Yukon Provincial Archives - National Institute
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Department of Tourism and Culture
Government of Yukon
Box 2703 (L-6)
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6
The very friendly Yukon Archives site describes briefly its various holdings, which include government records, municipal records, and private manuscripts. The archives include a library of published materials on the Yukon, the Gold Rush and the building of the Alaska Highway. There are also newspapers, including those from cities outside the Yukon affected by the Gold Rush. There is a checklist of newspapers and a list of microfilm available by interlibrary loan in the reading room. Their researcher list is also available only at the archives.
A genealogy resource list (2003 revision), is available in .pdf format online.
Yukon archives haves four searchable databases online. The first describes the archival records and their creators. This allows you to search the types of records prior to visiting the archives. The images database contains more than 3000 photographs that can be viewed online. It can be searched by keyword or subject browsing. The third database, shared with the Yukon Public Libraries, is the Public Access Database which provides access to the archives' collection of books and periodicals. Finally, the genealogy database assists researchers to find information about ancestors who lived or worked in the Yukon.
The long list of finding aids on the website is valuable.
Given the welcoming tone of the website, researchers should state their interests and hope for some direction to less obvious sources. Since the Yukon’s records are territorial rather than provincial, they are in somewhat different form from the ten lower archives.
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