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Name: deborah holland <>
Date: 2017-09-14
My great aunt was Mary Carey of Talkeetna. Did you know her?

Name: Ron Nicholl <>
Date: 2017-09-10
Nephew of RW and Leora Bechtol who homesteaded Vine Road in 1957.

Name: Andres Leon <prefernottoleave@my.mail>
Date: 2017-09-09
Accidentally stumbled on this page, very interesting reading, spent some hours of this morning. Thank you very much for your research.
greetings from Peru


Name: Darrell Lewis <>
Date: 2017-08-21
This is a great resource! Thank you for your hard work in putting it together here.

Name: Megan Resoff <>
Date: 2017-08-12
Great information! Thank you so much it has helped me with my family tree!.

Name: Darlene Kuehn <>
Date: 2017-08-11
Very interesting Do you have any books about this site? Thank you for all your work

Name: Jennifer Cudia-Smith <>
Date: 2017-08-02
Such wonderful research. I love reading it!

Name: James Weed <>
Date: 2017-07-31
I lived in Talkeetna in the 50s and 60s. My dad worked for the FAA. I attended school in Talkeetna.

Name: Thomas F. Weed <>
Date: 2017-07-30
Thank you for doing this. I came to Alaska in 1945. Have lived in Yakutat, Anchorage, Lake Minchumina, Fairbanks, Talkeetna and Juneau. Went to UAF with Joe Fleckinstine. Lived in Talkeetna when Dorothy Jones lived there. Thank you again, Tom

Name: Jake Jacobson <>
Date: 2017-07-29
Fascinating depository of historifsl info. Thank you!

Name: Carol Wilson <>
Date: 2017-07-27
This is very interesting and detailed. I was wondering how to save a link to your work.

Name: Roberta Mason <>
Date: 2017-07-25
Have lived in Sutton since 67. I appreciate your work. I was 4-H agent for UA in Palmer office from 1972 till mid 80's.

Name: Tamra Stevens <>
Date: 2017-07-19
Thanks for all your hard work.

Name: Lenny O'Hanley <>
Date: 2017-07-17
Looks like a great site and I'll be back to look further. Thank you!

Name: Shannon Williams <>
Date: 2017-07-14
Thank you for your diligence in helping us keep our heritage!

Name: Steve Kakaruk <>
Date: 2017-07-06
I enjoyed the pages here and there, thanks. Steve

Name: Bernadette Dimonde <>
Date: 2017-07-06
For the census for 1950's I did not see anything for Glennallen. I had two brothers that were born then.

Name: Lisa Atkinson <lisarae_38@>
Date: 2017-07-04
Thank you for sharing this! looking forward to seeing more of the Louis Linclon family members! As I was adopted out in 1964! You can also send me more information to my home address. 2331 E. Irwin way
Eugene, OR. 97402


Name: Sari Kulla <>
Date: 2017-05-31
I am trying to help my husband get information on an orphanage that burnt down and all the records of his great grand mother were to be in there. His grand mothers name was Dora Monroe. Looking for her mother (native- not sure what tribe--athabascan-eyak-tlingit). We have everything after Dora. Last names linked to Monroe are VanOverbeke. Thank you. Sari

Name: Debbie Smith <>
Date: 2017-05-29
Very informative. If you come across any information about R.K.Srewart,my grandfather. He sent up AK in 1927-1930 to "assist" and research the wolf problem in interior AK by the Federal government. He had a cabin in the Nebesna area. I have been out to Nebesna to look around. But of course I wasn't able to find out any there.

Name: Dave Dorsey <>
Date: 2017-05-28
I love visiting here!

Name: Shellie Allen <>
Date: 2017-05-27
I have been in awe of your work for seversl years now, ever since we first discussed where Tarral was. Once again, I cannot believe how much you have accomplished! I just finished, or rather got a good start on, a page about Indian River. It is on Facebook if you care to look at it sometime just for a break it is at:


Name: Madeleine Kelly Shultice <>
Date: 2017-04-25
Hello Colleen, Thank you for sharing your research. I am helping a friend (Heather) research her family. She is descended from Anna Bern who was at Woody Island Orphanage in 1910 with her sister, Amy. They were from Afognak. Their father Charles (Carl) Otto Bern was from Denmark. Their mother Pareskeva Ivanova Petrovia Derenov was from Afognak. She died in 1906. The father remarried another Afognak woman but the children went to the orphanage. If you have information about the family, we would be grateful. Best wishes, Madeleine Kelly Shultice

Name: Theresa Herning <>
Date: 2017-04-22
Hello Colleen!!!
I'm the daughter of Bud Herning, son of Stanley Herning and grandson of O.G. I am without words to express how grateful our family is to you for all the hard word and time you have put in recording the diaries and all the historical info about the region.
My father Bud turned 80 this year and as a gift we are returning to Wasilla with him this summer 8/5-8/12. My husband and 3 adult kids will also come and my dads sister Marie's 1st daughter Teresa and her husband as well. My father asked me to reach out to you in hopes we could meet you when we come this summer. Please let us know. We'll be staying at the Garden Gate BnB. The last trip home for my dad was in summer 1999, 18 years ago. Thank you again! Theresa


Name: Michelle Henriques <>
Date: 2017-04-03
Born and raised in Juneau, Ak, I love to look at Alaskan history. Thank you for your time and dedication into making this web page and all the info you put into it.

Name: Linda Frey <>
Date: 2017-04-02
Colleen, I am on the WKHS board and I would love to put a link to the Herning Diaries on our webpage. Today is the first I have seen your webpage. What a wealth of information! Thank you!
We have just in the last 5 years bought land and built a remote cabin at Pt. MacKenzie in view of Fire Island. Do any of your articles and research reference the 1950's homesteaders in that area?


Name: Ron O'Connor <>
Date: 2017-04-02
I was born in Palmer in 1958. My mothers maiden name is Goodrich. My grandfather started Palmer Machinery. My parents still live in Palmer and I reside in Fairbanks. Thank you for sharing all of your hard work. I can't seem to get enough of Alaska history.

Name: Trudy Huston Jackson <>
Date: 2017-03-31
Love your page

Name: Todd & Doreen Kitter <>
Date: 2017-03-18
Thank you for all your hard work. Having move to the Valley in the 1970's it's so fun to read. This information is priceless!

Name: Michele Hartline <>
Date: 2017-03-10
have you ever found any lists of names of gold rush people arriving late 1890's-1910? I'm looking for a Hartline that supposedly came to Alaska during the gold rush.

Name: Becky Gallen <>
Date: 2017-02-13
I'm looking for more info on Axel Holmberg. I am understanding he started out in Dawson, went to Ruby, and ended up in the Holy Cross, Ophir, Anvik area. He is my grandfather. He is originally from Sweden.


Name: Kathy Pool <>
Date: 2017-01-22
Great work! Thanks

Name: Anne Clark <>
Date: 2016-12-28
Hello! I came across this page while casually internet searching history of the area that I grew up in. I have have an elderly friend, Fred Reising, who tells a lot of Chugiak/Matsu stories that I love listening to. I happened see his name mentioned in your "Growing up in Old Chugiak". Thanks for all the great information!

Name: Weston Fields <>
Date: 2016-12-17
Arrived in Kodiak 1949 with parents. I was 16 mos. old. Parents, De Witt and Wanda Fields, were house parents at Baptist Mission 1949-1952. Dad and Mom very active in Baptist Churches in Kodiak until death (Dad 2005, Mom 2007)I grew up in Kodiak, and still live here about 8 months a year. THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE PHOTOS AND INFORMATION! Dr. Weston Fields cell 907 942 7190.

Name: Jim Walker <>
Date: 2016-11-29
This is great work. I look forward to visiting often. Thanks very much. JHW

Name: Tonisha Simmons <>
Date: 2016-11-09
Hello. I am trying to trace my family roots on my mothers side. She was adopted in the 1950's in the Pile Bay area. Family name: Rickteroff

Thank you. I will definitely come back to this page.


Name: Jerry Opp <>
Date: 2016-09-26
Thank you Coleen for all your years of research. Nice to get acquainted with you from a distance. Thanks for your input into our family history.


Name: crissi <>
Date: 2016-09-05
So glad to come across your page(s). I can see that you've done much work on them. My grandfather came to Alaska for a period of time a hundred years ago and loved it much. He kept a journal which I am transcribing and your pages have helped much with the correct names of some places, such as Knik (in his journal as Knik Arm). I know I will be returning again to read your work.

Name: David Harrison <>
Date: 2016-08-23
Tsin'aen! Colleen for all your hard work gathering information on our family.

Name: Frieda <>
Date: 2016-08-14
Very interesting history.

Name: Kimra Delia < >
Date: 2016-08-10
Thank so much for making this information free,I'm and trying to research my grandmother Frieda Trent who is buried in Palmer,she was killed by her husband,he got away with it so our family cut ties before I was born,I know she had atleast one child with him ,John jasper Trent. It would be interesting to see how many cousins/uncles I never met.

Name: Jo-AL HINTZ <>
Date: 2016-04-07
would like to get permission to metal detect in old home site/ farm areas.

Name: Lillie Belle Mock <>
Date: 2016-04-06
Thank You for all the work you have done.

Name: Mary Brooks <>
Date: 2016-04-06
I'm a budding genealogist presently living in Juneau. A year & a half ago I enrolled in the MOOC, Roots MOOC, sponsored by the North Carolina GenWeb Project & platformed at the Univ of NC & Wake Forest libraries. Since I am retired now I jumped in head first, not regretting one single moment of that initial commitment. I have shared your Jesse Lee Childrens Home webpage with my facebook Roots MOOC Group members in an effort to understand the difficulty of 'divining' aged documents containing limited info, poor viewing & non-traditional names that are difficult to decipher. Thank you for your dedicated work!

Name: Barbara <>
Date: 2016-02-13
This is a neat piece of history. Any from Anchorage?

Name: Honeybee Nordenson <>
Date: 2016-02-12
Thank you for all the research. My family is from the Chignik and Kodiak area.

Name: Eva <>
Date: 2016-02-06
Thank you very much for letting me use the Lundquist picture - I just published it on Wikitree with a reference to this very impressive homepage.

Name: BriAnna Bierma <>
Date: 2016-02-01
Coleen, My sister and I thoroughly enjoyed your write up of the SS Dora. We grew up in Dora Bay in the logging camp days, and my sister came across your website when searching for the origin of location name. I love how you integrated pictures and maps with the information. She truly was an amazing little ship!

Name: Altana Hamilton <>
Date: 2016-01-28
Thank you for doing this. I am researching Peter and Tina Olsen, my paternal grandparents and Andrew and Seena Allen my maternal grandparents. I have not looked on your site in a long time and you have added so much more.

Name: Thomas Bouwens <>
Date: 2016-01-26
I am Wayne's son. Born 1953. Live now on Paradise Lake.
Very interesting site. Recognise most names. Would like to correspond more.


Name: Danella Ellanak <>
Date: 2016-01-24
I love this page. I am half Aleut. I am trying to trace my fathers family. Larry M Ellanak and Katie Ellanak married in Karluk and lived in Ouzinkie. Any tips would be appreciated

Name: Brenda Minnick albertson <>
Date: 2016-01-21

Name: Robbie Jayne Johnson <>
Date: 2016-01-20
I am a lifetime member of Pioneers of Alaska -- Igloo 15, Auxiliary 4 -- my family moved to Anchorage in 1952. I lived in Anchorage 59 years before my husband and I moved to Tennessee because of his health. He found this website for me and I thank you for it. It will help keep me closer to where I consider home.

Name: Dano Bardwell <>
Date: 2016-01-19
Lots of cool Alaskan local history , thanks for sharing &#128513;

Name: Carl Fields <>
Date: 2016-01-15
Enjoyed your site -- and will probably come back to it to look at a few things more carefully in the future.

I'm interested in my distant cousin, John Ambrose Fields (1878-1953), who lived in the Seldovia area from probably 1915 to around 1947 or 1948 (with 10 months "off" for a term in the federal prison at McNeil Island WA for larceny around 1916). I note from your web site there is also a federal prison in Valedez. Do you know if that was for very short terms, or maybe a temporary holding place until inmates could be transferred to Washington State?

Also, I've seen in looking at my cousin's neighbors on page-images of some of the censuses he is recorded in that some of them were "fox farmers". Do you know any source of information on how that was done?

Carl Fields
Aiken SC

15 Jan 2016


Name: Steven Renney <>
Date: 2016-01-09

Name: Gerald Brookman <>
Date: 2016-01-07
I've only lived here since 1957, but these bring back a lot of good memories!


Name: Gerald Brookman <>
Date: 2016-01-07
I've only lived here since 1957, but these bring back a lot of good memories!


Name: Scott Morton <>
Date: 2016-01-07
Thanks so much for all your good work. This has been fascinating reading.

Name: Cheryl Wyckoff - Frazier <>
Date: 2016-01-06
Sure enjoy reading these interesting pieces of Alaska history.
Thanks Colleen for taking this on. You are doing a great job.


Name: Patricia L (Black) Drlabar <>
Date: 2016-01-05
My parents, George & Grace Black, married in Anchorage in January 1939. Their marriage certificate listed Nora & Ssmmy Kiest as their witnesses. Not on your list. My mother left Seattle for Alaska around 1936, and my father from Santa Cruz, CA around 1935. He was involved with the land clearing for the colonist project - supposed to have been in charge of it, but I've never seen his name mentioned in any history of the project. My parents bought the Pete Wolf property on the Palmer/Wasilla road, with its original colonist home and acreage. They also had a cabin & 23 acres on Finger Lake. My father was employed at Evan Jones in 1957 at the time of the explosion. He also worked at Platinum - a platinum mine at the Bering Sea & Ophir - gold mine in the interior - always in charge of keeping mine equipment going. My mother had brothers who were in Alaska long before she was - John Lipke was a government agent assigned to the Pribiloff (so) Islands and her brother Adam was at McGrath and then Valdez for many years - the first person in Alaska issued a commercial license as a telegraph operator we were always told. (How does one ever verify any such claims). However, Many interesting stories. A near fatal car accident at the Eklutna Flats in 1961, requiring further medical treatment in Seattle, led to my parents' decision to leave Alaska permanently the following year. My sister Suzanne and I were born and raised in Alaska and Suzanne (McCausland) and her family live near The Butte - their home since 2005.


Name: Aimee Dusenbery <>
Date: 2016-01-04
First time finding this site!
I will be back to share this with my boys. Great history here! Thank you for showing.


Name: Roy Taylor <>
Date: 2016-01-02
Our family moved to Alaska to help build the log Free Methodist church in Valdez in 1954-55 before homesteading near Anchor Point. Your links and photos evoke wonderful memories.

Name: Rick Metzger <>
Date: 2016-01-01
What a wonderful compilation of interesting stories and horrors of old Alaska
Old canneries, ship wrecks, prospecting and adventure stories are my passion
Thanks so much


Name: Thomas Snider <>
Date: 2015-12-31
Hi Coleen. I was in the US Coast Guard, stationed aboard the Cutter Storis out of Kodiak, 1962-64. We were sent into Anchorage a few days after the quake and experienced the tidal wave which everyone finds easier to call a tsunami now. We had never heard that word then.
I really have been enjoying reading here. The lake Creek Hangings was a fine story reflective of those times.
I have been trying to find information on some fishermen that were trapped on a small strip of beach. I don't know if it was an island or just down the chain. They had anchored in the shelter of a bay and failed to set an anchor watch. The fishing boat had slipped anchor in the wind and was smashed into the rocks. It seems there may have been 3 men but I can only remember two. Helicopters had tried dropping supplies but the parachutes were blown into the cliffs above. By the time we got there, one of the survivors was already blinded from the cold. We dropped a rescue boat that was carrying a raft. We kept control of the boat in the high wind buy guy ropes. The boat crew fired a line to the beach from half way and the man who could still function pulled the raft ashore. The two managed to get into the raft and were pulled back to the boat. Then we brought the boat back aboard. As I remember, both men survived. I am writing a blog for SFF, (Senior Friend Finders). The news of the rescue did manage to get into our home newspaper here in Birmingham, Alabama. My mother saved it for me and, naturally I misplaced it. The Cutter Storis got a raw deal from the US Government if you would care to look up "The USCG Cutter Storis, Life and Death of a Queen.
I would appreciate it if you could find something on the fishing boat and crew. Thank you, Tom


Name: Patty Davis <>
Date: 2015-12-27
I grew up in Alaska. My Dad worked for the FAA. We lived in Fairbanks, Iliamna, Woody Island and Juneau. I loved looking at you site!

Name: Lynda Brown <>
Date: 2015-12-27
Granddaughter of Francis Merrill who lived
In the Jesse Lee Home with twin. 1920?


Name: Coleen Mielke <>
Date: 2015-12-18
Testing guestbook 12/17/2015

Name: Richard Hoyt <>
Date: 2015-12-04
Thank you for all your hard work to gather this information. I have just started to read all your entries. Very interesting.
Thank you again.


Name: Norm Robison <>
Date: 2015-12-03
I was raised in AK in the 1950s and 1960s by my Grand parents, Dean and Wava Morris. We live on a homestead close to mile 300 on the Rail road. My name back then was Norman Bibler. I now live in Omak WA and am trying to find maps of south central AK for a book I am writing about life in the Alaskan wilderness in the '50s and '60s.

Name: Carol Green Goulet <>
Date: 2015-11-30
Love all information on the Fritzlers of Alaska

Name: glenda martin <>
Date: 2015-11-28
We have a Ship Creek Saloon token from 1915. Any information? Great website. Very interesting.

Name: Tanya Pavloff <>
Date: 2015-11-27
Thank you for all your hard work.

Name: Al McCoy <>
Date: 2015-11-18
My great uncles (Comstock) lived on Perry Island in the 50's and 60"s. Any info would be appreciated. Al,Forest Lake,MN

Name: Lorrie Church <>
Date: 2015-11-16
Looks so good! Great job on your web site!

Name: Connie <>
Date: 2015-11-15
What a wonderful resource to share.
Thank you for all your dedication and work on this project.

FYI: You should stop by the Matanuska Experiment Farm
1509 S. Georgeson Drive (old Trunk) and explore the files that were moved to the site from the old 'Kremlin' administration office in Palmer. It is now owned by the borough.
Connie Harris


Name: Warren Opp <>
Date: 2015-10-12
Do you have any idea how the Opp name come too be?

Name: Danielle L Barfuss <>
Date: 2015-10-04
Wow! This is awesome! I can tell you have put a LOT of work into this. I fell onto your page trying to find a mystery in my own family history. I have a grandfather that was in the Kenai prison. I don't know why, he was from MN, and I don't know why he went to AK. Also, I can't find any info on his second wife....maybe a little mystery. Anyway, I will keep searching. It was fascinating reading some of the newspaper articles. I am amazed at your dedication! Well done!

Name: Maio Nishkian <>
Date: 2015-10-03
Researching Knik
Located in Palmer


Name: Megan Edmunds <>
Date: 2015-09-21
Hello, just visited my grandparents' homestead; Edmunds Lake, near Chugiak. The sign and maps spell it wrong!

Name: Chris Allen <>
Date: 2015-09-21
Thanks for your efforts, I am really enjoying...and have learned much.

Name: Miles Duane France <>
Date: 2015-09-20
So enjoyable to read this stuff, thanks for your great efforts. Are there maps which go along with the naming and financing of the early trails?

Name: Jon Leary <>
Date: 2015-09-19
Interesting information. Thanks for all your hard work.

Name: Lori Lee Ashton (Wilson) <>
Date: 2015-09-14
Dear Colleen,
Once again, a very informative website.
Any info for Pelogia Vasiliev, born about 1820, Kodiak Island? Father possibly Ivan Vasiliev, an early Russian explorer/navigator For Russian Imperial Navy. Ancestors to Wilson family of Kenai. Any info is welcome.
Lori Lee Ashton (Wilson)...Thank-you.


Name: Helen Hegener <>
Date: 2015-09-11
Hi Coleen, this time I was searching for information about the miners killed in the Oct. 1937 accident at the Jonesville mine; someone wrote to me asking about his great-uncle: "Do you have a list of the men who died in the 1937 Jonesville mine disaster? I would appreciate if you could confirm whether or not my great uncle, John L. Brown is on the list."

I didn't see anything about the accident on your site, but as usual I did find plenty of fascinating history!


Name: Holly McCulla <>
Date: 2015-09-02
This site is amazing. Thanks.
My great-great grandfather's brother, John Robertson, went to Alaska in 1888. He is mentioned in the journal of the radio operator that was stationed there in 1924-25. He and his son lived and worked at the Baptist Orphanage. I'm trying to find more information on them.


Name: Donn Liston <>
Date: 2015-08-19
This is very cool. You obviously have put a lot of effort into gathering this material.

Name: Teresa Palmer Ascone <>
Date: 2015-08-18
Thanks for your efforts,

Name: Mike Nelson <mi,>
Date: 2015-08-18
hello my family had a homestead on the cutoff to big lake in the mid 50s a great place to grow up....

Name: Trish Hackett Nicola <>
Date: 2015-07-13
Very impressive website! You have collected so much information. Thank you for sharing it.

Name: Sharon Nelson Morton <>
Date: 2015-07-09
Love your site!


Name: eileen mcdonald <>
Date: 2015-07-05
beautiful work! I would like to find out where my great Uncle Andrew Anderson is buried in Healy Forks if possible and/or any other information. He was the manager at the Broad Pass Coal & Development Co. On his death certificate it says he committed suicide 1924. Later his family was told he was shot by Mexicans and the consulate was looking in to it... any info would be great. I have his death certificate, invoice of filing etc

Name: Gene Brown <>
Date: 2015-06-20
Alaska resident from 1946-1960. Left Alaska upon my graduation from AHS in '60. My parents, David and Edna Brown, were the houseparents in the Boys Dorm at Jesse Lee in the 1949-1950 time-frame. I lived in the Boys Dorm at the time. Have written a series of short stories of my memories of life at Jesse Lee Home. My memory of the conditions there, and how the older boys accepted their "confinement" and separation from their families, is none to idyllic.

Name: Mary Alice Surface < >
Date: 2015-06-15
My Dad was stationed at Talkeetna FAA Station. We were on the Talkeetna Spur Road ( at that time not quite finished ), when the quake hit. Dad had just replaced the shocks on the Jeep Wagoneer, and was cussing the poor quality. As we passed Montana Creek, we thought it odd that no one had their lights on. We found out the reason when 2 of Talkeetna's 3 teachers (Mary Carey & Mille Campbell) flagged us down and told us about the quake and that the Knik River Bridge was closed.
On Easter Sunday Dad and Mom made the trip to Anchorage to bring back some of the children of friends and neighbors who had lost electricity . The Farley children we brought back to stay with us were in the pre-outbreak phase of Chicken pox. Fortunately, the Farley family had their electricity restored a week later. We never confessed how Chicken pox came to Talkeetna.
Mary Alice Surface


Name: Norma Monroe <>
Date: 2015-06-09
Thanks, I enjoyed reading your pages. I lived and work in Alaska for 20 years. 1971 - 1991.

Name: Dorothy jordan <>
Date: 2015-05-24
I was looking to see if you knew if Barney McKinney died in the Chisana area. He was with his stepfather William McKinney in th 1920 and 1930 census. I believed William E McKinney died at the Pioneer Home in Sitka but I have not been able to find Barney McKinney.

Name: Janet Armer <>
Date: 2015-04-28
Hello, Can you help me find my deceased Dad's info...His name was Wilson Neaketta Nicklie, lived in Cantwell...thank you very much..

Name: Bonnie Lawson <>
Date: 2015-04-21
Great information! I'm so glad you had that information on El Nathan Children's Home including a picture of my husbands uncle.

Name: Tom <shugak>
Date: 2015-04-16
just beginning your wonderful history collection. Thank you

Name: Eddie Frank <>
Date: 2015-04-13
I live on Fairview Loop rd I lived here since 1978 and built my house around 1984 our house is close to the airstrip on the intersection of Davis rd & Fairview loop rd there is a old school house below the airstrip do you know the history on this? It's is still intact but could used some help I would appreciate any information and would donate my time to help restore it.

Name: Patricia Chaffin <>
Date: 2015-04-02
Born & raised on Woody Island, AK, I return each summer for 3 months to the family cabin. My Mother, Yule M. Chaffin, researched this area for over 25 years, compiling article upon article & finally writing 3 books covering the history of this area (Woody Island & Kodiak). For your interest, they are: "Alaska's Kodiak Island" (co-authored with George Ameigh; "Koniag to King Crab", and "Alaska's Konyag Country" (co-authored by myself & Mike Rostad). I grew up with many descendants of some of the families shown in the WOOD ISLAND photos: Fadaoffs, Chabitnoy, Pavlof to name a few. Feel free to contact me for further info. Thanks for sharing these photos! "Trisha" Chaffin

Name: Liz Barringer <>
Date: 2015-03-19
my Mother was in labor with me during this earthquake, I was born the following day in San Diego, CA (28th) Not sure why this event haunts me so.

Name: linda pelletier <>
Date: 2015-03-10
ran across these wonderful pages with so much information,about u and your family living in alaska,myself,my 2 sisters and my father donald pelletier,my mother ethel pelletier lived both in fairbanks,and anchorage,from 1950-1961,when my father suddenly passed away,there is an article in the daily news minor,for june 14,1961,fyi.we loved living there,and our father was the very center of our wonderfullife there,all to deeply change(not for the good)the day after he died,my mother moved us all(minus our new german shephard pup)our father had gotten us for xmas just many years have gone by but the hole in my heart is still there,however i will be coming up to anchorage in september of 2015,to scatter some of one of my sisters ashes by our old home,god willing.i would appreciate any and all info.u could help me with as my dad also homesteaded some land in clear alaska,in 1958 havent been able to find out any those regards.thank you and god bless,linda pelletier/chester california 96020

Name: evelyn Griffin <aleutev@gmail>
Date: 2015-03-10
I was born in unalaska the first born of Peter Galaktionoff and Augusta Stepetin most of the family still live there Dad was Nick Galaktionoff brother along with a few more brothers and sisters I am the oldest of 12 sadly 5 of us are gone would like to about our relatives thank you

Name: Arlene Andrews Cesaroni <>
Date: 2015-03-07
Thank you for sharing this research regarding the victims of the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake. I lived in Fairbanks at the time of the Quake, but also lived in Anchorage beginning in 1949. Fairbanks took a serious jolt from the Quake, nothing like what Anchorage and the coastal villages suffered, but enough to shake everything off the shelves of stores and off the walls and out of kitchen cabinets. The worst part for us in Fbks was not being able to get word out to our families in the Lower 48. I was in the Class of '63 at Lathrop High School in Fbks and knew Sylvia Broddy, who's father died on the dock at Valdez. I stayed in Alaska until August of 1965 when I moved to Georgia. I will never forget my experiences that weekend. Even though it's been more than 50 years now, it seems like yesterday.

Name: Kathi Reynolds <>
Date: 2015-03-04
Thank you so much for your time and effort in compiling these records. I found you while starting to educate myself on researching my grandfather Arthur Emil Hansin Eide, who was quite a figure in Alaska's history. Among many other things, he, along with Muktuk Marsten and Bob Reeve, founded the CIHS, which I'm sure you know turned into the Anchorage Museum. I have so much to learn! Today, however, I would like to know if I can share your information on the names of the children who lived at the Jesse Lee Homes to a group where we try to identify people from old photos. We got into a lengthy discussion of JL, and It was said there were no lists of names of the children but I had read yours. Thank you.

Name: Kathi Reynolds <>
Date: 2015-02-19
Great site! Thank you for your hard work.

Name: Teri Mahle Schneider <>
Date: 2015-02-15
Very interesting information - I will be back to research... Kodiak, Afognak, Chignik Bay, Woody Island - Nekrasov, Ellison, Sundberg, Mahle, Meyer families

Name: Randy Lydic <>
Date: 2015-02-03
As a child, I lived at Susitna Station from 1960-1963. Reading through some of the history, I recognize names like, Howard Ross, Nick Barbul, Henry George, all are people I new in my childhood.

Name: Maude Elaine Reed <>
Date: 2015-01-27
This has helped me so much. My husband Grandfather was Milton David Snodgrass. So much history here, I am so glad you are keeping it alive. My husband John Robert Reed aka Jonny Bob passed away September 27 2013. I have so much history I have collected and this imformation can lead me futher. Thank-you so much. Maude Elaine Reed

Name: Joe hannan <>
Date: 2015-01-21
Love your website thank you

Name: Cynthia Hollman-Nixon <>
Date: 2015-01-20
my grandmother maybe be from wood island.i think the 1910 photo you have on this site, maybe my grandmother (Anna B.)Anna Brun

Name: L. Black <>
Date: 2014-12-08

Name: David Windham <>
Date: 2014-12-05
Interesting reading. My great uncle left Australia in 1896 and I have tracked him to susitna station in the 1910 census.



Name: Floyd Nidey <>
Date: 2014-11-11
My mother, Trudy Vandermeer, worked at Lazy Mountain Home in the late 40's where she met and fell in love with my father John Nidey who had traveled to Alaska from Iowa with Dale and Sylvia Nash to settle. They were married in Everett Washington and moved to Iowa. I remember visits from Ken and Vivian Hughes, the Walter Philips and the Sid Lindike families on our farm in Iowa. Also the Dale Bryant and the Hurt family from Palmer. Mother and Father returned for a visit in 1975 and Ken Hughes let them use his car. Mother passed away 11 years ago and Father is 93 and living a nursing home and doing very well. We have a photo album of their time in Alaska and the children and staff at Lazy Mountain children's Home with well over 300 photos. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who may remember my mother, Trudy, or my father John Nidey. Thank you for all the research you have done. I am retired and am hopefully planning on a trip to Palmer and Valdez in the near future. Thank you again for your time and dedication to your research.


Name: Lisa <>
Date: 2014-11-08
Thank you for your research. My father-in-law and his brother went to Anchorage High School, and the family also lived in Juneau in 1940. I sent an email to your hotmail address.Best regards!

Name: Terrie <>
Date: 2014-11-07
You have a wonderful website! I have not read all of it yet, but, do intend on doing so! My grandfather, Joseph Quitman Clark, married Koola (unknown). He died in Oct. 1968 and is buried in Anchorage. I met him only once when I was a toddler so I don't remember him. Would love to know more about him, his life in Alaska and Koola's maiden name. Any help you could offer would be great lynn appreciated.

Name: Evelyn Short <>
Date: 2014-09-28
Thank you for this wonderful resource.

Name: Gina Armstrong <>
Date: 2014-09-25
Looking for Info on Anna Nicoli. Great Page, Thank You

Name: Bill Wolkoff <>
Date: 2014-07-27
Nice web page. Just ran across it. Book marked to cheek it out tomorrow. Am originally from Kodiak.Looking for info on Paul Wolkoff or Wolkov.Anyway very nice site. Thanks for all your work on it.


Name: Brook Dubail (Bartholf) <>
Date: 2014-07-12
Knik descendant

Name: beth webber <>
Date: 2014-07-11
very good reading, You have done an excellent job.

Name: John Dickens <>
Date: 2014-06-29
Great work!

Name: Jim&Connie Lynch <>
Date: 2014-05-31
Interested in all history of the Hatcher Pass area

Name: Carol Seedorf <>
Date: 2014-05-25
What you have done here is absolutely wonderful! My great grandfather, originally from Colorado, first went to Dawson City in 1898 and then to Nome in 1900. I believe he spent 4 years in Nome and then moved to Knik where he spent about 8 years. Need I say it? He was a miner.

I have only been able to find one census record of him in Nome in 1900, and I believe he is the A.S. Lee listed in the "Settlers in the Mat-Su Valley from Knik to Palmer in 1915." I would love to find more information about his life in Alaska but am not sure where to look.

My husband & I have lived in Eagle River since 1981 so I feel especially connected to my great grandfather who lived just minutes away all those years ago. Thank you so much for all your hard work in preserving this part of Alaska history. Carol


Name: Colin Eaton <>
Date: 2014-04-01
juat dropped by to read a bit about my family Eaton-Werner, I have recently come by some phtographs, due to the passing of an aunt, from her aunt (Fanny Werner), I will try and scan and e-mail them to you.
keep up the fantastic work - it is so interesting from her in the UK.


Name: Ken Jones <>
Date: 2014-03-31
I have thoroughly enjoyed exploring this history of my stomping grounds since 1974. So many places I have wondered about; now I know something about the people who lived there. Thank you, and may I offer my complements on your fine work.

Name: Hildur Feakes <>
Date: 2014-03-31
You have done a wonderful job! Because of your work, I was able to find long members. Thank you so much!

Name: Norman Garrett <>
Date: 2014-03-30
My Dad's first cousin (Sherman and Vie Carney) homesteaded in Homer Alaska. Would like any connection to their escendants. I am Norman Garrett- father was Harvey Garrett.
Sherman and Harvey were born about 1896


Name: john k olsen <>
Date: 2014-03-23
Beulah Olson was my Grandma.

Name: Kelly Doke <>
Date: 2014-03-21
My grandparents were some of the settlers from Minnesota Kenneth and they have grandma as Grace but her name was Elverta Kinepier, they had brought 4 children with them and my father was one of the first babies born in the old Palmer hospital before it burned down. His name was John Klinepier. My grandfather also built the First Prestpetarian Church "Church of a thousand trees" in Palmer, it is a log church.

Name: John Scott Hornal <>
Date: 2014-03-21
I have visited this site several times and love it. Thanks so much for all your hard work. My parents (Clyde & Kathleen "Kit" Hornal) bought the old Borden property when they came to Wasilla in 1969 (that would be the house directly behind the playground of the Wasilla school - which is now city hall). Lots of fond memories attending that school and living next to a playground! My father homesteaded out old Knik in the 1950's when he came to Alaska the first time before me met my mother, married and returned in 1969 with us 2 boys in tow.

Name: raymond theodore <>
Date: 2014-03-17
the stories are interesting----my dad was born off international airport possibly a fish camp .my mom was born possibly Susitna station---my dad born in 1912, my mom 1922...........


Name: Dave Smith <>
Date: 2014-03-13
I was researching a distant cousin who died in the 1964 earthquake when I came across your site. I have spent several hours reading some of the stories. A very interesting site. Thank you.

Name: Andrew J. Clark <>
Date: 2014-03-10
I enjoyed reading about the old times in Alaska... I was in the Air Force 10th. Air Rescue until 1948.. Retired from the ARR in 1977... now am 85 years old and live in Texas


Name: Mark A Davies <>
Date: 2014-03-04
Coleen's information on the tragedy that befell the McKenzie family's loss of four children in March, 1964 in the tsunami that hit the Oregon Coast was very helpful in our Support Officer organization's locating the WA cemetery where the children are buried/memorialized, and to our placing their mother's remains there, upon her death in March, 2014, leaving no living relatives.

Name: frank leppa <>
Date: 2014-03-02
Lived in AK fm 1953 to 1959 It was fun at age 10 thru 16 Mostly Anchorage, but some Fairbanks and Annette island.. best regards, Frank

Name: Joe Affronte <>
Date: 2014-03-02
Would you have any information on Ole Brown, born 1859, Armstrong county, pa.

1880- 1920?

Thank You for you great work.

Joe Affronte


Name: Ralph <>
Date: 2014-03-01
I was trying to find info. on a J N Bowman. This person had a fur farm lease in 1927 around mile 79.5 Parks Hwy.
Not sure if it was man or woman.





Name: amber story <>
Date: 2014-02-23
Hello I'm looking for anyone who is related to tina katelnikoff. I am her great granddaughter. I have been trying to located her side of the family for a family tree and I can only get to her than thats it! If anyone can help that would be great! thanks I do know that she was in kodiak and part of the koniag! some one please help me!



Name: triena Slatter <>
Date: 2014-02-21
Thanks. Wow, Great Info. I am a UAF RD BA online student from Anchorage doing research in the MatSu Valley. I was born and raised in AK, but never know all the great stories. Wow. Thanks so much for all the hard work putting it all together and sharing it!


Name: Barbara Seaman <>
Date: 2014-02-16
What a lot of work you've done! I am picking up on a research project I began 10 years ago and just found your site. Its too long a story to go into details now, but I am looking for info on both Catheran(or Katherine)Bayou and Chris Spillum. Because of the stories she wrote about him in the AK Sportsman's Magazine, I know quite a bit but they both disappear after 1945 or so. They seemed quite devoted to each other and I'd love to find out what happened to them. Also -- did you ever find out more about China Poot? I moved to AK back in 1979 to work for the folks who own the lodge there and the owner, Mike McBride, knows more. I believe the bay was named for China Poot (Putt?), who lived in a tiny cabin there on the flats -- or at least he trapped from there. Let me know if you want contact info, and/or if you have any leads to suggest for me for Katherine and Chris. Thanks for doing all you've done!

Name: Dawn Moffitt <>
Date: 2014-01-31
Thank you for all that you have... I now have some photos of my grandma Wanda Soper... In love with your site... Thank you so much. My daughter loved looking at these with me.


Name: Janette Whatley Corbin <>
Date: 2014-01-30
Boy, you have a lot of information here! It's like taking a trip down memory lane for some of it! Thanks!


Name: Robert L Graham <>
Date: 2014-01-05

We have exchanged stories begote Slivers was one.
I'm still searching for the names of the 1935 school bus operator for the new Palmer Territorial School that open the fall of that year.

I have attempted to Email you but it is promptly returned "undelivered"!

I am doing sum support writing for the Palmer Historical Society News publication with short stories.

Would like to communicate directly.

Admire your posted material, It's first class.

Robert "Bob" Graham Graduating Class of 1948


Name: Robin Macgregor <>
Date: 2014-01-02
I am so very glad to have come upon your site....I am connected to Russell Shaw, and Alexa Shaw who married Charles Cadwallader. I will be visiting Juneau and Anchorage in April 2014 and hope to visit Wasilla. Our family story has always been that Russell built a road house but reading your site I now believe it was Cad who built it. I'm glad to have the correction. I have a bit more information on Russell but he and his family are very illusive. Perhaps we can chat when I get there? Thank you for your huge volume of work. I'm a genealogist in Minnesota and can really appreciate your site.

Name: George Carte <>
Date: 2013-12-26
What a wealth of information. Thank you so much.


Name: Nancy Stroup <>
Date: 2013-12-22
I loved the May Carter interview. What year did you interview her?

Name: David Muth <>
Date: 2013-12-19
nice job very interesting reading

Name: Helen Hegener <>
Date: 2013-12-09
Hi Coleen, I'm researching the old Herning/Teeland/Mead store for my next book, on the Matanuska Valley. I always appreciate the dates and connections you make available, it definitely helps me when putting these historic jigsaw puzzles together! ~Helen


Name: Patrick Callahan <>
Date: 2013-11-25
Great historical website. I was especially interested in the Jesse Lee Home as I am from Seward, Alaska but now live in Nome.

Name: Katrina Malm <>
Date: 2013-10-16
I grew up in Anchorage decades ago and was drawn into the wealth of information at this site. The newspaper references, stories and photographs are high quality. The tales of the Old Knik townsite were also interesting. There was a brief archeological project there in the early 1990's to identify and recover where all the grave sites were under impending development. It would be great to see whatever happened from that and any more information about all the Alaska natives and homesteaders from that area. It was a short boomtown.

Name: Scott Palmer <>
Date: 2013-10-11
My dad is Jim Palmer from Fergus Falls, Minnesota. I live in Rock Springs, Wyoming.
Scott Palmer


Name: Shaunari Rique <>
Date: 2013-10-07
This is awesome! My Grandfather owned the Valdez hotel when the earthquake hit in '64. They moved to Idaho after that and my mom itched to get back to Alaska. She moved back in the 80's and has been there ever since.

Name: Casey J Palmer <>
Date: 2013-10-02
Thanks for compiling this information and making it available. My great great grandfather was MD Snodgrass. I did not find too much about him here. Not sure why but it could be due to the fact he predates a lot of colony history. My great grandparents were the Reeds who owned Reeds Hardware in Palmer. My grand mother is is. Marge" Punky " Reed,. Her son John Pullen was my biological father although I was adopted at birth by George and Jackie Palmer who live on the Outer Springer Loop. I live in Portland Oregon now but visit every year. Thanks again. Casey

Name: Christalina Jager <>
Date: 2013-09-10
very informative page... so much to see, I haven't seen it all yet, but it's a very good job at research... our village, Port Graham is in the process of finding ... any information about it and it's tribal members and I came across your page. it is very helpful, thank you!

Name: Dorothy Lentz Klein <>
Date: 2013-09-07
I am the daughter of Bill and Viola Lentz, original Matanuska Valley Colonists. Our farm is now the Musk Ox Farm.

Thanks for all your hard work.


Name: Kathy (Roark) Laing <>
Date: 2013-08-23
Finding your website was purely accidental, but so glad I found it! Having spent a small amount of time digging into my family's history in the Valley, I can appreciate the years you have dedicated to this site. Thank you!

Name: M. A. Roberts <>
Date: 2013-08-20
I am enjoying reading the information you compiled. Fascinating! Thank you for all your work and for sharing.


Name: Ed Rosek <>
Date: 2013-08-17
Thanks so much Coleen, this is a great bit of Alaskan history and reference. You put in a lot of work. Well done!

Name: Lynn Reynolds <>
Date: 2013-07-14
Very interesting history that you have compiled.
I came to Alaska in 1951, when I was born in Juneau.


Name: Sue Masters <>
Date: 2013-06-17
Very nicely organized! I was looking for any
thing about my cousins who moved to Palmer but your site doesn't include the 60's to 2000. Nice site though!!


Name: Penny Armstrong <>
Date: 2013-05-27
So happy to have encountered this site. (I clicked over from the link you posted on the Facebook page "Ask Lee about Alaska.") This is all very interesting and I can tell it's taken a lot of time and heart to produce. Thank you for sharing it!

Name: John Foster <>
Date: 2013-05-07
VERY informative site!

Name: Bruce Parham <>
Date: 2013-04-21
Thank you for posting these primary sources relating to south-central Alaska.

Name: Judy (Bartholf) Widmer <>
Date: 2013-04-18
Enjoyed looking into the Bartholf family history. I remember some of my Uncles who are mentioned and have passed this web site on to my brother and nephews.

Thank you so much for preserving this history!!!!


Name: andrew (sonny) smulick <>
Date: 2013-03-31
Love your site.Lots of info.Brings back memories.

Name: marti Bradley <>
Date: 2013-03-28
Good job.


Name: Walter Kanulie <>
Date: 2013-03-25
Thanks for your research efforts. I found my dad's family in your site.

Name: Rain Wade <>
Date: 2013-03-19
Thank you so much for publishing your research. My family is among those listed in Chickaloon, and I appreciate the work you have done on that history. You wrote about the shooting of Jess Wickersham by his wife, Annie - those were my grandparents. She only spent one night in jail, which was unheard of for a native woman in those days. The trauma for her lasted a lifetime.

Jack and Olga Corey had many more children who were not included in your research. If you'd like more info on that, let me know.

I was looking for old maps, but am currently out of the state so am limited to internet research.

Thanks again, would like to hear back from you.


Name: James Hunt <>
Date: 2013-02-28
WOW OH WOW - I could lost in your site for hours. Thank you.

Name: verna fischer <>
Date: 2013-02-25
interested in Frank Cannon...part of my family tree and little info on him.

Name: Sandy Lott <>
Date: 2013-02-05
Nice website. Interesting information. Thank you!

Name: Dale Orrell <>
Date: 2013-01-30
Thank you for putting together all this information. I found you while doing some research on the Susitna River above Talkeetna. My wife and I own some remote property along the Susitna upstream from Gold Creek.

Name: Eileen Diemert <>
Date: 2013-01-13
Childhood memories came flooding back as I read your posted information!

Thanks for the memory. I attended Chugiak Territorial Elementary School from the fourth grade in Mrs May,s classroom through seventh grade. Lamar's lived down the street from my family and I attended Eagle River Baptist Church. I also remember Star Frary as a classmate.

What a fine evening I have has,


Name: Jim and Annie Leach <>
Date: 2013-01-05
Thank you so much for the wonderful history of our area.
We have been here for nearly 40 years, and really enjoy reading of all the history.
You have done an excellent job of putting it all together.
We have passed your site on to a close friend in Germany. He has worked numerous sled dog races with me over the years and is quite a history buff.
We have now retired and painting pictures of " The Great Land" Our web-sitre is :
Thank you very much !


Name: Eric Cordingley <>
Date: 2013-01-02
I'm working on the Morningside Hospital project here in Portland.

Name: Janet Lee Armer (Nicklie/Nickolai <>
Date: 2012-12-20
Doing genealogy for my Son. Can't seem to find out our nationality other than Athabascan....
Can anyone help?
My fathers name is Wilson H. Nicklie. His fathers name is John H. Nicklie. The last name is also spelled Nickolai.
Thank you very much, I enjoy the site very much.


Name: frank gagnon <>
Date: 2012-12-11
Very good site,I'll try and get some Soper & Gagnon info for you

Name: Paul Gray <>
Date: 2012-11-18
Thank You!!!

Name: jesse turner <>
Date: 2012-11-04
found a lot of my family here. Thank you!!

Name: Eric Cordingley <>
Date: 2012-10-30
I live in Portland, Or and am assisting the Lost Alaskans team in gathering information on the Alaskans who were sent to Morningside Hospital here. My interest is in finding the names and burial locations of all who died while at Morningside. You probably have heard about our work, but just in case, here is a link:
Thanks for all your work with the Chemawa School.


Name: Cheryl Lucas <>
Date: 2012-10-28
My father worked for the FAA in late 50's and early 60's. I lived there as a child for 8 years, I remember living in government housing and being there during the earthquake in 1963. We left when I was in the fourth grade where we moved to El Centro California. What a change! But I have always had fond memories of living on Annette Island.


Name: Charlie Trowbridge <>
Date: 2012-09-26
Thanks. Nice job! I'll be back.

Name: Alan Ross <>
Date: 2012-09-17
What a wealth of information. Thank you for all the work you've done. I enjoyed immensely looking over your pages, and I'm sure I'll be back.

Name: Jo A Earls <>
Date: 2012-09-08
I lived at Fire Lake from 1966 thru 1978.

Name: Daniel Weber <>
Date: 2012-08-30
I've spent several very interesting hours going over your pages. Thanks for working so hard to make this information accessible. It would be nice to get locations of old Southcentral cemeteries one could visit.

Name: Rhonda Charleville <>
Date: 2012-07-31
I found your page very useful. I would like to see if you can help me get additional information on the obit from the Anchorage TimeS from 03/28/1945. My grandmother was Jessie Nelson. We have a lot of unanswered questions about this navy accident.

Sincerely, Rhonda Charleville


Name: helen Hegener <>
Date: 2012-07-22
Okay, now I'm laughing at myself! After signing your guestbook I returned to the homepage, noted your new Valley Pioneers Directory, and sure enough - there's the information I was looking for about Joe Kircher! You are amazing!

Name: Helen Hegener <>
Date: 2012-07-22
Once again I've been lost in your pages of history for a couple of hours! Didn't find what I was looking for - something about homesteader Joe Kircher - but as usual I found plenty of other fascinating information and great reading!

Name: cheryl and curt yohn <>
Date: 2012-06-26
curt's great grandfather and grandmother, victor and manila bay yohn came from tomahawk, wisonsin in 1935. his grandfather married a sandvik whose parents also came in 1935 from mooselake, michigan. my husband remembers trapping beaver with his grandfather on a 20 mil trapp line next to Yohn Lake. He said their were 10 to 20 cabins along the trapline each cabin a days walk. we would like to know if the lake and trapline are still in the family, is there any family still in palmer and anyother information you may have. My husband has always been told his great grandmother, manila bay was native alaskan-records show she came from tomahawk. she died in the pioneer retirement home in1984. we'd like to know is the home still exists and if they have a death record anywhere that shows her race/tribe. we have heard that the yohn name in palmer around the 1970's was not good due to alcohol abuse. curt' father had bothers named eldon, mark and curtis. We don't know anything about eldon, mark died in a plane crash (into the lumber yard) and we can't find anything about curt. I hope you can help us with some history. curt remembers totems with raven and salmon outside his great grandpartents cabins. they were trappers, traders and the younger gernrations were bush piolets. Thank you, your site has been very helpful

Name: Kristopher Mielke <>
Date: 2012-06-13
Really wonderful works Mom!!

Name: Pat Evans <>
Date: 2012-06-11
What an amazing person you are Coleen, you have given me so much help, you also have a great deal of information on your web page. Thanks. Pat

Name: wayne bullock <>
Date: 2012-06-02
Hi Colleen;
Great job,I went to work on Ft.Rich. in the fall of 1962 as a body repairman and your father OLLIE was my foreman.I also knew your mother from all the activities she was involved in.We lived a mile from your place at Fish Hatchery Rd.You may have known the Bullock kids from school.Thanks for all your work. Wayne bullock Mesquite Nv.


Name: Suzanne Hill <>
Date: 2012-05-07
You have a lot of information here!! I may be getting a hold of you soon for some help with my research!! Thank you!!

Name: Virgi & Linda <>
Date: 2012-04-12
I want to thank all who worked on this website. I love it


Name: Theresa <>
Date: 2012-04-05
I appreciate any help you can offer me. I have been looking on and off for information on my family but always his brick walls due to the paperwork back then not really getting done. My mother's birth certificate and her baptismal were burned when the orthodox church they were in burned down.

Name: K. Allan Linn <>
Date: 2012-04-05
Sorry it has taken me so long to get back into the "real world" after Jim Fox telling me about you.

Name: Arlene Bibby Hill <>
Date: 2012-04-01
Enjoyed your website. My great uncle Jay S Bibby came to Alaska in about 1898. He had a gold mine but had a lot of bad luck. At one time he was in the Klondike. When he died, he was farming his homstead property near the Fox River near Seldovia. He raised cattle and vegetables for the Army. We visited Seldovia several years ago but weren't able to get to the place where he lived. He died in 1947.

Name: Helen Hegener <>
Date: 2012-03-28
Hello Coleen, I found your pages while researching information about the Valley's early pioneers, in relation to a book I'm working on about the Colony barns. Having lived here off and on since 1965 there were many familiar names. Nice work, and I'll help with updates as I am able to. ~Helen


Name: Kenn D. Brinck <>
Date: 2012-02-18
I had no idea you were a historian of such note - I am pleased and filled with delight. Thank you!

Name: Pat Evertz <>
Date: 2011-11-06
Spent the entire evening browsing through the pages of your site looking for general Alaskan information, plus my various Alaskan ancestors -- extremely interesting! Thanks for all the effort you have put into your research, and for keeping the results available and free of charge for everyone! After reading through all the guestbook comments, I know for sure that I'm not alone with my appreciation of your work.

Pat Evertz, Germany


Name: Esther <>
Date: 2011-11-03
I can see that you have spent countless hours on this information and I am impressed as I haven't found much on AK genealogy. I haven't had time to search all of your stuff yet, but if you have any information about Cheif Ivan Blunka and his wife Natalia from Old Stuyahok and moved to New stuyahok, I would greatly appreciate it. I believe they lived between around 1912 and 2000. She I think died in 2001, he much earlier. There is a school named after him, I know for sure. I am trying to help my adopted daughter trace her genealogy. Let me know if you can point me in a certain direction or not? Thank you for all of your time.


Date: 2011-10-30
I'm suprised nothing has been mentioned of the ElNathan Childrens Home Valdez , and the Lazy Mt Childrens home

Name: Taletha Gertz <>
Date: 2011-10-27
am interested in any information on people from/of Afognak Village

Name: Lorianne Rawson <>
Date: 2011-10-13
Wonderful work, you helped me find may great-aunts father. Thank you so much,

From the Flyum, Nielsen, Rykterov (Rickteroff)family,
Lorianne (Nielsen) Rawson


Name: Kermit . Karns <>
Date: 2011-10-13
Kermit B. Karns, Imperial NE; 13 Oct 2011; I don't have any relatives in Alaska that I know of, except Coleen Mielke! I note a CAA-FAA type once in a while. As an ex-CAA-FAA staffer, I knew or knew of several of them and can provide very limited data on a few. Coleen is connected through my wife, Lottie Wolf's Germans-from-Russia line. I've did a great amount of her genealogy. I'm currently into Chase County, Nebraska genealogy. Look for "swnegen" for my web site. I can respond to a few queries.

Name: Brit Lively <>
Date: 2011-08-31
What a great compilation of Alaska history. I admire your dedication and attention down to the smallest detail.Thank you for your research available to the public.

Name: Magnus Bj. Wallem Rovik <>
Date: 2011-08-29
I just happened to visit your homepage looking for some cousins of mine. Their name was Martin and Wayne Hanna and they both married Oglalla Souix Indian girls who were sisters and the great-great granddaughters of Chief Crazy Horse.


Name: Marcy Leeds Cobb <>
Date: 2011-08-17
My mother is Florence Leeds in the Bartholf family article
How can Iget a copy of it to give her or do i just print it.


Name: Diane Oppedal <>
Date: 2011-07-18
My 33 year old uncle, Delbert J.Rundle of Kenai,died of carbon monixide poisoning Jan. 15, 1950, with girlfriend, Hazel Showalter. His friend and co-worker, George H. Stearns, Box 26 of Kenai (1950 address), wrote a letter to the newspaper disputing the published account of death. I wonder if George or any relatives of his are living today? I have Delbert's slides of people,mainstreet, construction of 500 man barracks, etc. Any information on the Stearns family would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Diane Oppedal, 2804 Northridge Ln.,Ames IA Ph. 515-233-2300


Name: Lynda Henderson <>
Date: 2011-07-05
What an amazing adventure

Name: Llana Markey <>
Date: 2011-06-01
Hi Coleen,
I am the new webmaster of the Anchorage Genealogical Society and one of our members sent me your website address. I have been looking through it and it is wonderful. We are trying to put together a Native Group to do their research of their families and as you know how difficult it is to trace Alaska
Native Roots. We put out a Monthly Digest and have a website at I hope you don't mind if we write up your site and add it to our links list of Alaskan Resources. If you are ever in town, please give me a call, as I would love to have coffee with you. Again, wonderful site and I KNOW how much work it has taken. You are to be commended.


Name: Carolyn Ekstedt <>
Date: 2011-06-01
Awesome work, Coleen. Some day when I grow up, I will have the same attention to detail and work ethic that you do. ;>)

Name: Gary <>
Date: 2011-05-15
Thanks alot for all of your hard work. Found my great grandfather on my fathers side and a whole bunch of my native relatives in the census records for Old Iliamna.My mothers biological grandfather is also in those records.Quite interesting. I can not seem to find any records for Seversons Roadhouse(New Iliamna or Iliamna)nor can I access any census records from 1940 to present.Again THANKS for all the effort!!!

Name: Chris Waalkes <>
Date: 2011-05-12
Hopefully the information on Thomas H. Jeter contributed to the rest of the research you have already performed. I will continue to work primarily on stories about Spenard Lake but any stories about Spenard in general. Be happy to share those as well.

Name: Beatrice Moran Reynolds <>
Date: 2011-04-26
Thanks for all your hard work! I have bookmarked your site.

Name: Val Angasan I <>
Date: 2011-04-26
God bless.

Name: Lloyd H Henderson <>
Date: 2010-11-20
Our family lived in Anch. and then Sundi Lake area.Father Ralph (dec.) was yard forman at ARR,Mother Betty (dec)Daughter Joanne (dec) Sons Leroy, Lloyd and second daughter Susan - 1940 till present Leroy is still in Ak (Peters creek) What a wonderful experience to have been born there and to live the Alaska Dream.......God Bless

Name: Don Rentfrow <>
Date: 2010-11-19
First arrived in Ketchikan, Alaska via the SS Denali in the summer of '51... My father worked for the CAA and we lived on Annette Island for two years... What a place for a 15 year old to live... Then on to Homer for another years and then Moses Pt. ( 99 miles E of Nome) for a year...
Moved into Anchorage in '57 after 2 years in the Canal Zone... Left in 58 when the Military had other plans....Loved Alaska and hope to return some day.........


Name: Marilyn Barnett Daniels <>
Date: 2010-11-18
I found your site while trying to get more information on Evan Justin "Jake" Tomlinson, an early pioneer of the Matanuska Valley. I found some things I could use and am very grateful. I also have a JOHN AND CLARICE (TOMLINSON) DRYDEN that seem very elusive although we know they lived in the Houston and/or Palmer area for quite a long time in the '40's and '50's. They died in a plane crash in 1959 but we do not know where they met, married or were buried.

Thanks for all your hard work.


Name: Helen Hegener <>
Date: 2010-10-31
I find myself coming to your wonderful site from many, many different other sites, and every time I come here I get lost in the wonderful links and information you've provided! It's a real treasure - thank you for all the time and work I know you put into it!

Name: Terri Watson <>
Date: 2010-10-21
Hi, Coleen -
I 'lucked' up on your page while looking for some of my own geneaology information -- WOW! You've got a wonderful collection here! I haven't had much time to get through it yet (can't wait to get though more of it), but it's fun to read and remember some of what is just an amazing history. Thanks for putting this out here. Hope all is well with you and yours. Terri Watson


Date: 2010-10-17
This is a great website and it shows that an enormous amount of time has been invested in preparing it. I have already examined half a dozen of the links and found them interesting, and some useful.

My folks went to Seward in 1941 to get married, but moved back stateside in November 1941 since Fort Raymond was taking over the town. Then in 1952, they returned to Seward for 5 years with two sons. Their stories about Seward are found in Volumes 4, 5 and 8 of this link

Thanks Colleen for all of the work to put this page together! I am going to spend more time investigating some of the links to see if I can find more information about my folks time in Alaska. Your good work is appreciated!
Jim Jensen (The son of Jim and Marie Jensen)


Name: Rudy Green <>
Date: 2010-10-01
Thank you so much for all your hard work in putting this all together.

Name: Janice Yates <>
Date: 2010-09-18

Hi, just wanted to tell you that I love all the info you have on your site. My moms grand dad was Chief Nicoli from Point possession and she also lived at Jesse Lee Home. I did not find her or any of her brothers on the Jesse Lee Home list though. I will have to ask her what years she was there. Her name is Virginia Kallander, brothers were Julius and Gilbert Kallander.

I am in Anchorage helping her, she is terminally ill and the family has her at home, so have been getting away by looking on internet.

My e-mail is

Thanks again, will look some more when I have more time and thinking better.


Name: Carol Seedorf <>
Date: 2010-08-09
My ggreat grandfather AS Lee is listed as being an early settler in the Mat-Su Valley. He was a miner who was first in Nome in 1900 and later moved to the Knik area. I have not been able to find any info on him other than your one list. Would you let me know where I should look for more about him in Alaska? Also, I have some photos of him, dog sleds, towns (I think Nome is one of them). Is there anyone who could help me identify these locations? Thank you, Carol

Name: Laureen Mielke <>
Date: 2010-07-23
Coleen, I stumbled across your website, tried emailing you, but it comes back to me. If you read this, please email me. I am married into the Mielke family in Juneau, Alaska. Family history is scanty, but can be shared with you as it is dredged up.
Laureen Mielke


Name: Linda Ann Lloyd Danielson <>
Date: 2010-07-08
Greetings! Having finally completed transcription of my mother's Alaskan homesteading letters I certainly have great appreciation for the amount of work you have done to present these pages!! Kudos!

My parents, William (Bill) Dennison Lloyd and Mildred Anne Cahill Lloyd filed for 160 acre homestead back in the Eagle River Valley in May 1958, received title to the first 120 acres in August 1963 and title to the remaining 40 acres in I believe 1965. The collection of my mother's homesteading journals and letters is not 100% complete after all these years, but remarkably intact nonetheless. Although relative latecomers to the Territory, their appreciation for the grandeur of Alaska matched any I can imagine! I hope to ebook and print-on-demand publish my mother's writings after I have completed my final edits! Again, thanks for your work and for your site, link sent to me by my brother, Steven Lloyd of Title Wave Books in Anchorage. - Linda


Name: Susan Hill <>
Date: 2010-07-03
I love to get this much done. There is so little time and so much to look up. Good job.

Name: Lori Ashton (Wilson) <>
Date: 2010-06-22
Hello Coleen, you have done a wonderful job! Thanks to you, I now have a marriage date for my great grandparents, James Wilson and Ekaterina Pomfilov. I too love genealogy and subscribe to and OneGreatFamily.On my mothers side I have gone back 20 generations,to Northern Ireland and Scotland. But of course, Alaska is a little more difficult to research. I am looking for any info on James Wilson ,born in Scotland , husband of Ekaterina, father to Filip and Paul. Thank-you for your time, Lori Ashton.

Name: Mark Wilson <>
Date: 2010-06-17
Hey Coleen, My Uncle was James LaMay, who was, after I read your article was your neighbor. James, was my Mom's older brother. We always suspected that there was more to his accident because it was unlikey that would happen with his military background and being raised in tennessee with a gun in his hand. It seems through your detailed knowledge that you might give me some other info on my Uncle. I know that he was partnered with my granddad in a laundry business. My uncle died in 1962, my granddad clarence edward died in 1997 and Janelle just died in December of last year and I don't know if you know my Uncle Clarence, but he passed away in 2001 mu Aunt roycie still lives around there. Is there anyway you can locate a newspaper article from that date that my Uncle died. It happened on 24 Oct, 1962. any help or info on my Uncle, especially personal memories that you might have would be great, and deeply appreciated

Name: Pansy Herring <>
Date: 2010-06-16
I didn't take the time to read all the information, but, I will, as I am very interested in the history of Alaska.

Name: Judy Denton (Wasterlain) <>
Date: 2010-06-04
Hi there. Even though I haven't found my ancestors on your site, I've enjoyed viewing what you compiled. It is pretty impressive and my hat is off to you. Thanks for sharing this information.

Name: Patricia Berry <>
Date: 2010-05-22
I just want to let everyone know that I placed a message on the board on 22 February 2010 regarding the missing ALEXANDER WOODSIDE and after a member of this site referred me to the City of Nome website ALEXANDER WOODSIDE has been found.
Thanks to Coleen.


Name: Diana Long <>
Date: 2010-04-17
One further note-the colonist 75th anniversary reunion is this summer. Anyone interested should e-mail for information and a registration form.

Name: Diana Long <>
Date: 2010-04-17
Thank you so much for your work on the Edlund family. Since I'm researching Robert Lothrop I was especially thrilled to see that group photo with him in it. Thank you for all the hard work you do preserving Valley history.

Name: Donna Jones <>
Date: 2010-03-25
You have done an awesome job! Found info re my husband's family and some of my grandmother's kin. Thank you!


Name: Verna Mae Sears <>
Date: 2010-03-23
I am Verna Mae (sears) Rowland.Born inAnchorage Ak. Old Railroad Hospital 1934.April 28th 1934. Raised in the Matanuska Vally. School, Wasilla School.Father, Harry Sears.. Mother Hilda Sears, Brother Donald Sears Born in Anchorage,1932 Oct.24 th. sister, Rosella Sears born Palmer June 2nd 1936. these pages are of great interest to me! Saturday evening Post has pictures of our house and Rosella tending our flowers, A picture of me Verna was placed in a Palmer newspaper because both my arms wre severly burned after falling into a bucket of very hot mop water at two years old. there is a lot more about my younger days in that Great State of Alaska. Verna

Name: Brenda Rasmussen Johnson <>
Date: 2010-03-18
Born 1970, Anchorage. Parents Ralph (1930-1985) and Rose Mary Rasmussen (1931-1985), buried in Aurora Cemetery, plots 50A and 50B. Moved to AK from Oregon in 1964. Moved to Wasilla 1974. Moved to Glennallen 1981. I now live in Peters Creek. Several family members (sister, several nieces, nephews, great-nieces/nephews) live in the Valley, as well as brother-in-law. Brother in Anchorage.
Thanks for all of your work here. I went to Iditarod Elem. until Snowshow opened and was in the first group of students to go there. I saw several family names of classmates (fortunately no classmates!) listed in burial plot listing. Thank you again for all of your hard work, and if there is any information you'd like from me, I'd be happy to share. My parents were "pioneers" to our family b/c they were the first of our family to move to AK. :) Brenda


Name: Becky Henry <>
Date: 2010-03-12
Holy Moly, girl! You have done some amazing work here! Look for my email in a bit, we need to talk.



Name: Raven Kinkaid <>
Date: 2010-03-02
Thank you so much for putting so much time into this. My great grandparents are George Venne Sr and Irene both of the Matanuska Colonization project. I just started my research on my family.. but just so you know I have alot of family in the Wasilla and Palmer area so it worked!

Name: Sonya R. LaRose <>
Date: 2010-02-25
Thank you for all your hard work, it's amazing.
Colonist 1936 Wisconsin decendant
Henry "Hank" & Colistia LaRose
Gerold "Gary" & Rosemary LaRose
Gary R. & Chris LaRose
Shawn, Sonya,
Gary R. & Ann LaRose


Name: Dona Hermon <>
Date: 2010-02-24
Very interesting site. Found familiar names in your guest book. I have info on family members that are buried in the Aurora and Palmer Pioneer Cemetaries, if you would like it. Thanks.

Name: Patricia Berry <>
Date: 2010-02-22
This appears to be a very informative site. I was looking for information on a ALEXANDER WOODSIDE born 1884 in Ballycastle Ireland who went to Nome with his cousin Daniel Blue just before 1910. They both appear on the 1910 Nome Census but with a Birth Country of Scotland. Daniel Blue died in 1915 in Alaska. We believe Alexander Woodside was murdered between 1910-1920 but cannot find any record of a Death for him.
Any ideas?


Name: Margaret H <>
Date: 2010-02-16
What an amazing site!
Great work, Coleen!
It's so fun to browse through our history!


Name: Donna J Prewitt <>
Date: 2010-02-12
This has so much information. You have done a wonderful job, putting the site together. I have some info for you, on the cemetary listings for Palmer. Let me know if you would like it.

Name: Sheri Bailey <>
Date: 2010-01-20
Thank you for all your hard work.I was able to find my mothers name, Sassa Modook and her siblings(I assume)in the Eklutna Village census.Corinne Call was a teacher there and adopted my mother and changed her name to Sally Ann Call.

Name: Johnny Johnson <>
Date: 2010-01-17
Always a pleasure to run into old friends of the Eagle River Chugiak area.

Johnny Johnson
(also known as Johnny Rudick)


Name: Sandy Edgington <>
Date: 2010-01-02
My husbands great grandparents were in Alaska in the early 1900's. Haven't been able to find much information. They are Archie & Della McClellan, Della remarried E. F. Pollard. Always looking for more information.
Thank you for all the work you have done on this website.


Name: Randy Friday <>
Date: 2009-12-31
thanks Coleen, for all the hours of research, we are all enjoying all your hard work, I have grown up here in willow, and have been here from 1958 to present, any info. about willow in the early years, is what Iam looking at. thanks Randy

Name: Randy Friday <>
Date: 2009-12-31


Name: Julianne Gibbs-Davis <>
Date: 2009-12-28
My grandma was born in Chignik in 1928 and grew up in the Jesse Lee Home in Seward. She is on your list! Thank you for making this information available.

Name: Nancy Ferko <>
Date: 2009-08-24
You have done a lot of work..good job.
Will remember you for AK Look-ups as I belong to the Anchorage Genealogical Society


Name: Denise Chappel <>
Date: 2009-07-25
Thanks for this great site. What a lot of work. I've worked for 30 years off and on, on my own family history. My great uncle, Herman Belah, lived in Ruby from about 1898 to about 1950. His story is interesting, and long, but he was a doctor in that area from 1911 until he left in about 1950.

Another possibly relative was Peter Ogle in Sunrise, in the 1900 census.

I currently live in Sunshine and have lived in interior and southcentral Alaska since 1976. I was born in San Francisco in 1946.

I found this site while researching for the history of the Sunshine area for a website I'm writing.

One thing I learned that surprised me, was the number of children in orphanages. It is so sad to think of these children growing up without their extended families.

Thanks for your work.




Name: Wanda Grant <>
Date: 2009-07-20
My mother and Father Richard and Patricia Wells were married at Mt. McKinley in 1952. We lived in Spenard on March 27, 1964 when the Good Friday Earthquake struck, I was 9 years old. We moved to Oregon that summer, at the non stop urging of my mom, lol!!!

Name: Rene Edelman Azzara <>
Date: 2009-07-20
This is awesome Coleen. Thanks for making this information easily accessible. - Soldotna, Alaska

Name: allison jenkins <>
Date: 2009-01-09
my grandmother was put in bethel beach home around 1925 along with her sisters emma and margret and brother mike. they lost thier mother mary bailey and father mike gave them up. my great grandmother is mary tooyik born from annie and andrew tooyik in sitka ak. please..everyone is dead, i don't know who i am and will go insane if i dont understand where my family came from.

Name: Edward Koehler <>
Date: 2008-10-06
Very, very interest page. I am working on Koehler's and
Kunda's from Germany. After WWII the Russians in the Ukraine
shipped all the Germans back to Germany after they were there
for over a couple hundred years...way back to Catherine the
Great..Adios from La Crosse...the best OctoberFest in the US


Name: Jackie Brophy <>
Date: 2008-09-28
Hi! I am working on the geneology of the Rickteroff family in the Old Iliamna area and have information to 1778. My husband's grandmother was Agafiia Savva Rickteorff Anderson, married to Pete Anderson. Most of the information we have about them is from John Branson of the NPS in Lake Clark (maybe you've seen some of his books) and from Violet Willson in Naknek (who had gathered much information from information in Kodiak). Feel free to visit and look around the Rickteroff site @ ...its pretty facinating. The problem is that we don't know where Agafiia fits in so we can't make the connection to the ancestors.

Name: Murray Young <>
Date: 2008-09-22
Tried to get through to you. Says your email is not available. Was born in Matanuska Valley. Wanted to talk to you about researching some past residents. My email is

Name: Herman N. Moonin Jr. <>
Date: 2008-03-30
I found it interesting looking at all the last names and comparing them to present day spellings. The first spelling of our last name was Munin and I see you have it as Moony. My grandmother raised me after the passing of my mother and her last name was Malchoff. Thank you for the interesting information, if you have any questions feel free to contact me, thanks again

Name: Nancy Farretta <>
Date: 2008-02-25
My grandparents settled in the Matanuska valley. My grandfather was Charles Huntley. My grandfather's brother Walter Huntley and his wife Beatrice were part of the original colony settlers. He was also a state representative in Juneau for a few years. Walter is also buried in the pioneer cemetary. My parents were James and Vera(Huntley) Peffers they both died when we were young. I lived a few years with my sister out by Loberg lake,(she was married to Sonny), my brother and I used to pick strawberries from the experimental farms patch. Some of my brothers and a sister were foster kids on the Sandvik farm out by the Butte at the same time. I lived in Alaska until I was 18 and have lived in the lowere 48 since then. I live in Oregon now. I was in my 30's before I knew anything about my family's history with Alaska. It has been fun learning more over the years. Thanks for all of your hard work. Nancy

Name: Linda Carson <>
Date: 2008-02-16
Thank you.

Name: George Showalter <>
Date: 2008-02-06
settlers of the matanuska valley

Name: Jack Brannon <>
Date: 2008-02-04
You have done a tremendous amount of work.

My cousin, John Merton Brannon (b. 1882, Ten.) is registered in the 1910 census taken at Fort Gibbon Army Post, 27 single, boarder. No more data has been found except that he is buried in the Arlington National Cem., Va. 1960. Any help or direction would be most appreciated.

Jack Brannon


Name: Marilyn Hansen-Larson <>
Date: 2008-01-29
I am a Grandaughter of Harry Barnes, and Louis Hansen who are listed in the 1930 census. My mother's name is Kate Barnes, and my father's name is Olaf Hansen. I haven't started a family tree yet but would like to soon.

I married Carl Larson, he is the grandson of Albert & Elizabeth (Osterhaus)Larson. His dad's name is Carl A. Larson.


Name: Brandia Taamu <>
Date: 2007-12-26
This page is AWESOME!!!!! Thank you so much for all the hard work! Resaerching the areas of Morzhovoi, Dutch Harbor, Unalaska & Belofski Researching the names Sheehan Dushkin, B/Vereskin, Kochutin for some reason it didn't show in my post. I have been on this site amny times but had never realized that I had Dushkin or Kochutin relatives I didn't even realize that my Vereskins were actually Bereskins... but I'm learning. Could anyone with ties tothese families please email me at


Name: Geraldine Nicoli <>
Date: 2007-12-06
Part of my family was listed on the census they were Nick Nicholi, Bedusa, Happy, George and Bud. My grandfather was Gerald Nicoli and Nick was his dad and mom was Bedusa. It is great that you have put all this together for people to view. Thank you so much!

Name: Dorothy Randall <>
Date: 2007-11-23
looking for info on my brother bill's dad, paul mershenin
i'm from sitka, do we know you guys?


Name: Martha Brown <>
Date: 2007-11-19
Do you know if there are any BIA Censuses for Kenai after 1934?

Name: Imogene Gardiner <>
Date: 2007-09-29
I have been searching for the last name of Angue. That was my husband's grandmothers maiden name, She was orphaned in the 1919 flu epedemic. She and her brother were brought to Dillingham. Nick her brother is in the 1926 orphanage list I found in a book by Tim Troll.
I have a list of deaths from Dillingham that was provided to a relative of mine. If anyone has requests let me know and I would be happy to look up names.
I found Mikael Rickterov in one of your lists, although it is hard to know which one is or had a child with Alexandria from the Nushagak area.
You did a great job with this site. There are a lot of mispelled last names on the nushagak area that I can see. I know a lot of the names of the people in Dillingham although not all.


Name: Teresa Capo <>
Date: 2007-09-09
I'm trying to figure out if I'm Aleut or yupiq. I do know my great great Grandparents were the above mentioned Evan and Anna dakotak.Thanks and love your site.


Name: Kaye Bontrager <>
Date: 2007-08-25
Excellent work......thank you. I appreciate having access to all your hard worked information.

Name: Beverly Nadeau <>
Date: 2007-08-19
I am trying to locate the information about my maternal grandparents that I never knew. My mother Matea Torgramson was sent to the Jesse Lee Home in the l920's because of her fathers death. Thank you for all your help. I do know that Siguad was born in l854 and died in l9l9 and tatiana was born in l874 and died in l950.

thank you again, beverly nadeau


Name: Betty (Hamilton-Hall) Marker <>
Date: 2007-07-21
You've a wonderful site !! I am researching the old-timers of Southeast and have a Bryce Mielke (b. abt. 1915 m. Florence Cogo-Huteson in Craig) but no ancestors/relatives or data - would you perhaps be a connection?

Name: Timothy Starr <>
Date: 2007-06-27
Googling my aunt Louise Potter for my sister and her friends. She was quite a gal!

T. Starr


Name: Kathy Kline <>
Date: 2007-06-01
Mother - Willa Lois Hamilton nee: Young/Randall DOB 7/4/20
Parents - Edward Clay Hamilton
Leona Josephine Imhoff
Father - James Edward Young Sr. DOB (given 2/12/03)
Parents - Arthur James Young (possibly from Maine)
Rebecca James
My father often talked about owning the fish cannery in Waterfall Alaska and the government took it away because he did not have the proper papers when asked to show proof. It was deeded to him by the owners when it closed in lieu of pay for such good upkeep for many years.
I am Haida and Tlingit. Raven, Double headed Raven, from the Double Finned Killer Whale tribe. I just want to find my family lineage for my children's sake.


Name: Loretta Mattson <>
Date: 2007-05-16
I don't know whether I have ever thanked you for your website. It has helped me often to find answers for persons needing help with their research from 'outside'and in our community.
Thank You!
Loretta Mattson, President Kenai Totem Tracers Genealogical Society


Name: merle thorpe <>
Date: 2007-04-11
Clyde was my grandfather's brother. My brother and I came looking for him in 1975 and found his grave and talked with a woman in town who had known him. Wish we'd gotten more info then and hope to visit again. -Merle

Name: carol toplak <>
Date: 2007-03-21
Just browsing through and just thought I would chek out your site. You did a great job!!

Name: Nadine N. Manker <>
Date: 2007-03-13
Very nice work. You can be proud. Didn't find anyone I needed, but that's OK.

Name: Marina Plieva <>
Date: 2007-02-23
I search all descendants of Osset from North Caucasus,Russia in Alaska.

Name: kay andersen <>
Date: 2007-02-09
great page, well done

Name: Sister <>
Date: 2007-02-09
Thank you for your hard work.

Name: Vikki <>
Date: 2007-02-04
Wow Colleen. What a marvelous job you have done. Hope you don't mind, but I just have to link to you from the Anchorage and Kenai GenWeb sites. You have put so much work into this wonderful site!

Name: Carol Smith <>
Date: 2007-01-06
I was born in Unga, Alaska. I am doing a history search and genealogy on the Shumigan Island and Aleutian communitites and its people.

Name: t biggs <>
Date: 2006-11-29
looking for john deane thompson who left for the gold fields in 1898 and never heard of again. thank you for your site

Name: Brock Shamberg <>
Date: 2006-11-19
I am researching early Jewish settlers and pioneers. Thank you for all your excellent work and for making it available to the public.



Name: Linda Woodard <>
Date: 2006-09-28
Thank you for what looks like an intensive love affair with genealogy. It's a wonderful site that I will visit often.

Name: Shellie Allen <>
Date: 2006-08-18
I am in awe of all of your dilligent toil! Few realize how many long and tedious hours go into work such as this,nor do they get to experience the elation of discovering even the smallest, glorious tidbit of relevant information!
Keep up the good work!


Name: Kermit B. Karns <>
Date: 2006-07-06
Coleen: What a grand project. It sort of paralells what I'm working on for Chase County NE. Best, Kermit

Name: Mary Montgomery <>
Date: 2006-06-26
Hi colleen
Have you ever done alot of research. I am currently helping some decendents of a man called Quijack(in the bc archives) His daughter was Agatha, and she was born in Victoria, BC. Being as I only speak and read English, some of the sites that show up on my computor are illegible to me. Thank you for making this site so easy to research. I will be into your site often as I am doing other researches as well.


Name: John Handley <>
Date: 2006-05-18
Looking for fiddle-footed ggf who disapeared from family in the 1880's.

Name: David & Dusty Harrison <>
Date: 2006-05-05
Thank you for responding to my email regarding the sign in page. It seems to be working now. Thanks again for your research efforts and for sharing the info.

Name: Mel Yost <www.melyost@aol>
Date: 2006-04-26
My Grandparents lived in Alaska after they were married in 1902. Three of there children were born there. I have a couple of old pictures of Alaska. My Grandparents moved there because they siblings there. Did find an Alaska census that showed where the Hutsell brothers were there for a while before they were married.


Name: Alma Roark Jonson <>
Date: 2006-04-17
What surnames or Alaska towns are you researching? Palmer
What Alaska records would you like to see posted here? Roark et al.
Where are you? Seattle
Coleen,I'm not so much researching as browsing. My family, the Roarks (parents Bill & Neva Roark) lived just beyond and across the road from the Mielke place. Mitzi Bleck, a Mielke relation, was my sixth-grade teacher in 1947, our first year in Alaska. I remember the Mielke trucks, dark blue with the Big Dipper and North Star on the cab doors.
I'm looking forward to reading everything at your website.


Name: Andrew Peterson <>
Date: 2006-03-31
What surnames or Alaska towns are you researching? South naknek, Naknek
What Alaska records would you like to see posted here? Peterson, Kraun, Kline
Where are you? Wasilla, AK
I am trying to get information on my grandfather, Andrew Olaf Peterson. He was born in Sweden, Served in the military during the Spanish American War. He put his children in the Jesse lee home. Andrew, Erine, Nicky and Freda.

Name: Camy Fleckenstein Sawicki <>
Date: 2006-03-25
What surnames or Alaska towns are you researching? Knik/Wasilla
What Alaska records would you like to see posted here? Fleckenstein/Edlund
Where are you? Pelham, NH
I can only imagine the amount of hours you have spend researching/assembling this information, it is amazing!
Thank you so much


Name: Sandra L Wilson <>
Date: 2006-03-18
What Alaska records would you like to see posted here? Oscar Vogel-Stephan Lake
Where are you? Perth, Western Australia
Actually I am about finished with writing the story of some lost hunters, 1949. Oscar Vogel built most of the trappers cabins on the Su-Talkeetna River and most are still standing. He was quite an accomplished person.

Name: Allen D. Mochrie <>
Date: 2006-02-28
Where are you? Mississauga,Ontario,Canada
Hi - Wonderful site! You deserve a HUGE round of applause <br>for your efforts. I was doing some research on a relative <br>GEORGE A. MOCHRIE,who MAY have been in Alaska and Yukon Territory in late 1920 early 1930's. <br>Was curious about TLINGET name re-occuring; Is that a tribal <br>name? Sorry I am not more informed. <br>Again,Thank You for your fine work. <br>Allen D. Mochrie.

Name: janie mcwilliams <>
Date: 2006-02-16
Where are you? California
I raised two sons that were born in Anchorage Alaska, their birth mother was raised in Tyonek. <br> <br>Actually, I wanted to let you know what a nice job you have done with this web-site. It has been very interesting.

Name: Mary Wanner-Brokiewicz <>
Date: 2006-01-31
What surnames or Alaska towns are you researching? Anchorage, Palmer, Wasilla
What Alaska records would you like to see posted here? Church, Nelson, Wallin, Wanner
Where are you? Green Bay, Wisconsin
Wonderful web site. Loads of information. I found several of my Nelson relatives.

Name: JEFF <N/A>
Date: 2006-01-13
What surnames or Alaska towns are you researching? TYONEK
What Alaska records would you like to see posted here? CARP/PHILLIPS
Where are you? CONNECTICUT

Name: Gloria J. "Fritzler" Wilson <coduffer>
Date: 2005-11-03
What surnames or Alaska towns are you researching? Wasilla
What Alaska records would you like to see posted here? Edlund/ Fritzler
Where are you? Washington state
Under the Wasilla cemetary - Vicky M. Fritzler's birthplace was Morton, Washington... not Wisconsin. She was the daughter (Hedwick M. Edlund) of John Fredolph Edlund - of which "Edlund Road" was named. He came from Sweden to Washington state & then to Alaska to homestead on Fairview Loop in 1914.

Name: Inez MM Aicher <>
Date: 2005-11-02
What surnames or Alaska towns are you researching? Palmer
What Alaska records would you like to see posted here? Pendergrass
Where are you? Palmer, Ak
Just wanted to say this is a beautiful site. Its very informative and has a wonderful collection of genealogy source's. I do a lot of family history, its my hobbie, I have done most of my families and I just enjoy the puzzles and the history......Thanks Inez MM Aicher

Name: DEE LONGDIN <j longdin pc partners @ net. com>
Date: 2005-10-21
What surnames or Alaska towns are you researching? SANDPOINT, UNGA,DILLINGHAM
What Alaska records would you like to see posted here? MATHIESEN,NELSON, & KALMAKOFF
Where are you? NEWTON, IOWA

Name: Kathy Angeline Esposito <>
Date: 2005-09-18
What surnames or Alaska towns are you researching? Woody Island
What Alaska records would you like to see posted here? William & Angeline Pavloff
Where are you? Phoenix, Arizona USA
My mother was Dorothy Pavloff Mayberry. She was born on Woody Island to William & Angeline Pavloff. I am looking for family history. Thank you.

Name: Amber Cort ez <>
Date: 2005-08-26
What surnames or Alaska towns are you researching? Matanuska Colony
What Alaska records would you like to see posted here? Saindon, Painter
Where are you? Anchorage
Very nice website! I love it! It's been a great help in my search! Thanks so much! :)

Name: Margaret McCormick Allen <>
Date: 2005-07-14
What Alaska records would you like to see posted here? McCormick
Where are you? Olympia WA.
Thank you so much for all your hard work! My Grandfather was Martin McCormick he and my Grandmother Margaret were some of the original Michigan Colonists.My father and his 2 brothers talk often about their stay in Palmer.They didn't stay long because the weather and conditions were far to harsh for my grandma.The twins are very healthy and turning 81 in Sept and the oldest is great about 83.The twins reside near one another in MI my other uncle in Florida.Thanks again so much.God Bless.

Name: Michaelene Stephan <>
Date: 2005-07-12
What surnames or Alaska towns are you researching? Tyonek
What Alaska records would you like to see posted here? All
Where are you? Anchorage
Shareholder representative for Tyonek Native Corporation.
You have done wonderful, very hard work. Not only have I found more information about Tyonek census/info. but for other villages where my son's families are from.


Name: chris <>
Date: 2005-06-19
What surnames or Alaska towns are you researching? na
What Alaska records would you like to see posted here? na
Where are you? home!!!
Coleen...I can hardly belive all the work you must have put into this site....It is awesome and plan to read it all!

Name: Elaine Putnam <>
Date: 2005-06-16
What surnames or Alaska towns are you researching? don't now
What Alaska records would you like to see posted here? VanGheluwe
Where are you? Chatham,Ontario,Canada
Great page. Even though I did not find what I was seeking, I certainly learned much. It got me thinking along another vein.
Thank you for your efforts.


Name: Max Chickalusion Jr. <>
Date: 2005-05-06
What surnames or Alaska towns are you researching? Tyonek
What Alaska records would you like to see posted here? Chickalusion
Where are you? ANchorage, Tyonek
Your site is very informative and helpful in learning about our family history.

Name: d. lewis <>
Date: 2005-03-22
What surnames or Alaska towns are you researching? eyak/unsure
What Alaska records would you like to see posted here? stevens/thomas
Where are you? SE Alaska
This is a tremendous site! Thank you. Until I found it, I didn't realize I had other relatives in my mother's family. It may be too late to try to contact some of them, but at least the work isn't dead-ended anymore. Again, thanks. The only other name I've been searching for is "Thomas,Sidan/Sedan" and "Stevens, Socka"
Again, tremendous site! Thanks.


Name: Patti Prince <>
Date: 2005-02-19
Where are you? Sutton, Alaska
Interesting website..

Name: Shannon Ellen Kitka <>
Date: 2005-02-10
What Alaska records would you like to see posted here? Kitka
Where are you? Kodiak, Alaska
I am 22 years old and I am trying to find out about my background and roots.
I really enjoyed your website
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Name: Charles Hubbard <>
Date: 2005-01-17
What surnames or Alaska towns are you researching? Valdez Creek, Cantwell
What Alaska records would you like to see posted here? Stickwan, Hubbard
Where are you? Sterling, AK
Trying to find info on the natives and a white man named (Slim)Hubbard

Name: Valerie <>
Date: 2005-01-04
What surnames or Alaska towns are you researching? Chenega,Anchorage,Tyonek
What Alaska records would you like to see posted here? Brizgaloff, Mattson
Where are you? Seattle,WA
Hi Coleen, your site was sent to me by a couple of people and I'm glad to report that it has offered me a lot of info on my people as I am in the process of doing a bio of my family. Rare info that is hard to find at Ancestry or other places. Since I was adopted I had ONLY one name to work on........and I found interesting info in your listings. Your work is JUST FANTASTIC!! The name Brizgaloff is extremely HARD to track down let along tie them into other families who married into or out of the family. My birth mother's name was Olga Jean Brizgaloff but I cannot find her in ANY census or listing, anywhere. The only reason I know she even existed is I have pictures of her, talked to cousins who knew her and of course I am here to send you these plaudits!! Please keep up the good work, your attention to detail is greatly appreciated. Aloha, Valerie

Name: Robert Schauer <>
Date: 2005-01-02
Where are you? Battle Ground WA
Hi Colleen,

You have done an excellent job with your web page!



Name: thelma sroka <>
Date: 2004-09-20
What surnames or Alaska towns are you researching? russell/meyers
Where are you? relative
I am trying to reaserch my ex-husband family. I know that edgar and dorothy russell went to alaska in the early 1930's.I just found out that another relative may be a gold miner Louis Meyers. All of my ex husband's family are gone, enclduing him . I didn't get much information from him about his family. I know that his family at buried in Anchorage and had the title of "Fonders"?

any help would be greatly appreciated.




Name: Lisa Yoshimoto <>
Date: 2004-09-13
What surnames or Alaska towns are you researching? Copper River
What Alaska records would you like to see posted here? all
Where are you? Copper Center
Your site is great. A lady from Seattle (born in Copper Center)was able to prove her birtdate and retire with information form this site. Her name was Evelyn Nija Nicolai. I am having a blast going thru your research! Thank you so much. Lisa

Name: Philip Rush Doherty <>
Date: 2004-09-11
What surnames or Alaska towns are you researching? Doherty Rush
What Alaska records would you like to see posted here? coal miners of the valley
Where are you? Anchorage
Information about the "Doherty"(Pioneer) coal mine on Moose Creek( 1 mile from Matanuska River). Also trying to locate names of miners killed in 1937 at Jonesville(14). My father was killed at same mine in 1957 along with 4 others.
You have an excellent website, thanks for all your time and effort, much appreciated....


Name: jack hopkins <>
Date: 2004-07-28
What surnames or Alaska towns are you researching? hopkins, young, isturis
What Alaska records would you like to see posted here? southeast, juneau
Where are you? Cordova
i think that this site is the greatest i am tlingit


Name: Frank hughes jr <>
Date: 2004-06-14
What surnames or Alaska towns are you researching? kodiak..katherine anninn
What Alaska records would you like to see posted here? census
Where are you? at uaa anchorage
attempting to locate my fathers family in kodiak, we never met, my grammas uncle was frank kashiveroff.
thank you
Frank hughes jr tlingit/aleut


Name: Robin Cabana <>
Date: 2004-05-25
What surnames or Alaska towns are you researching? Palmers! in Palmer Alaska
What Alaska records would you like to see posted here? early settlers/miners
Where are you? Oklahoma City, OK
My Great-great grandparents might be the Palmers they named the town for

Name: avis kompkoff <>
Date: 2004-05-14
What surnames or Alaska towns are you researching? cordova
What Alaska records would you like to see posted here? chief william joe
Where are you? cordova
hi my mom was mary joe her dad was william joe i was given away at birth to people at chenega alaska

Name: Danielle <>
Date: 2004-04-18
What surnames or Alaska towns are you researching? Foster/Matanuska Valley
What Alaska records would you like to see posted here? Matanuska Valley census after 1935
Where are you? Bothell Washington
Thank you for a great website. I am researching my ancestry, and actually came across your website by searching for information on my grandmothers family. You and my grandmother's sister share the same last name, and last I knew she lives in Palmer, AK. Please email me, and we can find out if we have any shared ancestors.

Again, great site, I will be back! Thank you.


Name: david totemoff sr. <>
Date: 2004-04-16
this is very interesting