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The following are links to counties that are listed as Extinct or Renamed Arizona Counties, but never were. They were really New Mexico counties.  [[Bernalillo County, Arizona|Bernalillo]]{{·}} [[Dona Ana County, Arizona|Doña Ana]]{{·}} [[Rio Arriba County, Arizona|Rio Arriba]]{{·}} [[Santa Ana County, Arizona|Santa&nbsp;Ana]]{{·}} [[Socorro County, Arizona|Socorro]]{{·}} [[Taos County, Arizona|Taos]]{{·}} [[Valencia County, Arizona|Valencia]]
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The following are links to counties that are listed as Extinct or Renamed Arizona Counties, but never were. They were really proposed counties, that were rejected.  [[Castle Dome County, Arizona|Castle Dome]]{{·}}  [[Ewell County, Arizona|Ewell]]{{·}} [[Mesilla County, Arizona|Mesilla]]
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===Previous Jurisdictions and Record Repositories ===
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Locating records of your ancestors
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*Find where your ancestor lived
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*Locate the jurisdiction covering the land where your ancestor lived
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For example, suppose you believe your ancestor lived in Tucson, Arizona in 1856.
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*In the present day, Tucson is indeed located in the State of Arizona.
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*But Arizona didn't exist in 1856. Arizona Territory wasn't created until 1863.
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*Before that the land belonged to New Mexico Territory, which was created in 1850. Your ancestor lived in New Mexico Territory. This jurisdiction still exists today as the State of New Mexico.
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*In 1853, the US bought the Gadsden Purchase from Mexico, which contained land south of the Gila River. This is the land where Tucson is located. In 1854, this land was given to New Mexico Territory and in 1855 this land was added to Dona Ana county. Your ancestor lived in Dona Ana County, which still exists today in the State of New Mexico.
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*Putting this altogether, your ancestor actually lived in Tucson, Dona Ana County, New Mexico Territory in 1856. Therefore look for records at Tucson, at Dona Ana County, and at the State of New Mexico.
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Sometimes, records were recorded in a county where your ancestor did not live. Maybe there was confusion of where the borders were. Or maybe it was a shorter distance to the neighboring county seat. There could be several reasons, so don't overlook records in nearby counties. But treat this as the exception to the rule and check the most obvious county first.
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18 Aug 1846 -  The U.S. Army of the West, under command of Brigadier General Stephen Watts Kearny, took control of Santa Fe and proclaimed United States sovereignty over the territory of New Mexico. <ref>Williams 108-110</ref> Look for records in New Mexico Archives and Libraries.
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4 July 1848 -  Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo ended the war between Mexico and the United States. Area ceded by Mexico became Unorganized Federal Territory (non-county area) in the United States; included all of present California, Nevada, and Utah, and parts of present Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming. Part of the international boundary was in dispute. <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 New Mexico Archives and Libraries.
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13 Dec 1850 - US created the New Mexico Territory from unorganized federal land. Territory named after the country of Mexico. Look for records in New Mexico Archives and Libraries.<ref>U.S. Stat., vol. 9, ch. 49[1850]/pp. 446-452; Baldwin, 117-137; Van Zandt, 28-29, 162-165</ref>
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1 Feb 1860 -  New Mexico created Arizona County from land in Dona Ana County. <ref>N.M. Terr. Laws 1859-1860, 9th assy. /p. 74</ref> Arizona County was located entirely within present Arizona. Look for records in Dona Ana County.
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18 Jan 1862 - New Mexico eliminated Arizona County and return its land to DOÑA ANA. <ref>N.M. Terr. Laws 1861-1862, 11th assy. /p. 18</ref>
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28 Jan 1863 - New Mexico re-created Arizona County from DOÑA ANA County. <ref>N.M. Terr. Laws 1862-1863, 12th assy. /p.30</ref>
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24 Feb 1863 - US created Arizona Territory from the west half of New Mexico Territory. All previous counties were discontinued. <ref>U.S. Stat., vol. 12, pp. 664-665; Van Zandt, 165</ref>
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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.statearchives.us/new-mexico.htm New Mexico State Archives and Libraries] <br><br>
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10 Nov 1864 - Arizona created four counties: [[Mohave County, Arizona|Mohave]], [[Pima County, Arizona|Pima]], [[Yavapai County, Arizona|Yavapai]], and [[Yuma County, Arizona|Yuma]] counties.<ref>Howell Code, Ariz. Terr. Laws 1864, 1st assy., ch. 2/ pp. 24-25</ref> All four of these counties named for Indian tribes. Look for records in [http://www.mohavecounty.us/ Mohave], [http://www.pima.gov/ Pima], [http://www.yavapai.us/ Yavapai], and [http://www.co.yuma.az.us/ Yuma] counties.<br><br>
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22 Dec 1865 - Arizona created [[Pah-Ute County, Arizona|Pah-Ute County]] 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].<br><br>
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5 May 1866 - The US removed the northwest corner from [[Arizona]] Territory (parts of [[Pah-Ute County, Arizona|Pah-Ute]] and [[Mohave County, Arizona|Mohave]] counties) and gave that land to the State of [[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 to add to [[Lincoln County, Nevada|Lincoln]] and [[Nye County, Nevada|Nye]] counties. But Arizona previously had claim to that land and opposed this transfer, twice petitioning congress to repeal the law. Up thru 1868, representatives from Pah-Ute County attended the Arizona Legislature. Look for records in [http://www.lincolncountynv.org/about/county.htm Lincoln], [http://www.nyecounty.net/ Nye], and [http://www.mohavecounty.us/ Mohave]counties.<br><br>
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18 Feb 1869 - [[Utah]] also laid claim to land in the southeastern corner of Nevada by creating [[Rio Virgin County, Utah|Rio Virgin County]] from land in [[Washington County, Utah]]; as well as land outside of Utah in Nevada and Arizona.<ref>Utah Terr. Laws 1869, 18th sess., ch. 10/p. 7; Atlas of Utah, 163-164</ref> This county named for the Virgin River. Look for records in [http://www.washco.utah.gov/ Washington], [http://www.lincolncountynv.org/about/county.htm Lincoln], [http://www.nyecounty.net/ Nye], and [http://www.mohavecounty.us/ Mohave] counties.<br><br>
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14 Feb 1871 - Arizona created [[Maricopa County, Arizona|Maricopa County]] from land in [[Yavapai County, Arizona|Yavapai County]].<ref>Ariz. Terr. Laws 1871, 6th assy./ pp. 53-54</ref> This county named for the Maricopa Indians. Look for records in [http://www.maricopa.gov/ Maricopa] and [http://www.yavapai.us/ Yavapai] counties.<br>
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18 Feb 1871 - Arizona discontinued [[Pah-Ute County, Arizona|Pah-Ute County]].<ref>Ariz. Terr. Laws 1871, 6th assy./ p. 87</ref> In effect, withdrawing claim to that land after exhausting all legal recourse. The remnant of Pah-Ute County still in Arizona was returned to Mohave County. Look for records in  [http://www.mohavecounty.us/ Mohave County].<br><br>
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16 Feb 1872 - Utah discontinued [[Rio Virgin County, Utah|Rio Virgin County]].<ref>Utah Terr. Laws 1872, 20th sess., ch. 19, sec. 2/p. 28</ref> In effect, withdrawing claim to that land after exhausting all legal recourse. The remnant of Rio Virgin County still in Utah was returned to [[Washington County, Utah|Washington County]]. Look for records in [http://www.washco.utah.gov/ Washington County].<br><br>
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1 Feb 1875 - Arizona created [[Pinal County, Arizona|Pinal County]] from lands in [[Maricopa County, Arizona|Maricopa]] and [[Pima County, Arizona|Pima]] counties.<ref>Ariz. Terr. Laws 1875, 8th assy./ pp. 19-20</ref> This county named for the Pinal Indians. Look for records in [http://www.maricopa.gov/ Maricopa],  [http://www.pima.gov/ Pima], and [http://pinalcountyaz.gov/Pages/Home.aspx Pinal] counties.<br><br>
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14 Feb 1879 - Arizona created [[Apache County, Arizona|Apache County]] from land in [[Yavapai County, Arizona|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.<br><br>
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1 Feb 1881 - Arizona created [[Cochise County, Arizona|Cochise County]] from the eastern part of [[Pima County, Arizona|Pima County]].<ref>Ariz. Terr. Laws 1881, 11th assy./ pp. 4-7</ref> This county named for Cochise, the great Apache warrior who had died seven years before. Look for records in [http://www.cochise.az.gov/ Cochise] and [http://www.pima.gov/ Pima] counties.<br>
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8 Feb 1881 - Arizona created [[Gila County, Arizona|Gila County]] from lands in [[Maricopa County, Arizona|Maricopa]] and [[Pima County, Arizona|Pima County]] counties.<ref>Ariz. Terr. Laws 1881, 11th assy./ pp. 14-17</ref> This county named for the Gila River. Look for records in the [http://www.gilacountyaz.gov/ Gila], [http://www.maricopa.gov/ Maricopa], and [http://www.pima.gov/ Pima] counties.<br>
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10 Mar 1881 - Arizona created [[Graham County, Arizona|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 an early Arizona pioneer. Look for records in [http://www.co.apache.az.us/ Apache], [http://www.graham.az.gov/Graham_CMS/default.aspx Graham], and [http://www.pima.gov/ Pima] counties.<br><br>
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19 Feb 1891 - Arizona created [[Coconino County, Arizona|Coconino County]] from land in [[Yavapai County, Arizona|Yavapai County]].<ref>Ariz. Terr. Laws 1891, 16th assy./ pp. 26-34</ref> This county named for the Coconino Indians. Look for records in [http://www.coconino.az.gov/ Coconino] and [http://www.yavapai.us/ Yavapai] counties.<br><br>
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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 [[Apache County, Arizona|Apache]] and [http://www.navajocountyaz.gov/ Navajo] counties.<br><br>
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15 Mar 1899 - Arizona created [[Santa Cruz County, Arizona|Santa Cruz County]] from land in [[Pima County, Arizona|Pima County]].<ref>Ariz. Terr. Laws 1899, 20th assy./ pp. 49-57</ref> This county named for the Santa Cruz River. Look for records in [http://www.pima.gov/ Pima] and [http://www.co.santa-cruz.az.us/ Santa Cruz] counties.<br><br>
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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.<br><br>
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27 Apr 1983 - Arizona created [[La Paz County, Arizona|La Paz County]] from the northern half of [[Yuma County, Arizona|Yuma County]].<ref>Ariz. Laws 1983, 36th assy., ch. 291/pp. 1089-1094</ref> This county named for the town of La Paz, Arizona. Look for records in [http://www.co.la-paz.az.us/ La Paz] and [http://www.co.yuma.az.us/ Yuma] counties.
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===Extinct or Renamed Counties of Arizona - email to Dilts 1, no reply ===
 
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I was gradually moving toward the above anyway, but your challenge to come up with a better plan has focused my efforts. I think this plan should be extended to Nevada where there are also some fictitious counties. I would like to work together with you on this. Please let me know.
 
I was gradually moving toward the above anyway, but your challenge to come up with a better plan has focused my efforts. I think this plan should be extended to Nevada where there are also some fictitious counties. I would like to work together with you on this. Please let me know.
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:Good plan! I like it. As long as every "real" Arizona county clearly explains (including maps or at least links to the maps) about all the other places records might be housed because of jurisdiction changes I can see eventually doing away with the fictional county pages. Especially since that means to cover the topic the material that now appears on a single fictional county page will be repeated (better coverage) on each of the many real county pages. We must be careful to find a way of showing the pre-Arizona maps of New Mexico counties (and Mexico, and New Spain, and Spain) in what later became Arizona so they will not be too confusing to people reading about them on the pages of each of their real Arizona counties.<br>
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:Please take a look at the many other places in the U.S. with jurisdiction changes for the best ideas about how to teach the concept. For example, Haverhill, Essex, MA was once part of Norfolk (old) County in the MA Bay Colony. Colorado was created from parts of NM, KS, NE, and UT and has some very confusing jurisdiction changes. These and any others may not be great examples, but let's consider different ways to deal with the problem and find the BEST&nbsp;ways teach about jurisdiction changes.
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:The three counties that were listed in the Arizona organic bill that never passed still may be useful more for historical reference than any other reason. No one ever lived there, but at least in Mowrey's mind they were Arizona counties. I like being thorough because it lets readers know we've covered the possibilities. For example, the Confederate States were also tinkering around with Mesilla County, Arizona. The Kansas Historical Society has a list of extinct Kansas/Colorado counties, some of which were authorized but never actually organized. I find the list very informative. I'm unlikely to ever find an ancestor with a deed in such a county, but I think it wise to at least know there was talk about such counties in case something comes up in a diary or letter of an ancestor. See also the way the Nevada archives deal with their extinct county history--very thorough and open minded about Utah-California-Arizona jurisdictions. So I believe it is worthwhile to have historical references to failed-or-never-approved-or-organized Arizona counties as well as the others that existed briefly in reality before going extinct such a Pah-Ute. [[User:DiltsGD|DiltsGD]] 22:46, 1 November 2012 (UTC)
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=== Extinct or Renamed Counties of Arizona - Conversation 2  ===
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I have already started working on "the plan". I have compiled some information for the 1846 to 1863 time period and the 1863 to Now period. I created a new article entitled [[Previous Jurisdictions to land in Arizona]] with a link on the [[Arizona]] page, the second paragraph down from the "Extinct or Renamed Counties of Arizona." Check it out.
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I intend to continue work on this article. Need to add the time period that Spain and Mexico controlled the land that became Arizona up thru 1846. What you said about wanting this to not be confusing is true. Doesn't help others if they can't understand it. Also I want to add maps for each change of jurisdiction. Or maybe an animated GIF that will cycle thru all the maps. If I am going to add maps, I would rather do this for the one article I just created. But it will be easy to add links from each county page.
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Also intend to update all the real counties' history of jurisdictional changes. Some of that is there already. I just want to make sure it is complete and has the records repositories listed. Most of this will duplicate the information on the article I just created, but it will give "better coverage."
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For me, the most important reason for the Family Search Wiki is to point those new to genealogy to where the records are. Not much interested in putting in articles to be historically accurate if it doesn't result in a location for records. I suppose we disagree on this. But I do see the three "proposed counties" are in a different category from the seven "fictional counties", at least they are historical.[[User:Sabwoo|Sabwoo]] 01:10, 8 November 2012 (UTC)
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:Your new page is good. I like it. It is clear and helpful. It has a lot of information. Link each "real" county to the new page. I agree the new page needs a map or set of maps, but I don't know how to create animated maps.
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:I can imagine a reader having heard of "Mesilla" County and wondering about it even though it was never authorized or organized. So I see value in listing such historical but never existed places. I think I understand your concern because the pictures/stories of who/what a county was named for seem to me to have no practical use for genealogists. For a long time I deleted those as irrelevant to genealogy, but they have become so ubiquitous on our Wiki I have mostly given up. A ''little bit'' of irrelevant historical information sometimes adds interest to Wiki articles. [[User:DiltsGD|DiltsGD]] 19:56, 9 November 2012 (UTC)
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===Extinct or Renamed Counties of Arizona - Dsammy 3 ===
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You have chosen to ignore my last message to compromise on the issue of the "Extinct or Renamed Counties of Arizona". Your reply to the message before that was strongly worded, but very muddled in why you felt the way you did. I would like to start again so that we might settle this issue.
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Since my last message to you, I have been doing some research on the problem. I find that there were a total of 10 proposals of one form or another sent to the US Congress to make Arizona a territory. All of them rejected and none of them contained maps of any proposed counties. You only recorded one of those, the one Sylvester Mowry was involved with.
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Also it is incorrect that Mowry drew up a map showing the four proposed counties: Castle Dome, Ewell, Mesilla, and Dona Ana. He did draw up a map, but it did not have any proposed counties on it. The map in question was drawn up in 1860 at the unofficial convention in Tucson to accompany the provisional constitution of Arizona Territory that was adopted.
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I have created a new article, called [[Previous Jurisdictions to land in Arizona]]. It tells about this convention in 1860 and shows the map of those proposed counties. It also tells of the next year in 1861 about the proposed Arizona Territory seceding from the USA. Then their acceptance by the Confederacy as a Territory. All of this, showing the maps involved. However, it does not include any the 10 failed proposals to the US Congress.
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I invite you to check out the article [[Previous Jurisdictions to land in Arizona]]. I invite you to read all my messages and reply so that we might work on this issue together. I invite you to delete your incorrectly worded county articles: Castle Dome, Ewell, and Mesilla. I invite you to chose instead the article [[Previous Jurisdictions to land in Arizona]]. Please let me know. Thank you.--[[User:Sabwoo|Sabwoo]] 00:35, 13 December 2012 (UTC)
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==Extinct or Renamed Counties of Arizona - continuing conversation - Dsammy 4==
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You have continued to ignore my attempts to resolve this difficulty. Those four articles on the proposed counties were factually incorrect, but the thing that bothered me the most was that those articles as they had been written did not lead to any records. Now I have updated those articles to make them correct. And I can see that they just might lead to some records. As a result, I now withdraw any desire to remove those four articles from the Family Search Wiki. Although I did all of the work, I do not hold any grudge. I hope we can work peaceably together if our paths ever cross in the future. [[User:Sabwoo|Sabwoo]] 22:44, 4 January 2013 (UTC)
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==Extinct or Renamed Counties - continuing conversation - Dilts 4 ==
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I am nearing the end of construction for the article [[Previous Jurisdictions to land in Arizona]]. I see that you like what I have done. I have also revised the History section of all the real counties of [[Arizona]] to correspond to that article. I invite you to check this out.
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What I have been able to accomplish is not 100 percent of what I wanted to accomplish, but I think it does the job. Anyone new to Arizona genealogy can use the above to determine the previous jurisdictions to the Arizona land and therefore determine the repositories to check for records. If you see any improvements I can make to what I have done, let me know. I will try to get them done.
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Also, in my research I determined that those three proposed counties contained incorrect and misleading information.  I then discovered that county governments may have been created, so the possibility exists that records may yet be found. I corrected the mistakes and added the documentation for those three counties - [[Castle Dome County, Arizona|Castle Dome]], [[Ewell County, Arizona|Ewell]], and [[Mesilla County, Arizona|Mesilla]] counties. I invite you to check them out and also look at their Talk pages. I then added all this information to my article [[Previous Jurisdictions to land in Arizona]]. I now withdraw any desire to eliminate those three counties.
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I believe I have fulfilled my part of the bargain that I proposed to you back in October. You liked the plan back then. What I have done is far better than making up fictitious counties to mislead genealogists, even if done for a good reason. I invite you to fulfill your part of the bargain and eliminate those seven fictitious Arizona counties - [[Bernalillo County, Arizona|Bernalillo]], [[Dona Ana County, Arizona|Dona Ana]], [[Rio Arriba County, Arizona|Rio Arriba]], [[Santa Ana County, Arizona|Santa Ana]], [[Socorro County, Arizona|Socorro]], [[Taos County, Arizona|Taos]], and [[Valencia County, Arizona|Valencia]] counties. If you cannot do this, let me know and I will eliminate them. Thank you for your help. [[User:Sabwoo|Sabwoo]] 20:08, 7 January 2013 (UTC)
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:Thank you! This is excellent work. What you have accomplished is amazing. The chronologies of each AZ county are very helpful. The Previous Jurisdictions article is outstanding. Well done!
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:Please expand footnote ''#2 Williams'' with a full author, title, and publication data in all the articles.
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:Thanks to your efforts and the excellent substitute articles more properly explaining the history of this land, I am happy to mark the 7 fictional counties of Arizona for deletion. [[User:DiltsGD|DiltsGD]] 17:32, 9 January 2013 (UTC)

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Extinct or Renamed Counties of Arizona - email to Dilts 1, no reply

There are seven articles for counties listed in the "Extinct or Renamed Counties" of Arizona - Bernalillo, Dona Ana, Rio Arriba, Santa Ana, Socorro, Taos, and Valencia. Those seven articles are your creation, and you have continued to support them by making changes. I particularly like the maps you added.

But I have a disagreement with those seven articles. They are listed in the article for Arizona, indicating that they were counties of Arizona. The titles of those seven articles state very clearly that they were counties of Arizona. At first I edited those articles to show that none of them were counties of Arizona. I believe the facts show this. Then I thought the problem is the title of the articles, so it needs to be changed. Finally I realized that the basic premiss of the articles is faulty, they were never counties of Arizona. I notice that in your continuing editing, you left my wording remain in those articles.

Suppose that you had an ancestor living on the land that would one day become Arizona, that is before 1863. He would have lived in New Mexico Territory in one of those seven counties, but it would have been a New Mexico county. Any records that he would have generated, would be sent to the county offices of that New Mexico county.

Then in 1863, everything changed. Arizona Territory was created from the western half of New Mexico Territory. All counties that had existed before on that land were discontinued. Soon Arizona created four new counties for this new territory - Mohave, Yavapai, Yuma, and Pima.

Your hypothetical ancestor would have lived in one of those four Arizona counties. Any records that he generated would be sent to the county offices of that Arizona county. None of those four Arizona counties have been discontinued, but over the years have been divided up until Arizona now has 15 counties. Only one county has been discontinued: Pah-Ute.

For me, the purpose of the Family Search Wiki is to identify the location where records may be found, so that those who don't know may be led to the right location. I don't believe those seven articles above help to do this.

The information in those seven articles is good information, but it really belongs in the New Mexico county articles. I propose to transfer that information, then remove those seven Arizona articles. But I didn't want to proceed with this, without giving you a chance to explain your side of things. I would like for this to be done by agreement. Please let me know.

I also see that you are a big contributor for three other articles in the "Extinct or Renamed Counties" of Arizona - Castle Dome, Ewell, and Mesilla.

Since those three counties never existed, those articles do not lead to finding any records. They are not helpful. I propose to remove those three articles. But again, I ask for your side of the story, before I proceed. Please let me know.

In the end, I intend to have only two articles listed - Pah-Ute and Rio Virgin. The only reason Rio Virgin will be listed, is that it incorrectly covered land in Arizona and therefore might have some records of Arizona. For me the reason for doing all this is to make things clear and helpful for those just starting out in genealogy.

I have come to the conclusion that those ten articles should be removed from the Arizona article as "Extinct or Renamed Counties." It appears that you believe otherwise. I would appreciate understanding your reasons and working together to make the Arizona article better.

Extinct or Renamed Counties of Arizona - Dsammy 1

I see that you are a contributor to three articles in the "Extinct or Renamed Counties" of Arizona - Castle Dome, Ewell, and Mesilla. For me, the purpose of the Family Search Wiki is to identify the location where records may be found, so that those who don't know may be led to the right location. I don't believe those three articles above help to do this.

Since those three counties never existed, those articles do not lead to finding any records. They are not helpful. I propose to remove those three articles. But before I proceed, I ask for your side of the story. I would like for this to be done by agreement. Please let me know.

In the end, I intend to have only two articles listed - Pah-Ute and Rio Virgin. The only reason Rio Virgin will be listed, is that it incorrectly covered land in Arizona and therefore might have some records of Arizona. For me the reason for doing all this is to make things clear and helpful for those just starting out in genealogy.

I have come to the conclusion that those three articles should be removed from the Arizona article as "Extinct or Renamed Counties." It appears that you believe otherwise. I would appreciate understanding your reasons and working together to make the Arizona article better.

They STAY. Part of Rio Virgin County was northwest corner of Arizona after it was abolished after the boundaries of Utah Territory was changed when state of Nevada was created. It is not 100 percent Nevada. Please restore it. Of all states, you picked on Arizona to try to delete. It does NOT means the search for records. Wiki is "Reference Wiki" and it is stated as such, meaning not just the records, but also research to guide anyone looking for right directions. You want to remove the road signs, setting the researchers on roads to nowhere! Dsammy 23:51, 24 October 2012 (UTC)

Extinct or Renamed Counties of Arizona - Dilts 2

There are seven articles for counties listed in the "Extinct or Renamed Counties" of Arizona - Bernalillo, Dona Ana, Rio Arriba, Santa Ana, Socorro, Taos, and Valencia. These seven articles are your creation, and you have continued to support them by making changes. Perhaps you feel a closeness to them. I particularly like the maps you added.

But I have a disagreement with these seven articles. They are listed in Arizona, indicating that they were counties of Arizona. The titles of these seven articles very clearly state that they were counties of Arizona. But actually, all of these seven were counties of New Mexico. They covered land which later was in Arizona and Nevada, but any records created were sent to their respective New Mexico county offices.

When Arizona became a territory, all seven of these counties were discontinued in Arizona and completely replaced. None of these seven counties were ever Arizona counties. Leaving them in is not helpful to those new to genealogy. For me, the purpose of the Family Search Wiki is to identify the location where records may be found, so that those who don't know may be led to the right location. I don't believe these seven articles help to do this.

The information in the body of these seven articles is good information, but that information belongs in the New Mexico county articles. I propose to transfer that information, then remove these seven counties from the Extinct and Renamed Counties of Arizona and delete them. But I don’t want to proceed with this, without giving you a chance to explain your side of things. I am not perfect and maybe I have overlooked something. I would like for this to be done by agreement. Please let me know.

There are three other counties listed in the Extinct and Renamed Counties of Arizona - Castle Dome, Ewell, and Mesilla. I know you have made changes to these and maybe have a closeness for them as well. But none of these three were ever counties of Arizona, they were only “proposed counties” that were rejected. No records were ever created for these counties. Leaving them in is not helpful to those new to genealogy. I propose to remove these three counties from the Extinct and Renamed Counties of Arizona and delete them.

Neither of the above proposals have yet been done. I would appreciate understanding your acceptance or opposition and why. I would like to work with you on making the Arizona article better. For me the reason for doing all this is to make things clear and helpful for those just starting out in genealogy.

Thank you for kindly waiting to get my point of view. The real question here is NOT whether a county was ever part of Arizona, nor is it a question of whether a county ever existed. Think more like a genealogical researcher (or pre-Arizona recorder of deeds), and less like a dictionary writer. The real question is how might a reader possibly look up such counties, and in which repositories might they find their ancestors? Or, another possible way of looking at the question would be to ask if there is a deed or other official paper with a supposedly purely New Mexico county mentioned on it even though the ancestor actually lived in what later became Arizona. If so, would not the logical place to look for such a deed be in the county seat of the said NM county? Moreover, a certain fort was a few hundred meters into modern Arizona, but was briefly a New Mexico county's seat. We need to teach readers that boundaries change, borders can get confusing, and that smart genealogists sometimes need to hunt for records outside of modern boundaries. We need to teach readers that sometimes their ancestors records are outside of Arizona, especially if their ancestor lived in AZ prior to the time Arizona was created. Although it is not likely someone living on the Arizona strip ever conducted business in Taos, New Mexico, it is possible, and listing Taos as a former county in what eventually became Arizona is a way of alerting readers to the possibilities. I would strongly resist any effort to de-list pre-Arizona counties because it would hide potential places to look for an ancestor's records. We need to look for more ways to inform readers about potential genealogical record repositories. We need to avoid hiding potential repositories behind inflexible definitions of what goes where and when geographically. For new genealogists, clinging to legal definitions of modern boundaries is not informative about where to look for records created BEFORE those boundaries were drawn.
Would you be willing to explore other alternatives? If you cannot abide "Extinct" counties, feel welcome to find a more appropriate label for the group. But the solution is NOT to delete references to counties that might be listed on an ancestor's deed, nor to pretend New Mexico (and Mexico, and New Spain, and Spain) never had jurisdiction over what is now Arizona. Nor would it be appropriate to pretend researchers for ancestors living in Las Vegas should never ever look in Arizona repositories for pre-Nevada Las Vegas sources.
The most unchanged state is Delaware. Since 1776 her three counties have never changed. Yet Delaware was part of Pennsylvania, Maryland, The Dominion of New England, New Netherland, and New Sweden--so good researchers need to know to also look in the appropriate repositories in Philadelphia, Annapolis, Boston, Amsterdam, and Stockholm to find all the records of their early colonial Delaware ancestors. EVERY state has changed jurisdictions and we need to inform our readers about that. So I absolutely oppose deleting references to extinct counties even if they were technically in other states.
Please show me the positive way you plan to inform new Arizona researchers about New Mexico repositories with their ancestors' names on their records. Please make me a better offer than negatively deleting/hiding pages to which I am "close." I'm willing to listen and consider if you can come up with a better way to inform readers about changing jurisdictions, but until then, please NO deletion requests, no de-listings of extinct counties pages, and no tranferring of this kind of information from Arizona to New Mexico pages. I cannot see how your proposal will possibly alert new genealogists about jurisdiction changes and the need to search possible alternative repositories for early Arizona ancestors. To my way of thinking it would seriously hold-back new genealogists rather than helping them. For the new genealogist who has no clue that Arizona was ever considered part of New Mexico, where do they pick up that insight? Your proposal would seem to require them to somehow magically know that they must look in New Mexico repositories for some records of ancestors who lived in what later became Arizona. If we don't tell them about this problem on the Arizona pages, then how do they find out?
This problem is messy. I am painfully aware that "Taos County, Arizona" will NEVER be found on any deed or other official paper. But "Taos County" COULD appear on a deed of someone who lived in what later became Arizona. If Taos County could be on their deed I beilieve such an odd page title as "Taos County, Arizona" is appropriate and for practical purposes REQUIRED. I'm willing to be messy and create fictional county-state names if that is the best way to help me teach people that they also need to look for their "Arizona" ancestor in Taos, New Mexico repositories. If you can find a better way to teach this concept to new genealogists -- please convince me. Otherwise, please edit Arizona's extinct counties pages only in a positive way by enhancing their content. Please avoid negative editing that deletes, transfers to another state, or in any fashion hides the concept such pages are trying to teach from new genealogists seeking records of their ancestors in what eventually became Arizona.
Would you feel any better about:
  • "Taos County (NM), Arizona"
  • "Taos (NM) County, Arizona"
  • "Taos County, New Mexico in Arizona"(in navboxes "Taos, NM in AZ")
  • or something similar as a page title and extinct county link in navboxes at the bottom of all AZ county pages? Would you let me keep such pages for Arizona if we could find a compromise on their titles? DiltsGD 14:01, 30 October 2012 (UTC)

Extinct or Renamed Counties of Arizona - Dsammy 2

From your strongly worded reply to my first message, I see that you really care about the Arizona article in the Research Wiki. I care also. I live in Arizona and my family has been here since 1882, that is why I try to improve the Arizona article.

But I am at a loss as to why you feel the way you do. Your reply was confusing to me. I want to understanding your reasoning. So, let me state again in more detail what I propose to do, then you tell me what it is you object to and why. I am not perfect and maybe I have overlooked something. Please let me know.

It seems you believe that I want to delete Rio Virgin County. Not true, I would not delete it. I want to keep it. Rio Virgin County was created by Utah, but also included land outside of Utah in present day Arizona and Nevada. Land records created for Arizona and Nevada were sent to the Rio Virgin County offices. I want Rio Virgin County listed in the Extinct and Renamed Counties of Arizona. I propose to leave things the way they are for Rio Virgin County.

I also want Pah-Ute County listed in the Extinct and Renamed Counties of Arizona. It was created by Arizona and covered land in present day Arizona and Nevada, some of the same land covered by Rio Virgin County. Records were created for land in Arizona and Nevada that were sent to the Pah-Ute County offices. I propose to leave things the way they are for Pah-Ute County.

There are seven other counties listed in the Extinct and Renamed Counties of Arizona - Bernalillo, Dona Ana, Rio Arriba, Santa Ana, Socorro, Taos, and Valencia. All of these seven counties were created by New Mexico, but covered land which later was in Arizona and Nevada. Any records created were sent to their respective New Mexico county offices. When Arizona became a territory, all seven of these counties were discontinued in Arizona and replaced. None of these seven counties were ever Arizona counties. Leaving them in is not helpful to those new to genealogy. I propose to remove these seven counties from the Extinct and Renamed Counties of Arizona and delete them.

There are also three other counties listed in the Extinct and Renamed Counties of Arizona - Castle Dome, Ewell, and Mesilla. I know you have made many changes to these and maybe have a closeness for them. But none of these three counties were ever counties of Arizona, they were “proposed counties” that were rejected. They were never created, so no records were created for these counties. Leaving them in is not helpful to those new to genealogy. I propose to remove these counties from the Extinct and Renamed Counties of Arizona and delete them.

None of the above proposals have yet been done. I would appreciate understanding your reasons for opposing any of this. I would like to work with you on making the Arizona article better. For me the reason for doing all this is to make things clear and helpful for those just starting out in genealogy.

Extinct or Renamed Counties of Arizona - Dilts 3

I was pleasantly surprised to receive your reply. It was a great reply and I can agree with most everything you said. If I understand you correctly, you are very concerned in teaching those new to genealogy about historical boundary changes and previous jurisdictions. That way, they will learn where the records can be found. I can’t agree more, we see eye to eye on this. For me, the biggest reason for the Research Wiki is to show where the records are located. I hope we can work together to accomplish this.

You are also right about something else. If we just delete those seven fictitious “Arizona” counties, those new to genealogy will not understand the previous jurisdictions before Arizona was created. I don’t want that to happen either. I propose we put on HOLD any removing and deleting of county articles while we come to agreement.

I do like what you say - teach everyone about the previous jurisdictions and where to find the records. Your heart is in the right place and your goal is worthy, but your method is too short-sighted. It only tries to solve the one change of jurisdiction and boundaries. That is from New Mexico to Arizona in 1863. What about the change from Mexico to New Mexico, or the earlier Spain to Mexico. And then there are all the changes to the Arizona counties since Arizona was created. Your method doesn’t address any of these changes, but yet each one brings new places where records are kept.

We both agree on the goal - to explain the previous jurisdictions and where records are located. To do this, I propose the following three step plan.

  • I will begin to compile a list of ideas to accomplish this goal and publish them on my Talk Page. You are free to add additional ideas. Two ideas are shown here.
  • I will begin to implement the above ideas on the real Arizona counties. You are free to help.
  • You monitor the progress towards the goal. When sufficient progress has been made, you delete those seven fictitious “Arizona” counties. Or let me know and I will have them deleted.

I was gradually moving toward the above anyway, but your challenge to come up with a better plan has focused my efforts. I think this plan should be extended to Nevada where there are also some fictitious counties. I would like to work together with you on this. Please let me know.

Good plan! I like it. As long as every "real" Arizona county clearly explains (including maps or at least links to the maps) about all the other places records might be housed because of jurisdiction changes I can see eventually doing away with the fictional county pages. Especially since that means to cover the topic the material that now appears on a single fictional county page will be repeated (better coverage) on each of the many real county pages. We must be careful to find a way of showing the pre-Arizona maps of New Mexico counties (and Mexico, and New Spain, and Spain) in what later became Arizona so they will not be too confusing to people reading about them on the pages of each of their real Arizona counties.
Please take a look at the many other places in the U.S. with jurisdiction changes for the best ideas about how to teach the concept. For example, Haverhill, Essex, MA was once part of Norfolk (old) County in the MA Bay Colony. Colorado was created from parts of NM, KS, NE, and UT and has some very confusing jurisdiction changes. These and any others may not be great examples, but let's consider different ways to deal with the problem and find the BEST ways teach about jurisdiction changes.
The three counties that were listed in the Arizona organic bill that never passed still may be useful more for historical reference than any other reason. No one ever lived there, but at least in Mowrey's mind they were Arizona counties. I like being thorough because it lets readers know we've covered the possibilities. For example, the Confederate States were also tinkering around with Mesilla County, Arizona. The Kansas Historical Society has a list of extinct Kansas/Colorado counties, some of which were authorized but never actually organized. I find the list very informative. I'm unlikely to ever find an ancestor with a deed in such a county, but I think it wise to at least know there was talk about such counties in case something comes up in a diary or letter of an ancestor. See also the way the Nevada archives deal with their extinct county history--very thorough and open minded about Utah-California-Arizona jurisdictions. So I believe it is worthwhile to have historical references to failed-or-never-approved-or-organized Arizona counties as well as the others that existed briefly in reality before going extinct such a Pah-Ute. DiltsGD 22:46, 1 November 2012 (UTC)

Extinct or Renamed Counties of Arizona - Conversation 2

I have already started working on "the plan". I have compiled some information for the 1846 to 1863 time period and the 1863 to Now period. I created a new article entitled Previous Jurisdictions to land in Arizona with a link on the Arizona page, the second paragraph down from the "Extinct or Renamed Counties of Arizona." Check it out.

I intend to continue work on this article. Need to add the time period that Spain and Mexico controlled the land that became Arizona up thru 1846. What you said about wanting this to not be confusing is true. Doesn't help others if they can't understand it. Also I want to add maps for each change of jurisdiction. Or maybe an animated GIF that will cycle thru all the maps. If I am going to add maps, I would rather do this for the one article I just created. But it will be easy to add links from each county page.

Also intend to update all the real counties' history of jurisdictional changes. Some of that is there already. I just want to make sure it is complete and has the records repositories listed. Most of this will duplicate the information on the article I just created, but it will give "better coverage."

For me, the most important reason for the Family Search Wiki is to point those new to genealogy to where the records are. Not much interested in putting in articles to be historically accurate if it doesn't result in a location for records. I suppose we disagree on this. But I do see the three "proposed counties" are in a different category from the seven "fictional counties", at least they are historical.Sabwoo 01:10, 8 November 2012 (UTC)

Your new page is good. I like it. It is clear and helpful. It has a lot of information. Link each "real" county to the new page. I agree the new page needs a map or set of maps, but I don't know how to create animated maps.
I can imagine a reader having heard of "Mesilla" County and wondering about it even though it was never authorized or organized. So I see value in listing such historical but never existed places. I think I understand your concern because the pictures/stories of who/what a county was named for seem to me to have no practical use for genealogists. For a long time I deleted those as irrelevant to genealogy, but they have become so ubiquitous on our Wiki I have mostly given up. A little bit of irrelevant historical information sometimes adds interest to Wiki articles. DiltsGD 19:56, 9 November 2012 (UTC)

Extinct or Renamed Counties of Arizona - Dsammy 3

Dsammy

You have chosen to ignore my last message to compromise on the issue of the "Extinct or Renamed Counties of Arizona". Your reply to the message before that was strongly worded, but very muddled in why you felt the way you did. I would like to start again so that we might settle this issue.

Since my last message to you, I have been doing some research on the problem. I find that there were a total of 10 proposals of one form or another sent to the US Congress to make Arizona a territory. All of them rejected and none of them contained maps of any proposed counties. You only recorded one of those, the one Sylvester Mowry was involved with.

Also it is incorrect that Mowry drew up a map showing the four proposed counties: Castle Dome, Ewell, Mesilla, and Dona Ana. He did draw up a map, but it did not have any proposed counties on it. The map in question was drawn up in 1860 at the unofficial convention in Tucson to accompany the provisional constitution of Arizona Territory that was adopted.

I have created a new article, called Previous Jurisdictions to land in Arizona. It tells about this convention in 1860 and shows the map of those proposed counties. It also tells of the next year in 1861 about the proposed Arizona Territory seceding from the USA. Then their acceptance by the Confederacy as a Territory. All of this, showing the maps involved. However, it does not include any the 10 failed proposals to the US Congress.

I invite you to check out the article Previous Jurisdictions to land in Arizona. I invite you to read all my messages and reply so that we might work on this issue together. I invite you to delete your incorrectly worded county articles: Castle Dome, Ewell, and Mesilla. I invite you to chose instead the article Previous Jurisdictions to land in Arizona. Please let me know. Thank you.--Sabwoo 00:35, 13 December 2012 (UTC)

Extinct or Renamed Counties of Arizona - continuing conversation - Dsammy 4

Dsammy

You have continued to ignore my attempts to resolve this difficulty. Those four articles on the proposed counties were factually incorrect, but the thing that bothered me the most was that those articles as they had been written did not lead to any records. Now I have updated those articles to make them correct. And I can see that they just might lead to some records. As a result, I now withdraw any desire to remove those four articles from the Family Search Wiki. Although I did all of the work, I do not hold any grudge. I hope we can work peaceably together if our paths ever cross in the future. Sabwoo 22:44, 4 January 2013 (UTC)

Extinct or Renamed Counties - continuing conversation - Dilts 4

David Dilts

I am nearing the end of construction for the article Previous Jurisdictions to land in Arizona. I see that you like what I have done. I have also revised the History section of all the real counties of Arizona to correspond to that article. I invite you to check this out.

What I have been able to accomplish is not 100 percent of what I wanted to accomplish, but I think it does the job. Anyone new to Arizona genealogy can use the above to determine the previous jurisdictions to the Arizona land and therefore determine the repositories to check for records. If you see any improvements I can make to what I have done, let me know. I will try to get them done.

Also, in my research I determined that those three proposed counties contained incorrect and misleading information. I then discovered that county governments may have been created, so the possibility exists that records may yet be found. I corrected the mistakes and added the documentation for those three counties - Castle Dome, Ewell, and Mesilla counties. I invite you to check them out and also look at their Talk pages. I then added all this information to my article Previous Jurisdictions to land in Arizona. I now withdraw any desire to eliminate those three counties.

I believe I have fulfilled my part of the bargain that I proposed to you back in October. You liked the plan back then. What I have done is far better than making up fictitious counties to mislead genealogists, even if done for a good reason. I invite you to fulfill your part of the bargain and eliminate those seven fictitious Arizona counties - Bernalillo, Dona Ana, Rio Arriba, Santa Ana, Socorro, Taos, and Valencia counties. If you cannot do this, let me know and I will eliminate them. Thank you for your help. Sabwoo 20:08, 7 January 2013 (UTC)

Thank you! This is excellent work. What you have accomplished is amazing. The chronologies of each AZ county are very helpful. The Previous Jurisdictions article is outstanding. Well done!
Please expand footnote #2 Williams with a full author, title, and publication data in all the articles.
Thanks to your efforts and the excellent substitute articles more properly explaining the history of this land, I am happy to mark the 7 fictional counties of Arizona for deletion. DiltsGD 17:32, 9 January 2013 (UTC)