You'll love this if:
- You're getting started tracing your ancestors in Alaska
- You want new ideas and resources to get past a Alaska brick wall
- Your genealogy search is focused mainly on Alaska—you don't need the full State Research Guides collection
Trace your Alaska ancestors with the advice and resources in our State Research Guide! This four-page download includes:
- a how-to article detailing Alaska history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
- the best websites, books and other resources for Alaska research, handpicked by our editors and experts
- listings of key libraries, archives and organizations that hold the records you need
- descriptions of the top historic sites for learning about your ancestors' lives and times, including visitor information
- timeline of key events in the state's history
- full-color map to put your research in geographical context
Here's a sampling of the helpful tips you'll get in the Alaska guide:
- Alaska became a US territory in 1912 and joined the Union in 1959, but its heritage stretches back thousands
of years when Asians from Siberia crossed the Bering Strait on the Beringia ”land bridge.“ Their descendants include today's Athabascan, Haida, Tlingit, Aleut and Inuit (Eskimo) peoples, who make up a seventh of Alaska's population.
- The Bureau of Vital Statistics created delayed birth certificates from records of churches, including Moravians, Episcopalians, and Methodists. Get instructions for requesting BVS records on its website.
- Alaskans' draft registrations are on Ancestry.com and on microfilm at NARA and the FHL. FamilySearch.org has a free index to and record images of these cards.
Plus, each guide contains active web links for one-click access to every recommended online resource. You can view this PDF on your computer and print pages for reference.