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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Arizona]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Apache County'''
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Phone: (928) 337-7555<br>
 
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[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Arizona]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] Apache County
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
Apache County was created 14 Feb 1879 from [[Yavapai County, Arizona|Yavapai]]  
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14 Feb 1879 - '''Apache County''' was created from [[Yavapai County, Arizona|Yavapai]]. County Seat: '''St. Johns, Arizona''' Area is 11,218 square miles (29,054.5 sq. km.)
  
 
== Parent County  ==
 
== Parent County  ==
  
*Up until 1821 -&nbsp; [[New Spain]] controlled land that later would become Arizona. Some records of early settlers may have been sent to an [http://www.mcu.es/archivos/MC/AGI/index.html archives] in Seville, Spain.  
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*Until 1821 -&nbsp; [[New Spain]] controlled land that later would become Arizona. Some records of early settlers may have been sent to an [http://www.mcu.es/archivos/MC/AGI/index.html archives] in Seville, Spain, or to [[Mexico Archives and Libraries|archives]] in Mexico City. <br>
*From 1821 until 1846 -&nbsp;[[Mexico]] had jurisdiction over the land that later would become Arizona. Some records of this period may have been sent to [[Mexico Archives and Libraries|archives]] in Mexico City.  
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*In 1821 - [[Mexico]] obtained jurisdiction over the land that later would become Arizona. Some records of this period may have been sent to [[Mexico Archives and Libraries|archives]] in Mexico City.  
*From 1846 to 1863 - [[New Mexico]] Territory included land that later would become Arizona.  
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*In 1846 - 18 Aug 1846 - During the war with [[Mexico]], the US took control of Santa Fe and proclaimed sovereignty over the land that later became the [[New Mexico]] Territory.<ref>Williams 108-110</ref> Look for records in the [http://www.archives.gov/ National Archives and Records Administration], the Mexico [[Mexico Archives and Libraries|Archives]] and the [http://www.nmcpr.state.nm.us/archives/archives_hm.htm New Mexico State Records Center and Archives].
*In 1852 - New Mexico Territory set up counties that stretched east and west from the Texas border to the California border, including all the land that became Arizona. Present-day Apache County, Arizona was once part of [[Taos County, Arizona|Taos]], [[Rio Arriba County, Arizona|Rio Arriba]], [[Santa Ana County, Arizona|Santa Ana]], [[Bernalillo County, Arizona|Bernalillo]], [[Valencia County, Arizona|Valencia]], and [[Socorro County, Arizona|Socorro]] counties of New Mexico.<ref>William Thorndale, and William Dollarhide, ''Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920'' (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987), 26. {{WorldCat|69672637|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|545087|item|disp=FHL Book 973 X2th}}.</ref> <ref>''Original Counties of New Mexico Territory'' (map) at http://www.nmgs.org/Graphics/nmcoun-orig.jpg (accessed 9 August 2011).</ref> Some records during this period may have been sent to courthouses in their respective New Mexico counties.  
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*4 July 1848 - In the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo, [[Mexico]] ceded part of present day [[Arizona]], including all of present day Apache County.<ref>U.S. Stat., vol. 9, pp. 922-943; Parry, 102: 29-59; Van Zandt, 11, 28-29; Walker and Bufkin, 19, 20A</ref> Look for records in the [http://www.archives.gov/ National Archives and Records Administration], the Mexico [[Mexico Archives and Libraries|Archives]] and the [http://www.nmcpr.state.nm.us/archives/archives_hm.htm New Mexico State Records Center and Archives].
*In 1863 -&nbsp; Arizona Territory was created from the western half of New Mexico territory. All previous counties were dissolved, and eventually four new counties were created in the new Arizona Territory.
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*13 Dec 1850 - The US created the [[New Mexico]] Territory from unorganized federal land.<ref>U.S. Stat., vol. 9, ch. 49[1850]/pp. 446-452; Baldwin, 117-137; Van Zandt, 28-29, 162-165</ref> This territory named after the Mexican State of New Mexico. Some counties were created, but they were small and covered land only in present day New Mexico. The land in the present day Arizona was at that time non-county land. Also the land south of the Gila River still belonged to [[Mexico]]. Look for records in the Mexico [[Mexico Archives and Libraries|Archives]] and the [http://www.nmcpr.state.nm.us/archives/archives_hm.htm New Mexico State Records Center and Archives].  
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*In 1852 - New Mexico Territory created counties that stretched east and west from the Texas border to the California border, including all the land that later became Arizona. The land covered by present-day Apache County, Arizona was once part of [[Taos County, New Mexico|Taos]], [[San Juan County, New Mexico|San Juan]] (1861-1862 only), [[Rio Arriba County, New Mexico|Rio Arriba]], [[Santa Ana County, New Mexico|Santa Ana]], [[Bernalillo County, New Mexico|Bernalillo]], [[Valencia County, New Mexico|Valencia]], and [[Socorro County, New Mexico|Socorro]] counties of New Mexico.<ref>William Thorndale, and William Dollarhide, ''Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920'' (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987), 26. {{WorldCat|69672637|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|545087|item|disp=FHL Book 973 X2th}}.</ref> <ref>''Original Counties of New Mexico Territory'' (map) at http://www.nmgs.org/Graphics/nmcoun-orig.jpg (accessed 9 August 2011).</ref> Look for records in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socorro_County,_New_Mexico Socorro], [http://www.bernco.gov/ Bernalillo], [http://www.rio-arriba.org/ Rio Arriba], [http://www.taoscounty.org/ Taos], and [http://www.co.valencia.nm.us/ Valencia] counties.  
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*24 Feb 1863 - The US created the [[Arizona]] Territory from the western half of [[New Mexico]] Territory.<ref>U.S. Stat., vol. 12, ch. 56[1863]/pp. 664-665; Ariz. Terr. Laws 1864, 1st assy./ pp. vii-viii; Van Zandt, 162</ref> All previous counties were discontinued for this new territory. Look for records in the [http://www.azlibrary.gov/Default.aspx Arizona State Library] and [http://www.nmcpr.state.nm.us/archives/archives_hm.htm New Mexico State Records Center and Archives]
  
'''14 February 1879:''' Apache County was created from [[Yavapai County, Arizona|Yavapai]] County. '''County seat:''' St. Johns <ref>{{WorldCat|50140092}} {{FHL|1049485|item}}''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.'' (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)</ref>
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'''14 February 1879:''' Apache County was created from [[Yavapai County, Arizona|Yavapai]] County. '''County seat:''' St. Johns <ref>{{WorldCat|50140092}} {{FHL|1049485|item}}''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.'' (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)</ref> <ref>Ariz. Terr. Laws 1879, 10th assy./ pp. 96-97</ref> This county named for the Apache Indians. Look for records in [http://www.co.apache.az.us/ Apache] and [http://www.yavapai.us/ Yavapai] counties.
  
 
== Boundary Changes  ==
 
== Boundary Changes  ==
  
When it was created in 1879, Apache County contained all of what is now Navajo County until the county was split in March, 1895 leaving a total area of 11,218 square miles (29,054.5 km<sup>2</sup>).  
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*21 Mar 1895 - Arizona created [[Navajo County, Arizona|Navajo County]] from the west half of [[Apache County, Arizona|Apache County]].<ref>Ariz. Terr. Laws 1895, 18th assy./ pp. 96-105</ref> This county named for the Navajo Indians. Look for records in [http://www.co.apache.az.us/ Apache] and [http://www.navajocountyaz.gov/ Navajo] counties.
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Also 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.
  
 
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== Neighboring Counties  ==
 
== Neighboring Counties  ==
  
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*[[Graham County, Arizona|Graham County, Arizona]]
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*[[Greenlee County, Arizona|Greenlee County, Arizona]]
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*[[Navajo County, Arizona|Navajo County, Arizona]]
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*[[Montezuma County, Colorado|Montezuma County, Colorado]]
 
*[[Catron County, New Mexico|Catron County, New Mexico]]  
 
*[[Catron County, New Mexico|Catron County, New Mexico]]  
 
*[[Cibola County, New Mexico|Cibola County, New Mexico]]  
 
*[[Cibola County, New Mexico|Cibola County, New Mexico]]  
*[[Graham County, Arizona|Graham]]
 
*[[Greenlee County, Arizona|Greenlee]]
 
 
*[[McKinley County, New Mexico|McKinley County, New Mexico]]  
 
*[[McKinley County, New Mexico|McKinley County, New Mexico]]  
*[[Montezuma County, Colorado|Montezuma County, Colorado]]
 
*[[Navajo County, Arizona|Navajo]]
 
 
*[[San Juan County, New Mexico|San Juan County, New Mexico]]  
 
*[[San Juan County, New Mexico|San Juan County, New Mexico]]  
 
*[[San Juan County, Utah|San Juan County, Utah]]
 
*[[San Juan County, Utah|San Juan County, Utah]]

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Apache County, Arizona
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Founded December 21, 1864
County Seat St. Johns
Courthouse
Address PO Box 667

70 West 3rd South
St. Johns, Az 85936-0667
Phone: (928) 337-7555
Fax: (928) 337-7586

Contents

County Courthouse

Apache County Courthouse
Clerk of The Court Apache County
P.O. Box 365
St. Johns, Arizona 85936
Phone: (928) 337-4364

Clerk Superior Court has marriage, divorce probate and court frecords from 1879
County Recorder has land records from 1879 [1]

History

14 Feb 1879 - Apache County was created from Yavapai. County Seat: St. Johns, Arizona Area is 11,218 square miles (29,054.5 sq. km.)

Parent County

14 February 1879: Apache County was created from Yavapai County. County seat: St. Johns [8] [9] This county named for the Apache Indians. Look for records in Apache and Yavapai counties.

Boundary Changes

  • 21 Mar 1895 - Arizona created Navajo County from the west half of Apache County.[10] This county named for the Navajo Indians. Look for records in Apache and Navajo counties.

Also 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

You may wish to search for places in the Family History Library Catalog. You can search for the more general term, such as "Arizona" and then add the county and town or city, such as "Arizona, Apache, St. Johns."

A more complete list of place names with references can be found at PlaceNames.com. For a more exhaustive list of Arizona place names see Barnes, Will C., and Byrd H. Granger. Arizona Place Names. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1960. WorldCat 479862

For links to the places, see the County Place Name list at the bottom of this page.

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

 Arizona Cemetery Transcription and Photo Project

Census

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

Church

LDS Ward and Branch Records: Alpine, Amity, Cooley, Eagar, Greer, Nutrioso, Omer, St. Johns, Union and Vernon.

Court

The general trial courts in Arizona are the county Superior Courts. The contact information for the Superior Court is as follows:

Apache County Superior Court
PO Box 667
70 West 3rd South
St. Johns, Az 85936-0667
Phone: (928) 337-7555
Fax: (928) 337-7586

There is also an Apache County Superior Court Website. The Superior Court handles all cases including general civil litigation, probate, conservatorships, guardianships, juvenile cases, divorces and criminal.

The Family History Library has an Index to District Court papers, Apache County, Arizona [1881-1916] Vault US/CAN Film Number FHL 2310860

Land

Land records from 1986 to the present are searchable online at the Apache County Recorder's Office.

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Newspapers

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Apache County Historical Society
180 W. Cleveland
St. Johns, AZ 85936
Telephone 928-337-4737
 Hours 9-5 M-F

White Mountain Historical Society
504 East Mohave St.
Springerville, AZ 85938
Hours 11-2 Thurs.-Sat., June-Aug.

Family History Centers

Introduction to Family History Centers

Chinle Arizona
Highway 63
Chinle, Apache, Arizona, United States
Telephone: 520-871-4605

Eagar Arizona
467 N Butler
Eagar, Apache, Arizona, United States
Telephone: 928-333-4100

St Johns Arizona
50 North 1st West
St Johns, Apache, Arizona, United States
Telephone: 928-337-2543

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), Apache 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. U.S. Stat., vol. 9, ch. 49[1850]/pp. 446-452; Baldwin, 117-137; Van Zandt, 28-29, 162-165
  5. 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.
  6. Original Counties of New Mexico Territory (map) at http://www.nmgs.org/Graphics/nmcoun-orig.jpg (accessed 9 August 2011).
  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. WorldCat 50140092 FHL CollectionHandybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)
  9. Ariz. Terr. Laws 1879, 10th assy./ pp. 96-97
  10. Ariz. Terr. Laws 1895, 18th assy./ pp. 96-105