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Yukon Archives

Yukon Archives
400 College Drive
Yukon Place (Beside Yukon College)
Whitehorse, Yukon

Yukon Archives
Department of Tourism & Culture
Government of Yukon
Front desk phone: 867-667-5321
Toll free (In Yukon): 1-800-661-0408, local 5321
Reference desk phone: 867-667-8061
Fax: 867-393-6253

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2703
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6
Telephone: (403) 667-5321
Email: yukon.archives@gov.yk.ca[1]

The Yukon Archives acquires, preserves, and provides access to the Yukon's documentary heritage. Photocopy, map and photograph reproduction services are available.

The Archives can also order reference material for patrons from other institutions through inter-library loan.

If you are unable to visit the Archives in person, reference assistance is available through correspondence. The Archives also offers periodic lecture series, film showings, displays, radio broadcasts, and newspaper articles on selected topics in Yukon history.

Sources of Family History Information at Yukon Archives

Yukon Archives' vast holdings contain many types of information that can help fill in the blanks for your genealogical research. Understanding the types of records the Yukon Archives acquires can help you to prepare for your visit. The following is a brief description of the types of records available at Yukon Archives with links to examples of each type.

  • Published Sources The published material housed by the Archives Library includes pamphlets, books, newspapers, newsletters, periodicals, indexes, town directories and telephone books that have been published on or about the Yukon since the Klondike Gold Rush.
  • Corporate Records The Yukon Archives possesses collections of records from large and small businesses, associations, and societies. The types of records available will vary from collection to collection but may include financial documentation, employee or membership lists, minutes and correspondence, and so on.
  • Government Records Records created by the three levels of government (federal, territorial, and municipal) may contain information on estates, marriage licenses, school records, and other records that can assist in your search.
  • Manuscripts (Private Records) The Yukon Archives manuscript collections include the records of individuals who have made a significant contribution to the Yukon. They include the diaries, correspondence, draft articles or books, etc. of persons engaged in exploration, transportation, the arts, politics, and other pursuits. The Yukon Archives manuscript collections also attempt to reflect the lives of ordinary Yukoners.
  • Audiovisual The records include photographs, slides, postcards, stereocards and negatives, as well as moving images and sound recordings. The videos may be commercial productions or video copies of historical films made by amateurs or professionals.

Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada

395 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0N3
Telephone: 613-996-7458
Internet: http://www.collectionscanada.ca/index-e.html

Dawson City Museum and Historical Society

Box 303, Dawson City
Yukon Y0B 1G0
Phone: 867-993-5291

The museum library has many genealogical resources available including: archival manuscripts, diaries, correspondence, Biographical research files, funeral records, church records, NWMP records, Yukon Order of Pioneers membership lists, Gazetteers, Historic Mining Records, placer claims, newspapers, research publications.

Yukon Online Records


  1. Bourrie, Doris. "Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Nunavut Provincial Records (National Institute)," National Institute for Genealogical Studies (2012), https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Northwest_Territories,_Yukon,_and_Nunavut_Provincial_Records_%28National_Institute%29.