Arizona Church Records

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Before 1900 the largest religious groups in Arizona were the Roman Catholic, Latter-day Saint (LDS), and Presbyterian churches.[citation needed]

An inventory that can help you find church records is:

  • Directory of Churches and Religious Organizations in Arizona. Phoenix, Arizona: Division of Professional and Service Projects, WPA, 1940. FHL Collection book 979.1 K22a; film 908038; fiche 6051298

Many denominations have collected their records into central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)

The Family History Library has an extensive collection of LDS church records. The library has histories of local LDS congregations and an overview of Mormon colonization in:

  • McClintock, James H. Mormon Settlement in Arizona: A Record of Peaceful Conquest of the Desert. Phoenix, Arizona: Manufacturing Stationers, 1921. FHL Collection book 979.1 K2m; film 1033844 item 10. The library also has histories of some of the Catholic missions of Arizona.


Presbyterian Historical Society
United Presbyterian Church in the United States
425 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Telephone: 215-627-1852
Fax: 215-627-0509

Roman Catholic

Diocese of Phoenix Archives
400 East Monroe St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: (602) 354-2475
The diocese includes the counties of: Coconino, Maricopa, Mohave and Yavapai

Diocese of Tucson Archives
300 S. Tucson Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85716
Phone: (520) 886-5201

The diocese includes the counties of: Cochise, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, La Paz, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz and Yuma

The counties of Apache and Navajo are included in the Diocese of Gallup, New Mexico.

The Arizona Historical Society houses early Spanish Catholic Church records in collections such as “Archivo General de la Nacion” and “Archivo Colegial Franscano of Queretaro, Mexico.”


Missions were established by religious denominations to serve the Indians.

  • Calabazas
  • Bicuna
  • Guevavi
  • Purisima Concepcion
  • San Agustin de Tucson
  • San Pedro y San Pueblo de
  • San Xavier del Bac
  • Sonoita
  • Tumacacori