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Guide to Navajo County Arizona genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Navajo County, Arizona|
Location in the state of Arizona
Location of Arizona in the U.S.
|Founded||March 21, 1895|
|Address|| 100 East Carter|
P.O. Box 668
- 1 County Courthouse
- 2 History
- 3 Parent County
- 4 Boundary Changes
- 5 Record Loss
- 6 Places/Localities
- 7 Populated Places
- 8 Neighboring Counties
- 9 Resources
- 10 Cemeteries
- 11 Census
- 12 Church
- 13 Court
- 14 Land
- 15 Maps
- 16 Military
- 17 Newspapers
- 18 Probate
- 19 Taxation
- 20 Vital Records
- 21 Societies and Libraries
Navajo County Arizona
P O Box 668
Holbrook, Az 86025-0668
Clerk Superior Court has marriage, divorce, probate
and court records, County Recorder has land records 
Udall, Don T. Udall Family Papers. 1946. Correspondence, family history manuscripts, photographs, and a "Record of Protests" ledger relating to Don Udall's service as Navajo County Superior Court Judge, and his family and genealogy. Correspondence, from his service as Judge, deals with routine matters such as employment, juvenile correction, adoptions, divorce, petitions for release from jury duty, assistance in obtaining probation, and state and local politics. There are manuscripts about the Udall and Patterson families as well as a history of the Holbrook Lions Club. There is a photograph of Don Udall. The alphabetical "Record of Protests" ledger lists protests over import duty rates for goods imported from Mexico; it gives name, type of material imported, means of transport into the country, and statement of resolution, 1923-1959. WorldCat 43080690
- 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 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, including all of present day Navajo County. Look for records in the National Archives and Records Administration, the Mexico Archives and the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives.
- In 1852 - New Mexico Territory created counties that stretched east and west from the Texas border to the California border, including all the land that later became Arizona. The land covered by present-day Navajo County, Arizona was once part of Taos, San Juan (1861-1862 only), Rio Arriba, Santa Ana, Bernalillo, Valencia, and Socorro counties of New Mexico.  Look for records in Socorro, Bernalillo, Rio Arriba, Taos, and Valencia counties.
- 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
- 14 February 1879 - Apache County was created from Yavapai County.  This county named for the Apache Indians. Look for records in Apache and Yavapai counties.
21 March 1895 - Arizona created Navajo County from the west half of Apache County. County seat: Holbrook  This county named for the Navajo Indians. Look for records in Apache and Navajo counties.
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.
For a list of record loss in Arizona counties see: Arizona Counties with Burned Courthouses
|Allens Camp||East Fork||Keams Canyon||Pinetop||Smoke Signal|
|Arntz||Grasshopper||Kykotsmovi Village||Pinon||Sunset City (hist.)|
|Baby Rocks||Greasewood||Lake of the Woods||Pivahn-hon-kya-pi||Sun Valley|
|Bell||Hard Rocks||Linden||Rosedale Heights||Tees Toh|
|Betatakin Overlook||Headquarters||Low Mountain||Saint Joseph||Tewa|
|Brigham City (hist.)||Heber||Mahtson-pi||Seba Dalkai||Toreva|
|Buzzard Gulch||Holbrook Holbrook, Arizona||Mishongnovi||Sevenmile||Twin Buttes|
|Cedar Springs||Hotevilla-Bacavi||Na Ah Tee||Shonto||Wepo Village|
|Chakpahu||Huk Ovi||Navajo Gospel Mission||Show Low||West Winslow|
|Chilchinbito||Indian Pine||Nesuftanga||Shumway||White Cone|
|Cibecue||Indian Wells||Old Shongopavi (hist.)||Shungopavi||Whiteriver|
|Clay Springs||Joseph City||Overgaard||Silver Creek||Woodruff|
- Great Register of Navajo County, Arizona Territory. Navajo County [Ariz.]: County Recorder, 1800. WorldCat 71332919
- Arizona Cemetery Transcription and Photo Project
- BillionGraves.com - Provides photos and GPS locations of grave markers.
- Cyndi's List - Cemeteries & funeral homes
For tips on accessing Navajo County, Arizona Genealogy census records online, see: Arizona Census.
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: Clay Springs, Heber, Holbrook, Joseph City, Lakeside, Linden, Pinedale, Showlow, Shumway, Snowflake, Taylor, Winslow and Woodruff .
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.
Recorded documents can be search online. Searchable documents exist starting in 1989. Unofficial images are available starting in 1995. To search for older documents requires a visit to
Navajo County AZ Recorders Office
PO Box 668
100 E Code Talkers Dr
Holbrook AZ 86025
Local histories are available for Navajo 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.
Journal of May Louise Hunt Larsen of Snowflake AZ. Journal kept between 1894 and 1943.
Finding More Arizona Newspapers
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Navajo 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, Navajo - 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.
Arellano, Fay Louise Smith. Arizona Territorial Marriages. Navajo County, 1895-1912. Mesa, AZ: Arizona Genealogical Advisory Board, 2001. WorldCat 49016868
393 marriages from 13 May 1895 to 15 Feb 1912 are listed on the Western States Marriage Index.
Societies and Libraries
Navajo County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 473 >br. Holbrook, AZ 86025
Hours 8-5 daily
Show Low Historical Society
541 E. Deuce of Clubs St.
Show Low, AZ 85902
Telephone 928-532-7115 Hours 1-5 Tues.-Fri.; 10-2 Sat., April 15-Oct. 20
Family History Centers
1127 Helen Ave
Holbrook, Navajo, Arizona, United States
State Route 264
Polacca, Navajo, Arizona, United States
Show Low Arizona
1401 W Deuce of Clubs
Show Low, Navajo, Arizona, United States
284 W 1st N
Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, United States
205 W Lee St
Winslow, Navajo, Arizona, United States
Main St & 1st St
Woodruff, Navajo, Arizona, United States
These are not mailing addresses. Due to limited staff, Family History Centers are unable to respond to mail inquiries
- Navajo County, AZ History, Records, Facts and Genealogy (Genealogy Inc)
- USGenWeb for Navajo county Arizona May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
- FamilySearch Catalog
- Navajo County, Arizona Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Navajo County, Arizona p. 56. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- 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
- William Thorndale, and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987), 26. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 X2th.
- Original Counties of New Mexico Territory (map) at http://www.nmgs.org/Graphics/nmcoun-orig.jpg (accessed 9 August 2011).
- U.S. Stat., vol. 12, ch. 56/pp. 664-665; Ariz. Terr. Laws 1864, 1st assy./ pp. vii-viii; Van Zandt, 162
- WorldCat 50140092 FHL CollectionHandybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)
- Ariz. Terr. Laws 1879, 10th assy./ pp. 96-97
- Ariz. Terr. Laws 1895, 18th assy./ pp. 96-105
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).