History of Fairbanks Genealogical Society

On May 9, 1973, at the Thomas and Christine Amidon residence, 5 mile Chena Hot Springs Road, the Fairbanks Genealogical Society was organized. Charter members were Christine Amidon, Florence “Peggy” Collins, Jean Grube, Donna Krier, Ellen Nelson, and Kluane Spake.

The original purpose of the Society was to help each other trace their ancestry and to help others who have ancestors in Alaska, especially the Fairbanks area.

The first major project of the Society was the extraction of births, deaths, and marriages from the Fairbanks News-Miner 1903-1930. A grant received from the Alaska State Library helped published this index.

Over the years, several publications have been compiled. Meetings, classes, events, and genealogy fairs have taught many in the Fairbanks area about genealogy. We continue to work on several projects.

Past Presidents:
Christine Amidon
Betty Feakes
Leanore Miller
Ruth (Van Veldhuizen) Knapman
Adele Virgin
Tony McCarty
Robyn Murphy
Peri Schell
Randy Pitney
David Hales
Janet Smith
Elaine Larson
Gigi Lemoine
Betty Robinson
Laura Walters
Connie Bradbury 1999-2004
Nancy Schafer 2004-2006
Joan Skilbred 2006-2012
Lynn Immel 2012-2016
Anne Castle 2016-2019
Amy Stratman 2019- present