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United States Gotoarrow.png Arizona Gotoarrow.png Gila County

Guide to Gila County Arizona genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Online Records

Gila County, Arizona
Map of Arizona highlighting Gila County
Location in the state of Arizona
Map of the U.S. highlighting Arizona
Location of Arizona in the U.S.
Founded February 8, 1881
County Seat Globe
Address 1400 E. Ash Street

Globe, AZ 85501

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Gila County, Arizona

County Courthouse 

Gila County Courthouse
1400 East Ash Street
Globe, AZ 85501-1414
Phone: 520-425-3231 [1]

County Clerk has marriage records from 1881
divorce, probate and court records from 1914
County Recorder has land records


Gila County is located northeast of Maricopa and Pinal Counties in Arizona.  It contains some of the early settlements in Arizona going back to the 1870s. Gila County is named for the Gila River that flows through portions of the southern part of the county. [2]

Payson is the largest town today, its name came from a situation where the town needed a post office and a congressman was reported to have said that if they named the town Payson they would get a post office. The second town that took up the dare was Payson, Utah.

Other towns include Pine, Roosevelt, and Claypool. Defunct localities include 'Motel Point' where a motel once stood just yards northeast of the present-day Roosevelt Dam.

Parent County

8 February 1881 - Gila County was created from lands in Maricopa and Pinal Counties.[12]  County seat: Globe [13] This county named for the Gila River. Look for records in the Gila, Maricopa, and Pinal counties.

Boundary Changes

See also 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.

Record Loss


Populated Places

Aztec Lodge Coffeepot Grapevine Payson Seneca
Bear Canyon Junction Coolidge Dam Hayden Peridot Spurlock
Bellevue Copper Hill Inspiration Pinal Star Valley
Burch Cutter Jakes Corner Pine Strawberry
Canyon Day Dagger Kohls Ranch Punkin Center Sun Valley
Carrizo Dehorn Little Acres Radium Tonto Basin
Cedar Creek Fort Apache Junction Lower Miami Rocky Junction Tonto Village
Central Heights Fort McDonald McMillianville Roosevelt Top-of-the-world
Christmas Gallups Miami Rose Creek Lodge Washington
Christopher Creek Gisela Miami Gardens Rye Willow
Chrysotile Globe Midland City San Carlos Winkelman
Claypool Government Hill Mountain Meadow Sawmill Young

Neighboring Counties



Cemeteries in Gila County at Arizona Gravestones

Cemeteries in Gila County at Fina A Grave

Individual cemeteries:


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


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. LDS Ward and Branch Records: Globe, Hayden, Miami, Nephi and Pine.



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.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Gila 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.




Finding More Arizona Newspapers

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



Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Arizona Cornish Society
P.O. Box 1
Claypool, Arizona 85532
Contact: Mrs Linda Carnahan
Telephone: 925-473-2071
E-Mail: lyddy@cableone.net

Northern Gila County Historical Society
PO Box 2532
Payson, AZ 85547
Telephone 928-474-3483

Gila County Historical Society
1330 N. Broad St.
Globe, AZ 85502
Telephone 928-425-7385
Hours 10-4 M-F; 11-3 Sat.

Family History Centers

Introduction to Family History Centers

Globe Arizona
1701 Ensign St
Globe, Gila, Arizona, United States
Telephone: 928-425-9570

Payson Arizona
913 N Ponderosa St
Payson, Gila, Arizona, United States
Telephone: 928-468-0249

These are not mailing addresses. Due to limited staff, Family History Centers are unable to respond to mail inquiries.

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Gila County, Arizona p. 56. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. See Barnes, Will C., and Byrd H. Granger. Arizona Place Names. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1960, p. 94. WorldCat 479862
  3. Williams 108-110
  4. U.S. Stat., vol. 9, pp. 922-943; Parry, 102: 29-59; Van Zandt, 11, 28-29; Walker and Bufkin, 19, 20A
  5. N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 1st sess./p. 119; N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 2d sess. /pp. 266, 292
  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 http://www.nmgs.org/Graphics/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. Howell Code, Ariz. Terr. Laws 1864, 1st assy., ch. 2/ pp. 24-25
  10. Ariz. Terr. Laws 1871, 6th assy./ pp. 53-54
  11. Ariz. Terr. Laws 1875, 8th assy./ pp. 19-20
  12. Arizona Territorial Laws 1881, 11th assy. pp. 14-17
  13. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  14. Arizona Territorial Laws 1885, 13th assy. p. 215
  15. Arizona Territorial Laws 1889, 15th assy. pp. 49-52
  16. Arizona Territorial Laws 1891, 16th assy. pp. 102-103
  17. Atlas of Historical County Boundaries, The Newberry Library, Chicago. Viewed on 11 November 2011.