Yavapai County, Arizona Genealogy

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Yavapai County, Arizona
Map of Arizona highlighting Yavapai 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 One of the original four counties, 1852
County Seat Prescott
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Address Yavapai County Courthouse
1015 Fair Street
Prescott, Az 86301
Phone: 520-639-8110

County Information[edit | edit source]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1887 1865 1887 1865 1864 1864 1830
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in July 1909. General compliance by 1926

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Yavapai County
120 South Cortez St
Prescott, AZ 86301
Phone: 520-639-8110

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

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named after the Yavapai people. The County has Prescott as its seat and the County was created November 9, 1864. The County is located in the central area of the state.[3]

History[edit | edit source]

Yavapai County was one of four original counties created by Arizona Territory. It originally covered over 65,000 square miles in size and is believed to be the largest county ever created in the lower 48 States.

Yavapai County came to be known as the “Mother of Counties” because Apache, Coconino, Gila, and Navajo counties were carved from it, plus parts of Greenlee, Graham, Mohave, Maricopa, and Pinal. Today, Yavapai County is 8,125 square miles in size – approximately the same size as the state of Massachusetts!

Yavapai County was also home to Arizona’s first territorial capital, with the provisional seat of the territorial government being established in the Chino Valley area in 1864 and then several months later moved to Prescott. In 1867, the territorial capital was moved to Tucson and ten years later returned to Prescott. In 1889 the capital was moved to Phoenix, where it remains to this day.

Parent County[edit | edit source]

21 December 1864 - Yavapai County was created as an original county of Arizona.[9] County seat: Prescott [10] It is named for the Yavapai Indians. Look for records in Yavapai County.

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 MapofUS.org 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:[14]

Unincorporated communities
Native American communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns
  • Big Bug
  • Curtis
  • Footnote[edit | edit source]

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

    Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

    Resources[edit | edit source]

    Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

    Cemeteries of Yavapai, 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.
    1870 2,142
    1880 5,013 134.0%
    1890 8,685 73.2%
    1900 13,799 58.9%
    1910 15,996 15.9%
    1920 24,016 50.1%
    1930 28,470 18.5%
    1940 26,511 −6.9%
    1950 24,991 −5.7%
    1960 28,912 15.7%
    1970 36,733 27.1%
    1980 68,145 85.5%
    1990 107,714 58.1%
    2000 167,517 55.5%
    2010 211,033 26.0%
    Source: "Wikipedia.org".

    Church[edit | edit source]

    Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    • Bagdad

    List of Churches and Church Parishes

    Court[edit | edit source]

    Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

    Land[edit | edit source]

    Local Histories[edit | edit source]

    Maps[edit | edit source]

    Mohave CountyCoconino CountyGila CountyMaricopa CountyLa Paz CountyAZ YAVAPAI.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]

    Obituaries[edit | edit source]

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    Probate[edit | edit source]

    From 1850 to 1864, probate records of Arizona were kept by the probate courts of New Mexico. From 1864 to 1912, the records were handled by county probate courts. 1912 to present, 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.

    Online Probate Indexes and Records

    Taxation[edit | edit source]

    Vital Records[edit | edit source]

    Birth Records[edit | edit source]

    Online Birth Indexes and Records

    Marriage Records[edit | edit source]

    Online Marriage Indexes and Records

    Death Records[edit | edit source]

    Online Death Indexes and Records

    Other Records[edit | edit source]

    Voting Records[edit | edit source]

    Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

    Northern Arizona Genealogical Society Our Society is a general genealogical society covering the counties of Yavapai and Coconino Arizona. Prescott is the county seat for Yavapai County and Flagstaff is the county seat for Coconino County.

    Camp Verde Historical Society
    435 South Main
    Camp Verde, AZ 86322
    Phone: 928-567-9560
    Jerome Historical Society
    200 Main Street
    Jerome, AZ 86331
    Phone: 928-634-5477
    Sharlot Hall Museum Library and Archives
    115 S. McCormick St
    Prescott, AZ
    Phone: 928-445-3122 ex 14

    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.
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    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), Yavapai 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), Yavapai County, Arizona p. 57.
    3. Wikipedia contributors, "Yavapai, Arizona," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yavapai_County,_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. N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 1st sess./p. 119; N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 2d sess. /pp. 266, 292
    7. N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 2d sess. /p. 292
    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. Howell Code, Ariz. Terr. Laws 1864, 1st assy., ch. 2/ pp. 24-25
    10. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
    11. Ariz. Terr. Laws 1871, 6th assy./ pp. 53-54
    12. Ariz. Terr. Laws 1879, 10th assy./ pp. 96-97
    13. Ariz. Terr. Laws 1891, 16th assy./ pp. 26-34
    14. Wikipedia contributors, "Pima County, Arizona," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pima_County,_Arizona, accessed 24 February 2019.