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Alaska Borough Listings —
The state of Alaska has boroughs, broadly corresponding to the counties of other states. However, most of the land area of the state is not under any borough-level government. The United States Census Bureau has divided the remainder of Alaska into census areas for statistical purposes. Each borough has a borough seat, which serves a purpose similar to a County or Borough seat in other states. Most of the land area of the state is part of a single "unorganized borough".

  • Aleutians East Borough, Alaska —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 17, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Alaska Territory, which stretches from the tip of the Alaska Peninsula
    to the easternmost Aleutian Islands.
    Established:  02-Jun-1986
    Borough Seat:  Sand Point, Alaska

    Borough history - Aleutians East Borough is named because of its location in the east Aleutian Islands, possibly from Chukchi aliat, "island".

    Sand Point City Hall
    GHLL Aleutians East Borough Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Alaska AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - None found online at the time of this update.
    5. Aleutians East Borough - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com) (None found online at the time of this update.)
    6. US/AKGenWeb site - Aleutians East Borough Archives
    7. US/AKGenWeb - Aleutians East Borough Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Dept of Health and Social Services, 5441 Commercial Blvd., Juneau, AK 99801.
               Note:  Boroughs do not have vital record keeping duties. They do collect property taxes, record deeds, etc., but all
               the vital records are collected and kept by the State Bureau of Vital Statistics.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent Boroughs/Areas (GHLL listings):
             Bering Sea (north), Lake & Peninsula Borough (east), Pacific Ocean
             (south), Aleutians West Census Area (west).

        Government/Civic - Welcome to the Aleutians East Borough

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             data and placing it online for the free use of all researchers.

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  • Anchorage City-Borough, Alaska —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 7, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of Alaskan territorial lands on 09-Jul-1915.
    Established:  18-Oct-1986
    Borough Seat:  Anchorage, Alaska, (Consolidated city-borough)

    Borough history - Anchorage Borough name is derived from the presence of a safe place to anchor and unload supplies for construction of the Alaska Railroad circa 1913, thereby creating a community and government entity.

    Anchorage Courthouse
    GHLL Anchorage City-Borough Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Alaska AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Anchorage City-Borough, AK Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Alaska Historical Society / Anchorage, AK)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Anchorage Genealogical Society / Anchorage, AK)
    7. Society/Museum/Assn - (Anchorage Museum of History and Art / Anchorage, AK)
    8. US/AKGenWeb site - Anchorage City-Borough Archives
    9. US/AKGenWeb - Anchorage City-Borough Genealogy & History
    10. Vital Records - Dept. of Health and Social Services, 5441 Commercial Blvd., Juneau, AK 99801.
               Note:  Boroughs do not have vital record keeping duties. They do collect property taxes, record deeds, etc., but all
               the vital records are collected and kept by the State Bureau of Vital Statistics.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent boroughs (GHLL listings):
             Matanuska-Susitna (north), Valdez-Cordova (east), Kenai Peninsula
             (south & west).

        Newspaper - Anchorage Daily News

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        Genealogy Trails History Group - helping track your ancestors through time by transcribing genealogical and historical
             data and placing it online for the free use of all researchers.
        Linkpendium Anchorage Borough - Genealogy and Family History, Municipality and Borough of Anchorage

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  • Bristol Bay Borough, Alaska —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 3, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Bristol Bay was the first of Alaska's boroughs to be created. It is also among the smallest.
    Established:  18-Oct-1962
    Borough Seat:  Naknek, Alaska

    Borough history - Bristol Bay Borough is named in honor of Captain James Cook, FRS RN (7 November 1728 - 14 February 1779) who was a British explorer, navigator and cartographer, ultimately rising to the rank of Captain in the Royal Navy. Cook made detailed maps of Newfoundland prior to making three voyages to the Pacific Ocean during which he achieved the first European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands as well as the first recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand.


    Bristol Bay Administration
    GHLL Bristol Bay Borough Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Alaska AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - (Genealogy.com) (None found online at the time of this update.)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    6. US/AKGenWeb site - Bristol Bay Borough Archives
    7. US/AKGenWeb - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    8. Vital Records - Dept of Health and Social Services, 5441 Commercial Blvd., Juneau, AK 99801.
               Note:  Boroughs do not have vital record keeping duties. They do collect property taxes, record deeds, etc., but all
               the vital records are collected and kept by the State Bureau of Vital Statistics.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Lake and Peninsula Borough (east).

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        Bristol Bay Borough/Civic - The Borough functions as the chief governing body for the communities of: Naknek,
             South Naknek and King Salmon (see why by reading Borough History in Lake and Peninsula Borough).
        Genealogy Trails History Group - helping track your ancestors through time by transcribing genealogical and historical
             data and placing it online for the free use of all researchers.

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  • Denali Borough, Alaska —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 9, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of The area known as a portion of the unorganized borough, with the Upper Railbelt School District serving as the region's rural education attendance area (which was replaced by a school district under the borough's umbrella upon incorporation).
    Established:  07-Dec-1990
    Borough Seat:  Healy, Alaska

    Borough history - Denali Borough is named from Mount McKinley or Denali (Koyukon Athabaskan for "The High One", Dghelaayce e in Ahtna) in Alaska, United States is the highest mountain peak in North America and the United States, with a summit elevation of 20,320 feet (6,194 m) above sea level. The CIA World Factbook lists its summit elevation as 6,198 metres (20,335 ft). It is the centerpiece of Denali National Park and Preserve.

    Denali Courthouse
    GHLL Denali Borough Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Alaska AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - (Genealogy.com) (None found online at the time of this update.)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    6. US/AKGenWeb site - Denali Borough Archives
    7. US/AKGenWeb - Denali Borough Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Tri-Valley Community Center, P.O. Box 480, Healy, AK 99743.
               Note:  Boroughs do not have vital record keeping duties. They do collect property taxes, record deeds, etc., but all
               the vital records are collected and kept by the State Bureau of Vital Statistics.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent boroghies and Census Areas (GHLL listings):
             Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area (west/north), Fairbanks North Star Borough
             (northeast), Southeast Fairbanks Census Area (east), Matanuska-Susitna
                Borough
    (south).

        Government/Civic - Denali Borough
        Linkpendium Denali Borough - Genealogy and Family History
        Mount McKinley - Maps, photos, information

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        Genealogy Trails History Group - helping track your ancestors through time by transcribing genealogical and historical
             data and placing it online for the free use of all researchers.
        Wikipedia - Location and Climate, History, Culture and Demographics, Facilities, Utilities, Schools and Health Care,
             Economy and Transportation, Regional Organizations, Cities and towns, and more...
    Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Correction or addition Report Form, for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page & the item(s) which concern you.


  • Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 9, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of unorganized Alaskan Territory.
    Established:  18-Oct-1964
    Borough Seat:  Fairbanks, Alaska

    Borough history - Fairbanks North Star Borough is named in honor of the city of Fairbanks and Polaris, the North Star

    Fairbanks North Star Courthouse
    GHLL Fairbanks-NorthStar Borough Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Alaska AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - (Genealogy.com) (None found online at the time of this update.)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Fairbanks Genealogical Society / Fairbanks, AK)
    6. US/AKGenWeb site - Fairbanks-NorthStar Borough Archives
    7. US/AKGenWeb - Fairbanks-NorthStar Borough Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - North Star Borough Clerk, P.O. Box 1267, Fairbanks, AK 99707-1267.
               Note:  Boroughs do not have vital record keeping duties. They do collect property taxes, record deeds, etc., but all
               the vital records are collected and kept by the State Bureau of Vital Statistics.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent boroughs & Census Areas (GHLL listings):
             Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area (north), Southeast Fairbanks Census Area
             (southeast), Denali Borough (southwest).

        Fairbanks - local government web site

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             data and placing it online for the free use of all researchers.

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        Correction or addition Report Form, for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page & the item(s) which concern you.


  • Haines Borough, Alaska —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 9, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Tlingit Indian lands, known then as the Auke and Taku tribes.
    Established:  18-Oct-1968
    Borough Seat:  Haines, Alaska, (Consolidated city-borough - 2002)

    Borough history - Haines Borough is named in honor of Francina Electra Haines of the Presbyterian Home Missions Board. Haines Borough is also known as the Eagle Capital of America, so named due to the influx of eagles during the salmon running season.

    City of Haines
    GHLL Haines Borough Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Alaska AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Genealogy Forum - (Genealogy.com) (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Society/Museum/Assn - (Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center / Haines, AK)
    5. US/AKGenWeb site - Haines Borough Archives
    6. US/AKGenWeb - Haines Borough Genealogy & History
    7. Vital Records - Haines Borough Clerk, P.O. Box 1209, Haines, AK 99827-1209.
               Note:  Boroughs do not have vital record keeping duties. They do collect property taxes, record deeds, etc., but all
               the vital records are collected and kept by the State Bureau of Vital Statistics.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Municipality of Skagway Borough (northeast), Juneau City and Borough
             (southeast), (Skagway)-Hoonah-Angoon Census Area (west), Also shares
             eastern border with British Columbia, Canada.

        Haines Borough - all about the borough

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             data and placing it online for the free use of all researchers.

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        Correction or addition Report Form, for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page & the item(s) which concern you.


  • Juneau Borough, Alaska —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 9, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of Tlingit Indian lands, known then as the Auke and Taku tribes.
    Established:  18-Oct-1867
    Borough Seat:  Juneau, Alaska, (Consolidated city-borough)

    Borough history - Juneau Borough is named in honor of gold prospector Joseph "Joe" Juneau, co-founder of the city, though the place was for a time called Rockwell and then Harrisburg, after Juneau's co-prospector, Richard Harris. Fire destroyed the Court House and jail at Juneau Sunday night, Jan 1898. All records were lost.
             The City of Juneau merged with the City of Douglas and the surrounding borough to form the municipality.

    Juneau Courthouse

    Capitol history - In 1792, the first capital of Russian America was established at Kodiak. In 1808, the capital was moved to Sitka, or New Archangel. With the United States Alaska Purchase of 1867, Sitka became the headquarters of the Military Department of Alaska under U.S. Army Major General Jefferson C. Davis.
             In 1884, the U.S. Congress established the District of Alaska, with "temporary seat of government" at Sitka, and a presidentially appointed administration, initially headed by Governor John Henry Kinkead. In 1900, Congress passed a Civil Code transferring the seat from Sitka to Juneau, which had surpassed Sitka in economic growth and importance.


    Alaska State Capitol

    GHLL Juneau Borough Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Alaska AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - (Genealogy.com) (None found online at the time of this update.)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Gastineau Genealogical Society (Juneau, AK)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Sealaska Heritage Institute (Juneau, AK)
    7. US/AKGenWeb site - Juneau Borough Archives
    8. US/AKGenWeb - Juneau Borough Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Juneau Borough Clerk, 155 South Seward Street, Juneau, AK 99801-1332.
               Note:  Boroughs do not have vital record keeping duties. They do collect property taxes, record deeds, etc., but all
               the vital records are collected and kept by the State Bureau of Vital Statistics.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent boroughs and census areas (GHLL listings):
             Haines Borough (northwest and west), Skagway-Hoonah-Angoon Census
                Area
    (south and southwest).

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        Genealogy Trails History Group - helping track your ancestors through time by transcribing genealogical and historical
             data and placing it online for the free use of all researchers.

    Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Correction or addition Report Form, for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page & the item(s) which concern you.


  • Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 10, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Alaskan Territory lands on 18-Oct-1867.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1964
    Borough Seat:  Soldotna, Alaska

    Borough history - The Kenai Borough name is derived from the Kenai Peninsula, which may be from Kenayskaya, the Russian name for Cook Inlet.

    City of Kenai
    GHLL Kenai Borough Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Alaska AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - (Genealogy.com) (None found online at the time of this update.)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    6. US/AKGenWeb site - Kenai Borough Archives
    7. US/AKGenWeb - Kenai Borough Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Kenai Peninsula Borough Clerk, P.O. Box 850, Soldotna, AK 99669-0850.
               Note:  Boroughs do not have vital record keeping duties. They do collect property taxes, record deeds, etc., but all
               the vital records are collected and kept by the State Bureau of Vital Statistics.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent boroughs/census areas (GHLL listings):
             Bethel Census Area (northwest), Matanuska-Susitna Borough (north),
             Municipality of Anchorage (north), Valdez-Cordova Census Area (east),
             Lake and Peninsula Borough (west), Kodiak Island Borough (south).

        Kenai Borough - Borough Home Page

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        Genealogy Trails History Group - helping track your ancestors through time by transcribing genealogical and historical
             data and placing it online for the free use of all researchers.

    Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Correction or addition Report Form, for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page & the item(s) which concern you.


  • Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Alaska —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 12, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Inuits, Yupik Eskimos, Aleuts, and other Native American peoples lands, 18-Oct-1867.
    Established:  18-Oct-1963
    Borough Seat:  Ketchikan, Alaska

    Borough history - Ketchikan Gateway Borough is named in honor of the city of Ketchikan, and for its gateway location on the Alaska-Canadian border. Ketchikan comes from the Tlingit name for the creek, Kitschk-hin, the meaning of which is unclear. It may mean "the river belonging to Kitschk"; other accounts claim it means "Thundering Wings of an Eagle."

    Ketchikan Courthouse
    GHLL Ketchikan Gateway Borough Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Ketchikan Gateway Borough AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - (Genealogy.com) (None found online at the time of this update.)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Tongass Historical Museum / Ketchikan, AK)
          Genealogical Society of Southeastern Alaska
          P.O. Box 6313
          Ketchikan, AK 99901

    6. US/AKGenWeb site - Ketchikan Gateway Borough Archives
    7. US/AKGenWeb - Ketchikan Gateway Borough Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Ketchikan Borough Clerk, 344 Front Street, Ketchikan, AK 99901-643.
               Note:  Boroughs do not have vital record keeping duties. They do collect property taxes, record deeds, etc., but all
               the vital records are collected and kept by the State Bureau of Vital Statistics.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area (east and west), City and Borough of
                Wrangell
    (north), Kitimat-Stikine Regional District, British Columbia (east),
             Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District, water boundry only, British
                Columbia
    (south).

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        Genealogy Trails History Group - helping track your ancestors through time by transcribing genealogical and historical
             data and placing it online for the free use of all researchers.
        Ketchikan Gateway Borough - Government site.
        Ketchikan Message Board - RootsWeb / Ancestry.com.
        Postcards and Photographs - early 1900s.

    Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Correction or addition Report Form, for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page & the item(s) which concern you.


  • Kodiak Island Borough, Alaska —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 14, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of of lands purchased from Russia, 18-Oct-1784.
    Established:  18-Oct-1867
    Borough Seat:  Kodiak, Alaska

    Borough history - Kodiak Island Borough is named in honor of Kodiak Island, which may be named for the Koniagmiut, or Koniag, people. Kodiak is the ancestral land of the Sugpiaq, an Alutiiq nation of Alaska Natives.

    Kodiak Island Courthouse
    GHLL Kodiak Island Borough Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Kodiak Island Borough AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - (Genealogy.com) (None found online at the time of this update.)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    6. US/AKGenWeb site - Kodiak Island Borough Archives
    7. US/AKGenWeb - Kodiak Island Borough Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Kodiak Borough Clerk, 710 Millbay Road, Kodiak, AK 99615-6340.
               Note:  Boroughs do not have vital record keeping duties. They do collect property taxes, record deeds, etc., but all
               the vital records are collected and kept by the State Bureau of Vital Statistics.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Kenai Peninsula Borough (north), Lake and Peninsula Borough (northwest),
             Gulf of Alaska (east).

        Kodiak - Alaska's Emerald Isle.
        Kodiak Island Borough - local Government web site.
        Kodiak Island Borough - map.

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        Stories from Alaska - Two Shots That Rocked My World by Robert Leonard
        Genealogy Trails History Group - helping track your ancestors through time by transcribing genealogical and historical
             data and placing it online for the free use of all researchers.

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  • Lake and Peninsula Borough, Alaska —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 11, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of lands purchased from Russia.
    Established:  18-Oct-1867
    Borough Seat:  King Salmon, Alaska

    Borough history - Lake and Peninsula Borough is named for the borough's many large lakes, and the that is is situated on the Alaska Peninsula. This is a unique arrangement for the United States in that not only is the borough seat ( King Salmon) in a different borough but it also is not the borough seat of the other borough (Bristol Bay Borough). Present-day tribal members are descendents of a group that was forced to relocate to King Salmon due to the eruption of Mount Katmai, on the east coast of the Peninsula.

    Lake Clark Pass in August
    GHLL Lake and Peninsula Borough Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Lake and Peninsula Borough AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - (Genealogy.com) (None found online at the time of this update.)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    6. US/AKGenWeb site - Lake and Peninsula Borough Archives
    7. US/AKGenWeb - Lake and Peninsula Borough Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - See Bristol Bay Borough.
               Note:  Boroughs do not have vital record keeping duties. They do collect property taxes, record deeds, etc., but all
               the vital records are collected and kept by the State Bureau of Vital Statistics.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent boroughs/Census areas (GHLL listings):
             Bethel Census Area (north), Kenai Peninsula Borough (east), Kodiak Island
                Borough
    (southeast), Aleutians East Borough (west), Bristol Bay Borough
             (west), Dillingham Census Area (west).

        Lake and Peninsula Borough - Information regarding Borough.

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             data and placing it online for the free use of all researchers.

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  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska —
    Information Updated for:  Nov 4, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of then, US Government lands in the state of Alaska.
    Established:  01-Jan-1964
    Borough Seat:  Palmer, Alaska

    Borough history - Matanuska-Susitna Borough name is so designated because it contains the entire Matanuska and Susitna Rivers. These rivers empty into Cook Inlet which is the southern border of the (often referred to as the Mat-Su) Borough. This area is one of the few agricultural areas of Alaska.

    Matanuska-Susitna Courthouse
    GHLL Matanuska-Susitna Borough Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Alaska AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Matanuska-Susitna Borough Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Cultural Resources / listed locations, AK)
    6. US/AKGenWeb site - Matanuska-Susitna Borough Archives
    7. US/AKGenWeb - Matanuska-Susitna Borough Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Matanuska-Susitna Borough Clerk, P.O. Box 1608, Palmer, AK 99645-1608.
               Note:  Boroughs do not have vital record keeping duties. They do collect property taxes, record deeds, etc., but all
               the vital records are collected and kept by the State Bureau of Vital Statistics.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Denali Borough (north), Southeast Fairbanks Census Area (northeast),
             Valdez-Cordova Census Area (east), Municipality of Anchorage (south),
             Kenai Peninsula Borough (south), Bethel Census Area (west), Yukon-
                Koyukuk Census Area
    (west).

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        Genealogy Trails History Group - helping track your ancestors through time by transcribing genealogical and historical
             data and placing it online for the free use of all researchers.
        National Register of Historic Places - within the Borough.
        Matanuska-Susitna Valley - Learning About Our Earliest Residents
        Government/Civic - The Borough was incorporated as a second class general law borough in 1964 and has a
             manager form of government. It includes the three incorporated cities of Houston, Palmer, and Wasilla.

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        Correction or addition Report Form, for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page & the item(s) which concern you.


  • North Slope Borough, Alaska —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 29, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of primarily the north and northeastern coast of Alaska, including the Brooks Range, north of the Arctic Circle.
    Established:  02-Jul-1972
    Borough Seat:  Barrow, Alaska

    Borough history - North Slope Borough is named for the reagon's topographical slope to the sea. The North Slope Borough is entirely north of the Arctic Circle - north of 68° north. The northern most point being Barrow at approximately 71° north. The Alaska North Slope is the region of the U.S. state of Alaska located on the northern slope of the Brooks Range along the coast of two marginal seas of the Arctic Ocean, the Chukchi Sea being on the western side of Point Barrow, and the Beaufort Sea on the eastern.

    North Slope Courthouse
    GHLL North Slope Borough Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - North Slope Borough AHGP and / or ALHN
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc.. (scroll down)
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Alaska Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - Alaska Genealogy Records
    6. US/AKGenWeb site - North Slope Borough Archives (scroll down)
    7. US/AKGenWeb - North Slope Borough Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Alaska Public Records Search.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent boroughs and census areas (GHLL listings):
             Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, (southeast), Northwest Arctic Borough
             (southwest)
    , It also shares its eastern border with Yukon, Canada, which
             has no subdivisions..
               Note:  Borough names in gray print are not yet linked, those in blue are
                  clickable (meaning linked).


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        Barrow Message Board - (RootsWeb)
        North Slope Mayor's Message - Jobs Online, Departments, Villages, Programs, Information, Events.

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        Correction or addition Report Form, for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page & the item(s) which concern you.


  • Sitka Borough, Alaska —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 10, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Alaska Territory [Tlingits Indian tribal lands], 18-Oct-1867.
    Established:  18-Oct-1906
    Borough Seat:  Sitka, Alaska (Consolidated city-borough) (Territoral Capital until 1906 when removed to Juneau.)

    Borough history - Sitka Borough was originally called New Archangel (Russian). he current name "Sitka" (derived from Sheet k", a contraction of the Tlingit name Shee At'ik"), which means "People on the Outside of Shee", Sheet -k" X'"at'l (often expressed simply as Shee) being the Tlingit name for Baranof Island.

    ariel view of Sitka
    GHLL Sitka Borough Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Sitka Borough AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - (Genealogy.com) (None found online at the time of this update.)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Sitka Historical Society and Museum / Sitka, AK)
    6. US/AKGenWeb site - Alaska Archives
    7. US/AKGenWeb - Sitka Borough Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Sitka Borough Clerk, 304 Lake Street, Sitka, AK 99835-7563.
               Note:  Boroughs do not have vital record keeping duties. They do collect property taxes, record deeds, etc., but all
               the vital records are collected and kept by the State Bureau of Vital Statistics.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             (Skagway-)Hoonah-Angoon Census Area (north and northeast),
             Petersburg Census Area (southeast).

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        Genealogy Trails History Group - helping track your ancestors through time by transcribing genealogical and historical
             data and placing it online for the free use of all researchers.
        Sitka National Historic Park - Alaska's oldest federally designated park

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    Census Areas (Unorganized Boroughs)
    Geographic History:
    Unlike any other U.S. state, Alaska is not entirely divided into Borough equivalents. Most of Alaska's area is not contained within one of the state's 16 boroughs. This area, referred to by the Alaskan government as the Unorganized Borough, has been divided into census areas by the United States Census Bureau. These census areas have no government of their own; they exist solely to facilitate Census Bureau operations.



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  • Aleutians West (Census Area)
    Information Updated for:  Dec 8, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of Alaska Territory, which stretches from the tip of the Alaska Peninsula
    to the easternmost Aleutian Islands. on 18-Oct-1867.
    Established:  18-Oct-1867
    Census Area Seat:  Unorganized, no borough seat

    Census Area history - Aleutians West Census Area is named is named because of its location in the west Aleutian Islands, possibly from Chukchi aliat, "island".

    Mount Vsevidof from Nikolski
    GHLL Aleutians West Census Area Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Aleutians West AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com) (None found online at the time of this update.)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    6. US/AKGenWeb site - Aleutians West Archives
    7. US/AKGenWeb - Aleutians West Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Dept of Health and Social Services, 5441 Commercial Blvd., Juneau, AK 99801.
               Note:  Census Areas do not have vital record keeping duties. They do collect property taxes, record deeds, etc., but all
               the vital records are collected and kept by the State Bureau of Vital Statistics.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Bering Strait (north), Aleutians East Census Area (east), North Pacific Ocean
             (south), Bering Sea (west).

        Largest town - Unalaska

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        Genealogy Trails History Group - helping track your ancestors through time by transcribing genealogical and historical
             data and placing it online for the free use of all researchers.

    Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Correction or addition Report Form, for this Census Area - just copy/paste the URL for this page & the item(s) which concern you.


  • Nome (Census Area)
    Information Updated for:  Jan 8, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of Alaska Territory, one of many Unorganized Census Areas, that is a part of the State of Alaska, not contained in any of its 16 organized boroughs.
    Established:  xx-xxx-xxxx
    Census Area Seat:  Unorganized, no borough seat

    Census Area history - Nome Census Area is named in honor of City of Nome, the largest settlement in the census area. The origin of the city's name "Nome" is still under debate.
             The name may have been given by Nome's founder, Jafet Lindeberg: within trekking distance of his childhood home in Kv nangen, Norway, there is a Nome valley (Norwegian: Nomedalen).
             An alternate theory is that Nome received its name through an error:  allegedly when a British cartographer copied an ambiguous annotation made by a British officer on a nautical chart, while on a voyage up the Bering Strait. The officer had written "? Name" next to the unnamed cape. The mapmaker misread the annotation as "C. Nome", or Cape Nome, and used that name on his own chart; the city in turn took its name from the cape.
             In February 1899, some local miners and merchants voted to change the name from Nome to Anvil City, because of the confusion with Cape Nome, 12 miles (19 km) south, and the Nome River, the mouth of which is four miles (6 km) south of Nome. The United States Post Office in Nome refused to accept the change. Fearing a move of the post office to Nome City, a mining camp on the Nome River, the merchants unhappily agreed to change the name of Anvil City back to Nome.




    Nome Courthouse
    GHLL Nome Census Area Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Nome Census Area AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - None found online at the time of this update.
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    6. US/AKGenWeb site - Nome Census Area Archives
    7. US/AKGenWeb - Nome Census Area Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Dept of Health and Social Services, 5441 Commercial Blvd., Juneau, AK 99801.
               Note:  Census Areas do not have vital record keeping duties. They do collect property taxes, record deeds, etc., but all
               the vital records are collected and kept by the State Bureau of Vital Statistics.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
              Northwest Arctic Census Area (north), Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area (east), Wade Hampton Census Area (south).

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        Genealogy and Family History - Source:  Linkpendium

    Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Correction or addition Report Form, for this Census Area - just copy/paste the URL for this page & the item(s) which concern you.


  • Prince of Wales Island (Census Area)
    Information Updated for:  Nov 4, 2013
  • Formed from:  Prince of Wales Island is the homeland of the Kaigani Haida people. Kaigani is a mispronunciation of the Tlingit word x'aax' aani which translates to "crabapple country". The Tlingit name for the island is Taan, meaning "sea lion". The island is traditional Tlingit territory with the Haida moving into the area in the late 18th century and the abandoned Haida villages actually being Tlingit in name.
    Established:  xx-xxx-xxxx
    Census Area City:  Hyder, Alaska

    Census Area history - Prince of Wales Census Area is a title traditionally granted to the heir apparent to the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the 15 other independent Commonwealth realms (and formerly of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, before that the Kingdom of Great Britain and before that the Kingdom of England)..

    Hyder, Alaska
    GHLL Prince of Wales Census Area Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project; Prince of Wales Census Area AHGP and / or ALHN (Not found online at this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. American History & Genealogy Project; Prince of Wales Census Area, AK Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com) (Not found online at this update.)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    6. US/AKGenWeb site - Prince of Wales Census Area Archives (scroll down the page)
    7. US/AKGenWeb - Prince of Wales Census Area Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Petersburg Census Area (north), City and Census Area of Wrangell (northeast),
             Ketchikan Gateway Census Area (between Prince of Wales and Hyder, also
             shares border with British Columbia, Canada), Kitimat-Stikine Regional
                District, British Columbia
    (east), Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District,
                British Columbia
    (south, water boundary only, across Dixon Entrance to
             Hecate Strait).

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        Prince of Wales Island - Prince of Wales Chamber of Commerce in Klawock, Alaska.
        Prince of Wales Island - Map.

    Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Correction or addition Report Form, for this Census Area - just copy/paste the URL for this page & the item(s) which concern you.


  • Skagway-Hoonah-Angoon (Census Area)
    Information Updated for:  May 26, 2014
  • Formed from:  portions of Alaska Territory, one of many Unorganized Census Areas, is that part of the State of Alaska, not contained in any of its 16 organized borough.
    Census Area Seat:  Skagway, Alaska

    History: Skagway-Hoonah-Angoon (Census Area) Though not formally organized, the Skagway-Hoonah-Angoon Census Area was created in 1992. Pre-1887, Skagua, as it is known by the Tlingit, meaning windy place, is used by Chilkoots and Chilkats for hunting and fishing.

    Skagway-Hoonah-Angoon (Census Area) Courthouse
    GHLL Skagway-Hoonah-Angoon (Census Area) Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Skagway-Hoonah-Angoon (Census Area) AHGP and / or ALHN
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum (None found online at the time of this update.)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    6. US/ALGenWeb site - Skagway-Hoonah-Angoon (Census Area) Archives
    7. US/ALGenWeb - Skagway-Hoonah-Angoon (Census Area) Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records (Free Public Records)  |  Skagway-Hoonah-Angoon (Census Area) (Local Records)  |  Skagway, AK (Burough Seat Records).
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent boroughs and census areas (GHLL listings):
             Yakutat City and Census Area (northwest), Haines Census Area
             (northeast), Juneau City and Census Area (northeast), Petersburg Census
                Area (southeast)
    ,
               Note:  Names in gray print are not yet linked, those in blue are
                 linked.


        Genealogy and Family History - Source:  Linkpendium

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    Census Information:
  • 1900 Federal Census

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        Report Form, for Skagway Census Areas <----> copy/paste the item(s) which concern you.


  • Valdez-Cordova (Census Area)
    Information Updated for:  Aug 20, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of Alaskan territorial lands.
    Established:  xx-xxx-xxxx
    Census Area Seat:  Valdez, Alaska

    Census Area history - Valdez-Cordova Census Area is named in honor of the Cities of Valdez and Cordova.

    Valdez-Cordova Scene
    City of Valdez

    Valdez-Cordova Scene
    City of Cordova
    GHLL Valdez-Cordova Census Area Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Valdez-Cordova Census Area AHGP & ALHN
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum (None found online at the time of this update.)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Valdez Museum & Historical Archive / Valdez, AK)
    6. US/AKGenWeb site - Valdez-Cordova Census Area Archives
    7. US/GenWeb - Valdez-Cordova Census Area Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Dept of Health and Social Services, 5441 Commercial Blvd., Juneau, AK 99801.
               Note:  Census Areas do not have vital record keeping duties. They do collect property taxes, record deeds, etc., but all
               the vital records are collected and kept by the State Bureau of Vital Statistics.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Southeast Fairbanks Census Area (north), Yakutat City-Census Area
             (southeast), Kenai Peninsula Census Area (west), Anchorage-City Census Area
             (west), Matanuska-Susitna Census Area (west), Yukon Territory, Canada
             (eastern).
             Note:  Counties followed by green print are not yet linked.


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        Genealogy Trails History Group - helping track your ancestors through time by transcribing genealogical and historical
             data and placing it online for the free use of all researchers.

    Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Correction or addition Report Form, for this Census Area - just copy/paste the URL for this page & the item(s) which concern you.


  • Yukon-Koyukuk (Census Area)
    Information Updated for:  Feb 4, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Alaskan Yukon Territorial lands.
    Established:  18-Oct-1867
      Census Area Seat:  Unorganized — no borough seat

    Census Area history - Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area is named for the Yukon River ("great river" in Gwich in), which flows through the census area; and the city of Koyukuk.

    Yukon-Koyukuk scenery
    GHLL Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum (None found online at the time of this update.)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    6. US/AKGenWeb site - Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area Archives
    7. US/AKGenWeb - Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area Genealogy & History
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent Census Areas/Census Areas (GHLL listings):
                North Slope Census Area (north), Southeast Fairbanks Census Area
                (southeast), Fairbanks North Star Census Area
                (southeast), Denali Census Area (southeast), Matanuska-Susitna Census Area
                (south), Bethel Census Area (south), Wade Hampton Census Area
                (west), Nome Census Area (west), Northwest Arctic Census Area (west),
                Yukon Territory, Canada (eastern).

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        Dawson City Museum - genealogical resources available include baptismal and marriage records, tax rolls, directories
             and gazetteers, school registers, the Museum's collection of photographs and our vertical biographical and
             subject indexed files (fee for service).
        Galena, Alaska - Largest City (2000 Census, pop. 650+)
        Yukon & Alaska History - Much more than just another link site, ExploreNorth is here to help with all the information
             you need to explore the circumpolar North.
        Yukon & Alaska Genealogy Centre - This site was created to allow genealogists and regional historians access
             to resource materials that we, and others, have assembled.
        Yukon Genealogy - (Genealogy.com)

    Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Correction or addition Report Form, for this Census Area - just copy/paste the URL for this page & the item(s) which concern you.



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