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MATANUSKA-SUSITNA VALLEY, ALASKA
Researching Our South Central Alaska Roots

By Coleen Mielke  2000-2016



       


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1900-1962  MISC. MARRIAGES, DEATHS, MURDERS AND SUICIDES 


EARLY ALASKA NEWSPAPER EXTRACTS 1882-1953


World War I  Draft Registrations
for men born in Alaska


 HOMESTEAD LOCATION PAPERS 1901-1916
 
FIRST MATANUSKA VALLEY HOMESTEAD FARMERS 1898-1925

ALASKA MARRIAGES 1745--1950



MY
VALLEY PIONEER DIRECTORY PROJECT

CLICK HERE IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE


RUSSIAN ORTHODOX PRIEST - FATHER SHADURA


1937 & 1957 COAL MINE EXPLOSIONS AT JONESVILLE


KUSKOKWIM TRAGEDY  1898


ALASKA NATIVE PRISONERS AT McNEIL ISLAND

FORGOTTEN LANDMARKS ON TURNAGAIN ARM  UPPER COOK INLET
KNIK ARM AND MATANUSKA RIVER  PRE 1915


1899 MURDER IN CHILKAT TERRITORY

THE BIRTH OF WASILLA

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THE WRECK OF THE GHOST SHIP
CALLED THE GENERAL SIGLIN

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1908 IDITAROD MAIL ROUTE FIELD NOTES

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MURRAY FAMILY PHOTOS  IN ALASKA 1956

EATON - LOKEN - DUNKLEE - WERNER PHOTO ID PROJECT


EARLY IDITAROD TRAIL ROADHOUSES
KNIK TO NOME

ALASKA RAILROAD MILE MARKERS
BETWEEN SEWARD AND FAIRBANKS IN 1920


FEDERAL PRISON IN VALDEZ, ALASKA 1910-1940


HISTORY OF THE SS DORA


THE HISTORY OF EL NATHAN CHILDREN's HOME
THE HISTORY OF LAZY MOUNTAIN CHILDREN's HOME
THE HISTORY OF VICTORY BIBLE CAMP


NEW   WOODY (WOOD) ISLAND MISSION PHOTOGRAPHS

WOOD ISLAND BAPTIST MISSION CENSUS RECORDS

 

"THE LAKE CREEK HANGING"
A TRUE STORY



CHIEF SIMEON EZI


GOLD MINING FATALITIES 1913-1923



THE VIOLENT DEATHS OF
 TOM STEPHAN in 1914
 TALKEETNA STEPHAN in 1917
 NAGOLIA STEPHAN in 1917
 KNIK NICOLI in 1924
 and
 ANCHORAGE POLICE CHIEF
 HARRY KAVANAUGH in 1924
 


WASILLA KIDS - PHOTO IDENTIFICATION PROJECT
CAN YOU HELP WITH THEIR NAMES?

MORE WASILLA KIDS PHOTOS FROM 1967
CAN YOU HELP WITH THEIR NAMES?

 

Matanuska Susitna Valley Early Settlers 1915


ALASKA ROAD COMMISSION TRAILS 1910-1922


YENTNA RIVER  1900 CENSUS


Matanuska Susitna Valley, Alaska Territory
1900 U.S. Census Information



Matanuska Susitna Valley, Alaska Territory
1910  U.S. Census Information


Matanuska Susitna Valley, Alaska Territory
1920 U.S. Census Information


Matanuska Susitna Valley, Alaska Territory
1930 U.S. Census Information


Eklutna Village, Alaska Territory
1920-1945 Census Information

 
Wasilla & Palmer Cemeteries
 

MATANUSKA COLONISTS

 

MATANUSKA JUNCTION 1916


MISC. COOK INLET DENA'INA INFORMATION


THE HISTORY OF KNIK

OLD KNIK  1912   MAP OF TOWN

 

Click Here for Tyonek Information

 

Susitna Station

1910 Susitna, Kroto River, Chuitna River,
Alexander Creek and Talkeetna River

 

Chickaloon, Alaska
Nay'dina'aa Na

 

Wasilla and Knik Indian Census 1939



1900-1940 Jesse Lee Children's Home  Seward, Alaska 

First Hand Account 1918 Spanish Influenza
at the Jesse Lee Home



Alaska Born Students Attending Chemawa Indian School in Oregon
Alaska Born Students Buried at Chemawa Indian School Cemetery

 

 

TALKEETNA 1930

 

SUNRISE  1900
HOPE  1900-1930  
PORTAGE BAY 1900


KENAI 1900-1934
KALIFORNSKI 1910
NINILCHIK 1910
KASILOFF  1930
EAGLE ROCK 1930

 

  RUSSIAN ORTHODOX INFLUENCE ON DENA'INA
(includes births & deaths)



POINT POSSESSION


SELDOVIA  1934  BIA CENSUS

SELDOVIA 1910 & 1930 KATCHEMAK BAY 1930
ENGLISH BAY 1910 & 1930, HOMER SETTLEMENT 1930
PORT GRAHAM 1930


BRISTOL BAY
ILIAMNA AREA

BELUGA
UNGA  
KIJIK VILLAGE



CHIGNIK BAY, BELKOFSKI, BERING SEA SIDE OF ALASKA
PENINSULA FROM BEAR RIVER TO FALSE PASS




CHENEGA 1900 - 1948



PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND 1910

 

NUTCHEK VILLAGE 1900


TATITLEK VILLAGE 1900 - 1952



COPPER RIVER CENSUS 1900-1940

COPPER CENTER  BIA CENSUS 1946 AND 1950

 

Cordova Recording District
Alaska Natives found in the villages
of Eyak, Katalla, Valdez,

 Tatitlek, Ellamar, Cordova and a
few Prince William Sound Fur Farms

 

CHISANA and NABESNA

 

Chitina Recording District
Alaska Native villages of Scotty Creek, Tetlin,
Upper Nabesna, Mile 186 Richardson Hwy

Chitina,  Chistochena, Mentasta, Lower Tonsina,
Gulkana, Paxon & Gakona




CANTWELL, ALASKA 1946


 
JOHN GOODLATAW   McCARTHY, ALASKA


BLIND NICK AND CAPT. SLIVERS McNEIL

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MILTON DAVID SNODGRASS

SHORTY GUSTAFSON

 
GEORGE W. PALMER  ALASKA PIONEER 



HERNING   DIARY    TIME   LINE

HERNING   FAMILY  


HERNING's   FIRST  SEASON   IN   ALASKA


 
1885 KNIK MURDER OF GEORGE HOLT
 


 

EARLY FARMING (1898-1904) IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALASKA

In the towns of
Tyonek, Hope, Kenai, Knik and Sunrise



 
1940'S WASILLA
THROUGH THE EYES OF
MAY CARTER U.S. COMMISSIONER 1943-1959
POSTMASTER OF WASILLA 1943-1973



THE BARTHOLF FAMILY



THE EDLUND FAMILY

FRITZLER and EDLUND PHOTO PROJECT


1964 Alaska
Earthquake Fatalities




FLECKENSTEIN and SMITH FAMILY


H. W. NAGLEY


 
PILOT POINT


 

 
   
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Trails used by Natives in the Matanuska Susitna Valley at the turn of the century:

*A trail from Sunrise City up Six-mile River and south through the canyon.
* A winter trail from Old Knik up the Knik River then NE to the Copper River.
* A summer trail from Old Knik up the Matanuska River, passing Palmer's store and King's house to Millich Creek   and, via Hicks Creek, Trail Lake and Nulchuk Tyon Village, to the Copper River (pretty  much the route of the present Glenn Highway.
* A summer trail from Grubstake Gulch on Willow Creek over Hatcher Pass and down to Palmer's Upper House with a branch leading to Vacilla's and to Mellish House.

After 1912, other much used trails had developed northward from Seward and out from
Knik to the east and west (and various mines):

* Seward Trail (1905) from Eklutna, over Peter's Creek, through the mountains, down Crow Creek and Glacier Creek, passed Kern Creek, 20 Mile Creek, Portage Creek and  up Placer River.
* Watson Coal Trail, which was later known as the Goodwin Trail and which was the first lap of the Iditarod trail from Knik to Susitna Station:
* The Klondike and Boston Co., Summer Trail along the beach from Knik to Cottonwood then towards the mountains, passing between Lake Lucille and Wasilla Lake to  Grubstake Gulch (now part of Knik-Wasilla Road) with a branch marked R.R. Trail, to the Kashwitna River.
* Carle Road (now Fishhook Road) developed a little later from Knik between Lake Lucille and Wasilla Lake to the gold fields of Hatcher Pass.
* Dalton Trail branched of the Carle Road as it entered the Little Susitna Canyon and then ran east to the coal mines.
* Information extracted from a book called: Old Times on Upper Cook's Inlet by Louise Potter

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It is an ongoing project, and I add to it continually.

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Little bit about myself:
 
I have lived in Alaska for 66 years. I enjoy helping people trace their family roots, especially their Alaskan roots. If you need help with your family tree, drop me a line. I would be more than happy to help.

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