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Genealogical Research in Anchorage
Genealogical research is a little more challenging in the Great Land, as many of us have moved here from other States and countries, and our roots, so to speak, are elsewhere, while Native Alaskans face unique hurdles of their own in researching past generations.
We meet on the Third Wednesday of the month, in the BP Energy Center at 900 E. Benson Blvd, from 7:00 pm. to 9:00 pm. 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 who are willing to share information and tips on research, and to offer support to others
- An excellent Genealogical Section, and the Alaskan Room, in the Z. J. Loussac Library. Beginning mid-September, 2017, volunteers will again be available Wednesdays, from roughly 10am - 2pm, on the 3rd floor, past the Help Desk. Their assistance is free to the public. Members may contact Nancy Farco for more information, or to volunteeer a few hours of your time. (Note: Librarians are unable to assist with genealogy beyond locating resources from their catalogue. 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.
- Beginning Genealogy Classes - A free and open to the public class designed to highlight local resources to assist the beginner in searching for their ancestors around the world is held every 4th Saturday, from Autumn to late Spring. Fourth Saturday Classes Resume Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the Family History Center, Institute Building, 2501 Maplewood Drive, Anchorage. Topics to be covered this week: "Using Get Help" and "Aren't Census Records Great!"
Annual SPRING Seminars
AGS sponsors an annual all day seminar featuring nationally known speakers. Some of speakers in the past have included: "Dear Mrytle" or Pat Richley-Erickson; Meagan Smolenyak; Dan Lynch; D. Joshua Taylor, Geoff Rasmussen, J. Mark Lowe, Lisa Louise Cooke, Dick Eastman, and most recently, Maureen Taylor, "The Photo Detective."
***Confirmation of the SPRING 2018 SEMINAR will be coming shortly. There will be NO Autumn Seminar in 2017.***
Effective September 7, 2017, researchers can no longer order microfilms through FamilySearch. Full digitization is not expected for another 2-3 years.
11/15/2017 - 7:00 pm
November General Meeting
BP Energy Center, 900 East Benson Blvd., Anchorage, Alaska