Alaska Archives: 29 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

Although Alaska is the largest of the United States, it is the nation’s 4th least populous state. The territory was purchased from Russia on 30 March 1867 for the incredibly low price of only two cents per acre. Alaska became the 49th state when it was admitted into the Union on 3 January 1959.

photo of Denali - Mt. McKinley, Alaska, the highest point in North America
Photo: Denali – Mt. McKinley, Alaska, the highest point in North America. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

If you are researching your ancestry from Alaska, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online AK newspaper archives: 29 titles to help you search your family history in “The Last Frontier,” providing coverage from 1869 to Today. There are more than 1 million articles and records in our online Alaska newspaper archives!

Dig deep into our online archives and search for historical and recent obituaries and other news articles about your Alaska ancestors in these AK newspapers. Our Alaska newspapers are divided into two collections: Historical Newspapers (complete paper) and Recent Obituaries (obituaries only).

Search Alaska Newspaper Archives (1869 – 1993)

Search Alaska Recent Obituaries (1985 – Current)

illustration: state flag of Alaska
Illustration: state flag of Alaska. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Here is a list of online Alaska newspapers in the historical archives. Each newspaper title in this list is an active link that will take you directly to that paper’s search page, where you can begin searching for your ancestors by surnames, dates, keywords and more. The AK newspaper titles are listed alphabetically by city.

City Title Date Range* Collection
AnchorageAlaska Dispatch10/15/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
AnchorageAlaska Spotlight07/28/1956 – 11/30/1968Newspaper Archives
AnchorageArctic Sounder06/28/2013 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
AnchorageArctic Warrior, The: Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson06/03/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
AnchorageBristol Bay Times & Dutch Harbor Fisherman06/07/2013 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
AnchorageAnchorage Daily News: Web Edition Articles12/17/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
AnchorageAnchorage Daily News10/03/1985 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
AnchorageAnchorage Gazette12/01/1992 – 01/01/1993Newspaper Archives
AnchorageAnchorage Daily News12/01/1970 – 12/30/1972Newspaper Archives
AnchorageAlaska Dispatch News07/08/2014 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
BethelTundra Drums11/28/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
BethelDelta Discovery07/15/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
CordovaCordova Times04/27/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
FairbanksFairbanks Daily News-Miner09/17/2001 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
FairbanksFairbanks Daily News-Miner11/29/1917 – 03/16/1928Newspaper Archives
Fort AdamsYukon Press05/01/1894 – 05/01/1894Newspaper Archives
HealyAurora Borealis12/31/1898 – 03/01/1899Newspaper Archives
JuneauDaily Record-Miner02/23/1903 – 05/08/1911Newspaper Archives
JuneauJuneau Empire01/02/1998 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
JuneauAlaska Mining Record03/26/1891 – 12/27/1899Newspaper Archives
JuneauDaily Alaska Dispatch01/20/1900 – 09/28/1919Newspaper Archives
KenaiPeninsula Clarion08/18/2006 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
KodiakKodiak Daily Mirror01/10/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
NomeNome Nugget01/06/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
SewardSeward Phoenix LOG08/25/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
SitkaAlaska Times11/06/1869 – 12/25/1869Newspaper Archives
SitkaDaily Sitka Sentinel01/09/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
SitkaAlaskan11/07/1885 – 08/02/1893Newspaper Archives
WasillaMat-Su Valley Frontiersman09/13/2002 – CurrentRecent Obituaries

*Date Ranges may have selected coverage unavailable.

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