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Welcome to the Genealogy Trails website for the Valdez-Cordova census area in Alaska.
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. This is a continuation of our original
Illinois Trails History and Genealogy Project and we are excited about this opportunity to expand into other states.

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Cities and towns
Chenega ~ Chisana ~ Chistochina ~ Chitina ~ Copper Center ~ Copperville ~
Cordova ~ Gakona ~ Glennallen ~ Gulkana ~ Kenny Lake ~ McCarthy ~ Mendeltna
Mentasta Lake ~ Nelchina ~ Paxson ~ Silver Springs ~ Slana ~ Tatitlek ~ Tazlina
Tolsona ~ Tonsina ~ Valdez ~ Whittier ~ Willow Creek

Location and Climate of the City of Valdez

Valdez is located on the north shore of Port Valdez, a deep water fjord in Prince William Sound. It lies 305 road miles east of Anchorage, and 364 road miles south of Fairbanks. It is the southern terminus of the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline. The community lies at approximately 61.130830° North Latitude and -146.348330° (West) Longitude. (Sec. 32, T008S, R006W, Copper River Meridian.) Valdez is located in the Valdez Recording District. The area encompasses 222.0 sq. miles of land and 55.1 sq. miles of water. January temperatures range from 21 to 30; July temperatures are 46 to 61. Annual precipitation is 62 inches. The average snowfall is, incredibly, 325 inches (27 feet) annually.

History, Culture and Demographics
The Port of Valdez was named in 1790 by Don Salvador Fidalgo for the celebrated Spanish naval officer Antonio Valdes y Basan. Due to its excellent ice-free port, a town developed in 1898 as a debarkation point for men seeking a route to the Eagle Mining District and the Klondike gold fields. Valdez soon became the supply center of its own gold mining region, and incorporated as a City in 1901. Fort Liscum was established in 1900, and a sled and wagon road was constructed to Fort Egbert in Eagle by the U.S. Army. The Alaska Road Commission further developed the road for automobile travel to Fairbanks; it was completed by the early 1920s. A slide of unstable submerged land during the 1964 earthquake destroyed the original City waterfront, killing several residents. The community was rebuilt on a more stable bedrock foundation 4 miles to the west. During the 1970s, construction of the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline terminal and other cargo transportation facilities brought rapid growth to Valdez. In March 1989, it was the center for the massive oil-spill cleanup after the "Exxon Valdez" disaster. In a few short days, the population of the town tripled.

The population of the community consists of 10.2% Alaska Native or part Native. As a result of significant oil taxation revenues, the City offers a variety of quality public services.

Economy and Transportation
Valdez has one of the highest municipal tax bases in Alaska as the southern terminus and off-loading point of oil extracted from Prudhoe Bay on the North Slope. Four of the top ten employers in Valdez are directly connected to the oil terminus. Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. employs nearly 300 persons. Valdez is a major seaport, with a $48 million cargo and container facility. City, state, and federal agencies combined provide significant employment. 49 residents hold commercial fishing permits. Three fish processing plants operate in Valdez. Valdez is a Foreign Free Trade Zone.

The Richardson Highway connects Valdez to Anchorage, Fairbanks and Canada. Port Valdez is ice-free year round and is navigated by hundreds of ocean-going oil cargo vessels each year. The State Ferry provides transport to Whittier, Cordova, Kodiak, Seward and Homer in the summer; Cordova only in the winter. Valdez has the largest floating concrete dock in the world, with a 1,200' front and water depth exceeding 80'. Numerous cargo and container facilities are present in Valdez. A small harbor accommodates 546 commercial fishing boats and recreational vessels. Boat launches and haul-out services are available. Both barges and trucking services deliver cargo to the City.

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Website Updates:
08 Sept. 2014:
Railroads: Largest Snow Plow In Existence
Businesses: Olympia Brewing Warehouse
News: Crime News - Japanese Poachers
Apr 2013: Obits for GROSSCUP, TANKERSON; LOGAN, MILLER; Crime news re: swan, orchard; Shipwreck news; political news; Gossip re: WOODWORTH, FATHER QUETO, PAINE, JEFFRIES, MORRISON, MARSHALL, SHRYOER; fire news story, earthquake/weather news
July 2012: Marriage record for TYLER-DESILETS
May 2012: obit for HART, STOYMETS
Apr 2012: obit for MCNAMARA
Previous Updates:
1915-16 Business Directory for Tazlina; 1915-16 Business Directory for Teikhell City; Death Notice for HAZELET


Adjacent boroughs and census areas
Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska - north
Yakutat City and Borough, Alaska - southeast
Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska - west
Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska - west
Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska - west
Also shares eastern border with the Yukon Territory, Canada.

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