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Many archives and libraries have resources such as maps, gazetteers, and other place-finding aids to help you locate information about Arizona. They may have collections of previous research, such as family and local histories and biographies. Many have record-finding aids such as guides to their own collections or inventories of records housed elsewhere in the state.

Online Records

The Mountain West Digital Library is a search portal for an aggregation of digital collections from more than 50 universities, colleges, public libraries, museums, and historical societies in Utah, Nevada, and Idaho. It is in partnership with 60 academic libraries, public libraries, museums, historical societies, cities, counties, and state agencies from Utah, Nevada, Idaho, and Hawaii (coming soon: over 60 new partners in Arizona!)

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Online Records
links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.

Libraries and Archives

The following archives, libraries, and societies in Arizona have collections or services to help genealogical researchers:

  • The Arizona State Archives has collections from state, county and local government offices, boards and commissions as well as collections from private citizens and non-governmental groups. These records help document the official actions of state, county and local governments and the private lives and accomplishments of people and organizations in Arizona.
  • Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, Genealogy Collection The book and periodical sections of the Collection are the largest in Arizona and specific titles may be located by using the Library and Archives' online catalog.[1] Additional access to CD-ROM's, premium online databases and through interlibrary loan. This is the starting place for Arizona research.
  • Mesa FamilySearch Library
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    is one of the largest Family History Centers in the world. The public is welcome. They have a good collection of 40,000 United States genealogy books, and an outstanding collection of U.S. federal censuses as part of their 81,000 microfilms.[1] They also have 129 free guest computers with access to FamilySearch,, Fold3, American Ancestors, World Vital Records, and other popular family history websites. They offer over 90 classes and workshops per month.
  • ASU Museums, Galleries & Collections ASU has a variety of collections that reflects much of ASU's and Arizona's history and culture. The Archaeological Research Institute hosts a collection of Arizona artifacts that have been discovered. ASU also has the Museum of Anthropology and the Luhrs Gallery which exhibits the collections of historical writings and manuscripts about Arizona.
  • West Valley Genealogical Society, Youngstown, an active society with a good little library. Probably represents outside Arizona better because of retirees who contribute genealogies from all around the U.S.[1]

Outside Arizona

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  • National Archives—Pacific Region (Riverside) The National Archives at Riverside, California, has more than 38,000 cubic feet of archival holdings dating from about l850 to the l980s. In addition to textual records, there are architectural drawings, maps, and photographs. These holdings were created or received by the Federal courts and over 50 Federal agencies in Arizona, southern California, and Clark County, Nevada. Federal law requires that agencies transfer permanently valuable, noncurrent records to the National Archives.
  • Bancroft Library, Univ. Calif. Berkeley An outstanding collection for early settlers, migration trails, stagecoaches, miners, and histories. They probably have more Arizona historical material than any repository in Arizona.[1]
  • Family History Library,
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    Salt Lake City, Utah, holds 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, and Mormon records. Includes a good collection for Arizona.


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 15. At various repositories (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 J54d.


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