Vital records, as their name suggests, are connected with central life events: birth, marriage, and death. Maintained by civil authorities, they are prime sources of genealogical information; but, unfortunately, official vital records are available only for relatively recent periods. These records, despite their recent creation in the United States, are critically important in genealogical research, often supplying details on family members well back into the nineteenth century. The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, by Loretto Szucs and Sandra Luebking.
Vital records are not
available at Alaska Borough Courthouses,
Department of Health and Social Services
The Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics is responsible for managing vital records in the State of Alaska. Vital records in Alaska include birth, death, fetal death, divorce and marriage certificate data, along with reports of adoption. For information about your family member's Alaska vital record contact our Record Processing Unit: (907) 465-3391. Vital records are confidential and may not be released to a third party until 100 years after a birth, or 50 years after a death, marriage, or divorce.
Please print and fill out the appropriate form and mail to the address indicated. Electronic application forms cannot be accepted. Please allow four to six weeks after the request is received by the Bureau for delivery of the certificate.
Money order should be made payable to Bureau of Vital Statistics. Personal checks are not accepted. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (907) 465-3391. This will be a recorded message.
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