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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Arizona Genealogy|Arizona]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Mohave County, Arizona|Mohave County]]''
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Guide to '''Mohave 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]] [[Mohave_County,_Arizona|Mohave County]]''
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=== County Information ===
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==== Mohave 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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== County Courthouse&nbsp;  ==
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=== County Courthouse&nbsp;  ===
  
 
[http://www.co.mohave.az.us/ Mohave County Courthouse]<br>401 East Spring St <br>Kingman, Az 86041 <br>Phone: 520-753-9141  
 
[http://www.co.mohave.az.us/ Mohave County Courthouse]<br>401 East Spring St <br>Kingman, Az 86041 <br>Phone: 520-753-9141  
  
Clerk Superior Court has marriage recrods from 1888,<br>Divorce, Probate and Court Records from 1850<br>County Records land records <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mohave County, Arizona p. 56. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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Clerk Superior Court has marriage records from 1888,<br>Divorce, Probate and Court Records from 1850<br>County Records land records <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mohave County, Arizona p. 56. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
 
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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. Records of this period may have been sent to [[Mexico Archives and Libraries|archives]] in Mexico City.  
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*In 1821 -&nbsp;[[Mexico Genealogy|Mexico]] obtained jurisdiction over the land that later would become Arizona. Records of this period may have been sent to [[Mexico Archives and Libraries|archives]] in Mexico City.  
*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 became Arizona. The land in present-day Mohave County, Arizona was once part of [[Taos County, New Mexico|Taos]], [[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> 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]]. This included all the land in present day Mohave 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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*9 Jan 1852 - New Mexico redefined the boundaries of previous counties and created new ones to cover all the land within its territory. The land in present-day Mohave County, Arizona was once part of [[Taos County, New Mexico Genealogy|Taos]], [[San Juan County, New Mexico Genealogy|San Juan]] (1861-1862 only), [[Rio Arriba County, New Mexico Genealogy|Rio Arriba]], [[Santa Ana County, New Mexico Genealogy|Santa Ana]], [[Bernalillo County, New Mexico Genealogy|Bernalillo]], [[Valencia County, New Mexico Genealogy|Valencia]], and [[Socorro County, New Mexico Genealogy|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> <ref>N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 2d sess. /p. 292</ref> Look for records in [http://www.co.dona-ana.nm.us/ Dona Ana County], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socorro_County,_New_Mexico Socorro County], [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 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]
  
10 Nov '''1864''' - Mohave County was created as one of the four original counties in Arizona.
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'''10 Nov 1864''' - Mohave County was created as one of the four original counties in Arizona. '''County seat:''' Kingman <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref> <ref>Howell Code, Ariz. Terr. Laws 1864, 1st assy., ch. 2/ pp. 24-25</ref> This county named for Mojave Indians. Look for records in [http://www.mohavecounty.us/ Mohave County].
County seat: Kingman <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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*22 December 1865 - the northern part of Mohave County was removed by Arizona to create [[Pah-Ute County, Arizona|Pah-Ute County]].  
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*22 Dec 1865 - Arizona created [[Pah-Ute County, Arizona Genealogy|Pah-Ute County]] (extinct) from the northern half of [[Mohave County, Arizona|Mohave County]].<ref>Ariz. Terr. Laws 1865, 2d assy./ pp. 19-20</ref> 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 [http://www.mohavecounty.us/ Mohave County].  
*5 May 1866 - a large portion of Pah-Ute county and a smaller portion of Mohave county was given to Nevada by the US government.<br>  
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*5 May 1866 - The US removed the northwest corner from [[Arizona Genealogy|Arizona]] Territory (parts of [[Pah-Ute County, Arizona Genealogy|Pah-Ute]] (extinct) and [[Mohave County, Arizona|Mohave]] counties) and gave that land to the State of [[Nevada Genealogy|Nevada]].<ref>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</ref> Nevada used that land by adding to [[Lincoln County, Nevada Genealogy|Lincoln]] and [[Nye County, Nevada Genealogy|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 [http://nsla.nevadaculture.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=498&Itemid=416 Nevada State Library and Archives] and [http://www.azlibrary.gov/Default.aspx Arizona State Library]. Also the [http://www.lincolncountynv.org/about/county.htm Lincoln], [http://www.nyecounty.net/ Nye], and [http://www.mohavecounty.us/ Mohave] counties.
*18 February 1871 - The remainder of [[Pah-Ute County, Arizona|Pah-Ute County]] was restored to Mohave County.  
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*18 Feb 1871 - Arizona discontinued [[Pah-Ute County, Arizona Genealogy|Pah-Ute County]] (extinct).<ref>Ariz. Terr. Laws 1871, 6th assy./ p. 87</ref> 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 [http://www.mohavecounty.us/ Mohave County].  
*6 Mar 1883 - part of [[Yavapai County, Arizona|Yavapai County]] north of the Colorado River and west of Kanab Wash was&nbsp;transferred&nbsp;to Mohave County.
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*6 Mar 1883 - Arizona expanded [[Mohave County, Arizona|Mohave County]] by adding land from [[Yavapai County, Arizona Genealogy|Yavapai County]], north of the Colorado River and west of Kanab Wash.<ref>Ariz. Terr. Laws 1883, 12th assy./ p. 171</ref> Look for records in [http://www.mohavecounty.us/ Mohave] and [http://www.yavapai.us/ Yavapai] counties
  
See also [[Previous Jurisdictions to land in Arizona]] showing dates the jurisdictions were created and where. This will help in determining what jurisdiction your ancestor lived in and where the records are now located.
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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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==== Populated Places  ====
 
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Clark County, Nevada|<span style="display: none" id="1228951487417S">&nbsp;</span>Clark County, Nevada]]  
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*[[Coconino County, Arizona Genealogy|Coconino County, Arizona]]  
*[[Coconino County, Arizona|Coconino, Arizona]]  
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*[[La Paz County, Arizona Genealogy|La Paz County, Arizona]]  
*[[Kane County, Utah|Kane County, Utah]]  
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*[[Yavapai County, Arizona Genealogy|Yavapai County, Arizona<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1228951487109_838" />]]  
*[[La Paz County, Arizona|La Paz, Arizona]]  
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*[[San Bernardino County, California Genealogy|San Bernardino County, California]]  
*[[Lincoln County, Nevada|Lincoln County, Nevada]]  
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*[[Clark County, Nevada Genealogy|<span id="1228951487417S" style="display: none">&nbsp;</span>Clark County, Nevada]]  
*[[San Bernardino County, California|San Bernardino County, California]]  
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*[[Lincoln County, Nevada Genealogy|Lincoln County, Nevada]]  
*[[Washington County, Utah|Washington County, Utah]]  
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*[[Kane County, Utah Genealogy|Kane County, Utah]]  
*[[Yavapai County, Arizona|Yavapai, Arizona<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1228951487109_838" />]]
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*[[Washington County, Utah Genealogy|Washington County, Utah]]
  
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*[http://arizonagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=8 &nbsp;Arizona Cemetery Transcription and Photo Project]<br>
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=5&CScnty=176 Cemeteries in Mohave County] at Find A Grave
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*[http://billiongraves.com/ BillionGraves.com] - Provides photos and GPS locations of grave markers.
*[http://arizonagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=9 Cemeteries in Mohave County]&nbsp;at Arizona Gravestones<br>
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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://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cemeteries/ Rootsweb]
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*[http://www.usgenweb.com/ UsGenweb.org]
  
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=158513 Beaver Dam Cemetery] in Beaver Dam, Arizona
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*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=158513 Beaver Dam Cemetery] in Beaver Dam, Arizona  
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=148351 Chloride Cemetery] in Mohave, Arizona. Short distance east of US 93 northwest of Kingman  
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=148351 Chloride Cemetery] in Mohave, Arizona. Short distance east of US 93 northwest of Kingman  
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=22 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).  
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=22 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).  
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{{AZ Church Intro}} LDS Ward and Branch&nbsp;Records  
  
 
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[http://eagleweb.co.mohave.az.us/recorder/web/ Recorded Land Records] from 1 January 1970 to the present may be search online.  
 
[http://eagleweb.co.mohave.az.us/recorder/web/ Recorded Land Records] from 1 January 1970 to the present may be search online.  
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[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84024828/ Mohave County Miner] (Mineral Park, A.T. [Ariz.]) 1882-1918 is availble for free Online viewing.  
 
[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84024828/ Mohave County Miner] (Mineral Park, A.T. [Ariz.]) 1882-1918 is availble for free Online viewing.  
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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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395 marriages from 1 Jun 1866 to 26 Jun 1907 are listed on the [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index].  
 
395 marriages from 1 Jun 1866 to 26 Jun 1907 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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*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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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~azlhgs/ Lake Havasu Genealogical Society ]<br>P.O. Box 953<br>Lake Havasu City, AZ 86405-0953<br>Telephone 928-854-5447<br>  
 
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~azlhgs/ Lake Havasu Genealogical Society ]<br>P.O. Box 953<br>Lake Havasu City, AZ 86405-0953<br>Telephone 928-854-5447<br>  
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'''Mohave County Genealogical Society'''<br>400 W. Beale St<br>Kingman, AZ 86401<br>Telephone 928-753-3195 <br>  
 
'''Mohave County Genealogical Society'''<br>400 W. Beale St<br>Kingman, AZ 86401<br>Telephone 928-753-3195 <br>  
  
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[[Kingman Arizona Family History Center|'''Kingman Arizona''']]<br>3180 Rutherford St<br>Kingman, Mohave, Arizona, United States<br>Phone: 928-753-1316<br>  
 
[[Kingman Arizona Family History Center|'''Kingman Arizona''']]<br>3180 Rutherford St<br>Kingman, Mohave, Arizona, United States<br>Phone: 928-753-1316<br>  
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These are not mailing addresses. Due to limited staff, Family History Centers are unable to respond to mail inquiries.  
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/arizona/mohave-county/ Mohave County, AZ History, Records, Facts and Genealogy] (Genealogy Inc)
 
*[http://rootsweb.ancestry.com/~azmohave/ AZGenWeb Mohave County projec]t. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.  
 
*[http://rootsweb.ancestry.com/~azmohave/ AZGenWeb Mohave County projec]t. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.  
*{{FHL|Arizona%2C+Mohave|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*{{FHL|Arizona%2C+Mohave|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AZ/Mohave/ Mohave County, Arizona Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AZ/Mohave/ Mohave County, Arizona Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
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Latest revision as of 16:46, 14 July 2015

United States Gotoarrow.png ArizonaGotoarrow.png Mohave County

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

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Online Records



Mohave County, Arizona
Map
Map of Arizona highlighting Mohave County
Location in the state of Arizona
Map of the U.S. highlighting Arizona
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 Information

Mohave County, Arizona Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1887 1860 1864 1871

County Courthouse 

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

Clerk Superior Court has marriage records from 1888,
Divorce, Probate and Court Records from 1850
County Records land records [2]


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 [9] [10] 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.[11] 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.[12] 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).[13] 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.[14] 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 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 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 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

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 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, Mohave - 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

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

Death Records

Online Death Indexes and Records

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

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

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. 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
  2. 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.
  3. Williams 108-110
  4. U.S. Stat., vol. 9, pp. 922-943; Parry, 102: 29-59; Van Zandt, 11, 28-29; Walker and Bufkin, 19, 20A
  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. N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 2d sess. /p. 292
  8. U.S. Stat., vol. 12, ch. 56[1863]/pp. 664-665; Ariz. Terr. Laws 1864, 1st assy./ pp. vii-viii; Van Zandt, 162
  9. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  10. Howell Code, Ariz. Terr. Laws 1864, 1st assy., ch. 2/ pp. 24-25
  11. Ariz. Terr. Laws 1865, 2d assy./ pp. 19-20
  12. 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
  13. Ariz. Terr. Laws 1871, 6th assy./ p. 87
  14. Ariz. Terr. Laws 1883, 12th assy./ p. 171

 

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