Navajo County, Arizona Genealogy

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

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Navajo County, Arizona
Map of Arizona highlighting Navajo County
Location in the state of Arizona, United States Genealogy
Map of the U.S. highlighting Arizona
Location of Arizona in the U.S.
Founded March 21, 1895
County Seat Holbrook
Arizona, Navajo County Courthouse.png
Address 100 East Carter

P.O. Box 668
Holbrook, AZ 86025

County Information[edit | edit source]

Navajo County, Arizona Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1895 1895 1895 1895 1895 1895 1830
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in July 1909. General compliance by 1926

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Navajo County Arizona
P O Box 668
Holbrook, Az 86025-0668
Phone: 520-524-4000

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

Description[edit | edit source]

The County has Holbrook as its seat and the County was created March 21, 1895. The County is located in the north central area of the state.[3]

History[edit | edit source]

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

Parent County[edit | edit source]

21 March 1895 - Arizona created Navajo County from the west half of Apache County.[11] County seat: Holbrook [12] This county named for the Navajo Indians. Look for records in Apache and Navajo counties.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

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 website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[13]

Unincorporated communities
Native American communities
Census-designated places
  • Rainbow City
  • Ghost towns
  • Obed

  • ‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties

    Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

    Resources[edit | edit source]

    • Great Register of Navajo County, Arizona Territory. Navajo County [Ariz.]: County Recorder, 1800. WorldCat 71332919

    Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

    Cemeteries of Mohave, Arizona online and in print
    Tombstone Transcriptions Online
    Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
    List of Cemeteries in the County
    See Arizona Cemeteries for more information

    Census[edit | edit source]

    Historical populations
    Census Pop.
    1900 8,829
    1910 11,471 29.9%
    1920 16,077 40.2%
    1930 21,202 31.9%
    1940 25,309 19.4%
    1950 29,446 16.3%
    1960 37,994 29.0%
    1970 47,715 25.6%
    1980 67,629 41.7%
    1990 77,658 14.8%
    2000 97,470 25.5%
    2010 107,449 10.2%
    Source: "".

    For tips on accessing Navajo County, Arizona Genealogy census records online, see: Arizona Census.

    Church[edit | edit source]

    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. Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Clay Springs, Heber, Holbrook, Joseph City, Lakeside, Linden, Pinedale, Showlow, Shumway, Snowflake, Taylor, Winslow and Woodruff .

    List of Churches and Church Parishes

    Court[edit | edit source]

    Land[edit | edit source]

    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
       Phone: 928-524-4190

    Local Histories[edit | edit source]

    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.

    Maps[edit | edit source]

    San Juan CountyCoconino CountyApache CountyGraham CountyGila CountyAZ NAVAJO.PNG
    Click a neighboring county
    for more resources

    Military[edit | edit source]

    Civil War[edit | edit source]
    World War II[edit | edit source]

    Newspapers[edit | edit source]

    Finding More Arizona Newspapers[edit source]

    Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Navajo County, Arizona Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

    Obituaries[edit | edit source]

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    The usage of "Mormon" and "LDS" on this page is approved according to current policy.

    Probate[edit | edit source]

    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.

    Online Probate Indexes and Records

    Taxation[edit | edit source]

    Vital Records[edit | edit source]

    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.

    Birth Records[edit | edit source]

    Online Birth Indexes and Records

    Marriage Records[edit | edit source]

    Online Marriage Indexes and Records

    • 1895-1912 - Arellano, Fay Louise Smith. Arizona Territorial Marriages. Navajo County, 1895-1912. Mesa, AZ: Arizona Genealogical Advisory Board, 2001. WorldCat 49016868
    Death Records[edit | edit source]

    Online Death Indexes and Records

    Voting Records[edit | edit source]

    Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

    Navajo County Historical Society
    P.O. Box 473
    100 E Arizona St
    Holbrook, AZ 86025
    Telephone 928-524-6558
    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[edit | edit source]

    Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

    • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
    • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

    Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

    Websites[edit | edit source]

    References[edit | edit source]

    1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Navajo County, Arizona. Page 56-57 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 52.
    2. 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.
    3. Wikipedia contributors, "Navajo, Arizona," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Arizona 7/10/2017.
    4. Williams 108-110
    5. U.S. Stat., vol. 9, pp. 922-943; Parry, 102: 29-59; Van Zandt, 11, 28-29; Walker and Bufkin, 19, 20A
    6. 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.
    7. Original Counties of New Mexico Territory (map) at nmcoun-orig.jpg (accessed 9 August 2011).
    8. U.S. Stat., vol. 12, ch. 56[1863]/pp. 664-665; Ariz. Terr. Laws 1864, 1st assy./ pp. vii-viii; Van Zandt, 162
    9. WorldCat 50140092 FHL CollectionHandybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)
    10. Ariz. Terr. Laws 1879, 10th assy./ pp. 96-97
    11. Ariz. Terr. Laws 1895, 18th assy./ pp. 96-105
    12. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
    13. Wikipedia contributors, "Navajo County, Arizona," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Arizona, accessed 24 February 2019.