Aleutians East Borough, Alaska
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Welcome to the Genealogy Trails website for Aleutians East Borough,
Our goal is to help you track your ancestors through time by transcribing genealogical and historical data and
placing it online for the free use of all researchers.
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Based in Sand Point, the Borough comprises the westernmost portion of the Alaska Peninsula, and a number of Aleutian
islands. There are five incorporated cities and two unincorporated villages within the boundaries of the borough.
It lies at approximately 57.000000° North Latitude and -162.000000° West Longitude . The area encompasses
6,988.1 sq. miles of land and 8,023.5 sq. miles of water. The Borough lies in the maritime climate zone. Temperatures
range from -9 to 76 degrees Fahrenheit. Annual precipitation is 33 inches and annual snowfall is 52 inches.
History, Culture and Demographics
According to archaeological evidence, the area has been inhabited by the Unanga since the last ice age. Early contact
was with Russian fur traders who sought sea otters in these islands. Whaling, fishing and cannery operations brought
an influx of Scandinavian and European fishermen in the early 1900s. During World War II the area was a strategic
military site for the Aleutian Campaign, and many locals were evacuated to Ketchikan.
The population of the community consists of 38.6% Alaska Native or part Native. The area's rich resources have
cultivated an extremely diverse population of non-Natives, Natives and Asians. The Unanga were called "Aleut"
by Russian traders. "Unangas" speak the western dialect, and "Unangan" speak the eastern dialect.
Communities located within the Borough include: Akutan, Belkofski, Cold Bay, False Pass, King Cove, Nelson Lagoon,
Pauloff Harbor, Sand Point, and Unga.
[Info from Alaska Division of Community Advocacy]