Anchorage Genealogical Society
Anchorage Genealogical Society


Most of the Anchorage Public Library's genealogy materials are held in the Genealogy Reference Area on the 3rd floor of the Z. J. Loussac Library, and are indicated with GEN-R in the call number. Some duplicate copies are found in the circulating non-fiction area and branch collections. Alaska-specific family history materials are housed in the Alaska Collection, on the 2nd floor of the library. A hold request may be placed on any circulating copy and will be held for you at the library of your choice. Volunteers from the Anchorage Genealogical Society are available for questions at the Z. J. Loussac Library every Wednesday from 11 am to 2 pm, and on second and fourth Wednesdays from 7 pm to 9 pm.


General Sources

Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County & Town Source. GEN-R 929.1072073 ANCESTR

Genealogical & Local History Books in Print. GEN-R 016.9291 GENEALO

Genealogical Periodical Annual Index., GEN-R 929.3 GENEALO

The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America. GEN-R 929.1 HANDY-B

The Source: a Guidebook of American Genealogy. GEN-R 929.1 SOURCE

How To Books

Finding Your Roots: How to Trace Your Ancestors at Home and Abroad. GEN-R 929.1072073 WEST

A Genealogist's Refresher Course. GEN-R 929.2072073 JACOBSO

Genealogy Online for Dummies. GEN-R 929.1 HELM

Organizing Your Family History Search : Efficient & Effective Ways to Gather and Protect Your Genealogical Research. GEN-R 929.1 CARMACK

When Your Ox Is in the Ditch: Genealogical How-To Letters. GEN-R 929.1072073 MCDOWE

Obtaining Records

County Courthouse Book. GEN-R 929.373 BENTLEY

International Vital Records Handbook. GEN-R 929.373 KEMP

The Genealogist's Address Book. GEN-R 929.102573 BENTLEY

Books To Check Out

The Conceptual Approach to Genealogy. 929.1072073 CHAMBER

Everything Guide to Online Genealogy. 929.10285 POWELL

Family History Made Easy. 929.1 SZUCS

A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your Female Ancestors. 929.1082 CARMACK

Genealogy Online for Dummies. 929.1 HELM

The Handy Book for Genealogists. 929.1 HANDY

Unpuzzling Your Past : the Best-selling Basic Guide to Genealogy. 929.1072073 CROOM

Other Resources -- Library Edition: Over 1,000 online databases for genealogy, including access to their subscription databases, such as census records, birth, and death records, immigration and naturalization records, and the Social Security death index. Available only in the library, from library home page, go to Databases page.

Genealogy & Local History:  The Z. J. Loussac Library is the only location in Alaska that owns this collection. It includes four types of records: family genealogies, local histories, primary sources, and genealogical serials. The microfiche is located on the 3rd floor of Z. J. Loussac Library. The microfiche has paper indexes located with the fiche, or you may search online using the MELVYL Catalog:

Alaska/Polar Periodicals Index: Useful for searching Alaska information, this index database holds over 150,000 bibliographic records from libraries with significant arctic and polar region collections are covered. Follow redirect to iBistro and click on "Alaska/Polar Periodical Index":

Magazines and Newspapers

In addition to the titles below, the Genealogy reference area also houses a number of newsletters from various U.S. genealogical societies.

The American Genealogist

Genealogical Computing

Everton's Genealogical Helper

The Mayflower Descendant

Family Chronicle

The New England Historical & Genealogical Register