Greenlee County, Arizona Genealogy

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Greenlee County, Arizona
Map of Arizona highlighting Greenlee County
Location in the state of Arizona
Map of the U.S. highlighting Arizona
Location of Arizona in the U.S.
Founded March 10, 1909
County Seat Clifton
Address P.O. Box 1296

223 5th Street
Clifton, AZ 85533
Phone: (928) 865-3872
Cell: (928) 451-1092
Fax: (928) 865-5358

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County Courthouse 

Greenlee County Courthouse
P O Box 908
Clifton, Az 85533

Clerk Superior Court has marriage, divorce,
probate and court records from 1911
County Recorder has land records [1]

Parent County

Arizona was part of New Spain until 1821, and then part of Mexico until 1846. Some records of early Arizona settlers may have been sent to an archives in Seville, Spain, or to archives in Mexico City.

Moreover, Arizona was part of the United States' New Mexico Territory from 1846 to 1863. In 1852 New Mexico Territory set up counties that stretched east and west including all the land that became part of Arizona. Present-day Greenlee County, Arizona was once part of Socorro and Doña Ana counties in New Mexico.[2] When Arizona was created in 1863, these former counties were dissolved within Arizona's borders and eventually new counties were formed.

If an ancestor lived in what is now Greenlee County, Arizona between 1852 and 1863, first check for records in Greenlee County. However, there is also a small chance that a few papers were recorded in a parent county's courthouse in Arizona (if any), or in the corresponding parent county in New Mexico.

1909--Greenlee County was created 10 March 1909 from Graham County. County seat: Clifton [3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Apache Grove Clifton Granville Sheldon Strayhorse
Blue Duncan Guthrie Sprucedale Three Way
Blue Vista East Plantsite Hannagan Meadow Spur Cross Whispering Pines
Carlton Vista Fox Morenci Stargo York
Cleaveland Franklin Plantsite

Neighboring Counties



Franklin Cemetery, Greenlee County, Arizona

 Arizona Cemetery Transcription and Photo Project


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


LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Clifton
  • Duncan
  • Franklin
  • Morenci
  • York



Local Histories






Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Greenlee County Historical Society
315 Chase Creek
P.O. Box 1125
Clifton, AZ 85533
Telephone 928-865-3115
Hours 2-4:30 T, Th, Sat.

Family History Centers

Introduction to Family History Centers

Clifton Arizona
112 Riverside Dr
Clifton, Greenlee, Arizona, United States
Telephone: 928-865-1562

Duncan Arizona
Fairgrounds Rd & Clifton Hwy
Duncan, Greenlee, Arizona, United States
Telephone: 928-359-2348

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), Greenlee County, Arizona p. 56. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. 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.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).