Compiled by R. Bruce Parham, May 1997 (Updated April 2001)
National Archives and Records Administration-Pacific Alaska Region
Presented by The Alaska Gold Rush Centennial Task Force
This guide is intended to provide a basic list of Alaska and Yukon genealogical resources for individuals who were in the north during the Klondike and Alaska Gold Rushes (1896-1914). While not comprehensive, the information includes promising and up-to-date sources with others that may be obscure and un-indexed.
Many of the repositories have guides to their archival, manuscript, and photograph collections and specific finding aids to their Gold Rush materials. The list of active genealogical societies includes information on how to hire individuals or groups to do research. The Internet has become a valuable genealogical research tool and, as such, addresses for sites particularly in Alaska and Yukon are included. The sources listed are at the larger Alaska or Yukon libraries; some items may be borrowed on interlibrary loan through your local public library.
For the next decade or so, readers will see many books celebrating the centenary of the Alaska-Yukon Gold Rushes. For additional information on the Klondike and Alaska Gold Rushes, see the following sources:
The Alaska Gold Rush Centennial Task Force has a Gold Rush Trails and Time Line brochure available. For further information, write the Office of History and Archaeology, 3601 C St., Suite 1278, Anchorage, AK 99503-5921; telephone (907) 269-8721; fax (907) 269-8908; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you know of or find sources that you believe should be included in this guide, please write OHA with your suggestions.
Members of the following groups can be hired to do research. Other researchers can be found in the yellow pages of local telephone directories under Research Services. The Association of Professional Genealogists (3421 M St., NW, Suite 236, Washington, DC 20007-3552; telephone 703-920-2385) publishes the Directory of Professional Genealogists which lists researchers for hire. This list does not constitute a recommendation by the Alaska Gold Rush Centennial Task Force.