St Johns Arizona Family History Center

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FamilySearch This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Center, a branch facility of the Family History Library.

We are a stand alone Family History Center (not in a Chapel Building). We serve the cities of St. Johns, Concho, and surrounding areas.


Center Contacts and Hours[edit | edit source]

  • Location Map:
  • 50 N. 1st West St. Johns, Arizona 85936 United States
  • We are directly North of The Lawyers Title Building whose address is on Cleveland
  • Location Map

Phone: 928-337-2543


Open Hours:

  • Tuesday: 9:00am - 1:00pm and 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00am-1:00pm and 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm TRAINING
  • Thursday: 9:00am - 1:00pm and 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Holiday Schedule:
The Family History Center will be closed the week of Thanksgiving

The Family History Center will be closed for July and the last two weeks of December for Christmas Break

  • We are closed July for the 4th and 24th town holidays and also the last 2 weeks of December for Christmas Break.

FHC Tip of the Week: [edit | edit source]

Add a photo to[edit | edit source]

Add a Family Photo to this week! Sign in to your account, then click on the Memories tab. Click on the Add Memories button - Drag or Drop your files to upload them to your "Gallery"  .jpg, .tif, .bmp, .png, .pdf, .mp3 and .m4a, up to 15MB accepted. Then you can attach it to your family. and[edit | edit source] and are just two websites dedicated to gathering grave site photos & information not only in the US but around the world via volunteers like you!  You can search for a cemetery, or search for an ancestor.  If there has been a memorial created for your ancestor, it will pop up.  If there isn't one created you can create it yourself.  BillionGraves even has the latitude & longitude of the headstone (photos taken by cell phones). Remember not everything you read on the internet is TRUE!  Always verify info found on any website!

April 1st, 2022 - U.S. Federal Census Records for 1950 became AVAILABLE. Come and learn how to INDEX that NEW SOURCE[edit | edit source]

The U.S. has gathered Census Records every ten years since 1790. It's good practice to follow your ancestors through the US Fed Census. The 1790-1840 list Only the Head of Household by name. But starting in 1850 each person was named in every household. Lots of info can be gleaned about your families! Start on and then try To find them in between US Fed Census years look for State Census'.

June 15, 2022 - "Getting Help" 3rd Wednesday especially for Family History Consultant TRAINING, but all are welcome.[edit | edit source]

Sign in to and then click on the "Get Help" button, above your name. In the window that opens up click on "Help Center". Here you may pick a "Help Topic" that your question falls under - or right under the icons for Topics - you can just type in your question. Your search results will appear right under your question. There will be articles for you to read and see if they answer your question. If you can't find an answer - contact your Ward Temple and Family History Consultants. Which you can find under "Get Help" and "Find Local Help".

June 8, 2022 - "Getting to our FHC Wiki Page!" 2nd Wednesday TRAINING is especially for the YOUTH but EVERYONE IS WELCOME[edit | edit source]

Google: "St. Johns Family History Center wiki page" and  you can click the link - it should come up as your first choice. Gives our Hours, Events, Links to local records, and More Tips of the Week!

June 1, 2022 - "Getting Started" with LEARN from the Family History Portal that is ONLY AVAILABLE at the LIBRARY[edit | edit source]

After signing in to - Up in the Top Right Corner click on "Get Help" (Found above your name). Then take a look at "Getting Started" under the Self Help Section. 

There is Quick video and great info - that will explain some of the Frequently Asked Questions! Like "What information is needed to submit a name?" and "Where can I find more information about my ancestor".

May 25, 2022 ~ USE THE WATCH LIST on! TRAINING on INDEXING[edit | edit source]

The purpose of the watch list is to notify you of any changes to a particular record on Family Tree.

When a patron changes information for an individual on your watch list, you receive an email to the email address in your FamilySearch Account on a weekly basis. Reported changes include sources added, Memory items attached, changes in vital information or alternate information, and discussions or comments added. At this time you will not see changes in Ordinances.

Changes remain on the watch list for 30 days. The watch list does not have a print option. You can use the print feature of your web browser to print the web page. Results will vary, depending on your browser. Or you can use a screen capture tool to capture an image of the list.

  1. Go to the Person page of the individual you want to watch for changes. 
  2. Click Watch at the top of the Person page, under the name of the person in the gray bar. The empty star turns black, and the person is now on your watch list.
  3. If you want to remove a person from the watch list, click Unwatch again to clear the name from the list.
  4. To start with put all of your bloodline for four generations on the watch list. You can then add more to it as you work on other names. You will see the benefits of this tool when someone adds a photo that you've never seen before, or deletes information that they think is incorrect but you have proof of.

Temporary Closures -[edit | edit source]

Calendar and Events[edit | edit source]

'''FHC Consultant Training Meetings held on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 6pm, except in the months of May, July and December.

Consultant Training Meetings:[edit | edit source]

Our next Consultant Meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

Databases and Software[edit | edit source]

  • Family History Center Portal This center has access to the Family History Center Portal page which gives free access in the center to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions.

Hardware and Equipment[edit | edit source]

  • We have a multi-purpose copier/scanner, binding machine, computers (including an older computer with the large floppy drive), printers, microfilm/fiche readers, Digital Imaging System that includes a flatbed scanner & Microfilm/fiche reader so you can copy/save pages from films/fiche, books, photographs or documents.

Collections[edit | edit source]

  • We have books on Family Histories donated by local families. We have an "Arizona Collection" of books on Northern Arizona, Apache County and surrounding areas. We have a photography collection that was donated by Margaret J. Overson that has been scanned, indexed and accessed through our computers on our FHC Database program.
  • Microfilm #F9504- Primary History of the St. Johns Stake Primary History of the St. Johns 2nd Ward
  • Microfilm #F9508- Newspaper - The St. Johns Herald - 08 Oct 1885 - 22 Dec 1897 (incomplete)
  • Microfilm #F9507- Newspaper - The St. Johns Herald - 05 Jan 1888 - 31 Oct 1889 (incomplete)
  • Microfilm #F9505- Newspaper - The St. Johns Herald - 23 Oct 1890 - 24 Dec 1892
  • Microfilm #F9506- Newspaper - The St. Johns Herald - 05 Jan 1893 -28 Aug 1897 (incomplete)
  • Microfilm #F9508- Newspaper - Apache Review - 30 May 1888 - 09 Jan 1889 (incomplete)
  • Microfilm #NP001- Apache County Independent News, St. Johns Herald-Observer, St. Johns Herald - 1938-1939
  • Microfilm #NP002- St. Johns Herald-Observer - Aug 1942- Dec 1944 (Indexed by volunteer.)
  • Microfilm #NP003- St. Johns Herald-Observer, Apache County Independent News - Jan 1940 - Aug 1942
  • Microfilm #NP004- St. Johns Herald-Observer, Apache County Independent News, White Mountain Independent -1945 - Oct 14, 1976
  • Microfilm #NP005- St. Johns Herald, June 20, 1889 - Jan 25, 1896
  • Microfilm #NP006- St. Johns Herald, St. Johns Herald-Observer, Apache County Independent News - 1915-1937 (Indexed by volunteer.)
  • Microfilm #NP007- White Mountain Independent - Jan 26, 1978 - Aug 17, 1978 (Indexed by volunteer.)
  • Microfilm #NP008- White Mountain Independent, White Mountain NavApache Independent - May 1980-Dec 1980
  • Microfilm #NP009- White Mountain Independent, White Mountain NavApache Independent - Aug 24, 1978 - Apr 29, 1980 (Indexed by volunteer.)
  • Microfilm #NP010- White Mountain Independent (St. Johns edition) Sep 13, 1983 - Dec 29, 1983
  • Microfilm #NP011- White Mountain Independent (St. Johns edition) Jan 4, 1974-Dec 27, 1974
  • Microfilm #NP012- White Mountain Independent (St. Johns edition. Changed to Apache County edition) (Indexed by volunteer.)
  • Microfilm #NP013- White Mountain Independent (Apache County edition) Jan 6, 1977 - Dec 29, 1977 ( Indexed by volunteer.)

Resources in the Local Area[edit | edit source]

"St. Johns, Arizona city website <>

St. Johns City Cemetery Link you will find Maps of the City of St. Johns Cemetery in .doc format "Old Cemetery" is the southern part of the cemetery and the "New Cemetery" is the Northern part of the cemetery. Then there is an alphabetical list of persons buried there in "Locator in excel format". They keep it up to date fairly regularly. If you have any questions or more information for them call 928-337-4517 Ext 222.

The Apache County Website Link

The Apache County Historical Society Museum website Link

The Apache County Historical Society Blog Blogspot

Arizona Birth Death Certificates - Free On-line [Link]

Arizona Link

Apache County Library District - County Digital History. [Https://|// Https://]

Links[edit | edit source]

(Include links to other websites of interest to those who visit your center such as links to the city, county and state wiki pages where your center is located.)

1st Battalion, Arizona Infantry Research Wiki page: 1st Battalion, Arizona Infantry (Union)

Apache County, Arizona Research Wiki page: Apache County, Arizona Genealogy

Apache County Library District Link

Arizona 1912-2012 - Posting illustrated histories of Arizona towns Link

Arizona Birth & Death Certificates: Birth records from 1855-1940 and Death records from 1870-1965   [ Birth & Death Certificates Available to the Public A.R.S. § 36-351 Duties of the director; Arizona state library, archives and public records. The certificate images provided are limited to Arizona: BIRTHS that occurred at least 75 years ago & DEATHS that occurred at least 50 years ago]

Arizona Digital Newspaper Program Link

Arizona Memory Project Link
Arizona Research Wiki page: Arizona

Billion Graves for St. Johns Cemetery Saint Johns Cemetery

Billion Graves for St. Johns Eastside Catholic Cemetery East Side Cemetery

Cemetery Records for St. Johns, Arizona - Transcribed by Etta B. Heap - August 1959 -This is believed to be transcribed from the H.T. Brawley Book dating back to 1883. Found at the Mesa Family History Library - Digital - On-line at FamilySearch

Find-A-Grave for Apache County, Arizona: Find a Grave

Library of Congress - Chronicling America [1] Digitized Newspapers from Arizona - as of May 26, 2019. Including:

Arizona Snips and the St. Johns herald.

St. Johns, Ariz., 1903-1905

76 1903-03-19 1904-12-31 Yes
Arizona Snips.

St. Johns, Ariz., 1901-1903

1 1902-12-18 1902-12-18 Yes
Arizona St. Johns herald and Apache news. [volume]

St. Johns, Apache Co., Ariz., 1905-1917

495 1906-10-11 1917-03-22 Yes
Arizona The St. Johns herald.

St. Johns, Apache County, Ariz., 1917-1938

261 1917-03-29 1922-12-28 Yes
Arizona The St. Johns herald.

St. Johns, Apache County, Arizona Territory [Ariz.], 1885-1903


University of Arizona - Special Collections: Overson Family Photographs. St. Johns, Arizona's Margaret Jarvis Overson, a professional photographer [2]