Alaskan Marriage Records
Marriage records become public records 50 years after the event.
Alaska Marriage license applications are open to the public and more information is usually found on the marriage license application or the marriage register. The marriage application may be obtained from the closest courthouse to where the couple was married.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. When did Alaska start recording marriages?
A. 1913 is the first year Alaska began officially recording birth, death and marriage records. Marriages earlier than 1913 may be found in church records which have been microfilmed by the Bureau of Vital Statistics.
Q. How do I verify a marriage took place in Alaska?
A. All vital records are collected and Certificate copies are issued by the:
Alaskan Bureau of Vital Statistics
Dept of Health and Social Services
5441 Commercial Blvd.
Juneau, AK 99801
Fax: (907) 465-3618
Q. Are there restrictions on getting copies of Alaskan marriage records?
A. Yes there are restrictions:
Under Alaska law, all vital records are strictly confidential until they become public records (except for marriage license applications which are open to the public). Marriage records (and divorce records) become public records 50 years after the event. During this time access is restricted only the persons named on the record, their legal representatives, and persons who can prove they are legally entitled to copies of certificates.
Q. How is Alaska different than other states?
A. Alaska has no counties. The land is split up into Municipalities, Boroughs, Divisions and Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act Corporations.
Q. Why are Alaskan ancestors marriages different than other states?
A. Have you ever heard the saying, "Tougher in Alaska"? Our Alaskan ancestors faced living conditions in a harsh environment that few of us today can even imagine. Frigid artic temperatures, tundra, permafrost, glaciers, active earthquake zones, and hardly any inland communities is what the greatest influx of settlers faced during the gold rush of the 1890's. There they found the Athabaskans, Aleuts, Inuit, Yupik, Tlingit and Haida native populations and many learned to survive the way the "Indians and Eskimo's" did, by trapping, hunting, fishing and building native shelters. If you have Alaskan ancestors in your family tree, you are related to some very hardy individuals.
Q. How do I get married in Alaska?
A. First, a marriage license application must be completed and submitted along with the fee of $60.00 to
ALASKA BUREAU OF VITAL STATISTICS
P.O. BOX 110675, JUNEAU, AK 99811-0675
or a local Alaska Court before a marriage license is issued. The license will be issued and picked up at the place it was submitted.
Both parties must be at least 18 years of age or have a consent form signed by both parents to get a marriage license in Alaska.
Residency is not required but the license is valid only for marriages performed in Alaska or in Alaskan State waters.
Alaska does not require a blood test or physical although there is a three business day waiting period starting from when the application is received by the issuing office.
The approved marriage license is valid for three months from date of issue.
More detailed information about applying for an Alaskan marriage license can be found here.
Alaska Marriage Database:
Free public records of Alaskan marriages.
Genealogy Resources for the Boroughs of Alaska:
Cities in Aleutians East Borough:
Adak, Akutan, Cold Bay, False Pass, King Cove, Sand Point, Nelson Lagoon
Cities in Aleutians West Census Area:
Adak, Amchitka, Atka, Nikolski, Saint George, Saint Paul, Shemya Station, Unalaska
Aleutian Islands Borough Genealogy Resources:
- Aleutians AKGenWeb
- Aleutians East Borough -Linkpendium link directory to genealogy websites.
- Aleutians East Borough QuickFacts -population demographics-US Census Bureau.
- Aleutian Islands East Family History & Genealogy Message Board
- Aleutians Islands Project -AKGenWeb
- Aleutian Islands Recorder's Office -Search other records (liens, deeds, mining claims, etc...) by name, document, or location.
- Aleutians West Census Area -Linkpendium link directory to genealogy websites.
- Aleutians West Census Area QuickFacts -population demographics-US Census Bureau.
- Aleutian Islands West Family History & Genealogy Message Board
Formed in 1975, County Seat: Anchorage
Cities in Anchorage Borough where your ancestors may have lived:
Anchorage, Chugiak, Eagle River, Fort Richardson, Girdwood, Indian.
Anchorage Borough Genealogy Resources:
- Anchorage Borough AKGenWeb
- Anchorage Municipality population demographics-US Census Bureau.
- Anchorage Message Board -Rootsweb
Formed in 1962, County Seat: Naknek
Bristol Bay Borough has no incorporated cities but is instead comprised of three census-designated places corresponding to the borough's three population centers which contain 100 percent of the borough's population:
- King Salmon
- South Naknek
Bristol Bay Borough Genealogy Resources:
- Bristol Bay- Dillingham Borough AKGenWeb
- Bristol Bay Borough -Linkpendium
- Bristol Bay Borough population demographics-US Census Bureau.
- Bristol Bay Message Board -Rootsweb
Formed in 1990, County Seat: Healy
Cities in the Denali Borough where your ancestors may have lived:
Anderson, Healy, Cantwell, Clear, Kantishna, Suntrana, Usibelli
Denali Borough Genealogy Resources:
- Denali Borough AKGenWeb contains death records, obituaries, biogrophies, bibliographies, and boat and aircraft ownership. Also includes useful background information on the areas
- Denali Borough -Linkpendium
- Denali Borough population demographics-US Census Bureau.
Fairbanks / North Star
Formed in 1964, County Seat: Fairbanks
Cities in Fairbanks Borough where your ancestors may have lived:
Badger, Coldfoot, Ester, Fairbanks, Fort Wainwright, North Pole, Salcha, Steese, Two Rivers
Bureau of Vital Statistics
615 23rd Avenue, Suite 300
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701
Information: (907) 452-4863
Fairbanks-North Star Borough Genealogy Resources:
Fairbanks Borough Products and Subscriptions at Ancestry.com:
- Fairbanks Cemetery Records
- Fairbanks Message Board -Rootsweb
- Fairbanks Newspapers (Ancestry.com) includes wedding announcements, anniversary announcements, and stories of interest.
- Southeast Fairbanks Message Board -Rootsweb
Formed in 1964, County Seat: Haines
Cities in Haines Borough where your ancestors may have lived:
Covenant Life, Excursion Inlet, Haines, Lutak, Mosquito Lake, Mud Bay
Haines Borough Genealogy Resources:
- Haines Borough AKGenWeb
- Haines Borough -Linkpendium
- Haines Borough population demographics-US Census Bureau.
- Haines Borough Public Library
- Haines Message Board -Rootsweb
Formed in 1970, County Seat: Juneau
Cities in Juneau Borough where your ancestors may have lived:
Auke Bay, Douglas, Juneau
Juneau Borough Genealogy Resources:
- Juneau Borough AKGenWeb
- Juneau Borough -Linkpendium
- Juneau City and Borough population demographics-US Census Bureau.
- Juneau Message Board -Rootsweb
Formed in 1964, County Seat: Soldotna
Cities in Kenai Peninsula Borough where your ancestors may have lived:
Anchor Point, Clam Gulch, Cooper Landing, English Bay, Fritz Creek, Halibut Cove, Homer, Kachemak, Hope, Kasilof, Kenai, Moose Pass, Nanwalek, Nikishka, Nikiski, Nikolaevsk, Ninilchik, Port Graham, Seldovia, Seward, Soldotna, Sterling, Tyonek
Kenai Peninsula Borough Genealogy Resources:
- Kenai Peninsula Borough AKGenWeb
- Kenai Peninsula Borough -Linkpendium
- Kenai Peninsula Borough population demographics-US Census Bureau.
- Kenai-Cook Inlet Message Board -Rootsweb
- Seward Message Board -Rootsweb
Formed in 1963, County Seat: Ketchikan
Cities in Ketchikan Gateway Borough where your ancestors may have lived:
Kasaan, Ketchikan, Saxman, Edna Bay, Naukati Bay, Ward Cove
Ketchikan Borough Genealogy Resources:
- Ketchikan - Prince of Wales - Hyder Borough AKGenWeb
- Ketchikan Gateway Borough -Linkpendium
- Ketchikan Gateway Borough population demographics-US Census Bureau.
- Ketchikan Message Board -Rootsweb
- Outer Ketchikan Message Board -Rootsweb
- Prince of Wales Island Message Board -Rootsweb
- Prince of Wales-Outer Ketchikan Census Area -Linkpendium
Formed in 1963, County Seat: Kodiak
Cities in Kodiak Island Borough where your ancestors may have lived:
Akhiok, Chiniak, Karluk, Kodiak, Larsen Bay, Old Harbor, Ouzinkie, Port Lions
Kodiak Island Borough Genealogy Resources:
- Kodiak Island Borough AKGenWeb
- Kodiak Island Borough -Linkpendium
- Kodiak Island Borough population demographics-US Census Bureau.
- Kodiak Message Board -Rootsweb
Lake And Peninsula
Formed in 1989, County Seat: King Salmon
Cities in Lake & Peninsula Borough where your ancestors may have lived:
Chignik, Egegik, Igiugig, Iliamna, King Salmon, Kokhanok, Kokhonak, Levelock, Newhalen, Nondalton, Pedro Bay, Perryville, Pilot Point, Port Alsworth, Port Heiden
Lake & Peninsula Borough Genealogy Resources:
- Lake and Peninsula Borough AKGenWeb
- Lake & Peninsula Borough -Linkpendium
- Lake and Peninsula Borough population demographics-US Census Bureau.
Formed in 1964, County Seat: Palmer
Cities in Matanuska-Susitna Borough where your ancestors may have lived:
Big Lake, Chickaloon, Houston, Meadow Lake, Palmer, Skwentna, Sutton, Talkeetna, Trapper Creek, Wasilla, Willow
Matanuska-Susitna Borough Genealogy Resources:
- Matanuska-Susitna Borough AKGenWeb
- Matanuska-Susitna Borough -Linkpendium
- Matanuska-Susitna Borough population demographics-US Census Bureau.
- Matanuska-Susitna Message Board -Rootsweb
Formed in 1972, County Seat: Barrow
Cities in North Slope Borough where your ancestors may have lived:
Anaktuvuk, Atqasuk, Barrow, Kaktovik, Nuiqsut, Point Hope, Point Lay, Prudhoe Bay, Wainwright
North Slope Borough Genealogy Resources:
- Barrow Message Board -Rootsweb
- North Slope AKGenWeb
- North Slope Borough -Linkpendium
- North Slope Borough population demographics-US Census Bureau.
Formed in 1986, County Seat: Kotzebue
Cities in Northwest Arctic Borough where your ancestors may have lived:
Ambler, Buckland, Deering, Kiana, Kivalina, Kobuk, Kotzebue, Noatak, Noorvik, Selawik, Shungnak
Northwest Arctic Borough Genealogy Resources:
- Arctic Message Board -Rootsweb
- Kobuk Message Board -Rootsweb
- Northwest Arctic AKGenWeb
- Northwest Arctic Borough -Linkpendium
- Northwest Arctic Borough population demographics-US Census Bureau.
- NW Arctic Message Board -Rootsweb
Sitka Borough Genealogy Resources:
- AKGenWeb - Sitka Borough one of the best resources for Yakutat genealogy information.
- Genealogy Trails - Sitka Borough includes a description and history of Yakutat and a page of transcribed death records.
- Linkpendium - Sitka Borough link directory to genealogy websites.
- Sitka City and Borough Census QuickFacts population demographics.
- Sitka Message Board -Rootsweb
Formed in 1992, County Seat: Yakutat.
(Yakutat was incorporated as a unified city-borough on September 22, 1992. Until this time, it had been part of the Skagway-Yakutat-Angoon Census Area.)
Yakutat Borough Genealogy Resources:
- AKGenWeb - Yakutat Borough one of the best resources for Yakutat genealogy information.
- Angoon Message Board -Rootsweb
- Genealogy Trails - Yakutat Borough includes a description and history of Yakutat and a page of transcribed death records.
- Linkpendium - Yakutat Borough link directory to genealogy websites.
- Skagway-Yakutat Message Boards RootsWeb
- Yakutat City and Borough Census QuickFacts population demographics-US Census Bureau.
Alaskan Statewide Genealogy Resources
- Alaskan Census Records
Alaskan census records, census indexes and census transcriptions available online.
- Alaska's Digital Archives -Old photo collections
- Alaska Genealogy Search
Search for ancestors in free Alaska genealogy search engines.
- Alaska GenWeb
- Alaska Historical Society
- Alaskan Maps
- Alaska Genealogy Forum
- Alaska Resources at RootsWeb
- Alaska Tombstone Project
- Alaska Vital Records
- All Free Records.com - Alaska Public Records
Alaska public records information and searches.
- R.A.G.K. - Alaska
- Search the Social Security Death Index
- Surname Community Search
- Surname Search - GenForum Message Boards