Alaska Marriage Index Database
1745 - 1950
This section is a work in progress. It is a
database of Alaska marriages collected
a variety of sources including birth, marriage, and death records, obituaries,
queries, Bible records, genealogies, family group sheets, online
databases, pedigree charts,
family history articles, letters, wills, biographies, and manuscript
No guarantee can be given as to the accuracy of
the records in this database, and therefore should be accepted as a secondary source.
This data should used to record possible marriage dates and names. These records may
contain errors or misreported data, and users of the indexes may discover
misspelled names, incorrect dates, or missing data. Again, this index should be
considered only an aid in locating names and the records upon which they are
Researchers finding helpful data in this index
should next visit census and other vital records to find clues to additional
details. Additionally, you are always urged to seek the original court
entry for confirmation of the data.
Corrections can be made to this database simply by
If you would like to
submit your Alaska family marriages for any time period BEFORE 1950, please
here. The format that is used in the database is - Full Name, Spouse, Place
of Marriage, and Date of Marriage. I will use your email as a reference for
other researchers to contact you.
You can enter your
marriages into the database by using the form provided or sending me an email.
Remember, this work is an index only and should help you
search for the original record.
For the convenience of those
visitors with older machines, I have broken the database down into individual pages
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Marriage Date Information?
This may be why...
The Alaska Citizen
Monday Morning, March 30, 1914
Many Alaska Marriages Believed to be Illegal
Misunderstanding of Law is Blamed for Failure of People
to Wait a Year After Being Divorced Before Remarrying, as Required by
Supreme Court Decision Quoted.
That illegal marriages abound in Alaska, as a result of a general
misunderstanding of the divorce laws of the Territory, is the opinion of
some of the best informed attorneys of Fairbanks, and to prove this
condition, the law and a supreme court decision are quoted.
According to the strict interpretation of the law, no divorced person
can legally be married to any other person than the one from whom the
divorce was obtained within the period allowed by law for an appeal in the
case, and that period is one year.
The law in this regard is one of the Oregon laws which were made
applicable to Alaska by an act of congress, and a supreme court decision
of Oregon holds that a divorce under the provisions of that law is not
effective until after the period of possible appeal has expired. Thus it is held that a divorced person, if married within a year after the
decree is granted is subject to legal prosecution on a charge of polygamy.
Another cause for illegal marriages in Alaska, as well as in some other
places, is the way ex-ministers, who have no longer a legal right to
perform marriage services, are called upon to conduct marriage ceremonies.
People who have found themselves to be illegally married can easily
correct the mistake by having a new ceremony performed following the
expiration of the time that is necessary to make the marriage legal.