May 19, 2022

“Let’s Get Digital: Making Alaska’s Archives Accessible”

From the Juneau Empire:

State Archivist Dean Dawson is overseeing a four-year project digitizing the state’s vital records.


Water damage is a big worry in Juneau. Dawson listed a couple incidents that put records at risk, including water entering the building when the roof of the State Archives building was being replaced and a broken water main. He pointed out visibly patched cracks in a concrete wall leading to the records storage area.


The State has partnered with FamilySearch to digitize its vital records, a project that benefits the State by having records digitized and preserved, and which benefits FamilySearch by making records of interest to genealogists available.

FamilySearch is a nonprofit, widely backed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, both monetarily and through volunteer service, and is historically known as the Genealogical Society of Utah, founded in 1894. The organization has pioneered industry standards for gathering, imaging, indexing and preserving records, which are available free through the website

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