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The FamilySearch moderator for Arizona is James Tanner.

These repositories preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in Arizona.

Online Records

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Links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.

Also, the Mountain West Digital Library combines digital collections from more than 50 universities, colleges, public libraries, museums, state agencies, and historical societies in Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Idaho, and Hawaii.

Wiki Articles on Major Repositories in Arizona

State Archives · State Library · Mesa FamilySearch Library · Arizona Historical Society · Arizona State University Library · Northern Arizona University Library · University of Arizona Special Collections · Phoenix Public Library · Pima County Public Library · West Valley Genealogical Society · Bancroft Library · Family History Library · Southwest Museum Braun Research Library · National Archives at Riverside


National Archives at Riverside The National Archives at Riverside, California, has more than 38,000 cubic feet of archival holdings dating from about l850 to the l980s. In addition to textual records, there are architectural drawings, maps, and photographs. These holdings were created or received by the Federal courts and over 50 Federal agencies in Arizona, southern California, and Clark County, Nevada. Federal law requires that agencies transfer permanently valuable, noncurrent records to the National Archives.


Arizona State Archives, Phoenix, has collections from state, county and local government offices, boards and commissions as well as collections from private citizens and non-governmental groups. These records help document the official actions of state, county and local governments and the private lives and accomplishments of people and organizations in Arizona.

Arizona State Library,
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Phoenix, the book and periodical sections of the collection are the largest in Arizona and specific titles may be located by using the Library and Archives' online catalog. Additional access to CD-ROM's, premium online databases and through inter-library loan. This is the  starting place for Arizona research.[1]


Mesa FamilySearch Library
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is one of the largest Family History Centers in the world. The public is welcome. They have a good collection of 40,000 United States genealogy books, and an outstanding collection of U.S. federal censuses as part of their 81,000 microfilms.[1] They also have 129 free guest computers with access to FamilySearch,, Fold3, American Ancestors, World Vital Records, and other popular family history websites. They offer over 90 classes and workshops per month.


Arizona State University Library, Tempe, Archives and Special Collections, Hayden Arizona Pioneer Biographies is a good place to look for early Arizona families.[1]

  • ASU Museums, Galleries & Collections ASU has a variety of collections that reflects much of ASU's and Arizona's history and culture. The Archaeological Research Institute hosts a collection of Arizona artifacts that have been discovered. ASU also has the Museum of Anthropology and the Luhrs Gallery which exhibits the collections of historical writings and manuscripts about Arizona.
University of Arizona Special Collections, Tucson,
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materials on Arizona, Southwest American history, and the U.S./Mexico Borderlands, including rare books, manuscripts, and photographs.[1]

Arizona Historical Society, Tucson Library and Archives, has a Mexican and an early Arizona collection, Colorado River topics, manuscripts 1860-present, oral histories, maps, and photos.[1]

Northern Arizona University Cline Library, Flagstaff, includes Arizona history, Arizona photographs, archives, and oral histories.[1]

Phoenix Public Library, Burton Barr Central Library
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Their Arizona history collection is a good place for genealogy research.[1]

Pima County Public Library, Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Tucson, Arizona collection, and the Southern Arizona Genealogical Society collection are housed here.[1]

West Valley Genealogical Society, Youngstown, an active society with a good little library. Probably represents outside Arizona better because of retirees who contribute genealogies from all around the U.S.[1]
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Out of State

Bancroft Library, Univ. Calif. Berkeley An outstanding collection for early settlers, migration trails, stagecoaches, miners, and histories. They probably have more Arizona historical material than any repository in Arizona.[1]

Southwest Museum Braun Research Library, Los Angeles, includes the Monk Library of Arizoniana, California and Arizona history, and records of southwest American Indians.[1]

Family History Library,
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Salt Lake City, Utah, holds 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, and Mormon records. Includes a good collection for Arizona.


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 15. At various repositories (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 J54d.