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Genealogical Research by Diocese

The organizational structure of The Catholic Church in the United States is organized into 33 provinces. The geographic area of Alaska consists of Archdiocese of Anchorage, the Diocese of Fairbanks and the Diocese of Juneau for the Roman Catholic Church and The Eparchy of Phoenix for the Byzantine Catholic Church.

You may find possible locations of your ancestors' Catholic Church records using the following contact information and links.

v  The Archdiocese of Anchorage includes a MAP of the Alaskan Catholic dioceses on its web site.

v  Archdiocese of Anchorage, Alaska

  Chancery: 225 Cordova Street - Anchorage, AK 99501; Phone: 907-297-7700

  Parish Directory for the Archdiocese of Anchorage

  History of the Archdiocese of Anchorage

  Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Anchorage

  Below are some of the parish churches within this archdiocese:

  Holy Family Cathedral - 800 W. 5th Ave., Anchorage, AK 99501

  St. Anthony Parish 825 South Klevin Street - Anchorage, AK 99508; Phone: (907) 333-5544

  St. Benedict Parish - 8110 Jewel Lake Road - Anchorage, AK 99502; Phone: (907) 243-2195

  St. Andrew Parish - 16601 Artillery Rd. Eagle River, AK 99577; Phone: (907) 694-2170

  St. Mary Parish 2934 Mill Bay Road - Kodiak, AK 99615

  St. Francis Xavier Parish - Valdez, AK


Churches for Military

Air Force

Our Lady of Fatima Church - 10427 Kuter Avenue - Elmendorf Air Force Base, AK; Phone: 907-552-4422.


Our Lady of the North - 600 Richardson Drive #150 (Attn: APVR-CH) Fort Richardson, AK 99505-5999; Phone: 907-384-2124.

Coast Guard

Our Lady Star of the Sea - ISC, USCG, P. O. 195021 - Kodiak, AK 99619-5021; Phone: 907-487-5730.


v  Diocese of Fairbanks, Alaska (Northern Alaska)   

  Chancery: 1316 Peger Rd. - Fairbanks, AK  99709; Phone: 907-474-0753.
Diocese of Fairbanks Sacramental Archives
- What does the Archives maintain? 

  "...The Sacramental Archive is a central storage of Baptism, Confirmation, Marriage and Death/Funeral records for the Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks. The Sacramental Archive is a great source for sacramental and genealogical information..."  Visit the web link for instructions and further information.

  Bishop Michael J. Kaniecki, S.J., born: in Detroit on April 13, 1935, died: Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, in Emmonak.

  MAP of Fairbanks Diocese Missions outside of Fairbanks

  Diocese of Fairbanks Parishes and Missions

  Parish Profiles      

  The Archdiocese of Anchorage includes a map of the Alaskan Catholic dioceses on its web site.

  Below are some of the parish churches within this archdiocese:

   Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish [est. ca. 1962] - 2501 Airport Way - Fairbanks, AK 99709-4854; Phone: 907-474-9032 and
      Office: 1316 Peger Road, Fairbanks, AK 99709; Phone: 907-474-0836.

  Immaculate Conception Parish [est. ca. 1904] - 115 North Cushman Street, Fairbanks, AK 99701; Phone: 907-452-3533.

  St. Raphael Parish - 1125 Old Steese Hwy. N. - P.O. Box 10508 - Fairbanks, AK 99710;  Phone: 907-457-6603.  

  St. Mark's University Parish  - 514 Copper Lane - University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK 750166; Phone: 907-456-4853.

  St. Ignatius Catholic Church - P. O. Box 53 - Alakanuk, AK 99554; Phone: 907-238-3914.

  St. Theresa Catholic Parish - P. O. Box 308 - Aniak, AK 99557; Phone: 907-675-4448.

  St. Patrick Catholic Church  -  P. O. Box 389 - Barrow, AK  99723;  Phone: 907-852-3515.

  Immaculate Conception Catholic Church - 790 River Street - Bethel, AK 99559; Phone: 907-543-3142.

  St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church  -  P. O. Box 90 - Chefornak, AK  99561;  Phone: 907-867-8702.

  Sacred Heart Catholic Church  -  P. O. Box 249 - Chevak, AK  99563;  Phone: 907-858-7826.

  Our Lady Of Sorrows Catholic Parish - 2565 Deborah, Delta Junction, AK 99737; Phone: 907-895-5232.

   - Our Lady of Sorrows also serves St. Francis Xavier Station, Eagle, AK, and Holy Rosary Mission, Tok, AK.

  Sacred Heart Church - P. O. Box 69 - Emmonak, AK  99581; Phone: 907-949-1012.

  St. John Berchmans Catholic Church [est. 1923] -  P. O. Box 131 - Galena, AK 99741;  Phone: 907-656-1240.

  Holy Mary Of Guadalupe Catholic Parish -  Carbon Way, Healy, AK 99743; Phone: 907-683-1018. 

  - Established about 1980, the Catholics of Healy were previously served by visiting priests from Nenana and Fairbanks.

  Saint Catherines Catholic Church [est. ca. 1937] - Chefornak, AK 99561; Phone: 907-867-8702.

  Holy Family Catholic Church [est. 1888] - P. O. Box 101 - Holy Cross, AK  99602; Phone:   907-476-7144. 

  Little Flower of Jesus Catholic Church -  P. O. Box 9 - Hooper Bay, AK  99604;  Phone: 907-758-4620.

  St. Francis Regis Catholic Church  -  P. O. Box 89 - Huslia, AK  99746;  Phone:  907-829-2234.

  Immaculate Conception Church [est. ca. 1926] - P. O. Box 11 - Kalskag, AK 99607; Phone: 907-471-2298. 

   -"Early missionaries visited Kalskag from Holy Cross Mission...The Society of Jesus continued to serve this Catholic community as visiting priests from such villages as Bethel, Aniak, McGrath and Holy Cross beginning in the late 1940's..."

  St. Teresa Catholic Church -  P. O. Box 69 - Kaltag, AK  99748;  Phone: 907-534-2218.

  St. Joseph Catholic Church [est. ca. 1932] -  P. O. Box 20228 - Kotlik, AK 99620;  Phone: 907-899-4715.

  St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church -  P. o. Box 358 - Kotzebue, AK  99752;  Phone:  907-422-3239.

  St. Patrick Catholic Church -  P. O. Box 10 - Koyukuk, Ak  99754;  Phone:  907-927-2240.

  St. Jude Catholic Church  -  Little Diomede, AK  99762;  Phone:  907-443-5527.

  Immaculate Heart of Mary Church -  P. O. Box 69 - Marshall, AK 99585;  Phone: 907-679-6639.

  St. Michael's Catholic Church -  P. o. Box 141 - Mc Grath, AK 99627;  Phone: 907-524-3928.

  St. Lawrence Catholic Church -  P. O. Box 32205 - Mountain Village, AK 99632;  Phone: 907-591-2348.

  St. Theresa Church [est. 1922] -  P. O. Box 312 - Nenana, AK   99760;  Phone:  907-832-5617.
   The Catholic parishes along the "rail belt" include Nenana, Healy, Anderson, Clear Air Force Station, Denali National Park (summers only), and Cantwell. A priest assigned to the "rail belt" circuit drives approximately 110 miles one way in order to serve each of these Catholic communities.

  Holy Family Church -  P. O. Box 5569 - Newtok, AK  99559;  Phone: 907-237-2427.   

  - At one time, the village Newtok was referred to as "Old Kealavik."

  Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church -  P. O. Box 90035 - Nightmute, AK 99690;  Phone: 907-647-6428.

  Little Sisters Of Jesus  -  Nome, AK 99762;  Phone: 907-443-2094.

  St. Joseph Catholic Church [est. 1901] -  Rectory: P. O. Box 1010 - Nome, AK 99762;   Phone: 907-443-5527.

  St. Nicholas Catholic Church -  707 Saint Nicholas Drive - North Pole, AK 99705;  Phone: 907-488-2595.

  Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church -  P. O. Box 89 -  Nulato, AK  99765;  Phone:  907-898-2242.

  St. Peter Catholic Church  -  P. O. Box 45 - Nunam Iqua, AK  99666;  Phone: 907-498-4246.

  St. Charles Spinola Church - P. O. Box 5120 - Pilot Station, AK 99650; Phone: 907-549-3231.

  St. Peter in Chains Church [est. ca. 1912] -  P. O. 207 - Ruby, AK  99768;  Phone:  907-468-4418.

  Our Lady of Guadalupe -  P. O. Box 56 - Russian Mission, AK  99657.     A Central Yup'ik Eskimo village...

  Church of the Nativity -  P. O. Box 109 - Saint Marys, AK  99658;  Phone: 907-438-2133. 

  St. Michael Catholic Church -  P. O. Box 29 - Saint Michael, AK 99659;  Phone: 907-923-3151.

  Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church -  P. O. Box 170 - Scammon Bay, AK 99662;  Phone: 907-558-5229.

  St. Peters Catholic Church     Sheldon Point, AK 99666; Phone: 907-498-4246.

  St. Bernard Catholic Church -  P. O. Box 71102 - Stebbins, AK 99671;  Phone: 907-934-3151.

  St. Aloysius Catholic Church -   P. O. Box 6 - Tanana, AK  99777; Phone: 907-366-7238.

  St. Ann Catholic Church -  P. O. Box 529 - Teller, AK 99778;  Phone: 907-642-3831.

  Holy Rosary Catholic Church [est. 1949] -  Mile 125.5 Tok Cutoff, P. O. Box 369 -Tok, AK  99780; Phone: 907-883-4111.

  St. Peter the Fisherman Church -  P. O. Box 37046 - Toksook Bay, AK 99637;  Phone: 907-427-7813.

  St. Joseph Church -  P. O. Box 9 - Tununak, AK  99681;  Phone: 907-652-6214.

  Holy Family Church -  Tuntutuliak, AK 99680   Phone: 907-237-2427.

  Christ the King Church -  Umkumute, AK.

   "The Diocese of Fairbanks' 1999-2000 Directory and Calendar records no active parish existing at Umkumute and no priest or deacon has been assigned to the, once seasonal, parish of Christ the King."

  Holy Angels Catholic Church -  P. O. Box 152 - Unalakleet , AK  99684;  Phone: 907-624-3711. 

  "Presently, the church of the Holy Angels is being served by a Visiting Priest from St. Michael."


v  Diocese of Juneau, Alaska [Est. 1951]

  Chancery:  419 - 6th Street - Juneau, AK  99801; Phone: (907) 586-2227.

  History of the Diocese of Juneau - "...Father Althoff built the first Catholic church in Juneau in 1885...On July 17, 1894, Pope Leo XIII had established Alaska as an independent Prefecture Apostolic.  The first Prefect was Father Pascal Tosi, S.J., and the Society of Jesus assumed primary responsibility for the new Alaskan Church...In 1917, Pope Benedict XV made Alaska a Vicariate Apostolic, and named Father Crimont as its first Bishop. On June 23, 1951, Pope Pius XII established the Diocese of Juneau.  The new Diocese consisted of those parts of Alaska east of Shelikof Strait and Cook Inlet and southeast of Talkeetna, including Kodiak, the Kenai Peninsula, Anchorage, the Matanuska Valley, Cordova, and Valdez, in addition to Southeast Alaska..."

  MAP of the Diocese of Juneau and Parish Directory

  Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary  - 416 5th Street - Juneau, AK  99801; Phone: 907-586-1513.

  St. Paul Catholic Church - 9055 Atlin Avenue - Juneau, AK 99801; Phone: 907-789-7307.

  Shrine of St Therese - (located 23 miles north of Juneau) - Juneau, AK  99801;  Phone: 907-780-6112.

  Holy Family Parish - 415 Sixth Street #30 - Juneau, AK  99801; Phone:  908-596-2227 ext. 23.

  Sacred Heart Parish  -  P. O. Box 326 - 3rd Avenue and Dalton Street - Haines, AK  99827;  Phone:  907-766-2241.

  Sacred Heart Catholic Church  -  P. O. Box 368 - Hoonah, AK  99829;  Phone:  907-586-2227 est. 23.

  Holy Name Parish-   433 Jackson Street - Ketchikan, AK  99901; Phone:  907-225-2570.

  Holy Family Catholic Church  -  P. O. Box 228 - Metlakatla, AK  99926;  Phone:  907-225-2570.

  Body of Christ Catholic Church  -  Pelican, AK;  Phone:  907-735-2452.

  St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church  -  P. O. Box 508 - Petersburg, AK  99833;  Phone:  907-772-3257.

  St. John by the Sea Catholic Church (Price of Wales Island)  -  P. O. Box 245 - Klawock, AK  99925;  Phone:  907-755-2345.

  St. Gregory of Nazianzen Catholic Church  -  P. O. Box 495 - Sitka, AK  99835;  Phone:  907-747-8371.

  St. Therese of the Child Catholic Church  -  P. O. Box 496 - 9th Avenue and State Street - Skagway, AK  99840;  Phone:  907-983-2271.

  St. Francis Chapel -  Tenakee Springs, AK;  Phone:  907-736-2350.

Eastern Catholic Churches in Alaska

v  The Apostolic Exarchate Armenian-Rite for the U.S. & Canada  in New York  (Venerable Exarch.: Hovhannes Terzakian, 1995) 

  110 East, 12th Street - New York, NY 10003 U.S.A.  Phone: 212-477-2030

v  Eparchy of Our Lady of Deliverance of Newark of the Syrians: Syriac Catholic Diocese for Syrians in the U. S. and Canada (Chorbishop Joseph Younan appointed as the first Bishop of this diocese in 1995)   

  P.O. Box 8366 - Union City, NJ 07087-8262.

v  Eparchy of Phoenix, Arizona (AK, AZ, CA, CO, NV,NM, OR, WA) (Ruthenian) [formerly Eparchy of Van Nuys, CA]

  Address: 8131 N. 16th St. - Phoenix, AZ 85020; Phone: 602-861-5379

  Website includes a Parish Directory, with parishes in the areas of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington.

  Following a 1994 earthquake, which damaged the Cathedral complex, Bishop George Kuzma relocated the administrative offices of the Eparchy of Van Nuys to Phoenix, Arizona.

  St. Stephen Pro-Cathedral 8141 North 16th Street - Phoenix, AZ 85020

v  Eparchy of Van Nuys (Byzantine Catholic)

  St. Nicholas of Myra (Byzantine Catholic) -  2200 Arctic Boulevard - Anchorage, AK   99503;  Phone: 907-277-6731

  History of the Eastern Catholic Church in Alaska- on the site for St. Nicholas of Myra, Anchorage, AK.

  Blessed Theodore Romzha Mission (Byzantine Catholic) -  Wasilla, AK

v  The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in L'viv, Ukraine (in English) (Byzantine)      

  Chancery:  Ukraine
                      79000 m. Lviv
                      Ploscha sv. Yura, 5
                      UGCC - Zvernenya
    History of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church 


Local Alaska Catholic Church History

  History of the Eastern Catholic Church in Alaska- on the site for St. Nicholas of Myra, Anchorage, AK.


Alaska Catholic Biographies


Local Alaska History and Genealogy Links

  State of Alaska Home Page

  Bureau of Vital Statistics

  350 Main Street, Room 114 - P.O. Box 110675 - Juneau, AK 99811-0675; Phone: 907-465-3392.

  In 1913, the Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics began recording births, marriages and deaths, and presently manages records for birth, death, fetal death, divorce and marriage certificate data, along with reports of adoption.

  Alaska's Digital Archives see also Alaskas Digital Archives page

  USGenWeb for Alaska Genealogy

  Native American Tribe List for Alaska (on AKGenWeb)

  A History of Alaska's Earliest Women

  Russian Settlers in Alaska: Catholic

  Alaska Census Information and availabilty (AKGenWeb) - 1880 Census Index 1900 Census 1910 Census 1920 Census 1930 Census 1940 Census


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