Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area, Alaska Genealogy

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Prince of Wales-Hyder Borough, Alaska
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Quick Facts

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.

Parent Borough

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.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

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

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