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Alaska became the 49th state in the United State in January of 1959. Consisting of over 656,000 square miles, the state is the largest although it has a very small population of just over 600,000 people. Part of the state is actually located within the Arctic Circle and has an island that is less than 40 miles from Russia. The United States purchases Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million which is less than two cents an acre. There are some Americans who can trace some of their ancestry to Alaska and we have tried to include some useful sites and searchable databases to help with your genealogy research.

Vital Records

Vital records can be invaluable while researching your family. Those interested in Alaska genealogy can find information such as mother's maiden names, previous address and next of kin. Below you will find information about obtaining Alaska birth records, death records, marriage information and divorce documents for researching genealogy in Alaska. Although we hope to give you the most up to date and accurate information, we recomend that you call the numbers below before sending any payments.

Order Alaska Birth and Death Records Online

Department of Health and Social Services
Bureau of Vital Statistics
P.O. Box 110675
Juneau, AK 99811-0675

Birth and death records
$10.00 per copy

The Alaska state office has records since January 1913. Money orders should be made payable to The Bureau of Vital Statistics. Personal checks are not accepted. To verify current fees, please call the recorded message at the telephone number (907) 465-3391.

State marriage records
$10.00 per copy

The Alaska state office has records since 1913.

County marriage records
Costs vary. Please contact the appropriate county for the fees for these marriage records.

State divorce records
$10.00 per copy

The state office has records since 1950.

District divorce records
Costs vary. Please contact the appropriate district for current fees.

Contact the Clerk of Superior Court in the judicial district where the divorce was granted.

Searchable Databases

Alaska Census, 1870-1907
Alaska Citizen Newspaper
Alaskan Migrations
Fairbanks Cemetery Records
Gold Rush Names of Valdez
Matanuska Colony

Genealogy Societies

Alaska Genealogy Society
7030 Dickerson Drive
Anchorage, AK 99504

Anchorage Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 242294
Anchorage, AK 99524-2294

Fairbanks Genealogy Society
P.O. Box 60534
Fairbanks, AK 99706-0534

More Resources

Alaska Genealogy Books
AK Facts