General Guides to Alaska Research
Books you might purchase or use in a library include
Each of the three reference books listed below has a small section covering each state that includes maps, historical information, vital records coverage and a bibliography of resources for that state. (note: some libraries may have earleir editions; those are usable)
- Handybook for Genealogists ( 11th edition) (find in a library)
- Ancestry's Redbook, 3rd ed, revised. (find in a library) (see above for online copy)
- The Family Tree Resource Book for Genealogical Research (find in a library)
Atlases, Maps & Gazetteers
For more information on finding and using maps,
see Your Guide to Atlases, Maps and Gazetteers.
- Query the American Memory Maps colletion for maps containing the word Alaska
- State Maps
- Bookmark or printout this county map.
- Good state maps are available in the Handybook or Redbook mentioned above. The Redbook map is also available online.
- National Atlas: Alaska
- A Alaska county outline map (.pdf) may be useful if you want to annotate the map. http://www2.census.gov/geo/maps/general_ref/stco_outline/cen2k_pgsz/
- Another ouline map.
- County Formation maps
- Atlas of Historical County Boundaries: Alaska
of individual counties in the state. You will want to see maps that show where the townships, cities and villages are located within each county.
- 1895 Atlas - Alaska has a state map, map for each hcounty and index of towns and cities.
- National Atlas: Alaska map with some cities and towns
- Township Maps
--these can be the hardest to find, especially online.
- Some of the county pages in Wikipedia include a link to a township map -- First, click on the county name in the chart on this Alaska page then scroll down to the bottom of the page, click the small image once to bring it up on a separate screen, then click it again to make it a full page map.
- Scroll down on this CensusFinder site page for some links to county maps in Alaska
- Andriot's Township Atlas of the United States is available only in book form, but it is where you will go to find county maps that show current township boundaries.
- Topographic Maps
- National Atlas: Alaska rivers and lakes
- Online Map Collections
- Perry Costanada collection: historical maps for Alaska
- U Alabama website of Historical Maps for Alaska
- Maps at the Alaska Digital Archives
- Use Alaska Hometown Locator to locate places in Alaska http://www.hometownlocator.com
- FamilySearch Wiki: Alaska maps and Alaska Gazetteers
- Alaska Map Room
- Alaska GenWeb Maps
Statewide Genealogy Websites
Next, see what is available for your counties of interest at at one of these statewide sites. For each, use the county selection list to find out what is available for the various counties. Content will vary, but in usually you wil find the GenWeb site to be the most robust. All are volunteer driven sites; all data free, but as time goes by, the upkeep of many of these sites seems to be falling by the wayside.
- the Alaska Gen Web (U.S.Genweb)
- ALHN AlaskaX page (American Local History Network)
- AHGP AlaskaX page. (American History and Genealogy Project)
- Alaska Genealogy Trails (Genealogy Trails History Group) http://genealogytrails.com/
- Alaska Trails to the Past
Societies, Libraries and Archives
For more information on using libraries and archives, see Libraries and Archives
FIRST... use the catalog place name box in the Family History Library catalog to find out what has been filmed covering the state of Alaska s the counties of Alaska and the cities, villages or townships within the counties.
- As you type Arkansas in the place box, you will see an alphabetical listing of counties in the dropdown;
- once in a county, you can click in the place box on the left to see an alphabetical list of the towns, cities and villages within that county.
- This only shows areas for which material is available at the Family History Library.
- An item will likely be in one of the three, perhaps two of the three and almost never in all three of these searchs --you need to check each
AND REMEMBER The Family History Library is not the only place you will find material! A great deal is available online or in libraries and archives, courthouses or other institutions and organizations across the nation. You can search WorldCat to find publications on Arizona.
Adoption: FamilySearch Wiki: Alaska Adoption
Bible: For general informaiton see Guide to Bible Records, this website.
Cemetery & Funeral Home : For general informaton, see Guide to Cemetery Records, this website
Census: For general information, see Guide to Census Records, this website.
- The FamilySearch Wiki article on Alaska census records includes charts to help you find the federal census records and identify available state census records
- The Ancestry Redbook page on Alaska census records provides a quick overview.
- Alaska Census Information -- includes estimates of populations at various points
- Other guides to free online census records include
- Alaska-genealogy.com Links to Alaska census records, some in subscription databases.
Church: For general information, see Guide to Church Records, this website.
City and County Directories: For general information, see Guide to City and County Directories, this website.
County and Local Histories, Biographical: For general informaton, see Guide to County Histories, this website
Court & Legal; For general information, see Guide to Law Libraries, this website
Land & Property: For general information, see Guide to Land Records, this website.
Military; For general information, see Guide to Military Records, this website
Naturalizations; For general informaton, see Guide to Naturalizations, this website
Newspapers: For general information, see Guide to Newspapers, this website
Probate: For general informetion, see Guide to Probate Records, this website
Vital: For general information, see guide to vital records, this website.
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