West Valley Genealogical Society

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West Valley Genealogical Society

Contact Information

E-mail:[1]  info@azwvgs.org.

Address:[1]

12222 N. 111th Ave
Youngstown, AZ 85363

Telephone:[1]  623-933-4945

Hours:[1]

  • Tues, Thurs - Sat 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Sun 12:30pm - 4:00pm
  • Tues Evening 6:00 - 9:00pm
  • Last Saturday of the month 9:00am - 6:00pm

Map, directions, and public transportation:

  • Directions:[2]
    • From the north side of Phoenix on I-17 (N Black Canyon Hwy):  Merge onto I-17 S/Black Canyon Fwy S toward Phoenix. Take the AZ-101 Loop W exit, EXIT 214C, 1.2 mi. Merge onto AZ-101 W, 10.5 mi. Merge onto N 91st Ave via EXIT 11 toward US-60/Grand Ave, 1.0 mi. Turn right onto W Grand Ave/US-60 W, 2.7 mi. Turn left onto N 111th Ave, 0.6 mi. The WVGS Library is on the right at 12222 N 111TH AVE, just past and across the street (W California Ave) from Dave's Auto Repair.
    • From the southeast side of Phoenix on US-60 (Superstition Fwy):  Turn onto E US Highway 60/US-60 W toward Phoenix. Merge onto I-10 W/Pearl Harbor Memorial Highway toward I-10 W/Phoenix, 21.3 mi. Take the AZ-101 Loop N exit, EXIT 133B, 0.8 mi. Merge onto AZ-101 N/Loop 101 N/Agua Fria Fwy N, 8.8. mi. Take the US-60/Grand Ave exit, EXIT 11, 0.3 mi. Turn left onto US-60 W/W Grand Ave, 2.4 mi. Turn left onto N 111th Ave, 0.6 mi. The WVGS Library is on the right at 12222 N 111TH AVE, just past and across the street (W California Ave) from Dave's Auto Repair.
    • From west of Phoenix on I-10 (Papago Hwy):  Merge onto I-10 E/Pearl Harbor Memorial Highway/Papago Fwy E toward Phoenix. Take the AZ-101 Loop N exit, EXIT 133B, 1.1 mi. Merge onto AZ-101 N/Loop 101 N/Agua Fria Fwy N, 8.8 mi. Take the US-60/Grand Ave exit, EXIT 11, 0.3 mi. Turn left onto US-60 W/W Grand Ave, 2.4 mi. Turn left onto N 111th Ave, 0.6 mi. The WVGS Library is on the right at 12222 N 111TH AVE, just past and across the street (W California Ave) from Dave's Auto Repair.
    • From northwest of Phoenix on US-60 (Phoenix-Wickenburg Hwy/Grand Ave):  Take US-60 E/Grand Ave southeast toward Phoenix, passing the Agua Fria River into Youngstown. Turn right onto N 111th Ave, 0.6 mi. The WVGS Library is on the right at 12222 N 111TH AVE, just past and across the street (W California Ave) from Dave's Auto Repair.
  • Public transportation:  Valley Metro Bus
    • Bus Route 106 - Peoria/Cactus  stops on 111th Ave near Alabama Ave about 300 yards south of the WVGS Library.

Internet sites and databases:

  • West Valley Genealogical Society calendar, events, membership, resources, store, about us, hours, subscriber databases, how-to classes, special interest groups, and research nights.
  • WVGS Catalog online by keyword, author, title, or description.
  • Obituary Search 50,000 entries, 1963-now, primarily from northwestern Maricopa County, AZ cities.

Collection Description

The West Valley Genealogical Society, formerly the Sun City Genealogical Society, is an active society with a good little library. It probably represents outside Arizona better because of retirees who contribute genealogies from all around the U.S.[3] The WVGS library is a non-circulating research library with 4,000 square feet of 12,000 books, 1,000 CDs, 1,500 periodicals, maps, 1,100 microfilms, and Internet access to sources from all 50 states and many nations. Databases include New England Historic Society, Ancestry.com, World Vital Records, and Fold3. They offer how-to classes, special interest groups focusing on specific places of origin, once-a-month research nights, and annual trips to Salt Lake City and Washington, DC.[1]

Tips

Please call 623-933-4945 to make your reservation for the next Special Library Research Evening 5-9 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of each month.

Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a source at the West Valley Genealogical Society, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives—Pacific Region (Riverside), CA. Federal court records and federal agencies in Arizona.
  • State Library, Phoenix, has a large book/periodical collection including immigration, vital records, courts, wills, county histories, and Internet sites. The  starting place for AZ family history research.[4]
  • State Archives, Phoenix, marriages, wills and probates, civil and criminal records, brands, taxes, coroner records, voting registers, prisoners, state agencies, maps, newspapers, photos.[5]
  • Bancroft Library, Univ. Calif. Berkeley Early settlers, migration trails, stagecoaches, miners, and histories. They probably have more Arizona historical material than any repository in Arizona.[6]
  • Southwest Museum Braun Research Library, Los Angeles, CA. Includes the Monk Library of Arizoniana, California and Arizona history, and records of southwest American Indians.</ref>
  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, has many Arizona cemeteries, census, church, court, histories, immigration, land, military, and naturalization records on microfilm.

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Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 West Valley Genealogical Society (accessed 14 February 2015).
  2. Based on MapQuest directions.
  3. William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 15. At various repositories (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 J54d.
  4. William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 15. At various repositories (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 J54d.
  5. Genealogy and Family History in Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records (accessed 10 February 2015).
  6. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 15. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.