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[[United States|United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]][[Arizona Genealogy|Arizona]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] Graham County
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Guide to '''Graham County, Arizona ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.
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[[United States|United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]][[Arizona|Arizona]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] Graham County
 
  
 
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=== County Information ===
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==== Graham County, Arizona Record Dates  ====
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 13-28. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992</ref> </center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Graham County, Arizona Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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== County Courthouse  ==
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=== County Courthouse  ===
  
 
[http://www.graham.az.gov/Graham_CMS/default.aspx Graham County Courthouse]<br>800 Main Street <br>Stafford, Az 85546-1414 <br>Phone: 520-428-3250  
 
[http://www.graham.az.gov/Graham_CMS/default.aspx Graham County Courthouse]<br>800 Main Street <br>Stafford, Az 85546-1414 <br>Phone: 520-428-3250  
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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>  
 
*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>  
*In 1821 -&nbsp;[[Mexico]] obtained jurisdiction over the land that later would become Arizona. Residents living on {{wpd|Gadsden Purchase}} land south of the Gila River were part of Mexico until 1854. Some records of this period may have been sent to [[Mexico Archives and Libraries|archives]] in Mexico City.  
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*24 Aug 1821 - The Treaty of Cordoba was signed by [[Spain Genealogy|Spain]], which recognized [[Mexico Genealogy|Mexico]]'s independence.<ref>Beers, 100; "Mexican War of Independence," New Handbook of Texas, 4:698</ref> The land in present day Arizona became part of Mexico. Land north of the Gila River was claimed by the State of Alta California and the State of New Mexico. Land south of the Gila River was in the State of Sonora. Look for records in the [[Mexico Archives and Libraries|Spain and Mexico Archives]].  
*In 1846 - [[New Mexico]] Territory was setup, it included land that later would become Arizona.  
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*18 Aug 1846 - During the war with [[Mexico Genealogy|Mexico]], the US took control of Santa Fe and proclaimed sovereignty over the land that later became the [[New Mexico Genealogy|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 created counties that stretched east and west from the Texas border to the California border, including land that later became Arizona. Land in present-day Graham County, Arizona was once part of [[Socorro County, New Mexico|Socorro]] and [[Dona Ana County, New Mexico|Doña Ana]] 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> 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 Genealogy|Mexico]] ceded part of present day [[Arizona Genealogy|Arizona]].<ref>U.S. Stat., vol. 9, pp. 922-943; Parry, 102: 29-59; Van Zandt, 11, 28-29; Walker and Bufkin, 19, 20A</ref> The land south of the Gila River in present day Arizona was not ceded, it remained in control of Mexico. The land in present day Graham County was split between the US and Mexico. 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 1854 -&nbsp; the {{wpd|Gadsden Purchase}} bought from Mexico, this land was added to the already existing [[Dona Ana County, New Mexico|Doña Ana County]], of New Mexico. It included land in what later became Graham County. Records may have been sent to the Doña Ana County, New Mexico courthouse.  
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*9 Jan 1852 - New Mexico redefined the boundaries of previous counties and created new ones to cover all the land within its territory. Land in present-day Graham County, Arizona was once part of [[Socorro County, New Mexico Genealogy|Socorro]] and [[Dona Ana County, New Mexico Genealogy|Doña Ana]] 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> <ref>N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 1st sess./p. 119; N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 2d sess. /pp. 266, 292</ref> Look for records in [http://www.co.dona-ana.nm.us/ Dona Ana] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socorro_County,_New_Mexico Socorro] counties.  
*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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*30 Dec 1853 - The [[United States]] bought the {{wpd|Gadsden Purchase}} from [[Mexico Genealogy|Mexico]]. It contained land in [[Arizona Genealogy|Arizona]] south of the Gila River, including part of the land in present day Graham County.<ref>U.S. Stat., vol. 10, pp. 1031-1037; Van Zandt, 11, 29, 162</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].
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*4 Aug 1854 - The land acquired in the Gadsden Purchase was officially added to [[New Mexico Genealogy|New Mexico]] Territory, it became non-county land.<ref>U.S. Stat., vol. 10, ch. 245[1854]/p. 575; Van Zandt, 162; Walker and Bufkin, 21-22</ref> Look for records in the [http://www.nmcpr.state.nm.us/archives/archives_hm.htm New Mexico State Records Center and Archives].
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*3 Feb 1855 - [[Dona Ana County, New Mexico Genealogy|Dona Ana County]] gained all the land acquired in the Gadsden Purchase.<ref>N.M. Terr. Laws 1854, 4th assy. /p. 57</ref> Its boundary stretched across present day Arizona to the Baja California border. This county included part of the land in present day Graham County. Look for records in [http://www.co.dona-ana.nm.us/ Dona Ana County].  
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*24 Feb 1863 - The US created the [[Arizona Genealogy|Arizona]] Territory from the western half of [[New Mexico Genealogy|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]
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*10 Nov 1864 - Arizona created [[Pima County, Arizona Genealogy|Pima]] and [[Yavapai County, Arizona Genealogy|Yavapai]] counties.<ref>Howell Code, Ariz. Terr. Laws 1864, 1st assy., ch. 2/ pp. 24-25</ref> Both of these counties named for Indian tribes. Look for records in [http://www.pima.gov/ Pima] and [http://www.yavapai.us/ Yavapai] counties.
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*14 Feb 1879 - Arizona created [[Apache County, Arizona Genealogy|Apache County]] from land in [[Yavapai County, Arizona Genealogy|Yavapai County]].<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.
  
10 Mar '''1881''' - Arizona created Graham County from lands in [[Apache County, Arizona|Apache]] and [[Pima County, Arizona|Pima]] counties.<ref>Ariz. Terr. Laws 1881, 11th assy./ pp. 155-157</ref> This county named for Mount Graham, the highest peak in the area. '''County seat:''' Safford <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref> Look for records in [http://www.graham.az.gov/Graham_CMS/default.aspx Graham County]. Also [http://www.co.apache.az.us/ Apache],and [http://www.pima.gov/ Pima] counties.  
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'''10 Mar 1881''' - Arizona created Graham County from lands in [[Apache County, Arizona Genealogy|Apache]] and [[Pima County, Arizona Genealogy|Pima]] counties. <ref>Ariz. Terr. Laws 1881, 11th assy./ pp. 155-157</ref> '''County seat:''' Safford <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref> This county named for Mount Graham, the highest peak in the area. Look for records in [http://www.graham.az.gov/Graham_CMS/default.aspx Graham], [http://www.co.apache.az.us/ Apache] and [http://www.pima.gov/ Pima] counties.  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
10 Mar '''1909''' - Arizona created [[Greenlee County, Arizona|Greenlee County]] from land in [[Graham_County,_Arizona|Graham County]].<ref>Ariz. Terr. Laws 1909, 25th assy./ pp. 43-56</ref> This county named for an early Arizona pioneer. Look for records in [http://www.graham.az.gov/Graham_CMS/default.aspx Graham] and [http://www.co.greenlee.az.us/ Greenlee] counties.  
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10 Mar '''1909''' - Arizona created [[Greenlee County, Arizona Genealogy|Greenlee County]] from land in [[Graham County, Arizona|Graham County]].<ref>Ariz. Terr. Laws 1909, 25th assy./ pp. 43-56</ref> This county named for an early Arizona pioneer. Look for records in [http://www.graham.az.gov/Graham_CMS/default.aspx Graham] and [http://www.co.greenlee.az.us/ Greenlee] counties.
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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.
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For animated maps illustrating Arizona county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/arizona/ "Rotating Formation Arizona County Boundary Maps"] (1852-1993) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.  
  
 
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== Places/Localities  ==
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=== Places/Localities  ===
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Apache County, Arizona|Apache, Arizona]]  
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*[[Apache County, Arizona Genealogy|Apache County, Arizona]]  
*[[Cochise County, Arizona|Cochise, Arizona]]  
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*[[Cochise County, Arizona Genealogy|Cochise County, Arizona]]  
*[[Gila County, Arizona|Gila, Arizona]]  
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*[[Gila County, Arizona Genealogy|Gila County, Arizona]]  
*[[Greenlee County, Arizona|Greenlee, Arizona]]  
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*[[Greenlee County, Arizona Genealogy|Greenlee County, Arizona]]  
*[[Navajo County, Arizona|Navajo, Arizona]]  
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*[[Navajo County, Arizona Genealogy|Navajo County, Arizona]]  
*[[Pima County, Arizona|Pima, Arizona]]  
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*[[Pima County, Arizona Genealogy|Pima County, Arizona]]  
*[[Pinal County, Arizona|Pinal, Arizona]]
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*[[Pinal County, Arizona Genealogy|Pinal County, Arizona]]
  
== Resources  ==
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
[http://arizonagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=5 Arizona Gravestones Project] has listings for most of the cemeteries in Graham county and most of the graves in those cemeteries have pictures of the gravestones.  
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*[http://arizonagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=8 &nbsp;Arizona Cemetery Transcription and Photo Project]<br>
 
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*[http://billiongraves.com/ BillionGraves.com] - Provides photos and GPS locations of grave markers.  
[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=5&CScnty=172 Cemeteries in Graham County] at Find a Grave
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/cemeteries/ Cyndi's List] - Cemeteries &amp; funeral homes
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/ Findagrave.com]
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*[http://www.interment.net/ Interment.net]
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*[http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cemeteries/ Rootsweb]
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*[http://www.usgenweb.com/ UsGenweb.org]
  
 
'''Central, Arizona'''  
 
'''Central, Arizona'''  
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==== Church  ====
 
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LDS Church and Branch Records:&nbsp;Artesia, Ashurst, Bryce, Central, Eden, Emery, Ft. Thomas, Graham, Hubbard, Kimball, Layton (Safford), Lebanon, Mathews, Pima, Safford, Solomonsville, Thatcher, Thatcher East and Thatcher West.  
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{{AZ Church Intro}} LDS Church and Branch Records:&nbsp;Artesia, Ashurst, Bryce, Central, Eden, Emery, Ft. Thomas, Graham, Hubbard, Kimball, Layton (Safford), Lebanon, Mathews, Pima, Safford, Solomonsville, Thatcher, Thatcher East and Thatcher West.  
  
 
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==== Land  ====
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Most of the land in Arizona was originally obtained from the US federal government by&nbsp;patent. These [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx General Land Office Records] are searchable online and most have free images of patents to download. The minimum information needed for a search is the state where the land is located and the name of the person receiving the patent. Surveys and Land Status Records can also be searched here.  
 
Most of the land in Arizona was originally obtained from the US federal government by&nbsp;patent. These [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx General Land Office Records] are searchable online and most have free images of patents to download. The minimum information needed for a search is the state where the land is located and the name of the person receiving the patent. Surveys and Land Status Records can also be searched here.  
  
[http://www.thecountyrecorder.com/%28dbaen355fa41it45qaj4mpne%29/Introduction.aspx?CountyKey=1 Land Records in Graham County] that were recorded from 1982 to the present can be searched online.<br>  
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[http://www.thecountyrecorder.com/%28dbaen355fa41it45qaj4mpne%29/Introduction.aspx?CountyKey=1 Land Records in Graham County] from 1982 to the present can be searched online. Viewing older records will require a visit:<br>  
  
Viewing older records will require a visit to <br>
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:[http://www.graham.az.gov/Graham_CMS/Recorder.aspx?id=2414 Graham County Recorders Office]<br>  
 
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:921 Thatcher Blvd<br>  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; [http://www.graham.az.gov/Graham_CMS/Recorder.aspx?id=2414 Graham County Recorders Office]<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 921 Thatcher Blvd<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Safford AZ 85546<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; (928) 428-3560  
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:Safford AZ 85546<br>  
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:(928) 428-3560
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
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{{AZ History}}
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
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[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn2004060008/ Safford Rattler] (Safford, Ariz.) 1896-189? is also available Online.  
 
[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn2004060008/ Safford Rattler] (Safford, Ariz.) 1896-189? is also available Online.  
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{{AZ Newspaper abstracts|Graham}}
  
 
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{{AZ Probate Intro|Graham}}
  
 
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{{AZ Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
3,480 marriages from&nbsp;1881 to 1926&nbsp;are listed on the [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index].  
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''Online Birth Indexes and Records''<br>
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*1909 - 1917 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60001 Arizona Select Births and Christenings 1909-1917] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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''Online Marriage Indexes and Records''<br>
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*1881 to 1926; 3,480 marriages are listed on the [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index].
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*1864 - 1982 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7847 Arizona Marriage Collection 1864-1982] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*1871-1964 {{RecordSearch|2185173|Arizona, County Marriages, 1871–1964}} at [http://familysearch.org FamilySearch.org] — index and browse images, incomplete
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*1888 - 1908 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60236 Arizona Select Marriages 1888-1908] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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''Online Death Indexes and Records''<br>
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*1910 - 1911 and 1933 - 1994 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60002 Arizona Select Deaths and Burials 1910-1911 and 1933-1994];at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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== Societies and Libraries  ==
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=== Societies and Libraries  ===
  
 
[http://www.grahammuseum.org/ Graham County Historical Society and Museum]<br>3430 W. Main St. (Hwy 70) <br>Thatcher, AZ 85552 <br>Telephone: 928-348-0470<br>Hours 10-4:00 M,T, Sat. <br>  
 
[http://www.grahammuseum.org/ Graham County Historical Society and Museum]<br>3430 W. Main St. (Hwy 70) <br>Thatcher, AZ 85552 <br>Telephone: 928-348-0470<br>Hours 10-4:00 M,T, Sat. <br>  
  
== Family History Centers  ==
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=== Family History Centers  ===
  
[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Introduction to Family History Centers]]<br>[[Safford-Thatcher Arizona Family History Center|<br>]]  
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}} [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Introduction to Family History Centers]]<br>[[Safford-Thatcher Arizona Family History Center|<br>]]  
  
 
[[Safford-Thatcher Arizona Family History Center|'''Safford-Thatcher Arizona''']]<br>515 11th St<br>Safford, Graham, Arizona, United States<br>Telephone: 928-428-7927<br>  
 
[[Safford-Thatcher Arizona Family History Center|'''Safford-Thatcher Arizona''']]<br>515 11th St<br>Safford, Graham, Arizona, United States<br>Telephone: 928-428-7927<br>  
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This is not a mailing address. Due to limited staff, Family History Centers are unable to respond to mail inquiries.  
 
This is not a mailing address. Due to limited staff, Family History Centers are unable to respond to mail inquiries.  
  
== Websites  ==
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/arizona/graham-county/ Graham County, AZ History, Records, Facts and Genealogy] (Genealogy Inc)
 
*[http://hometownchronicles.com/az/graham/ USGenWeb for Graham county Arizona]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.  
 
*[http://hometownchronicles.com/az/graham/ USGenWeb for Graham county Arizona]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.  
*{{FHL|Arizona%2C+Graham|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*{{FHL|Arizona%2C+Graham|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AZ/Graham/ Graham County, Arizona Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AZ/Graham/ Graham County, Arizona Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
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Guide to Graham County, Arizona ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.

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Graham County, Arizona
Map
Map of Arizona highlighting Graham County
Location in the state of Arizona
Map of the U.S. highlighting Arizona
Location of Arizona in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 10, 1881
County Seat Safford
Courthouse
Address 800 West Main Street

Safford, Arizona 85546
Phone: (928) 428-3310

Wikipedia
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Contents

County Information

Graham County, Arizona Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1881 1860 1881 1889

County Courthouse

Graham County Courthouse
800 Main Street
Stafford, Az 85546-1414
Phone: 520-428-3250

  • Clerk of Superior Court has marriage, probate, divorce and court records from 1881
  • Naturalization Records 1907-1973
  • County Recorder has land records [2]

Parent County

10 Mar 1881 - Arizona created Graham County from lands in Apache and Pima counties. [15] County seat: Safford [16] This county named for Mount Graham, the highest peak in the area. Look for records in Graham, Apache and Pima counties.

Boundary Changes

10 Mar 1909 - Arizona created Greenlee County from land in Graham County.[17] This county named for an early Arizona pioneer. Look for records in Graham and Greenlee 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

Aravaipa Central Graham Lone Star Solomon
Artesia Cork Gripe Matthewsville Solomonsville
Ashurst Dublin Hollywood Natches Sunset
Bonita Eden Indian Hot Springs Old Columbine Swift Trail Junction
Bryce Ellison Place (hist.) Kimball Pima Tanque
Buena Vista Emery Klondyke Point of Pines Thatcher
Bylas Fort Thomas Layton Safford Turkey Flat
Cactus Flat Geronimo Lebanon San Jose Whitlock Cienega
Calva Glenbar Little Franks Sanchez












Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Central, Arizona

In the Town of Central there are two burial sites. The Old Central Cemetery and new Central Cemetery. They are not far apart from each other. Online memorials can be seen at Find A Grave for both of these cemeteries.

The Old Cemetery has many early settlers buried there, the first being in 1885. It is located in a flood plain. Since it was flooded so often , it was advocated that a new burial site was needed on higher ground. The new site is located on a hill to the northwest of the old site. Harry W. Layton worked to obtain the permit for the new cemetery on land that he donated for that purpose. They planned to begin burials on the north end of the cemetery. The first burial was in October, 1920. They found the ground was so hard to dig that after two days of trying, they had to get dynamite. They finished just in time to see the funeral procession coming up the hill. After this difficulty, the burials were made in the south end of the cemetery.

These cemeteries were maintained until recently, by the Central Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There are still present day burials in the Old Central Cemetery, but most are in the Central Cemetery.  


Pima, Arizona

In the Town of Pima there are three known burial sites. The original site, known as the Old Pima Cemetery was established in 1879. You can view online memorials of the 15 interments in this cemetery at Find A Grave. The cemetery was moved when the railroad came into the Gila Valley, since the right of way went directly through the cemetery. See more detailed information at this website, Old Pima Cemetery by Wilma Carter Rhinehart. 

The Pima Cemetery is located in the southwest part of town at 800 South 400 West, Pima, Arizona, 85543. You can view online memorials for the more than 2100 interments at Find a Grave. The cemetery is maintained buy the Town of Pima. They can be contacted at the Town Hall, 110 West Center Street, Pima, Arizona, 85543. Phone (928) 485-2611. 

The Rogers Family Cemetery is a private historical cemetery located at 574 West 300 South, Pima, Arizona. There are 15 interments there that can be viewed online at Find A Grave.

Census

For tips on accessing Graham County, Arizona Genealogy 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 Church and Branch Records: Artesia, Ashurst, Bryce, Central, Eden, Emery, Ft. Thomas, Graham, Hubbard, Kimball, Layton (Safford), Lebanon, Mathews, Pima, Safford, Solomonsville, Thatcher, Thatcher East and Thatcher West.

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.

Most of the land in Arizona was originally obtained from the US federal government by patent. These General Land Office Records are searchable online and most have free images of patents to download. The minimum information needed for a search is the state where the land is located and the name of the person receiving the patent. Surveys and Land Status Records can also be searched here.

Land Records in Graham County from 1982 to the present can be searched online. Viewing older records will require a visit:

Graham County Recorders Office
921 Thatcher Blvd
Safford AZ 85546
(928) 428-3560

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Graham County, Arizona Genealogy. 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

Graham Guardian  (Safford, Ariz.) 1895-1923 is available for searching free Online. Click Browse Issues tab.

Safford Rattler (Safford, Ariz.) 1896-189? is also available Online.

Finding More Arizona Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Graham County, Arizona Genealogy 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, Graham - Probate records.

Taxation

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.

Birth Records

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Marriage Records

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Death Records

Online Death Indexes and Records


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Societies and Libraries

Graham County Historical Society and Museum
3430 W. Main St. (Hwy 70)
Thatcher, AZ 85552
Telephone: 928-348-0470
Hours 10-4:00 M,T, Sat.

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Centers for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center. Introduction to Family History Centers

Safford-Thatcher Arizona
515 11th St
Safford, Graham, Arizona, United States
Telephone: 928-428-7927

This is not a mailing address. Due to limited staff, Family History Centers are unable to respond to mail inquiries.

Websites

References

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  7. Original Counties of New Mexico Territory (map) at http://www.nmgs.org/Graphics/nmcoun-orig.jpg (accessed 9 August 2011).
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  17. Ariz. Terr. Laws 1909, 25th assy./ pp. 43-56

 

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