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BIBLIOGRAPHY Under development. Please submit any good local history sources that you are aware of.
  BIOGRAPHIES Under development.
CEMETERIES Under development.
CHURCHES Under development.
  DEEDS Beverly Morrow, Aleutian Recorder
550 West 7th Ave., Suite 1200,
Anchorage, AK 99501-3564
(907) 269-8876
(Fax) 269-6006
Some Deeds and Mining Claims are now searchable online at the Recorder's Office!
  ALEUTIAN ISLANDS RECORDING DISTRICT COVERS THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
Adak * Akutan * Amchitka, P.O. (Constantine Hbr) * Atka * Attu * Bear River * Belofski * Biorka * Cape Air Force Base AI * Cape Sarichef (Sarichef L.S.) * Captains Bay * Chernofski * Chignik * Chignik Lagoon * Chignik Lake * Coal Harbor * Cold Bay * Constantine Harbor (Amchitka, P.O.) * Dutch Harbor * False Pass * Fort Glen * Fort Randall * Harendeen Bay * Herendeen Bay * Ikatan * Ivanoff Bay * Kasatochi Island * Kashega * King Cove * Makushin * Mitrofania (Aband) * Morzhovoi * Navy Town * Nelson Lagoon * Nikolski * Pauloff Harbor * Pavlof * Perryville * Pirate Cove * Port Moller * Pribilof Island * Sanak * Sand Point * Scotch Bay * Shemya Sta. * Squaw Harbor * St. George * St. Paul * Umnak * Unalaska * Unga * Unimak * Vindicator
ISLANDS A list of the islands that make up the Western Aleutian Island Chain.
  LOOKUPS AND VOLUNTEERS We need you! Please visit this page to see how you can help.
  MAPS All kinds of maps
  MUSEUMS, LIBRARIES & HISTORICAL SOCIETIES A great way to start your research.
  NEWSPAPERS A list of what newspapers were available for various time periods.
  Adak Aleutians
  Amchitka Dutch Harbor
  Fort Glenn Sand Point
  Unalaska
PHOTOS Under development. Feel free to submit photos for posting.
PIONEERS Under development.
  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.
RESOURCES Aleutians East Borough
P.O. Box 349
Sand Point, AK 99661
(907) 383-2699
Fax: (907)383-3496
Toll free: (888) 383-2699
SURNAMES Research your family name through the Ancestry.com surname boards
  TIMELINE OF ALASKA HISTORY A brief timeline to help you figure out what happened and when.
  TOWNS, VILLAGES & POPULATED PLACES
 
Adak
Name derived from Adak Island; published in 1951 by U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Located at the head of Kuluk Bay, on the northeast coast of Adak Island
 
Akutan
Name derived from Akutan Island and published in 1869 by George Davidson, U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (USC&GS). 1914 (Ricks, 1965, p. 2). Located on the N shore of Akutan Harbor, E coast of Akutan Island, Krenitzin Islands.
 
Amchitka
No information available. On USGS Rat Islands B-4 map.
 
Atka
Pop. 119
Named for Atka Island. Reported as "Atkha" by Schwatka (1885, p. 115) , USA. Recorded in 1880 as "Nazan," with a population of 236, by Petroff (10th U.S. Census, 1884, p. 16). A post office was maintained 1938-57 Located on Nazan Bay, on E coast of Atka Island.
 
Attu
Aleut village listed in the 1880 census with 107 people; 101 in 1890; 2 1930; and 44 in 1940. The 1944 Aleutian Coast Pilot relates that this village was mostly destroyed in 1943 in connection with U. S. military operations against the Japanese. The U.S. military forces referred to the village as "Chichagof" at that time. Located on NW shore of Chichagof Harbor, on NE coast of Attu Island
 
Belkofski
Pop. 57
Aleut village reported in 1847 on Russian Hydrog, Dept. Chart 1379 as "S(elo) Belkovskoe" from "belka," meaning "squirrel." Its population was 102 in 1833; 268 in 1880; 185 in 1890; 147 in 1900; 129 in 1920; 123 in 1930; 140 in discontinued in 1951. Located on S coast of Alaska Peninsula, 27 mi. E of village of Cold Bay.
 
Biorka
In 1790 Martin Sauer recorded the Aleut name "Sidankin"; in 1826 Lieutenant Sarichev (map 14 dated 1792), Imperial Russian Navy (IRN), published "S(elo) Sedanka" or "Sedanka Village"; Father Veniaminov (1840, v. 1, p. 185) wrote the Aleut name "Uguyug". In 1888 U.S. Bureau of Fisheries (USBF) recorded "Burka", which Baker (1906 p. 133) published "Bioka", "from the Norwegian Bjerk O or Swedish Bjork O, meaning Birch Island." Located on the north coast of Sedanka Island in the Fox Islands, 13 miles southeast of Unalaska village.
 
Cheerful
(historical)
Translation of a Russian name published by Lieutenant Sarichev (1826, map 14, dated 1792), Imperial Russian Navy (IRN) as "Sel o Vysylovskoe," meaning "Cheerful village." Old village site at Cape Cheerful, on N coast of Unalaska Island.
 
Chernofski
Pop. 5
Lieutenant Sarichev (1826, map 14), Imperial Russian Navy (IRN), published the name of this former Aleut village as "Sel(o) Chernovskoe" or "Chernofski Village." Baker (1906 , p. 173) says, "In 1831 it consisted of 4 huts (yourts) and 44 people." The population was 70 in 1874; 101 in 1880; 78 in 1890. A US Weather Bureau station was located here during World War II. Located on Mailboast Cove, Chernofski Harbor, on W coast of Unalaska Island
 
Cold Bay
Local name derived from Cold Bay. This village is located near the site of Fort Randall. A post office was established there in 1954 (Ricks, 1965, p.14). Located on the Alaska Peninsula, W shore of Cold Bay, 36 mi NE of the village of False Pass at the E end of Unimak Island.
 
Dutch Harbor
Pop. 52
Name published by USGS in 1931. Located on Amaknak I., on shore of Dutch Harbor, on Unalaska Bay, Unalaska Island.
 
Egorkovskoi
Marcus Baker (1906, p. 615) says that this Aleut village was destroyed in rebuilt in Inanudak bay and is, presumably the Nikolski village of to-day." Formerly located near Cape Tanak, on N coast of Umnak Island.
 
False Pass
An early English name for Isanotski Strait. The strait was called "False Pass" because it was thought to be impassable at the north end. A cannery was built which provided the nucleus of the settlement. A post office was established in 1921. Located on Isanotski Strait, on the E coast of Unimak Island
 
Hachimuk
(historical)
Former Aleut village reported as "uninhabited" by Hodge (1907, p. 519), Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE). Located on Agattu I. in the Near Islands.
 
Hammerhead
Name published by U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (USC&GS) in 1963 on Chart 9119. Located on SW shore of Sweeper Cove, Kuluk Bay, on NE coast of Adak Island.
 
Hamnulik
(historical)
Former Aleut village reported as "uninhabited" by Hodge (1907, p. 529), Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE). Located on Agattu I., in the Near Islands.
 
Hapkug
(historical)
Former Aleut village reported as "uninhabited" by Hodge (1907, p. 532), Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE). Located on Agattu I. in Near Islands.
 
Happy Valley
Name published by U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (USC&GS) in 1963 on Chart 9119. Located between Mitt Lake and Sweeper Cove on NE coast of Adak Island.
 
Herendeen Bay
On the Alaska Peninsula at the E end of Mine Harbor 90 mi. NE of Fort Randall.
 
Higtiguk
(historical)
Former Aleut village reported as uninhabited by Hodge (1907, p. 549), Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE). Located on Agattu I. in the near Islands.
 
Hilksuk
(historical)
Former Aleut village reported as uninhabited by Hodge, (1907, p. 549) Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE). Located on Agattu I. in the Near Islands.
 
Hospital Valley
Name published by U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (USGS) in 1963 Chart 9119. Located between Lake Leone and Sweeper Cove, on NE Adak Island.
 
Ikatan
Name derived from Ikatan Peninsula, published in 1949 on a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) map. Located on Ikatan Peninsula near head of Ikatan Bay, Unimak Island.
 
Imagnee
(historical)
Former Aleut village reported by Father Vemiaminov (1840, v. 1, p. 184) as "Imagninskoe" with a population of 32 in 1830. The 1880 Census listed it as "Imagnak" with 34 people. Lieutenant Sarichev (1826, map 14), on Imperial Russian Navy (IRN), a 1790 map, gives the village name as "Sinagyna." Located on Summer Bay on E shore of Unalaska Bay, Unalaska Island.
 
Imik
(historical)
Former Aleut village reported as "uninhabited" by Hodge (1907, p. 600), Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE). Located on Agattu Island in Near Islands.
 
Iptugik
(historical)
Former Aleut village reported as "uninhabited" by Hodge (1907, p. 615), Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE). Located on Agattu Island in the Near Islands.
 
Kamuksusik
(historical)
Former Aleut village reported as "uninhabited" by Hodge (1907, p. 649), Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE). Located on Agattu Island in Near Islands
 
Kaslukug
(historical)
Former Aleut village reported as "uninhabited" by Hodge (1907, p. 663), Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE). Located on Agattu I. in Near Islands.
 
Kigsitatok
(historical)
Was located on Agattu Island
 
Kikchik
(historical)
former Aleut village reported as "uninhabited" by Hodge (1907, p. 687), Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE). Located on Agattu Island in Near Islands.
 
Kikun
(historical
former Aleut village reported as "uninhabited" by Hodge (1907, p. 687), Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE). Located on Agattu Island in the Near Islands.
 
Kimituk
(historical)
No information available on location.
 
King Cove
Pop. 290
named for its founder, this fishing village has a salmon cannery and a school (Colby, 1939, p. 331); a post office was established in 1914 (Ricks, 1965, p. 34). Located between King Cove and King Cove Lagoon, 18 mi. SE of village of Cold Bay, on SW coast of Alaska Peninsula.
 
Kitak
(historical)
former Aleut village reported as "uninhabited" by Hodge (1907, p. 705), Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE). Located on Agattu Island in the Near Islands.
 
Korovinki
(historical)
Former Aleut village, called "Nikolskoi" by Captain F. P. Lutke, Imperial Russian Navy (IRN); residents moved to a site of Nazan Bay, an abandoned village, located on N shore of Korovin Bay, Atka Island
 
Kuptagok
(historical)
Former Aleut village reported as cuninhabited" by Hodge (1907, p. 736), Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE). Located on Agattu Island in Near Islands.
 
Makushin
No information available. Located on USGS Unalaska C-3 map.
 
Marunich
(historical)
Elliott (1881, St. Paul notes) wrote "Maroonitch, the site of a pioneer village, established by one Maroon." Located just SE of North Point, on N coast of Saint Paul Island.
 
Morzhovoi
Name published in 1847 on Chart 1379 of the Russian Hydrographic Dept. as "S(elo) Morzhovskoe," (Walrus Village). Located on S shore of Traders Cove, on Bechevin Bay.
 
Mukugnuk
(historical)
Former Aleut village reported as cuninhabited" by Hodge (1907, p. 955), Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE). Description: "on Agattu I. in Near Islands.
 
Navy Town
Named during the military occupation of the island in World War II; published in 1948 by Army Map Service (AMS). Located on SE coast of Attu Island., on W shore of Massacre Bay
 
Nelson Lagoon
On a spit between Nelson Lagoon and Bristol Bay, 38 km (24 mi) W of Port Moller.
 
Nikolski
Pop. 92
Russian name published in 1868 by the U.S. Navy Hydrographic Office. Recorded in 1834 as "Recheshnoe," meaning "River," population 83, by Father Veniaminov (1840, v. 1, p. 151). Shown as "Nikolsky" on Petroff's 1880 Census map, and recorded with a population of 127; population 94 in 1890. The population was 94 in 1890; 109 in 1929; 97 in 1939; and 64 in 1950. Located on Nikolski Bay, on SW coast of Umnak Island.
 
Nosovskoi
(historical)
Russian name reported in 1828 by Captain Lutke. Its precise location is not known. Description: site of a village, 6 mi. NW of Scotch Cap, on SW coast of Unimak Island.
 
Pauloff Harbor
No information available. Located on USGS False Pass B-3 map.
 
Port Moller
Pop. 33
Named for the bay; site of a cannery since about 1916. A post office was maintained here from 1952 to 1955. The native village at Port Moller was called Mashikh by I. Petroff in the 10th census in 1880.
Located on Entrance Point, Alaska Peninsula
 
Saint George
Local name for the present village on the island. According to Elliott (1881, p. 19) the first settlement on St. George I. was in 1786, located on the north coast, at Staraya Artil, about 5 miles west of the present location. A short time later a village was established at Zapadni Bay on the southwest coast of the island. In the 1880 Census Ivan Petroff listed "Saint George," population 88 (1884, p. 23); population 92 in 1890. Description: population 264, on N coast of St. George Island, Pribilof Islands.
 
Saint Paul
Locally named for the island. First occupied about 1788 by Aleuts, who were employed by the Russians in the fur seal industry. Listed in the 1880 Census, with a population of 298, by Petroff (1884 p. 23); population 244 in 1890. Located on S coast of St. Paul Island.
 
Sanak
Pop. 39
Aleut village reported in the 1890 Census as "Sannak," population 132 (1893, p. 163). The Sannak post office was established in 1909; discontinued in 1953 (Ricks, 1965 p. 56). Located on E shore of Sanak Harbor, on NW coast of Sanak Island.
 
Sand Point
Pop. 254
Fishing village which obtained a post office in 1891. Its population was 60 in 1920; 69 in 1930; 99 in 1939; and 107 in 1950. Located on Humboldt Harbor, on NW coast of Popof Island, in Shumagin Island
 
Squaw Harbor
Name published as "Baralof or Squaw Harbor" by Atwood (1911, p21), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Squaw Harbor is shown on a 1953 U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) map as being located on the S coast of Unga Island, but in 1966 U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported the current location. Located on E cost of Unga Island, on N shore of Baralof Bay, in Shumagin Islands.
 
Umnak
Aleut village listed in 1960 Census. Coast Survey steamer McArthur, who made surveys in this area in 1901. Located on Umnak Island, 30 mi. NE of Nikolski.
 
Unalaska
Aleut village reported as "Illyulyuk" by Lieutenant Sarichev (1826, map 14), Imperial Russian Navy (IRN), on a map dated 1792. R. H. Geoghegan considers the name to be derived from the Aleut word "ilulaq," meaning "dwelling together harmonious(ly)." The village developed into the commercial center of the Aleutians in the 19th century and the name "Unalaska" derived from the island, became popular usage. The village population was 196 in 1831; 406 in 1889; 317 in 1890; 281 in 1910; 299 in 1920; 226 in 1930; 298 in 1939; and 173 in 1950. The Ounalaska post office was established in 1888; name changed to Unalaska in 1898. Located on S shore of Unalaska Bay, Unalaska Island.
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