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Family history records digitized at the Alaska State Archives

Posted: November 7, 2013 - 1:04am

The Alaska State Archives has initiated a project to digitize pre-statehood public records related to family history, including records of births, marriages, divorces, naturalizations, and probate and estate documentation.

Most of the records were created by the Territory of Alaska Court System and are only available in analog format in Juneau.

The project began in early October as a collaboration with an organization called FamilySearch, based in Salt Lake City. The group has its roots in the Genealogical Society of Utah, established in 1894 with the goal of preserving and sharing the world’s family records. FamilySearch staff sent a team to Juneau to scan archival documents that had been identified by State Archives staff as open, non-confidential records. The team created PDFs of the records and uploaded them to their server, and will eventually index the records for online searchable access.

This four-year project was underwritten by FamilySearch and no state funds have been used to get the effort underway.

For more information contact State Archivist Dean Dawson at dean.dawson@alaska.gov.

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