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Several excellent gazetteers of Alaska have been published. Some of the most helpful are:  
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== Online Gazetteers ==
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=350&reqParentsLabel=Alaska%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=362 FamilySearch Places]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS9Y-N315-M?i=3&cat=13535 Geographic dictionary of Alaska] Markus Baker, Geographic dictionary of Alaska. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress Photoduplication Service, 1963
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*[https://library.alaska.gov/hist/parham.html Alaska State Library]
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*[http://www.statearchives.us/alaska.htm Alaska State Archives and Libraries]
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*[https://archive.org/details/disturnellsbusin1882dist/page/584/mode/2up Disturnell's Business Directory and Gazetteer] Disturnell's Business Directory and Gazetteer, San Francisco : W.C. Disturnell 1882, San Francisco Public Library 2014
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*[https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/002626247 Dictionary of Alaska Place Names] Donald J Orth, Dictionary of Alaska Place Names, Washington, U.S. Govt. Print. Off., 1967.
  
*Orth, Donald J. ''Dictionary of Alaska Place Names.'' Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1967. {{FHL|70205|item|disp=FHL Book 979.8 E5d; Film 1321413 item 2}}.
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== Print Only Gazetteers ==
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/70205?availability=Family%20History%20Library Dictionary of Alaska Place Names] Orth, Donald J. Dictionary of Alaska Place Names. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1967.
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/254052?availability=Family%20History%20Library Alaska Place Names] Schorr, Alan Edward. Alaska Place Names. Second Edition. Juneau, Alaska: University of Alaska, 1980. (Supplement to Donald Orth's book, above)
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/37553?availability=Family%20History%20Library Polk's 1923-24 Alaska-Yukon Gazetteer and Business Directory] R. L. Polk & Company Polk's 1923-24 Alaska-Yukon Gazetteer and Business Directory. Seattle, Washington: R.L. Polk, 1923.
  
*Schorr, Alan Edward. ''Alaska Place Names.'' Second Edition. Juneau, Alaska: University of Alaska, 1980. {{FHL|254052|item|disp=FHL Book 979.8 E2a; Film 1321402}}. Supplement to Donald Orth's book, above.
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== Why Use Gazetteers ==
  
*Phillips, James W. ''Alaska-Yukon Place Names.'' Seattle, Washington: University of Washington Press, 1973. {{FHL|252150|item|disp=book 970 E2p}}.
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A gazetteer is a dictionary of place-names. Gazetteers list or describe towns and villages, parishes, states, populations, rivers and mountains, and other geographical features. They usually include only the names of places that existed at the time the gazetteer was published. Within a specific geographical area, the place-names are listed in alphabetical order, similar to a dictionary. You can use a gazetteer to locate the places where your family lived and to determine the civil and religious jurisdictions over those places.  
  
*R. L. Polk & Company ''Polk's 1923-24 Alaska-Yukon Gazetteer and Business Directory.'' Seattle, Washington: R.L. Polk, 1923. {{FHL|37553|item|disp=FHL Film 934824 item 2}}.
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There are many places within a state with similar or identical place-names. You will need to use a gazetteer to identify the specific town where your ancestor lived, the state the town was or is in, and the jurisdictions where records about the person was kept.
  
*''Geographic Dictionary of Alaska.'' Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1902. {{FHL|13535|item|disp=film 973763 item 2}}.
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=== Gazetteer Contents ===
  
=== Websites  ===
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Gazetteers may also provide additional information about towns, such as:
  
[http://library.state.ak.us/hist/parham.html Alaska State Library]
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*Different religious denominations
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*Schools, colleges, and universities
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*Major manufacturers, canals, docks, and railroad stations
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*The population size.
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*Boundaries of civil jurisdiction.
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*Ecclesiastical jurisdiction(s)
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*Longitude and latitude.
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*Distances and direction from other from cities.
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*Schools, colleges, and universities.
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*Denominations and number of churches.
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*Historical and biographical information on some individuals (usually high-ranking or famous individuals)
  
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Online Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Print Only Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Why Use Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

A gazetteer is a dictionary of place-names. Gazetteers list or describe towns and villages, parishes, states, populations, rivers and mountains, and other geographical features. They usually include only the names of places that existed at the time the gazetteer was published. Within a specific geographical area, the place-names are listed in alphabetical order, similar to a dictionary. You can use a gazetteer to locate the places where your family lived and to determine the civil and religious jurisdictions over those places.

There are many places within a state with similar or identical place-names. You will need to use a gazetteer to identify the specific town where your ancestor lived, the state the town was or is in, and the jurisdictions where records about the person was kept.

Gazetteer Contents[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers may also provide additional information about towns, such as:

  • Different religious denominations
  • Schools, colleges, and universities
  • Major manufacturers, canals, docks, and railroad stations
  • The population size.
  • Boundaries of civil jurisdiction.
  • Ecclesiastical jurisdiction(s)
  • Longitude and latitude.
  • Distances and direction from other from cities.
  • Schools, colleges, and universities.
  • Denominations and number of churches.
  • Historical and biographical information on some individuals (usually high-ranking or famous individuals)