One of the main goals for genealogists is finding birth, baptism, and/or christening information about their ancestors.
Over the past few decades, thanks to volunteers, librarians, and archivists, a great number of indexes to birth and baptism collections have been provided for free online. These searchable indexes provide specific birth, baptism, or christening information, and sometimes scanned images of the actual birth documents themselves. These free online collections have millions of records in them in total.
There are a great number of online and offline collections that may include birth information that is not included in the lists below. These different types can be found in 27 Ways to Find Ancestor Birth Information
If you are interested in baptism indexes that may include the birth date as well as baptism information, make sure and check out Church Records.
The lists below are specific birth, baptism, and christening indexes and record collections that are available for free online for the state.
Note: Some of the links listed take you to a FamilySearch Collection of digital images. Near the bottom of the page under Film/Digital Notes is the name of each sub-collection. If there is a camera icon at the right of the name (in the Format column) then the collections’ images are browsable. If there is a camera with a key icon, it is only available at a Family History Center or affiliated library. If there is a film reel icon, then it is only available in microfilm format, not digital. To take full advantage, please make sure that you are logged in to FamilySearch. The results may be different if you are signed in, rather than not.
Note: I have included links to Free Ancestry records and indexes. You do not need a subscription, but do need an Ancestry account. Without a subscription, you can view indexes. If there is an image associated with a record, in most cases you will need a subscription, but the index does include very usable information.
(Updated December 2021):
- Alaska State Archives Vital Statistics by Name
- Alaska Vital Records Indexes
- Alaska, Mixed Vital Records, 1901-1929
- Alaska, Mixed Vital Records, 1916-1929
- Alaska, Vital Records, 1816-1959
- Alaska, WWI Draft Registration Cards, (includes date of birth)
- Aleutian Islands, Birth Records, 1915-1952
- Aleutian Islands, Mixed Birth Records, 1927-1950
- Bethel & Kusilvak Census Areas Births
- Bethel, Miscellaneous Records, 1912-1913
- Cape Nome Precinct, Birth Records, 1896-1921
- Cape Nome Precinct, Mixed Vital Records, 1915-1949
- Cordova, Miscellaneous Records, 1911-1958
- Council City, Birth Records, 1913-1915
- Douglas, Alaska & Yukon Vital Records 1898-1922 as Reported in the Weekly Douglas Island Newspaper
- Douglas, Miscellaneous Records, 1916-1929
- Eagle, Birth Records, 1900-1915
- East Aleutian Islands Borough Births
- Fairbanks North Star Borough Births
- Fairbanks Precinct, Miscellaneous Vital Records, 1917-1967
- Fairbanks, Birth Records, 1904-1967
- Juneau Borough Births
- Juneau, Birth Records, 1913-1915
- Juneau, Index to Vital Statistics, 1903-1915
- Juneau, Mixed Records, 1884-1896
- Ketchikan, Birth Records, 1912-1915
- Kodiak Island Borough Births
- Kotzebue, Birth Records, 1913-1915
- Kougarok, Birth Records, 1915
- Lake and Peninsula Borough Births
- Miscellaneous BMD Records by County
- Mountain Village, Birth Records, 1914-1915
- Nome, Birth Records, 1913-1916
- North Slope Borough Births, Marriages, and Deaths
- Petersburg, Miscellaneous Records, 1925-1961
- Rampart Precinct, Birth Records, 1909-1911
- Russian Orthodox Church Records, 1845-1917
- Salcha, Birth Records, 1914-1915
- Selawik and Shungnak, Birth Records, 1914-1915
- Sitka, Birth Records, 1816-1867
- Teller, Birth Records, 1913-1915
- United States Births and Christenings, 1867-1931
- Wiseman, Birth Records, 1913-1947
- Yakutat Borough Births and Deaths
Good Luck and Happy Hunting!
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