at its original location, was a Yup'ik village called Mumtrekhlogamute,
meaning "Smokehouse People," after the nearby fish smokehouse.
It was an Alaska Commercial Company trading post during the late 1800s.
It had a population of 41 people in the 1880 U.S. Census. The Moravian Church
established a mission in the area in 1885, under the leadership of Rev.
John Henry Kilbuck, Jr. Kilbuck learned Yup'ik, which greatly enhanced his
effectiveness as a missionary. Missionaries moved Bethel from Mamterillermiut
to its present location on the west side of the Kuskokwim River. A United
States Post Office was opened in 1905.
Alaska Natives in this area also have a long Christian history, in part from Russian Orthodox, Catholic and Moravian influence. As in many Alaskan villages, Christian tradition has become interwoven with its cultural history.
On February 19, 1997, a school shooting attracted widespread media attention to Bethel when 16-year-old Evan Ramsey, a student at Bethel Regional High School, shot and killed his principal and one student and wounded two others, for which he later received a 198-year prison sentence.
|CEMETERIES & FUNERAL HOMES|
Library of Congress has many original vital records that were sent there
during World War II. Records from 1816-1936 are also available on microfilm
at the National Archives, Alaska Region, the Rasmuson Library at the University
of Alaska, the Bureau of Vital Statistics, and the Family History Library
(index on film #944197).
Moravian, Episcopal, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist, and other denominations have more recently established missions, schools, and hospitals in Alaska. The Moravians, the second largest denomination in Alaska, settled predominantly in Bethel and along the Kuskokwim River.
For Catholic and Presbyterian information, write to the local church since the Bureau of Vital Statistics records are restricted.
Diocese of Juneau
419 Sixth Street
Juneau, AK 99801
Tel (907) 586-2227
Fax (907) 463-3237
of Providence Archives
Alaska Moravian Church
P.O. Box 545
Bethel, AK 99559
Tel (610) 867-7566
Fax (610) 866-9223
Lieb, Bethel Recorder
Box 426 Bethel, AK 99559
(Phys. Location) 311 Willow St., Bethel, AK 99559
THE FOLLOWING RECORDING DISTRICTS (BETHEL):
Agekletak * Aguikchuck * Akiachak * Akiak * Akolmlut * Akulurak * Akumsuk * Alakanuk * Anogok * Apokak * Aralik * Arolik * Arolokovik * Atmautluak * Barnum * Bethel * Big Fritz * Bill Moores * Bimiut * Black * Cape Newenham * Cape Romanzof * Carter * Chalit * Chaniliut * Cheechiog * Chefornak * Chevak * Chiftak * Chuckfaktoolik * Chukfaktoolik * Chukwhootolik * Chukwuktoligamut * Dogfish Village * Eddontenajon * Eek * Eleutak * Emmonak * Fish Village * Fortuna Lodge, P.O.(Marshall) * Goodnews * Goodnews Bay * Hamilton * Hooper Bay * Igiak * Ikuak * Ingrihak * Kako (Landing) * Kanapak * Kanelik * Kasigluk * Kazhutak * Keyaluvik * Kinegnak * Kipnuk * Kogomiut * Kongiganak * Kotlik * Kravaksarak * Kulvagavik * Kuskovak * Kutmiut * Kuyukutuk * Kwethluk * Kwigillingok * Kwiklokchun * Kwikpuk * Lamont * Lomavak * Marshall * Mountain Village (Indian Village) * Mukialik * Mumtrak * Nanvarnarluk * Napaiskak * Napakiak * New Fort Hamilton * New Knock Hock * Newtok * Nightmute * Nilikluguk * Nunachuck * Nunaka Valley * Nunam Iqua * Nunapitchuk * Nunapitsinchak (Moravian Orphanage) * Nyac * Ohogamiut (Ohagamute) * Old Andreafski * Oscarville * Owl Village * Paimiut * Paingakmeut * Patsys Cabin * Pilot Station * Pilot Village * Pitkas Point * Platinum * Popokamiut * Quinhagak * Russian Mission * Scammon Bay * Shaganuk * Sheldon Point * Snow Gulch * St. Marys * Takikchak * Takshak * Togiakbak * Toklik * Toksook Bay * Trogshak * Tuchiak * Tukachak * Tuluksak * Tundra * Tuntatuliag * Tuntutuliak * Tununak City * Ukak * Uksukalik * Ulukakarvik * West Point * Willow Creek *
THE FOLLOWING RECORDING DISTRICTS (KUSKOKWIM):
Kuskokwim AKA Holy Cross * Aniak * Anvik * Chuathbaluk * Cotton Village * Crooked Creek * Crow Village * Eightmile * Georgetown * Grayling * Holy Cross Mission * Hungry Village * Itulilik * Kasheglok * Kichulik * Kolmakof * Kuskokwim * Kwikak * Lime Village * Lower Kalskag * Mellicks Trading Post * Napaimiut * Nogamut * Oknagamut * Oskawalik * Paradise * Parks * Phillips * Red Devil * Sleetmute * Sparrevohn * Stony River * Stuyahok * Tuckers * Uknavik * Upper Kalskag *
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P.O. Box 1388
Bethel, AK 99559
Phone: (907) 543-2047 ext. 221
Fax: (907) 543-4171
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|VITAL STATISTICS||Handled by the Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics. Under Alaska law, all Vital Statistics records are strictly confidential until they become public records. Births become public records 100 years after the event; deaths, marriages, and divorces become public records 50 years after the event.|
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