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Guide to Mohave County Arizona genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Mohave County, Arizona
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Map of Arizona highlighting Mohave County
Location in the state of Arizona
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Location of Arizona in the U.S.
Facts
Founded November 9, 1864
County Seat Kingman
Courthouse
Address 401 E. Spring Street

P.O. Box 7000
Kingman, Arizona 86402
(928)753-0713


Contents

County Courthouse 

Mohave County Courthouse
401 East Spring St
Kingman, Az 86041
Phone: 520-753-9141

Clerk Superior Court has marriage recrods from 1888,
Divorce, Probate and Court Records from 1850
County Records land records [1]


Mohave County is located in the northwest corner of Arizona, the county seat is Kingman, and it also contains the somewhat newer 'river city' known as Bullhead City, which is across the Colorado River from Laughlin, Nevada. Hoover Dam is also partly included in the county due to it being built to dam the Colorado River to create Lake Mead. The word 'Mohave' is a variant spelling of 'Mojave'.

Parent County

10 Nov 1864 - Mohave County was created as one of the four original counties in Arizona. County seat: Kingman [8] [9] This county named for Mojave Indians. Look for records in Mohave County.

Boundary Changes

  • 22 Dec 1865 - Arizona created Pah-Ute County (extinct) from the northern half of Mohave County.[10] This county named for the Paiute Indians, using the spelling of that day. Both Mohave and Pah-Ute counties covered land which was later given to Nevada. Look for records in Mohave County.
  • 5 May 1866 - The US removed the northwest corner from Arizona Territory (parts of Pah-Ute (extinct) and Mohave counties) and gave that land to the State of Nevada.[11] Nevada used that land by adding to Lincoln and Nye counties. But Arizona held to its previous claim on that land and opposed this transfer, twice petitioning congress to repeal the law. Up thru 1868, representatives from Pah-Ute County (extinct) attended the Arizona Legislature. Look for records in Nevada State Library and Archives and Arizona State Library. Also the Lincoln, Nye, and Mohave counties.
  • 18 Feb 1871 - Arizona discontinued Pah-Ute County (extinct).[12] In effect, withdrawing claim to the southeastern corner of Nevada after exhausting all legal recourse. The remnant of Pah-Ute County (extinct) still in Arizona was returned to Mohave County. Look for records in Mohave County.
  • 6 Mar 1883 - Arizona expanded Mohave County by adding land from Yavapai County, north of the Colorado River and west of Kanab Wash.[13] Look for records in Mohave and Yavapai counties

See also Previous Jurisdictions to land in Arizona showing dates the jurisdictions were created and maps. This will help in determining what jurisdiction your ancestor lived in and where the records are now located.

For animated maps illustrating Arizona county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Arizona County Boundary Maps" (1852-1993) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

For a list of record loss in Arizona counties see: Arizona Counties with Burned Courthouses

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

  • Beaver Dam Cemetery in Beaver Dam, Arizona
  • Chloride Cemetery in Mohave, Arizona. Short distance east of US 93 northwest of Kingman
  • Desert Lawn Cemetery in Mohave Valley, Arizona. (Mohave Valley along SR-68, is strung out for more than fifteen miles along that highway, just northwest of Kingman).
  • Littlefield Cemetery in Littlefield, Arizona. At interchange of I-15 and County Road 91 (road not named on freeway signs but may be the old US-91 highway).

Census

For tips on accessing Mohave County, Arizona census records online, see: Arizona Census.

Church

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Arizona denominations, view the Arizona Church Records wiki page. LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Kingman
  • Littlefield
  • Moccasin
  • Mt. Trumbull

Court

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Land

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Arizona Land and Property for additional information about early Arizona land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Recorded Land Records from 1 January 1970 to the present may be search online.

All Recorded Land Records may be searched at

   Mohave County Recorders Office

   700 W. Beale Street
   Kingman, AZ 86402-0070
   928-753-0701
   928-753-0727

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Mohave County, Arizona. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the Wiki page section Arizona Local Histories.

Maps

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Military

Newspapers

Mohave County Miner (Mineral Park, A.T. [Ariz.]) 1882-1918 is availble for free Online viewing.

Finding More Arizona Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Mohave County, Arizona newspapers in online catalogs like:

Probate

From 1850 to 1864 during the territorial period, probate records of Arizona were kept by the probate courts of New Mexico. Then until 1912, the records were handled by county probate courts. Since then probate records, such as wills, claims, administrations, case files, and calendars are kept in the custody of the clerk of the superior court in the county courthouse.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for Arizona, Mohave - Probate records.

Taxation

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Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Arizona Department of Health Services , the county clerk's office of the county where the event occurred or order electronically online.

395 marriages from 1 Jun 1866 to 26 Jun 1907 are listed on the Western States Marriage Index.

Societies and Libraries

Lake Havasu Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 953
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86405-0953
Telephone 928-854-5447

Mohave County Genealogical Society
400 W. Beale St
Kingman, AZ 86401
Telephone 928-753-3195

Family History Centers

Introduction to Family History Centers

Kingman Arizona
3180 Rutherford St
Kingman, Mohave, Arizona, United States
Phone: 928-753-1316

Lake Havasu City Arizona
504 N Acoma Blvd
Lake Havasu City, Mohave, Arizona, United States
Phone: 928-855-8583

These are not mailing addresses. Due to limited staff, Family History Centers are unable to respond to mail inquiries.

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mohave County, Arizona p. 56. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Williams 108-110
  3. U.S. Stat., vol. 9, pp. 922-943; Parry, 102: 29-59; Van Zandt, 11, 28-29; Walker and Bufkin, 19, 20A
  4. William Thorndale, and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987), 26. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 X2th.
  5. Original Counties of New Mexico Territory (map) at http://www.nmgs.org/Graphics/nmcoun-orig.jpg (accessed 9 August 2011).
  6. N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 2d sess. /p. 292
  7. U.S. Stat., vol. 12, ch. 56[1863]/pp. 664-665; Ariz. Terr. Laws 1864, 1st assy./ pp. vii-viii; Van Zandt, 162
  8. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  9. Howell Code, Ariz. Terr. Laws 1864, 1st assy., ch. 2/ pp. 24-25
  10. Ariz. Terr. Laws 1865, 2d assy./ pp. 19-20
  11. U.S. Stat., vol. 14, ch. 73[1866]/p. 43; Van Zandt, 158, 165; Ariz. Terr. Laws 1867, 3rd assy./ pp. 67-68; Ariz. Terr. Laws 1868, 4th assy./ pp. 68-69
  12. Ariz. Terr. Laws 1871, 6th assy./ p. 87
  13. Ariz. Terr. Laws 1883, 12th assy./ p. 171

 

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