Hoo-Hoo-Ye (courtesy Alaska’s Digital Archives)
Partners in this collaborative project include the Rasmuson Library at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, the Consortium Library at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and the Alaska State Library in Juneau. For a full list of contributing libraries and archives, click here.
The National Park Services writes, “There are a number of sites that list resources and maintain searchable databases of people who went north to Alaska and Canada during the gold rush. These sites are an easy place to begin your research.”
- – The Dawson City Museum maintains 80,000 genealogical records online including records of the Northwest Mounted Police, Yukon Order of Pioneers, Palm Sunday Avalanche victims and a variety of other genealogical records.
- – The Valdez Museum has put information and images related to the gold rush on-line, including 2,900 names of people who were known to have either passed through or lived in Valdez in 1897-1898.
- – Vital Events Indexes – The British Columbia Archives has online the births registration index (1872-1899), marriage registration index (1872-1924) and the death registration index (1872-1979).
- is a comprehensive list of resources. It was revised in 2001 and contains many obscure sources that might otherwise be overlooked.
- Lists of April 3, 1898 Avalanche Victims – The deadliest event of the Klondike gold rush occurred on April 3, 1898, between Sheep Camp and the Scales on the Chilkoot Trail.
- Klondike Gold Rush Historical Database is a comprehensive site for all your gold rush research needs
- Census Information and other resources from
Developed by the Alaska State Library and University of Alaska libraries, SLED is a portal providing access to many databases and online resources, including Heritage Quest, Alaska’s Digital Archives and other databases from A-Z, licensed for Alaska residents.
Although its online collection is rather small, the Alaska State Archives does include one sizable database of note, the Probate Records of Alaska, 1885-1960
, containing 17,000 probate cases from Alaska’s early court system.
For family history researchers, the rest of the Archives collection can be a valuable resource, even though the bulk of their materials are offline. See the Alaska State Archives’ Alaska Genealogy page for a description available resources and procedures for requesting information.
The University of Alaska
‘s digital archives contains historical photographs, albums, oral histories, still and motion pictures, maps, documents, physical objects, tribal histories, and other materials from libraries, museums, tribes, villages and archives throughout the state.
Their collections are divided into two categories browsable by region or timeline::
- Religion and Church Leadership
- Traditional Spiritual Practices
- Native Organizations
- Ceremonial Life
- Native Leadership and Politics
- Traditional Ways of Learning
- Traditional Technology
- Health Care Providers
- Make a Living
- Health Care Facilities
- Business and Commerce
- Natural Resources
- Society and Daily Life
- Guide to Alaska Newspapers on Microfilm
- Index to names found in Alaska Searchlight
- Index to cover photographs of Alaskan Sportsman magazine
- Index to photographers of Alaska, by Candace Waugaman
- Index to mining-related articles in Ketchikan newspapers
- Index to Alaska Gold Rush Pioneers of the Juneau-Douglas Area 1880-1921.
- Published by: Juneau Pioneers of Alaska Igloo and Auxiliary No. 6 Juneau, Alaska
- Index to Alaska Free Press
- Index to Alaska Weekly and Alaska Sportsman obituaries
Archives West provides access to descriptions of primary sources at archives and libraries in Alaska and the western United States, including correspondence, diaries, and photographs. Digital images are available in some cases.
The Alaska Mapping Initiative is a U.S. Geological Survey program to support and improve maps and digital map data for Alaska, bringing Alaska topographic map and digital map data quality in line with the conterminous United States.
Other Alaska Resources Online
That’s it for free Alaska Digital Archives from Sassy Jane. Tune in next Sunday for free Arizona Digital Archives for Genealogy. Check out the other states in this series here.