Alaska Vital 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.
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]
- Alaska State Archives genealogy sources - Free
- Alaska Links from the SLC FHL Online Favorite Links for the World - Free
- Alaska Databases from Rootsweb.org - Free
- USGenWeb.org Alaska Site - Free
- Tombstone Transcription Project for Alaskan Cemeteries - Free
- Statewide Alaska Indexes from Research Guidance
- Vital Records Search and Information Directory for Alaska - Free/$
- Linkpendium Alaska Genealogy and History, including Boroughs & Census Areas- Free/$
- Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics manages all vital records - $
- Ancestry.com Alaska Birth, Marriage & Death Records - $
- Address to Order Alaska Certificates - $
Birth Records[edit | edit source]
1804 - 1890
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.
1890 - 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.
|Types of Information||1804 - 1890||1890 - present|
|Name of Child||x||x|
|Date & Place of Birth||x||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.
|Types of Information||1816 - 1912||Remove||1912 - present|
|Name of Bride/Groom||x||x|
|Date of Marriage||x||x|
|Location of Marriage||x||x|
|Date of Birth||x|
|Place of Birth||x|
|Residence at Time of Marriage||x|
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.
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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.
|Types of Information
||before - 1908
||Remove||1890 - present|
|Name of Deceased
|Date of Death||
|Place of Death||
|Date of Birth/Age|
|Place of Birth|
|Place of Burial|
|Occupation of Deceased|
Alaska Native Population[edit | edit source]
- 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.
- Alaska Census Records early Census were taken and survive for parts of Alaska
- Alaska Cemetery Records
- Church Records should be utilized in the pre registration time period
- Alaska History
- Military Records : enlistment, service and pension records
- Newspapers Records : obituary, birth and marriage announcements, death notices
- Alaska Periodicals
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]
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)