Fairbanks North Star Borough AKGenWeb is a free genealogical site about the history of
the borough. Our thanks to Sherri Bradley and Annie Geoghegan for providing
much of the material presented. We hope you find helpful clues for your research of ancestors
and relatives of Fairbanks borough.
Please consider contributing your pieces of Fairbanks borough family history. YOUR HELP IS NEEDED. Our combined efforts can make this a great site for all who visit!
Borough Coordinator: Norma Hass
Co-Coordinator: YOU? Fairbanks North Star AKGenWeb needs a local co-coordinator to provide more helpful responses to queries. Are you familiar with the area? Do you have a family tree connection to the borough? Are you experienced at researching in Fairbanks North Star Borough? Please volunteer to give it a try.
The Fairbanks North Star Borough was created January 1, 1964. It is located
in the heart of Interior Alaska, and is the second-largest population center
in the state. It is based in Fairbanks, which lies 45 minutes by air from
Anchorage and 3 hours from Seattle. Our borough encompasses an area of
nearly 95,000 square miles across northern Alaska and includes some of the
most spectacular landscapes found in North America. The borough's land area
is slightly smaller than that of the state of New Jersey.
Koyukon Athabascans have lived in this area for thousands of years. Fairbanks developed when the Chena steamboat landing brought many non-Natives to Fairbanks during the Pedro Dome gold rush. The population of the area continued to increase after construction of the Alcan Highway and the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline.
The borough is home to the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fort Wainwright, and Eielson Air Force Base.