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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.
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!
Please see the "Events" tab for more information.
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.
- 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.
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; and most recently David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist at the New England Historical Genealogical Society.
AGS' 2021 Seminar will feature Lisa Alzo. See the "Events" tab for more details about this seminar. Please plan to attend and bring a friend! Special Combo Pricing (AGS' Dues + Seminar) will be available again in 2021!
- Effective September 7, 2017, researchers can no longer order microfilms through FamilySearch. Full digitization is not expected for another 2-3 years.