Records in the Alaska State Archives document the functions and activities of the State and Territorial government. None of the records kept at the Archives were created for the purpose of genealogical research. However the Archives does hold many records that contain information on individuals such as:

  • Naturalization records (1888-1972)
  • Pioneer Home Residents (1913-1980)
  • Probate Index (1883-1960)
  • Teacher records (1917-1959)
  • World War I Veterans (1913-1923)
  • Vital Statistics (1816-1998)
    • Note: adoption, sanity, guardianship, birth, death, marriage are confidential records and require a Probate Master written permission to disclose them. In Alaska marriage and death certificates are closed to the general public for 50 years and birth certificates are closed for 100 years. However marriage license applications are open to the public with the exception of the results of blood tests, when included.

How to Request information from the Archives

To respond promptly to your request for a person you are looking for, we need some of the following information:

  • His/her full name (maiden name)
  • Time and place of birth in Alaska
  • Time and place of death
  • The school he/she attended
  • Marriage/divorce in Alaska
  • Land ownership status, mining.
  • Business ownership
  • Involvement in a lawsuit
  • Alaska naturalization status
  • Possible military service

If you have some of the above information, use our Research Inquiry Form to ask us a question.

Individual researchers may provide you with their help. Click here for a current list of independent researchers.

Web Resources


Alaska Native

Birth, death, marriage, divorce

Burial place

Census records

Civil/criminal cases after 1959

Historical photos

Land ownership


School certificates, diploma, transcripts, and GED records

State Trooper

Page last updated 04/01/2013