 50 year privacy law.

Death Records
[edit | edit source]

1804 - 1930 

Sitka was the center of the government in Alaska until 1906 when Juneau became the capital. Alaska functioned as a U.S. District after 1884 and became a U.S. Territory in 1912. Territorial registration of Marriages Records began in 1913 and was generally complied with by 1945. Church records are a good source for marriages not found at the Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics.

1930 - Present

The Death Record collection at the Alaska State Bureau of Vital Statistics starts in 1890 but most of the records in their files are after 1930.

The U.S. Social Security Death Index contains information on persons receiving Social Security who's deaths were reported to the government. The index contains data from 1962 to the present, however, the Social Security Administration also has additional records dating to 1936.

Information that may be included in Alaska Death Records
Types of Information
before - 1908
Remove 1908 - present
Name of Deceased

x


x
Date of Death
x


x
Place of Death
x


x
Date of Birth/Age


x
Place of Birth


x
Place of Burial


x
Parents' Names/Maiden


x
Occupation of Deceased


x

Marital Status




x

Alaska Native Population[edit | edit source]

Native Tribes of Alaska 

  • Athabascan
  • Tlingit
  • Haida
  • Eskimos: Inuit and Yupik

Substitute Records[edit | edit source]

Delayed Birth records were created by the Bureau of Vital Statistics from borrowed microfilms of original Russian Church records.  Request for genealogical inquires of this collection are refused. However films of birth, marriages and deaths recorded by the Russian Greek Orthodox Catholic Church from 1816 to 1936 and LDS member records from 1885 to 1951 are available at the Family History Library and may be borrowed and viewed at a local Family History Center.  These church records are the best source of Alaska Births, Marriages, and Deaths prior to 1950.


Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Information given on a birth or death certificate is given by an informant. Learn the relationship of the informant to determine the accuracy of the record.
  • If you are unable to locate a vital records recorded by civil governments; search for a church records of christening, marriage, burial or death.  A family Bible may have been used to record family births, marriages and deaths.
  • Privacy laws restrict access to the records of living individuals, the individual must apply for their own records, parents may be permitted to obtain a record for a child.

Archives, Libraries and Societies[edit | edit source]

Alaska Archives and Libraries

Alaska Societies

Important Dates[edit | edit source]

Governmental Jurisdictions: (RedBook)

  • 1799-1861 Russian American Company
  • 1861-1867 Russian Imperial Administration
  • 1868-1877 U.S. War Department -Customs
  • 1877-1884 U.S. Treasury Dept.
  • 1884-1912 U.S. District Status
  • 1912-1959 U.S. Territorial Status
  • 1943 Military Personnel stationed in Alaska.
  • After statehood (Jaunuary 3, 1959) Twenty-seven civil jurisdiction were created: fourteen division called municipalities and boroughs and another thirteen Alaska Native Claims Settlement Acto Corporations (ANCSA)


References[edit | edit source]