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Genealogical Research In Anchorage, Alaska
Genealogical research is a little more challenging in the Great Land. We are hours - even days - away from anywhere else, our branch of the National Archives was moved to Seattle, and many of us have come here from other States and countries, leaving our ancestral roots far behind. Even "locals" and Native Alaskans face unique hurdles in researching past generations. AGS is committed to providing a supportive, educational, group for family historians and professional genealogists alike.
***Please note that most of the meetings mentioned below are either on hold, or are being held virtually for the time being. We will update this part of the website and the "Events" Tab as things change in the future.
We meet on the Third Wednesday of the month (No meetings June-August), in the BP Energy Center at 1014 Energy Court, from 7:00 pm. to 8:45 pm. (The Energy Center is the smaller green building behind the BP Tower). The Public is always WELCOME! Currently, we are meeting via ZOOM at 6:00 pm on the Third Wednesday of each month.
Please see the "Events" tab for the most updated information about the meetings.
Local Resources in Anchorage
- The Anchorage Genealogical Society (AGS), with monthly meetings, and a friendly, knowledgeable group of people willing to share information and technical tips on research, and to offer support to others.
- An excellent Genealogical Section, and the Alaskan Room, on the 3rd floor of the Z. J. Loussac Library. Members may contact Gretchen Bersch at: email@example.com, if interested in becoming the volunteer coordinator. Volunteers typically volunteer a few hours a week assisting library patrons with their genealogy research. (Note: Librarians are unable to assist with genealogy beyond locating resources from their catalog. https://www.muni.org/Departments/library/Pages/AnchoragePublicLibrary.aspx)
- A friendly LDS Family History Center. Experienced volunteers are on hand to assist with computers, microfilm/fiche and readers, and most major on-line genealogy resources. This service is available free of charge to the public. Church affiliation is not necessary. Call 907-277-8433 before you go. Open times vary depending on staffing.
- Informational Genealogy Classes - Courtesy of the LDS Family History Center, are Free and open to the public. These classes cover a variety of genealogical topics and are held every 4th Saturday, from Autumn to late Spring. Classes are held at the Family History Center, Institute Building, 2501 Maplewood Drive, Anchorage. Currently, classes are on hold due to the Pandemic.
AGS sponsors an annual all day seminar featuring nationally known speakers. Some of speakers in the past have included: "Dear Mrytle" Pat Richley-Erickson; Meagan Smolenyak from Ancestry.com; Dan Lynch; D. Joshua Taylor; Geoff Rasmussen; J. Mark Lowe; Lisa Louise Cooke; Dick Eastman; "The Photo Detective" Maureen Taylor; Diahan Southard, DNA Expert; David Allen Lambert; and most recently Lisa Alzo.
AGS' 2023 Seminar will feature Devon Noel Lee from Family History Fanatics. Details about the Seminar will be posted under the "Events" tab as they become available. Please plan to attend and bring a friend!
- Effective September 7, 2017, researchers can no longer order microfilms through FamilySearch. Full digitization is not expected for another 2-3 years.