Alaska: Links to State Histories

Alaska is unique, as it has no county or county-like divisions within the state. Therefore, today’s list, which is very short,  has a little of everything about Alaska’s history.


1. While every county in the state is listed, links are only provided for titles that no longer fall under U.S. copyright laws. All (almost) links connect to free websites.
2. There are a few instances when a book has been digitized, but is only found on a paid site. In that case, no link is inserted, but a note as to the website where it has been found is given.
3. When a state history has also been found in digital format, it is listed in the STATE section that precedes the county list. I have limited STATE entries to those with county histories/biographical volumes in them.
4. There are a number of counties that DO have histories written, BUT they remain copyrighted material. Therefore, if a county has NONE after its name, it doesn’t mean there is no county history, just that none has been digitized. It’s also possible that the only digitized county history is included in one of the state volumes, so be sure to check those entries.
5. If the book is on FamilySearch, you will need a free account to access it. This list does NOT include town histories.
6. When all fifty states have been completed, I will post a PDF of them all.
7. One last note – it is very possible that a book is digitally available on more than one website. I’ve only included links to one site per book.


STATE – An abridged history of Alaska, John W. Brown, Seattle, Washington, 1909.
STATEAlaska and the Klondike gold fields: containing a full account of the discovery of gold. . .practical instructions for fortune seekers, A.C. Harris, National Publishing Company, Philadelphia, 1897.
STATEThe Alaska-Yukon gold book: a roster of the progressive men and women who were the Argonauts of the Klondike gold stampede, Sourdough Stampede Association, Seattle, Washington, c1930.
STATETewkesbury’s who’s who in Alaska and Alaska business index ; containing a biographical index of personal sketches of prominent living Alaskans, an alphabetical directory of business concerns and their owners, a complete directory, William Tewkesbury & David Tewkesbury, Juneau, Alaska, c1947.
STATEHistory of Alaska, 1730-1885, Hubert Howe Bancroft, A.I. Bancroft & Company, San Francisco, 1886.
STATEAlaska, 1899, Copper River Exploring Expedition, William Ralph Abercrombie, Washington, DC, 1900.
STATEThe Gold fields of the Klondike: fortune seeker’s guide to the Yukon region of Alaska and British America: the story as told by Ladue Berry, phiscator and other gold finders, John W. Leonard, A.N. Marquis & Company, Chicago, 1897.
STATEOld Yukon: tales, trails, and trials, James Wickersham, West Publishing, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1938.

Friday’s Family History Finds

The best Family History Finds this week:

Family Stories

Coffin Ships by Maureen Carey on Vita Brevis

Corsets by Marcia Crawford Philbrick on Heartland Genealogy

Three Young Siblings by Jacqi Stevens on A Family Tapestry

Robert Vernon Estes: Still Missing, But Not Forgotten – 52 Ancestors #339 by Roberta Estes on DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy

The Old Rocking Chair’s Got Me by Wayne Shepheard on Discover Genealogy

The Innocent hair Diary: Surname Change, Scalp Treatment Patents, and Scandal on a3Genealogy

A Captain Goes Down with His Ship! by India Office Records on Untold Lives

52 Ancestors: Health – Finding  Rev. Albert M. Hork’s Death Certificate and a Tip by Lisa Gorrell on My Trails into the Past

My Grandfather’s Brilliant City Hall Career in Four Scandals: Part 2 by Dorothy Nixon on Genealogy Ensemble

Research Resources

Unsung Heroes by History Explorer on A Genealogist’s Path to History

Immigration Before 1865 at Library and Archives Canada Part 2 by Candice McDonald on Finding Your Canadian Story

Newspaper Adverts. . .A Rich Resource by Teresa on Writing My Past

Update on the Digital Public Library of America by James Tanner on Genealogy’s Star

500k Irish Names Recorded in New York Almshouse Ledgers Dating Back to 1700s Are Available Online by Dick Eastman on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter

Scotland’s National Catholic Museum Launches Interactive Virtual Site by Gail Dever on Genealogy a la Carte

Tech News

How Do You Back Up Your Data? by Janine Adams on Organize Your Family History

How to Get Your Ancestor’s FindAGrave Memorial Transferred to You on Amy Johnson Crow

Genetic Genealogy

Lost and Found at FTDNA by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist

Interpreting Inferred Segments: A Full Aunt by Jonny Perl on DNA Painter Blog

The Origins of Zana of Abkhazia by Roberta Estes on DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy


Top Ten Tips to Finding Your Ancestors pre-1837 by Judith Batchelor on Genealogy Jude

Connecting the Greenblatt Family by Sharon on Branches on Our Haimowitz Family Tree

Which Genealogy Documents Are You Missing? by DiAnn Iamarino on Fortify Your Family Tree

Using Wills to Find Family. George Cooke, Yeoman of Shepshed by Sharn White on FamilyHistory4U

Quick Tip: Check the Finding Aid or Catalog for Scans by Yvette Hoitink on Dutch Genealogy

Finding Mrs. Yip Sang: a Case Study of the General Register of Canadian Immigration 1885-1949 (Canada) by Linda Yip on Past Presence

FGB Free Clinic – Case no. 9 – Marie Fouyal, Parisian Wife of thomas Mansell on The French Genealogy Blog

Education Is for Everyone

Announcing the Applied Genealogy Institute: Begins This Fall! on California Genealogy Society Blog

Family History and Food Part 1: Connections AND Part 2: Making a Famiy Cookbook, both by Diana Elder on Family Locket

Analyzing a Complex Challenge on the FamilySearch Family Tree: Part Five by James Tanner on Genealogy’s Star

Understanding the Probate Process on Alice Childs

Recording Memories – Some Ideas by Lori on Genealogy at Heart

Creating a Family Photo Memory Book by Lorine McGinnis Schulze on The Olive Tree Genealogy Blog

1911 Census of Canada and Addresses in Ontario by Ken McKinlay on Family Tree Knots

Victorian Mourning Clothes for Women and Men by Gail Dever on Genealogy a la Carte

Tombstone Tuesday – Wreath/Garland Symbol by Karen Miller on Karen’s Chatt

Dutch Terms – “Huis en erf” and Other Land Uses by Yvette Hoitink on Dutch Genealogy

Keeping Up with the Times

My Week as the WikiTree Challenge Guest by Louis Kessler on Behold Genealogy

More States Are Passing Laws to Restrict DNA Testing in Criminal Investigations by Dick Eastman on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter

Proving the Wife of Nicholas Broadaway, Anson County, NC, 1700s

While recently trying to dig up clues that might point me to Mr. Broadway who married Mary (MNU), I spent some time looking at Nicholas Broadaway of Anson County, North Carolina.

Just an aside, but when Mary (MNU) married (2) John Dulworth in Knox County, Tennessee in 1803, her surname was actually spelled Brawdeway, which would match the phonetic pronunciation of Nicholas Broadaway’s surname.

It is estimated that Nicholas Broadaway was born c1722, place unproven, but possibly Virginia, and might have died in South Carolina before 1790.

A Nicholas Broadway resided in Edgecombe County, North Carolina in 1748.

If the same man, he later removed to Anson County, North Carolina, where he had lived at least since 1763 and where he received a land grant of 250 acres on 18 April 1767. Nicholas was definitely on a path of southwestward migration, as the two counties are almost 200 miles apart.

Online family trees also seem to indicate that Nicholas might have married twice, which would not be uncommon if a spouse died.

Some say Nicholas Broadway married (1) Martha Reagan and then to a second unknown wife, while others attribute Nicholas’s wife to be Elizabeth Berry or Barry, no documentation provided. Still others indicate Gracy (MNU), who was head of household in the 1790 census of Anson County, was also his wife. Once again, no source is cited – just supposition.

However, while trolling through Anson County, North Carolina land deeds, I came across proof that Elizabeth Berry was at least one of the wives of Nicholas Broadaway.

Anson County, North Carolina
Deed Book C1:261
Source: FamilySearch

North Carolina
THIS INDENTURE Made this 28th Day of October in the year of our Lord 1755 Between Thomas Barry of Anson county & province afsd. of the one part & Elizabeth Broadaway Wife of Nicholas Broadaway Daughter of ye sd. Thomas of the Other part WITNESSETH the he the sd. Thomas for & in Consideration of ye Sum of ten pounds pres: Money Recd. of the sd. Elizabeth before ye Sealing an dDelivery of these presents ye Receipt Whereof he the sd. Thomas Doth hereby Acknowledge & him Self therewith fully paid Satisfied & Contented Hath granted Bargained Sold Aliened Infeeoffed Conveyed & Confirmed & By these presents Doth Grant Bargain Sell Alien Infeeoff Convey & Confirm Unto the sd. Elizabeth Broadaway her Heirs and assigns part of a tract of Land Lying on the So. Wt. Side of Pee Dee River on Smith Creek Granted by his Majestys Latter Patent to Joseph White & frances Mackelwean Dated April ye 13th 1749 & Conveyed by them to the above sd. Thomas Berry by Deed Dated July 18th 1752 as May Appear Begining at a White Oak being the Original Begining afsd. trace and Runing No. 87d. Et. 92 poles to a pine then No. 59d. Et. 150 pole to a pine then So. 100 pole a Crooss ye tract then So. 59d. Wt. 150 pole to a pine then So. 87d. Wt. 92 pole to a White Oak then So. 100 pole to ye first station Containing One hundred and fifty Acers be the Same More or Less TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the sd. hereby Barianed Land & premised & Every part & parcel thereof unto ye sd. Elizabeth her Heirs and assigns and to her and their only proper Use and Behoofs for Ever & the sd. Thomas Berry for for (sic) him Self his Heirs Execes. & Admines, Doth hereby Covenant and Grant to & With the sd. Elizabeth her heirs & assigns Shall and May At all times hereafter have hold & Enjoy the sd. hereby Bargained Premises With the Appurtenances free and Clear of all former & Other Giffts grants Bargains Sales [?] Judgements Executions or other incumbrances Whatsoer (the Quit rents becoming Due to his Majesty his heirs & Successors Only Excepted And further that this the sd. Thomas & his heirs and all & Every Other Person and persons his & their Heirs any thing having or Claiming in the sd. premises above Mentioned or any part thereof By from or Under him them or any of them) Except as before Exempted) Shall and Will from time to time & at all times hereafter Upon the Reasonable Request & at the Cost & Charles of the sd. Elizabeth Broadaway her Heirs shall Make Do & Execute all & Every Such further Better & More perfect Granting Conveying & assurring of all & Singluard the sd. premises Above Mentioned With ye Appurtenances Unto the sd. Elizabeth her Heirs and assigns & to her and their only proper Use and Behoofe for Ever According to ye true intent & Meaning of these presents as by the sd. Elizabeth her Heirs or assigns or her or their or their (sic) Councel Leanred in the Law Shall be [reasonably?] Advised or Required IN WITNESS Whereof the sd. Thos. Berry hath Hereby Set his jand & Seal ye Day & year Above Writen

Thos. Berry (Seal)

Signed Sealed & Delivered
[Morgan?] Brown
[cut off]

At this point, I have no idea if there was on Nicholas Broadaway or more than one or if he married once to this Elizabeth. Whether or not Martha Reagan and/or Gracy (MNU) were also his wives is further conjecture.

However, this deed is proof positive that, by 28 October 1755, Elizabeth Berry, daughter of Thomas Berry of Anson County, North Carolina, had married Nicholas Broadaway.

I have a long way to go before this information will be of any use to me, but for others researching Nicholas Broadaway, this indenture is the source of the name of Nicholas’s wife.