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Welcome to Arizona,
the Grand Canyon State
Most unique genealogical features:
Grand Canyon from Hermit's Rest.
- There are 21 Indian reservations in Arizona.
- Spanish conquistadors arrived in 1539, but Hispanic settlement was sparse until after 1840.
- Early records may also have been sent to archives in Spain, Mexico, or New Mexico.
- The northern 70% became U.S. territory after the Mexican-American War 1846-1848.
- In 1853 the Gadsden Purchase added AZ south of the Gila River to provide a snow-free route to California. Both the Butterfield Overland Mail and Southern Pacific Railroad used this land, and both fostered settlement.
- Official Guide of the Arizona Office of Tourism
Did You Know?
- American Indians. There are 21 reservations in the state. In addition to the Navajo—the largest tribe—important groups are the Mohave, Apache, Hopi, Paiute, Tohono O'odham, Ak-Chin, Yuma, Yavapai, Hualapai, and Havasupai. For more information see Indians of Arizona. Histories of Arizona Indians are listed in the Family History Library Catalog under ARIZONA - MINORITIES, as well as under ARIZONA - NATIVE RACES. Other records of American Indians are listed in the Subject Search of the Family History Library Catalog under the names of the tribes.
- Prison Records. Arizona Department of Corrections has a searchable online database of 100 years of Inmate Admissions (1872 - 1972).
- Gretna Greens. When an eloping Arizona couple's marriage is not in their home county, search for it in alternate places like Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada, or Yuma, Yuma, Arizona.
Extinct or Renamed Counties: Bernalillo NM · Castle Dome · Doña Ana NM · Ewell · Mesilla · Pah-Ute · Rio Arriba NM · Rio Virgin · San Juan NM · Santa Ana NM · Socorro NM · Taos NM · Valencia NM
Arizona County Creation Dates and Parent Counties showing dates they were created or renamed and counties created from older counties. Details will assist you in determining which county would have the records you are seeking. Arizona currently has 15 counties.
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.
See Arizona Genealogical Societies for a listing of the currently active genealogical societies in Arizona.
- Robinson, William Henry. The Story of Arizona. Phoenix, Ariz: Berryhill Co, 1919. AccessGenealogy.com scan of the entire book.
- McClintock, James H., Mormon Settlement in Arizona, A Record of Peaceful Conquest of the Desert, Phoenix, Ariz: Printing and binding by the Manufacturing Stationers, 1921.The entire book on Project Gutenburg.
- BYU Research Outline for Arizona
- Looking 4 Kin Genealogy & Family History Network - Arizona
- US Gen Web Clickable Map of Arizona Counties -- Clicking on a county takes you to the County US Gen Web Site
- George S. Tanner. Mormon Settlements in Arizona. J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, 1970. The Mormon Settlements in Arizona Collection (1857-1986) is a collection of primary sources relating to the Mormon colonization efforts along the Little Colorado River and the surrounding area. The major part of the collection consists of materials collected by George S. Tanner. Included are photocopied or transcribed diaries, histories, correspondence, financial records, biographies and autobiographies, and clippings from and about the Arizona settlements.
Wiki Articles on Arizona topics linking to FamilySearch Historical Record Collections
- Barnes, Will C. Arizona Place Names. Tucson, Arizona: The University of Arizona Press, 1988, pp. 26-27 WorldCat 479862
- Dean, Saxton, et al. Dictionary: Tohono O'odham/Pima to English, English to Tohono O'odham/Pima. Tucson, Arizona: The University of Arizona Press, 1983, p. 138
- Garate, Donald T. "Arizona (Never Arizonac). Link to online book
- Granger, Byrd Howell. Arizona’s Names: X Marks the Place. Tucson, Arizona: Falconer Pub. Co., 1983, pp. 30-31.
- Thompson, Clay. "A Sorry State of Affairs When Views Change." The Aizona Republic, February 25, 2007, p. B10.
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