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TRACING ANCESTORS FROM THE
Are you seeking an individual who passed through this area during the Klondike Gold Rush? Perhaps the person had a business here or was involved in local affairs?
This research resource list is an aid for starting your search. Please note, records of the gold rush era are relatively few and often fragmented. There were few governmental agencies in Alaska during the Klondike gold rush. Record-keeping was often minimal or non-existent. Many records have been lost or are incomplete. There are many resources for which indexes have not been compiled which makes research time consuming and difficult.
Due to limited budgets, many public institutions do not have the staff to do your research for you. Please contact each institution directly for its research policy and for records contained within its collections. Be sure to call or write for an appointment so they can better serve you.
Good luck in your research!
Below you will find various references to genealogy items, both on the Internet and in more traditional format. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have additional questions.
Several methods are established to help track a family’s genealogy. Contacts we know of are listed below.
Sources on Alaskan and Yukon Gold Rushes and Gold Rush Communities resource guide published by Alaska Historical Society:
Guide to references to 130,000 pioneers:
Gold Rush.org! Visit this site, look around, and try the link to CC Filson's Ghosts of the Yukon where you will be able to search names. This site also provides links to historical records and an overview of the gold rush.
If you know correct names, dates, and other details try:
Valdez Museum & Historical Archives has placed online information, including images related to the gold-rush at their Web Site. This includes a listing of 1,400 names of people who were known to have either passed through or lived in Valdez in 1897-98.
The British Columbia Archives has placed information on their Web Site. This includes the Births Registration Index for the Gold -Rush period (1872-1896), and the Marriage Registration Index for the period (1872-1921), as well as the Death Registration Index period (1872-1976).
Yukon Bureau of Vital Statistics
If you are sure the person passed through Skagway contact:
Skagway City Museums
Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park
National Archives and Records Administration Pacific Alaska Region
Atlin Historical Society
The most comprehensive site on further research is How To Find Your Gold Rush Relative:
Sources On The Klondike and Alaska Gold Rushes(1896-1914)
Blacks In Alaska History Project
Valdez Museum and Historical Archives
Ghosts of the Klondike/C. C. Filson Genealogical Database
British Columbia Archives - Vital Events Indexes