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Genealogy Resources & Databases:
Yukon & Alaska

Also see the History section of each of our Community Guides


Accessing Alaska Vital Records
All the contact and procedural information you need on one clear and concise page.

Biographies of Yukon & Alaska Pioneers
Links to dozens of biographies of the famous and the unknown.

Canadian Genealogy and History
Family history links from across Canada - sites of Northern-specific interest are listed on separate pages.

Cemeteries of Alaska
Interment.net has started to list burials, starting with Fort Richardson National Cemetery in Anchorage, and Sitka National Cemetery in Sitka.

Dyea, Alaska
A comprehensive guide to the history and current condition of this ghost town that was the gateway to the Chilkoot Pass. Includes a complete photo-inventory of the cemeteries.

Fairbanks Genealogical Society
This site has a wide range of genealogy resources, including the names being researched by FGS members.

Ferguson's 1901 Alaska/Yukon Directory
Posted by the Family Chronicle Magazine, there are about 20,000 people listed here in alphabetical lists.

The Genealogy Centre
This is the home of Murray Lundberg's databases (including a 1,200-name listing of Yukon/Alaska roadhouse & cafe owners) and other appropriate resources.

GenWeb - British Columbia: North by Northwest
Genealogy resources for the area that includes Atlin, the Stikine River and Stewart.

GenWeb - Yukon
Part of the Canada GenWeb Project, site aministrator Scott Wilson is working on compiling and disseminating Yukon-related genealogy resources, with the initial focus on obituaries from 1960-1990.

How to find your Gold Rush relatives
A list of Alaska and Yukon genealogical resources for individuals who were in the north during the Klondike and Alaska Gold Rushes (1896-1914), compiled by R. Bruce Parham.

Inflation Calculator
To help with your family history research, here's a great tool that calculates what Grandpa's earnings, or the cost of his mine, would be today.

The Matanuska Colony - The New Deal in Alaska
In 1935, a huge rural rehabilitation project was started north of Anchorage. A complete list of the 203 original families is included.

Mining Research in Alaska
The addresses of all of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management offices in the state.

Northwest Territories GenWeb
Brief information on how to access records, important events, and bio and obituary postings.

Nunavut GenWeb
Brief information on how to access records, important events, and bio and obituary postings.

Orkney Islands Genealogy
The Hudson's Bay Company recruited many of their people from the Orkneys, and thousands of the descendants of those men are still in the North.

Pan For Gold Database
This large searchable database contains data on people entering the Yukon, obituaries, mining claim registrations, ship passenger lists, etc.

Research Aids for the Family Historian
The Gene Pool has assembled this link site, which features many unique information sources, from how to decipher old handwriting, to oral history techniques.

ROOTS-L - Alaska Resources
A broad range of resources is linked to, and a Query Board has been operating since 1996.

Tips for Conducting Oral Histories
Linda Shopes has some excellent suggestions on how to set up and conduct your family or other oral history project, so that it is both enjoyable and productive.

The Tombstone Transcription Project
This project puts tombstone inscriptions on-line, including many in Alaska cemeteries.

Valdez Gold Rush Database
This huge site assembled by the Valdez Museum & Historical Archives lists 2,800 people who took part in the stampede through Valdez.

Vital Statistics Yukon
The Vital Statistics Agency has records of birth, marriage, and death occurring in Yukon since 1896.

The Whalers' Heritage Project
Not strictly North-oriented, this project will interest anybody who has ancestors who worked on whaling ships.

Women in Alaska's History
This excellent site provides short bios on many women from throughout Alaska's history, as well as crafts, recipes and other activities.

Yukon Archives
Located in Whitehorse. A look at their large holdings - online resources include special photographic exhibits and a database of photos.