Arizona Compiled Genealogies
Mesa Regional Family History Center. Located at 41 S Hobson in Mesa (across the Street East of the Mesa Arizona Temple Visitor Center), a prime facility for Family History research, with 100+ computers,150 staff members to provide assistance, many classes on genealogy subjects, 120,000+ microfilms and 52,000 fiche with microfilm readers and printers, and over 20,000 books and publications.
Most archives, historical societies, and genealogical societies have special collections and indexes of genealogical value. These must usually be searched in person. Some important collections for Arizona are:
- Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Collection. This collection consists of transcripts of a few Bible records, cemetery records, church records, marriages, deaths, obituaries, and wills. It was microfilmed in 1971 at the DAR Library, Washington, DC, and is on FHL 844408. Internet: http://www.dar.org/
- Computer Pedigree Index. The Arizona State Genealogical Society is gathering and indexing pedigree charts on computer. Its original emphasis was families from the Tucson area, but anyone is welcome to participate. Internet: http://www.rootsweb.com/~asgs/
- Family Group Records: Collected and Compiled by the Former Spanish-American Mission. This is a collection of family group sheets showing the ancestry of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the Southwest. It is on FHL Latin America films 940001-6.
- The Family History Society of Arizona has a new Surname index that can be browsed. Users can add their own surnames. Index provides the following information, after which the user can e-mail the subscriber:
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Writing and Sharing Your Family History
Sharing your own family history is valuable for several reasons:
- It helps you see gaps in your own research and raises opportunities to find new information.
- It helps other researchers progress in researching ancestors you share in common.
- It draws other researchers to you who already have information about your family that you do not yet possess.
- It draws together researchers with common interests, sparking collaboration opportunities. For instance, researchers in various localities might choose to do lookups for each other in remote repositories. Your readers may also share photos of your ancestors that you have never seen before.
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