Pima County, Arizona Genealogy
Guide to Pima County, Arizona ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.
|Pima County, Arizona|
Location in the state of Arizona
Location of Arizona in the U.S.
|Founded||One of the original four counties, 1853|
|Address|| 110 West Congress St.|
Tucson, Arizona 85701-1317
Telephone: (520) 740-3200
Fax: (520) 798-3531
- 1 County Information
- 2 County Courthouse
- 3 History
- 4 Places/Localities
- 5 Resources
- 5.1 Cemeteries
- 5.2 Census
- 5.3 Church
- 5.4 Correctional Institutions
- 5.5 Court
- 5.6 Land
- 5.7 Local Histories
- 5.8 Maps
- 5.9 Military
- 5.10 Naturalization
- 5.11 Newspapers
- 5.12 Probate
- 5.13 Taxation
- 5.14 Vital Records
- 5.15 Voting
- 6 Societies and Libraries
- 7 Family History Centers
- 8 Web Sites
- 9 References
Pima County, Arizona Record Dates
Pima County Superior Courts Bldg.
110 West Congress St.
Tucson, Arizona 85701-1317
Telephone: (520) 740-3200[[Image:]](520) 740-3200
Fax: (520) 798-3531
Clerk Superior Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1863 
Holdings: criminal, civil (incl. traffic), domestic, real property, divorce, probate, guardianship, marriage.
Beginning in 2010, all civil cases 50 years old and probate cases 100 years old must be sent to the Arizona State Archives for preservation. However, indexes and microfilm copies of those records are available at the courthouse in Legal Records, Room 241. The microfilm is not for public use due to mishandling and degradation. The court's online Record Search contains an index of cases from approximately 1980 through present day.
For downtown parking garage information, please check Pima.gov's Parking Facility Page.
Pima County, named for the Pima Indians, is in southeastern Arizona. Today it is home to Arizona's second largest metropolitan area, which includes Tucson, which is also its county seat, and the location of many records of value to researchers of this area. In 1847 the United States flag was first raised over Tucson by the United States Mormon Battalion, the party that blazed the southern route across to San Diego.
- In 1681, The land that is now Pima County was controled by Spain as part of "Pimeria Alta," which included what is now Sonora, Mexico, and all or part of Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, Pima, Pinal, and Santa Cruz Counties.
- Until 1821 - New Spain controlled land that later would become Arizona. Some records of early settlers may have been sent to an archives in Seville, Spain, or to archives in Mexico City.
- In 1821 - Mexico obtained jurisdiction over the land that later would become Pima County, Arizona. Records of this period may have been sent to archives in Mexico City.
- 18 Aug 1846 - During the war with Mexico, the US took control of Santa Fe and proclaimed sovereignty over the land that later became the New Mexico Territory. Look for records in the National Archives and Records Administration, the Mexico Archives and the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives.
- 4 July 1848 - In the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo, Mexico ceded part of present day Arizona. The land south of the Gila River in present day Arizona was not ceded, it remained in control of Mexico. This included all of present day Pima County. Look for records in the National Archives and Records Administration, the Mexico Archives and the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives.
- 30 Dec 1853 - The United States bought the Gadsden Purchase from Mexico. It contained land south of the Gila River in present day Arizona, including all of present day Pima County. Look for records in the National Archives and Records Administration, the Mexico Archives, and the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives.
- 4 Aug 1854 - The land acquired in the Gadsden Purchase was officially added to New Mexico Territory. Look for records in the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives.
- 3 Feb 1855 - Dona Ana County gained all the land acquired in the Gadsden Purchase. This county included all of present day Pima County. Look for records in Dona Ana County.
- 1 Feb 1860 - New Mexico created Arizona County from land in Dona Ana County. Arizona County was located entirely within present day Arizona, including all of present day Pima County. Look for records in Dona Ana County.
- 18 Jan 1862 - New Mexico discontinued Arizona County returning the land to Dona Ana County. Look for records in Dona Ana County.
- 24 Feb 1863 - The US created the Arizona Territory from the western half of New Mexico Territory. All previous counties were discontinued for this new territory. Look for records in the Arizona State Library and New Mexico State Records Center and Archives
- 1 Feb 1875 - Arizona created Pinal County from lands in Maricopa and Pima counties. This county named for the Pinal mountains. Look for records in Maricopa, Pima, and Pinal counties.
- 1 Feb 1881 - Arizona created Cochise County from the eastern part of Pima County. This county named for Cochise, the great Apache warrior who had died seven years before. Look for records in Cochise and Pima counties.
- 15 Mar 1899 - Arizona created Santa Cruz County from land in Pima County. This county named for the Santa Cruz River. Look for records in Pima and Santa Cruz counties.
An animated map of Arizona County changes is available from the Pima County History (scroll down).
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.
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
|Achi||Diamond Bell Ranch||Kui Tatk||Puertocito||Soldier Camp|
|Ahan Owuch||Dobson||Kuit Vaya||Quijotoa||South Komelik|
|Ajo||Drexel Heights||Kupk||Quinlin||South Tucson|
|Ak Chin||Duval||Las Guijas||Rankin||Stan Shuatuk|
|Ak Chut Vaya||East Sahuarita||Littletown||Redington||Stoa Pitk|
|Ak Komelik||El Rio||Loma Linda||Rillito||Stockham|
|Ali Ak Chin||Emery Park||Lukeville||Rincon||Stotonyak|
|Ali Chukson||Emika||Maish Vaya||Rosemont Camp||Summit|
|Ali Molina||Esmond||Makgum Havoka||Rosemont Junction||Sweetwater|
|Ali Oidak||Flowing Wells||Marana||Rowood||Tanque Verde|
|Amphitheater||Gibson||Mexican Town||Sahuarita||Tatai Toak|
|Anegam||Greaterville||Mountain View||Sahuarita Heights||Tatk Kam Vo|
|Arivaca||Green Valley||Narcho Santos||San Agustin||Tatkum Vo|
|Artesa||Gu Chuapo||Naviska||San Luis||Three Points|
|Avra||Gu Oidak||Nawt Vaya||San Miguel||Topawa|
|Avra Valley||Gu Vo||Nelson||San Pedro||Tortolita|
|Buenos Aires||Gurli Put Vo||New Tucson||San Rafael||Tucson|
|Casas Adobes||Haivan Vaya||Newfield||San Vicente||Twin Buttes|
|Catalina||Haivana Nakya||Noipa Kam||San Xavier||Uhs Kug|
|Catalina Foothills||Hali Murk||Nolic||Sandwash Mill||Utevak|
|Charco||Hashan Chuchg||Oit Ihuk||Santa Cruz||Vail|
|Chiawuli Tak||Helvetia||Old Tucson||Santa Lucia||Vainom Kug|
|Chico Shunie||Hickiwan||Oro Valley||Santa Rosa||Vakamok|
|Childs||Hoa Murk||Palo Verde Stand||Sapano Vayo||Valley View|
|Chiuli Shaik||Hoi Oidak||Pan Tak||Sasabe||Vamori|
|Choulic||Hotason Vo||Pantano||Schuchk||Vaya Chin|
|Chukut Kuk||Jaynes||Peach Pu||Secundino||Vaison Chin|
|Chutum Vaya||Kahachi Miliuk||Pia Oik||Sells||Ventana|
|Chuwut Murk||Kaihon Kug||Piato Vaya||Shaotkam||Viason Chin|
|Civano||Kingston Knolls Terrace||Picture Rocks||Sikort Chuapo||Vopolo Havoka|
|Comobabi||Kino||Pipyak||Sikul Himatk||Wahak Hotrontk|
|Continental||Ko Vaya||Pisinemo||Sil Nakya||Why|
|Corona de Tucson||Kom Kug||Pitoikam||Silver Bell||Wickchoupai|
|Cortaro||Kom Vo||Polo Village||Siovi Shuatak||Willow Canyon|
|Cowlic||Komak Wuacho||Polvo||Sivili Chuchg||Wilmot|
|Craycroft||Kuakatch||Pueblo Gardens||Skoksonak|| |
Binghampton. Outside of Old Tucson there was a Mormon settlement called Binghampton. There are a series of leaflets published that contain many of the stories of this community, "Binghampton: The Life and Times of its people since 1892". Author is unknown, but going to the Binghampton Cemetery caretaker is the key to research for these ancestors. See cemetery reference below.
- Cochise County, Arizona
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- Maricopa County, Arizona
- Pinal County, Arizona
- Santa Cruz County, Arizona
- Yuma County, Arizona
(Main Article: Pima County, Arizona Cemeteries )
The following cemeteries are listed within GNIS for Pima County:
All Faiths Memorial Cemetery
Grantwood Memorial Park
Holy Hope Cemetery
Santa Rosa Francisco Cemetery
Silver Bell Cemetery
South Lawn Memorial Cemetery
Twin Buttes Cemetery
White Cross Cemetery
Source Information: USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS)
The Old Tucson (aka National or City) Cemetery was excavated in preparation for the construction of a new Joint Court Building. For extensive archealogical and historical information visit the Project's Website.
Binghampton LDS Cemetery (aka Mormon Cemetery) at Find A Grave
Located, in Tuscon, north of River Road at:
4001 N. Alvernon Way
Binghampton Cemetery Gravestones (photographed) at Arizona Gravestone Photo Project
Map of Cemeteries of Pima County compiled from topographic maps. Locations of over 100 cemeteries which are not found in GNIS. Driving directions and satellite imagery available through Google Maps.
A Map of Columbaria of Pima County is also available. Locations of churches with columbaria or memorial gardens for interment or scattering of remains.
Indexes, transcriptions, and photographs of Pima County Cemeteries can be found at:
- Arizona Cemetery Transcription and Photo Project
- BillionGraves.com - Provides photos and GPS locations of grave markers.
- Cyndi's List - Cemeteries & funeral homes
|Tombstone Transcriptions Online||Tombstone Transcriptions in Print||List of Cemeteries in the county|
|Findagrave.com||Family History Library||Findagrave.com|
|See Arizona Cemeteries for more information.|
Censuses were conducted in 1866, 1867, 1872, 1874, 1876. They include name, residence, whether head of family, number of single persons over 21, number between 10 and 21, number under 10, and remarks.
In 1882, the census lists name only.
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
Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson Archives and Library
Msgr. Donald H. Hughes Pastoral Center at St. Ambrose Parish
300 S. Tucson Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85716
Tel;(520) 886-5201 (Call for Appt.)
The diocese was first established in 1868. The archive's collection includes sacramental registers from across southwest, Bishop's correspondence, ephemera, art and artifacts.
Other Courts may be located here: Pima County Court Records Directory
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.
Pima County Recorder's Office
Holdings: deeds, mining records, mortgages.
(including records from the Recorder's Office)
Local histories are available for Pima 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.
Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records offers an Arizona Biographical Database.
The University of Arizona has compiled information about communities, history, and research materials relating to Southern Arizona at Through our Parents' Eyes.
For history of western Pima County (Ajo, Why, Lukeville and Tohono O'odham Nation communities) the Ajo Cultural and Historical Inventory Project has identified "where and how to access information on the history and culture of Ajo and western Pima County."
MapsFHL Arizona, Pima County Maps
Map of Arizona County changes (1864-1983) at the Pima County Justice Court's site (scroll down).
- 1861 - 1865 - Arizona Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865 at FamilySearch — index
- The Chronicling America project lists 255 newspapers which cover areas of Pima County. Using their system one may narrow a search and use the links to the WorldCat system to locate copies of the papers.
- Arizona Newspaper Project -- allows users to search for Pima County newspapers
- Current obituaries for Tucson may be located on the Arizona Daily Star's website.
- Green Valley News and Sun also carries obituaries.
- Ajo Copper News Archives list deaths beginning in 1998 and births in 2000.
- Ajo Cooper News - full-text digital issues in Google News Archive; covers 1975-2009
Finding More Arizona Newspapers
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Pima County, Arizona Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:
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 Subjects Search for Arizona, Pima - Probate records.
Online Probate 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.
Pima County Health Department issues certificates for Arizona Births from 1 Jan 1950 and Arizona Deaths from 1 Feb 2008. All other certificates may be ordered from the State Office of Vital Records.
FHL Arizona, Pima Vital Records
FHL Arizona, Pima Vital Records Indexes
Online Birth Indexes and Records
- Arizona Genealogy Birth and Death Certificates (including Pima County) available from the Arizona Department of Health Services. As of 2009, birth certificates from 1855-1933 and death certificates from 1844-1958 are provided in .pdf.
Online Marriage Indexes and Records
- 1864-1943 - 4,742 marriages from 3 Sep 1864 to 20 Sep 1943 are listed on the Western States Marriage Index. Certificates are available from either the Clerk of the Superior Court or the Arizona State Archives.
- 1864-1982 - Arizona Marriage Collection 1864-1982 at Ancestry.com — index $
- 1861-1964 - Arizona, County Marriages, 1871–1964 at FamilySearch.org — index and browse images, incomplete
- 1888-1908 - Arizona Select Marriages 1888-1908 at Ancestry.com — index $
Online Death Indexes and Records
- 1910-1911 and 1933-1994 - Arizona Select Deaths and Burials 1910-1911 and 1933-1994;at Ancestry.com — index $
Societies and Libraries
Arizona Historical Society
949 E. 2nd St.
Tucson, AZ 85719
Telephone: (520) 628-5774[[Image:]](520) 628-5774, Fax: (520) 629-8966
AHS's Arizona Historical Society Research Library and Archives holds unpublished manuscripts, biographical files, books, maps, newspapers, oral histories, photographs, and more.
Ajo Historical Society
160 S Mission Rd.
Ajo, AZ 85321-2601
Telephone: (520) 387-7105[[Image:]](520) 387-7105
Jewish Heritage Center
564 S Stone Ave
PO BOX 889
Tucson, AZ 85701
Telephone:(520) 670-9073[[Image:]](520) 670-9073
(Formerly the Jewish Historical Society of Southern Arizona and the Historic Stone Avenue Temple)
Green Valley Genealogical Society
PO Box 1009
Green Valley, AZ 85622
Pima County Genealogy Society
P.O. Box 16421
Tucson, AZ 85732
Pima County Public Libraries
Joel D. Valdez Main Library
101 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701
Telephone: (520) 594-5500[[Image:]](520) 594-5500
Holdings include: Cele Peterson Arizona Collection (local history), historical Tucson newspapers, assorted other papers, online resources available to library card holders, interlibrary loan
Salzar-Ajo Branch Library
33 Plaza Ajo, AZ 85321
Telephone: (520) 387-6075[[Image:]](520) 387-6075
Holdings: Ajo Cultural and Historical Inventory Project, newspapers, online resources available to library card holders
Postal History Foundation - Peggy J. Slusser Memorial Philatelic Library
920 N First Ave
Tucson, AZ 85719
Telephone: (520) 623-6652[[Image:]](520) 623-6652
Collection searchable at: www.library.pima.gov/research/collections/phf.php
City Vistoso Genealogical Society
Oro Valley, AZ
University of Arizona
1510 E University Blvd
Tucson, AZ 82721-0055
Telephone: (520) 621-6441[[Image:]](520) 621-6441
Holdings: Special Collections (manuscripts, photographs, rare books), newspapers, government documents, map collection, ethnic records, directories, Jewish collections
Check website for parking information.
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 Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.
801 N Cedar St
Ajo, Pima, Arizona, United States
17699 S Camino De Las Quintas
Sahuarita, Pima, Arizona, United States
500 S Langley Ave
Tucson, Pima, Arizona, United States
These are not mailing addresses. Due to limited staff, Family History Centers are unable to respond to mail inquiries.
- USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
- FamilySearch Catalog
- Pima County, Arizona Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
- 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
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pima County, Arizona p. 56. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- Barbara Baldwin Salyer and Jean Powell Banowit, Arizona genealogical and historical research guide : early sources for southern Arizona : including Cochise, Pima, Pinal, and Santa Cruz counties (Tucson, Ariz. : Arizona State Genealogical Society, 2006).
- Williams 108-110
- U.S. Stat., vol. 9, pp. 922-943; Parry, 102: 29-59; Van Zandt, 11, 28-29; Walker and Bufkin, 19, 20A
- U.S. Stat., vol. 10, pp. 1031-1037; Van Zandt, 11, 29, 162
- U.S. Stat., vol. 10, ch. 245/p. 575; Van Zandt, 162; Walker and Bufkin, 21-22
- N.M. Terr. Laws 1854, 4th assy. /p. 57
- N.M. Terr. Laws 1859-1860, 9th assy. /p. 74
- N.M. Terr. Laws 1861-1862, 11th assy. /p. 18
- U.S. Stat., vol. 12, ch. 56/pp. 664-665; Ariz. Terr. Laws 1864, 1st assy./ pp. vii-viii; Van Zandt, 162
- Howell Code, Ariz. Terr. Laws 1864, 1st assy., ch. 2/ pp. 24-25
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- Ariz. Terr. Laws 1875, 8th assy./ pp. 19-20
- Ariz. Terr. Laws 1881, 11th assy./ pp. 4-7
- Ariz. Terr. Laws 1899, 20th assy./ pp. 49-57
- Arizona Memory Project, "Archives of the Catholic Diocese of Tucson." http://azmemory.lib.az.us/cdm4/index.php?CISOROOT=/rcdhilites&mode=repository