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

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Yavapai County, Arizona
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Map of Arizona highlighting Yavapai County
Location in the state of Arizona
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Location of Arizona in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 21, 1864
County Seat Prescott
Courthouse
Address 120 South Cortez Street,
Prescott, AZ 86303
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County Courthouse

Yavapai County Arizona
1015 Fair Street
Prescott, Az 86301
Phone: 520-639-8110

Clerk Superio Court has marriage, divorce probate and court records
County Recorder has land records [1]

History

Yavapai County was one of four original counties created by Arizona Territory. It originally covered over 65,000 square miles in size and is believed to be the largest county ever created in the lower 48 States.

Yavapai County came to be known as the “Mother of Counties” because Apache, Coconino, Gila, and Navajo counties were carved from it, plus parts of Greenlee, Graham, Mohave, Maricopa, and Pinal. Today, Yavapai County is 8,125 square miles in size – approximately the same size as the state of Massachusetts!

Yavapai County was also home to Arizona’s first territorial capital, with the provisional seat of the territorial government being established in the Chino Valley area in 1864 and then several months later moved to Prescott. In 1867, the territorial capital was moved to Tucson and ten years later returned to Prescott. In 1889 the capital was moved to Phoenix, where it remains to this day.

Parent County

21 December 1864 - Yavapai County was created as an original county of Arizona.[7] County seat: Prescott [8] It is named for the Yavapai Indians. Look for records in Yavapai County.

Boundary Changes

  • 14 Feb 1871 - Arizona created Maricopa County from land in Yavapai County.[9] This county named for the Maricopa Indians. Look for records in Maricopa and Yavapai counties.
  • 14 Feb 1879 - Arizona created Apache County from land in Yavapai County.[10] This county named for the Apache Indians. Look for records in Apache and Yavapai counties.
  • 19 Feb 1891 - Arizona created Coconino County from land in Yavapai County.[11] This county named for the Coconino Indians. Look for records in Coconino and Yavapai counties.

See 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.

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Abra Congress Glen Oaks Minnehaha South Fort
Arcosanti Congress Junction Goodwin Mint Spring Valley
Ash Fork Copperopolis Grand View Nelson Stanton
Audley Cordes Granite Dells Oak Creek Stringfield
Aultman Cordes Junction Granite Siding Oak Knoll Village Sycamore
Bagdad Cordes Lakes Groom Creek Ocotillo Tapco
Big Park Cornville Hawkins Octave Tres Rios
Big Reef Mill Cottonwood Hecla Packer Tutt
Black Canyon City Crookton Highland Park Page Springs Venezia
Blue Hills Farms Crown King Hillside Paulden Verde Village
Bradshaw City Dandrea Hooper Peeples Valley Wagoner
Bridgeport Date Humboldt Perkinsville Walker
Briggs Del Rio Humbug Pica Walnut Grove
Bumble Bee Dewey Iron Springs Piedmont West Sedona
Burro John Dewey-Humboldt Jerome Pinaveta Whipple
Camp Verde Diamond Valley Jordan Meadows Poland Junction Wilhoit
Casa Rosa Drake Juniper Heights Ponderosa Park Williamson
Castle Canyon Dugas Kirkland Potato Patch Willow Spring
Mesa East Fort Kirkland Junction Prescott Wood Trap
Castle Hot Springs Entro Lake Montezuma Prescott Valley Yampai
Cedar Mill Flores Lancaster Red Rock Yarnell
Chino Valley Flower Pot Lapham Rimrock Yava
Clarkdale Forbing Park Lehman Mill Rock Springs Yavapai Hills
Clear Creek Fort Misery Mayer Sand Mill
Cleator Fort Whipple McGuireville Seligman
Clemenceau Gillette Middle Verde Skull Valley
Columbia Glen Ilah Miller Valley Smelter city



































Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

 Arizona Cemetery Transcription and Photo Project

The Yavapai County Cemetery Database is an accumulation of a cemetery project which began in 1989 by the Northern Arizona Genealogy Society and housed on the Sharlot Hall Museum Archives website at: http://sharlot.org/archives/gene/cemetery/index.html

Prescott National Cemetery: 3,195 Veterans Administration burial records are included.  Does not include all burials in the cemetery, only those provided by the VA.

BillionGraves:

Census

For tips on accessing Yavapai 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

  • Bagdad

Court

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.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Yavapai 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

Finding More Arizona Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Yavapai 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, Yavapai - Probate records.

Taxation

Template:AZ Tax Intro

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.

4,374 marriages are listed on the Western States Marriage Index.

Societies and Libraries

Northern Arizona Genealogical Society- Our Society is a general genealogical society covering the counties of Yavapai and Coconino Arizona.  Prescott is the county seat for Yavapai County and Flagstaff is the county seat for Coconino County.

Camp Verde Historical Society
435 South Main
Camp Verde, AZ 86322
Telephone 928-567-9560
Hours 11-3 Sat. & Tues

Verde Historical Society
One N. Willard St.
Cottonwood, AZ 86326
Telephone 928-634-2868
Hours 9-12 Wed.; Fri.-Sun. 11-3

Jerome Historical Society
200 Main Street
Jerome, Arizona 86331
(928) 634-5477 
 Hours 9-4:30 daily

Family History Centers

Introduction to Family History Centers

Bagdad Arizona
Community Dr
Bagdad, Yavapai, Arizona, United States
Telephone: 928-633-2073

Cottonwood Arizona
1377 Hombre Dr
Cottonwood, Yavapai, Arizona, United States
Telephone: 928-649-0116

Prescott Arizona
1001 Ruth St
Prescott, Yavapai, Arizona, United States
Telephone: 928-778-2311

Spring Valley Arizona
HWY 69 (2 mi from Dordis Jct)
Spring Valley, Yavapai, Arizona, United States
Telephone: 928-632-7168

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), Yavapai County, Arizona p. 57. 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. N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 1st sess./p. 119; N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 2d sess. /pp. 266, 292
  5. N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 2d sess. /p. 292
  6. U.S. Stat., vol. 12, ch. 56[1863]/pp. 664-665; Ariz. Terr. Laws 1864, 1st assy./ pp. vii-viii; Van Zandt, 162
  7. Howell Code, Ariz. Terr. Laws 1864, 1st assy., ch. 2/ pp. 24-25
  8. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  9. Ariz. Terr. Laws 1871, 6th assy./ pp. 53-54
  10. Ariz. Terr. Laws 1879, 10th assy./ pp. 96-97
  11. Ariz. Terr. Laws 1891, 16th assy./ pp. 26-34

 

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