Alaska Biography

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Online resources[edit | edit source]

Biographies in Local Histories[edit | edit source]

  • Biographical information is often found in state, county, and town histories.
  • Towards the end of the 19th century, began publishers soliciting short biographical/family histories from local founding families, offering to publish them in an upcoming local history. This then became an incentive for family members to buy a copy of the book.
  • Families represented were not necessarily prominent. Practically everyone living there, especially in the Midwest, counted as an early settler.
  • These biographies often start with the first member of the family to settle in the area, and detail their descendants at the time of publishing. They may tell where the family moved in from. Children's marriages often are given, with maiden names included.

Finding Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • The county Wiki page lists several county histories. It also lists local libraries, and societies which probably have copies of local histories.
  • Many histories are no longer under copyright and can be found in the following online, digitized book collections. Search with keywords "History" and "the name of your locality" (state, county, or town).
  • The FamilySearch library has extensive collections of these local histories. Many are digitized. Search the FamilySearch Catalog under your locality for the topics "Biography" and "History".

The Alaska Historical Library in Juneau has the best collection of Alaska biographical materials. You will also find biographical information in the biographical sections of state, region, and county histories. The Family History Library has a few materials, including the following examples:

  • De Armond, Robert N. The Founding of Juneau. Juneau, Alaska: Gastineau Channel Centennial Association, 1967. FHL Book 979.82/J1 H2d.
  • The Alaska-Yukon Gold Book: A Roster of the Progressive Men and Women Who Were the Argonauts of the Klondike Gold Stampede. Seattle, Washington: Sourdough Stampede Association, 1930. FHL Book 970 H2so; film 1598025 item 11.

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