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Welcome to the Haines, Alaska GenWeb Project. We are part of the US GenWeb Project. I'm Melissa Lennhart, your Haines Borough Coordinator. Please feel free to make this site your own. You are welcome to submit any data, photos, or other information that you think would be helpful for genealogical researchers. Items can be submitted as Word documents, Excel Documents, or scans.

I would really like to find a co-host for this Borough - preferably someone with knowledge of the area. Web skills are desirable but not required. If you are interested please email me for more information. You can also visit our Volunteer Page to get an idea of different ways to help.

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button WHAT'S NEW? Easily determine what material has been added to this site since your last visit.
button AIRCRAFT OWNERSHIP A listing of all aircraft registered in Haines Borough
button BIBLIOGRAPHY Under development. Please submit any good local history sources that you are aware of.
button BIOGRAPHIES Under development.
button BOAT OWNERSHIP A listing of all watercraft registered in Haines Borough. Sorted by vessel name.
CEMETERIES - JONES POINT Frankie Perry, from Haines, Alaska has been photographing the Jones Point Cemetery in Haines. Thank you so much Frankie!
button CHURCHES Under development.
button DEATHS These death records are taken from the Social Security Death Index. Compiled courtesy of Sherri Bradley.
button DEEDS Theresa Stiner, Haines Recorder
PO Box 111013
Juneau, AK 99811-1013

(Physical Location)
400 Willoughby Ave 3rd Floor
Juneau, AK 99801
(907) 465-2514
(Fax) 465-3454
Haines Recording District Covers:
Chilkat * Chilkoot * Gantegastaki * Haines * Kalwatta * Klukwan * Letnikof Cove * Moose Valley * Pleasant Camp (Aband) * Porcupine (Aband) * Sunshine * Wells
button FAMILY HISTORY CENTER (MORMON) Haines Family History Center
Small Track Rd Right Corner
Haines, Alaska
Phone: 907-766-2379
Closed until further notice
LOOKUPS AND VOLUNTEERS We need you! Please visit this page to see how you can help.
button MAPS Nice collection of Alaska maps to help you with your research
button NATIVE CULTURE MAP Shows the Native groups in Southern Alaska, courtesy of W. "Bill" Jones of Stratford, Florida
button NEWSPAPERS - CURRENT Chilkat Valley Newspaper
button NEWSPAPERS - HISTORICAL This shows what newspapers were available and when.
Excursion Inlet Haines
New OBITUARIES New! Feel free to submit any Haines-related obits that you may have so that we can post them here.
button PHOTOS Under development. Feel free to submit photos for posting.
button PIONEERS These names are indexed from Haines area history books and will be expanded as new sources are discovered.
button QUERY / MESSAGE BOARDS These have been upgraded and combined with the Ancestry Boards. Post/View queries, bios, bible records, deeds, obits, pensions, and wills here. These are a valuable resource and all genealogists need to learn how to use them.
button RESOURCES Haines Borough, AK
103 Third Avenue S.
P.O. Box 1209
Haines, Alaska 99827
Phone (907) 766-2231
Fax (907) 766-2716
button SURNAMES Research your family name through the surname boards
button TIMELINE OF ALASKA HISTORY A timeline to help you figure out what happened and when.


History: Former Tlingit Indian village; abandoned about 1910. The name "Chilkat" refers to a tribe of Tlingit, and means "salmon storehouse." Description: on the Chilkat Peninsula, on E shore of Chilkat Inlet, 2 mi. S of the center of Haines, 18 mi. SSW of Skagway, Coast Range
History: Former Tlingit village named for the Chilkoot Tribe that lived there. In the 1880 Census Ivan Petroff listed "Chilcoot." The population in 1890, including the mission, was 106. In 1881 the U.S. Navy recorded "Chilcoot or Tananei." Aurel and Arthur Krause (1883, map) spelled the name "Tschilkut." Reported as "Tenany," an Indian fishing village, by C. M. Willard (1884, p. 140). Description: between Lutak Inlet and Chilkoot Lake, in course of Chilkoot River, 12 mi. SW of Skagway, Coast Mts
Covenant Life
No information available. Located on USGS Skagway B-3 map.
Excursion Inlet
History: Name published by US@C&GS in the 1943 Coast Pilot (p. 409). Description: population 23, cannery at mouth of Excursion Inlet, 5 mi. N of the Porposie Island and 38 mi. NW of Juneau, St. Elias Mts.
History: Former Tlingit Indian village name obtained in 1880 from an Indian interpreter, as "Gan-te-gas-tak-heh," meaning "village on right bank of river," by Marcus Baker, U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (USC&GS). In the 1880 Census, Petroff (1884, p. 31) listed "Yondestuk," population 171; and in the same year, Captain L. A. Beardslee, U.S. Navy (USN), recorded the name "Tondust." The present inhabitants call it "Yindastuki." In 1867 this Indian village consisted of 12 houses; 13 years later it had grown to 16 houses and 171 people. In 1952 only a few houses remained. Description: at Haines Airport at mouth of Chilkat River, 17 mi. SW of Skagway, Coast Mts
History: Former incorporated City of Port Chilkoot merged with Haines in March 1970; named Haines in 1884 for Haines Mission, originally established in 1881 as Willard Mission by Presbyterian missionaries; earlier the place had been known as Dtehshuh (Indian village name meaning "end of the trail"). Description: On W shore of Portage Cove, 26 km (16 mi) SW of Skagway; T 30, R 59 E, Cooper River Mer.
History: Name of an Indian village reported as "Katkwaltn" by USGS in 1898. Village "was abandoned over 60 years ago after being inundated during a flood." Robertson reported the full native name as "Kahtkwaltoo,", which means "armour of wooden sticks", referring to the armour worn by a Kulkwan chief. Description: site of an Indian village, on Haines Highway, 5 mi. SE of Wells and 20 mi. SW of Skagway, Coast Mts
No information available. Located on USGS Skagway B-2 map.
Mosquito Lake
No information available. Located on USGS Skagway C-3 map.
Mud Bay
No information available. Located on USGS Skagway A-2 map.
Port Chilkoot
History: Former incorporated City of Port Chilkoot merged with Haines in March 1970; originally named Fort William H. Seward in 1904 by the War Department; in 1922, the name was changed to Chilkoot Barracks for the Chilkoot Indian tribe; about 1943 private citizens purchased the land and renamed it Port Chilkoot. Description: Section of the City of Haines, 1.1 km (0.7 mi) S of Haines; former incorporated City of Port Chilkoot merged with Haines in March 1970, T 30 S, R 59 E, Copper River Mer
History: This is the name of a Tlingit Indian village said to mean "leaping place," reported by Aurel and Arthur Kruase (1883, map) and published by U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (USC&GS) in the 1883 Coast Pilot (p. 200). In 1883 it consisted of three houses.
Description: on Tanani Bay, at head of Chilkoot Inlet, just S of Tanani Point, 14 mi. SW of Skagway, Coast Mts.
History: local name reported by Wright (1904, pl. 2 and pl. 11), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). A mining office was established here in 1900, and in 1903 it was a post for the Northwest Mounted Police on what was then the provisional boundary between the United States and Canada. Description: on E shore of Chilkat River, 1.8 mi. NW of Klukwan and 22 mi. W of Skagway; Coast Mts.
button VITAL RECORDS Handled by the Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics. Under Alaska law, all Vital Statistics records are strictly confidential until they become public records. Births become public records 100 years after the event; deaths, marriages, and divorces become public records 50 years after the event.
This is an area where volunteers can be of great help. If you have an old yearbook, scan it in and send it to the Borough Coordinator.

Should you have any questions, please email the Borough Coordinator.


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