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

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Yavapai County, Arizona
Map
Map of Arizona highlighting Yavapai County
Location in the state of Arizona
Map of the U.S. highlighting Arizona
Location of Arizona in the U.S.
Facts
Founded One of the original four counties, 1852
County Seat Prescott
Courthouse
ArizonaYavapaiCourthouse.jpg
Address Yavapai County Courthouse
1015 Fair Street
Prescott, Az 86301
Phone: 520-639-8110


County Information

Yavapai County, Arizona Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1870 1860 1864 1865

County Courthouse

County Arizona
120 South Cortez St
Prescott, Az 86301
Phone: 520-639-8110

Clerk Superio Court has marriage, divorce probate and court records
County Recorder has land records [2]

History

Yavapai County was one of four original counties created by Arizona Territory. It originally covered over 65,000 square miles in size and is believed to be the largest county ever created in the lower 48 States.

Yavapai County came to be known as the “Mother of Counties” because Apache, Coconino, Gila, and Navajo counties were carved from it, plus parts of Greenlee, Graham, Mohave, Maricopa, and Pinal. Today, Yavapai County is 8,125 square miles in size – approximately the same size as the state of Massachusetts!

Yavapai County was also home to Arizona’s first territorial capital, with the provisional seat of the territorial government being established in the Chino Valley area in 1864 and then several months later moved to Prescott. In 1867, the territorial capital was moved to Tucson and ten years later returned to Prescott. In 1889 the capital was moved to Phoenix, where it remains to this day.

Parent County

21 December 1864 - Yavapai County was created as an original county of Arizona.[8] County seat: Prescott [9] It is named for the Yavapai Indians. Look for records in Yavapai County.

Boundary Changes

See 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

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Abra Congress Glen Oaks Minnehaha South Fort
Arcosanti Congress Junction Goodwin Mint Spring Valley
Ash Fork Copperopolis Grand View Nelson Stanton
Audley Cordes Granite Dells Oak Creek Stringfield
Aultman Cordes Junction Granite Siding Oak Knoll Village Sycamore
Cordes Lakes Groom Creek Ocotillo Tapco
Big Park Cornville Hawkins Octave Tres Rios
Big Reef Mill Cottonwood Hecla Packer Tutt
Black Canyon City Crookton Highland Park Page Springs Venezia
Blue Hills Farms Hillside Paulden Verde Village
Bradshaw City Dandrea Hooper Peeples Valley Wagoner
Bridgeport Date Perkinsville Walker
Briggs Del Rio Humbug Pica Walnut Grove
Bumble Bee Dewey Iron Springs Piedmont West Sedona
Burro John Dewey-Humboldt Pinaveta Whipple
Diamond Valley Jordan Meadows Poland Junction Wilhoit
Casa Rosa Drake Juniper Heights Ponderosa Park Williamson
Castle Canyon Dugas Kirkland Potato Patch Willow Spring
Mesa East Fort Kirkland Junction
Wood Trap
Castle Hot Springs Entro Lake Montezuma Prescott Valley Yampai
Cedar Mill Flores Lancaster Red Rock Yarnell
Chino Valley Flower Pot Lapham Rimrock Yava

Forbing Park Lehman Mill Rock Springs Yavapai Hills
Clear Creek Fort Misery
Sand Mill
Cleator Fort Whipple McGuireville Seligman
Clemenceau Gillette Middle Verde Skull Valley
Columbia Glen Ilah Miller Valley Smelter city



Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

The Yavapai County Cemetery Database is an accumulation of a cemetery project which began in 1989 by the Northern Arizona Genealogy Society and housed on the Sharlot Hall Museum Archives website at: http://sharlot.org/archives/gene/cemetery/index.html

Prescott National Cemetery: 3,195 Veterans Administration burial records are included.  Does not include all burials in the cemetery, only those provided by the VA.


Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
AZGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
AZGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Arizone Gravestons
Billion Graves
See Arizona Cemeteries for more information.

Census

Church

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Bagdad

Court

Land

Local Histories

Maps

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Military

Civil War

Newspapers

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 Subjects Search for Arizona, Yavapai - Probate records.

Online Probate Records

Taxation

Vital Records

Birth Records

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Marriage Records

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

4,374 marriages are listed on the Western States Marriage Index.

Death Records

Online Death Indexes and Records

Societies and Libraries

Northern Arizona Genealogical Society Our Society is a general genealogical society covering the counties of Yavapai and Coconino Arizona. Prescott is the county seat for Yavapai County and Flagstaff is the county seat for Coconino County.

Camp Verde Historical Society
435 South Main
Camp Verde, AZ 86322
Telephone 928-567-9560
Hours 11-3 Sat. & Tues

Verde Historical Society
One N. Willard St.
Cottonwood, AZ 86326
Telephone 928-634-2868
Hours 9-12 Wed.; Fri.-Sun. 11-3

Jerome Historical Society
200 Main Street
Jerome, Arizona 86331
(928) 634-5477
Hours 9-4:30 daily

Sharlot Hall Museum Library and Archives[1] 115 S. McCormick St Prescott, Arizona 928-445-3122 ex 14 Hours Wed - Fri Noon - 4 Saturday 10 - 2

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.


Introduction to LDS Family History Centers

Bagdad Arizona
Community Dr
Bagdad, Yavapai, Arizona, United States
Telephone: 928-633-2073

Cottonwood Arizona
1377 Hombre Dr
Cottonwood, Yavapai, Arizona, United States
Telephone: 928-649-0116

Prescott Arizona
1001 Ruth St
Prescott, Yavapai, Arizona, United States
Telephone: 928-778-2311

Spring Valley Arizona
HWY 69 (2 mi from Cordes Jct)
Spring Valley, Yavapai, Arizona, United States
Telephone: 928-632-7168

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&amp 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Yavapai County, Arizona p. 57.
  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. N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 1st sess./p. 119; N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 2d sess. /pp. 266, 292
  6. N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 2d sess. /p. 292
  7. U.S. Stat., vol. 12, ch. 56[1863]/pp. 664-665; Ariz. Terr. Laws 1864, 1st assy./ pp. vii-viii; Van Zandt, 162
  8. Howell Code, Ariz. Terr. Laws 1864, 1st assy., ch. 2/ pp. 24-25
  9. <i>The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America</i>,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  10. Ariz. Terr. Laws 1871, 6th assy./ pp. 53-54
  11. Ariz. Terr. Laws 1879, 10th assy./ pp. 96-97
  12. Ariz. Terr. Laws 1891, 16th assy./ pp. 26-34