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Introduction to Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. United States Vital Records has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Arizona Department of Health Services or the County Clerk's Office of the county where the event occurred.

Contents

 
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Marriage Records  Death/Will Records
Western States 1855 - 1933  
   1870 - 1951  
 

1962 - Present

Birth Records

Arizona is a "closed record" state which means vital records are not public records. Only immediate family and selected others may obtain certified copies of vital records.[1]

The following parties may use the services of a confidential intermediary to obtain adoption information:

  • birth siblings age 21 or older;
  • adoptive parents or legal guardians of adopted adults age 18 or older;
  • adopted adults age 21 or older;
  • the immediate, adult relatives (age 21 or older) of a deceased adopted adult;
  • birth parents; or
  • birth grandparents if birth parents are deceased.

After a confidential intermediary receives written consent from both parties, information may be released. Adoptive parents may prevent an adopted child& from being contacted by an intermediary without their permission and birth parents may prohibit an adopted child from contacting birth siblings without their permission. The Arizona confidential intermediary can be contacted at:
Arizona Confidential Intermediary Program
Arizona Supreme Court
Attn: Torin Scott
1501 W. Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85007
(602) 542-9586 or (602) 542-9580
cip@supreme.sp.state.az.us

Arizona adoption laws allow an adopted adult over the age of 21 to provide a notarized statement granting or refusing consent to release adoption information. Any party may try to obtain identifying information by petitioning the court for compelling need.

Source: Adoption.com. Arizona Adoption Laws

A wiki article describing this collection is found at:

Marriage Records

There is no statewide registration of marriages in Arizona. An 1864 territorial law required county recorders to keep marriage and divorce records. From 1891 to 1912, clerks of probate courts issued marriage licenses. Marriage and divorce records in Arizona are maintained by the Clerk of the Superior Court in the county where the event occurred. They are not available from the Office of Vital Records.

Many of the early marriages for the state are searchable online at no cost in the Western States Marriage Index.

Yuma, Yuma County, Arizona& served many eloping couples from Arizona, southern California and New Mexico. In Yuma there was no waiting period between the time of issuing a license and the performance of the marriage.

Information in Arizona Marriage Records
Types of Information 1816 - 1912 1912 - present
Name of Bride/Groom  
Date of Marriage  
Location of Marriage  
Presiding Official    
Date of Birth
 
Place of Birth
 
Residence at Time of Marriage
 

A wiki article describing this collection is found at:

Divorce Records

The earliest divorce records were granted by the territorial legislature and are found in the published territorial statutes. Later divorce proceedings were kept by the district court of each county until 1912, when the superior court was given this jurisdiction.

Death Records

Early to 1909

No deaths were recorded by government agencies prior to 1881. See Substitute Records below.

1909—Present

Arizona Statewide Death Certificates: A free internet index and images to the Arizona Statewide Death Certificates can be viewed on the FamilySearch.org website. For a description of the collection see Arizona Statewide Death Certificates

Arizona Deaths 1870-1951 are online at FamilySearch.org

To obtain copies of the records for dates not currently online write to the state office at:

Vital Records Section
Arizona Department of Health Services
P.O. Box 3887
Phoenix, AZ 85030
Telephone: 602-255-3260
Internet: Arizona Department of Health Services

A wiki article describing this collection is found at:

For current fees and latest information for obtaining copies of the state's records visit:VitalRecords.com (commercial site).

Information in Arizona Death Records
Types of Information
before - 1913
1913 - present
Name of Deceased


 
Date of Death

 
Place of Death
 

 
Date of Birth/Age
 

 
Place of Birth

 
Place of Burial

 
Parents' Names/Maiden
 
Occupation of Deceased

 

Marital Status



Minorities

African American Research

When searching for birth, marriage, or death records for African Americans  in Arizona, check the record types listed above. Other sources have historical information for African American research.

Arizona Indian Research

To locate birth, marriage, or death information on Native Americans living in Arizona you must know which tribe the individual belonged to.  Indians of Arizona has more specific information about Indian tribes in Arizona.

Substitute Records

Check substitute records to either verify information already found or to locate birth, marriage, death and other information when government records do not exist.

See also Arizona Statewide Indexes and Collections at the Family History Library.

Archives, Libraries & Societies

Statewide archives, libraries, historical and genealogical societies of Arizona have collections that can be of great value in Arizona research. Individual counties usually have historical and genealogical societies as well. Contact the Arizona Archives, Societies and Libraries listed below for specific information on availability of records and how to access their collections online, in person or through a local agent that will search the records for a fee.

Tips

  • The information given on a birth or death certificate is given by an informant.  Learn the relationship of the informant to determine the accuracy of the record.
  • If you are unable to locate vital records recorded by governments; search for a church record of christening, marriage, death or burial.  A family Bible may have been used to record family births, marriages and deaths.
  • Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records.  Copies of vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except a direct relative.
  • If the survival of a baby was in question, the birth may not have been recorded. Search for a delayed birth record if the child survived.
  • Search for Vital Records in the Family History Library Catalog by using a Place Search and then choosing Vital Records.  Search for Arizona to locate records filed by the State and then search the name of the county to locate records kept by the county.

Arizona Birth, Marriage and Death Records Online

The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Arizona vital records. Check Arizona Vital Records Online for more information about the resources listed below. Most online resources for Arizona Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to confirm the information in the index.

References

  1. Arizona Department of Health Services, Office of Vital Records. "Vital Records". Accessed 28 May 2011. Genealogists may obtain copies of certificates if all of the following criteria are met: fckLRfckLR*The applicant establishes a relationship to the individual whose record they are requesting fckLR**Acceptable types of credible documentation to establish relationship: Birth certificate, Death certificate, Marriage certificate. fckLR**Non-acceptable types of documentation to establish relationship: Pedigree charts, Lineage charts, Family trees. fckLR*The applicant submits a signed application. fckLR*The applicant provides valid government issued identification or notarized signature on the application. fckLR*The application submits the appropriate fee(s).fckLRfckLR=== 1887—1909 ===fckLRfckLRA limited number of birth records from 1887 to 1909 may be found in the county where the event occurred. See Substitute Records below. fckLRfckLR=== 1909—1988 ===fckLRfckLRStatewide registration of vital records in Arizona began July, 1909 and was generally complied with by 1926. Because county clerks sent copies to the Arizona Department of Health Services, vital records are available at both the county and State Department of Health offices. fckLRfckLR=== 1989—Present ===fckLRYou may obtain a certified copy of a birth certificate for a birth that occurred in Arizona after 1989, at the County Health Department in the county where the birth occurred. fckLRfckLR{| width="550" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1" align="center"fckLR|+ Information in Arizona Birth Records fckLR|-fckLR| width="52%" valign="middle" height="50" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | Types of Information fckLR| width="16%" valign="middle" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | early - 1909  fckLR| width="16%" valign="middle" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | 1909 - presentfckLR|-fckLR| width="52%" valign="middle" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | Name of Child fckLR| width="16%" valign="middle" height="25" align="center" | fckLR| width="16%" valign="middle" height="25" align="center" |  fckLR|-fckLR| width="52%" valign="middle" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | Sex fckLR| width="16%" valign="middle" height="25" align="center" |   fckLR| width="16%" valign="middle" height="25" align="center" |  fckLR|-fckLR| width="52%" valign="middle" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | Race fckLR| width="16%" valign="middle" height="25" align="center" |   fckLR| width="16%" valign="middle" height="25" align="center" |  fckLR|-fckLR| width="52%" valign="middle" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | Parents' Names fckLR| width="16%" valign="middle" height="25" align="center" |   fckLR| width="16%" valign="middle" height="25" align="center" |  fckLR|-fckLR| width="52%" valign="middle" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | Midwife/Doctor fckLR| width="16%" valign="middle" height="25" align="center" |   fckLR| width="16%" valign="middle" height="25" align="center" |  fckLR|-fckLR| width="52%" valign="middle" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | Date & Place of Birth fckLR| width="16%" valign="middle" height="25" align="center" |   fckLR| width="16%" valign="middle" height="25" align="center" |  fckLR|-fckLR| width="52%" valign="middle" height="25" bgcolor="#99ccff" align="center" | Residence fckLR| width="16%" valign="middle" height="25" align="center" | <br> fckLR| width="16%" valign="middle" height="25" align="center" |  fckLR|}fckLRfckLR== Adoption ==fckLRfckLRArizona's adoption records are confidential. Individuals who were adopted and are looking for their birth parents, or who are the birth parents of an adoptee and are looking for their child need to engage the services of a Confidential Intermediary. Please refer to the Arizona Supreme Court's Arizona Confidential Intermediary Program web site for more information. <ref>"Access to Adoption Records" Adoption.com. Adoption Media, LLC, 1995 - 2009. Accessed 1 Sept. 2009. <http://http://laws.adoption.com/statutes/arizona-laws.html>.
  2. Arlene H. Eakle, "Have you searched and searched for a marriage without finding it?" accessed 8 January 2011.

 

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