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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Arizona|Arizona]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Maricopa_County,_Arizona|Maricopa County]]''
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Guide to '''Maricopa County Arizona genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Arizona|Arizona]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Maricopa_County,_Arizona|Maricopa County]]''
 
  
 
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*Up until 1821 -&nbsp;Spain controlled the land, called&nbsp;[[New Spain]],&nbsp;that later would become Arizona. Records would have been sent to the&nbsp;[http://www.mcu.es/archivos/MC/AGI/index.html archives] in Seville, Spain or to [[Mexico Archives and Libraries|archives]] in Mexico City. <br>  
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*Until 1821 -&nbsp;Spain controlled the land, called&nbsp;[[New Spain]],&nbsp;that later would become Arizona. Records may have been sent to the&nbsp;[http://www.mcu.es/archivos/MC/AGI/index.html archives] in Seville, Spain or to [[Mexico Archives and Libraries|archives]] in Mexico City.<br>  
*From 1821 until 1846 -&nbsp;[[Mexico]] had jurisdiction over the land that later would become Arizona. Records would have been sent to [[Mexico Archives and Libraries|archives]] in Mexico City.<br>  
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*In 1821 -&nbsp;[[Mexico]] obtained jurisdiction over the land that later would become Arizona. Records may have been sent to [[Mexico Archives and Libraries|archives]] in Mexico City.<br>  
*From 1846 to 1863 - [[New Mexico]] Territory included land that later would become Arizona. Look for records in the New Mexico State Archives.
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*18 Aug 1846 - During the war with [[Mexico]], the US took control of Santa Fe and proclaimed sovereignty over the land that later became the [[New Mexico]] Territory.<ref>Williams 108-110</ref> Look for records in the [http://www.archives.gov/ National Archives and Records Administration], the Mexico [[Mexico Archives and Libraries|Archives]] and the [http://www.nmcpr.state.nm.us/archives/archives_hm.htm New Mexico State Records Center and Archives].
*In 1852 - New Mexico Territory set up counties that stretched east and west from the Texas border to the California border, crossing land that later became Arizona. Present-day Maricopa County Arizona was once part of [[Socorro County, Arizona|Socorro]] and [[Dona Ana County, Arizona|Doña Ana]] counties of New Mexico.<ref>William Thorndale, and William Dollarhide, ''Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920'' (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987), 26. {{WorldCat|69672637|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|545087|item|disp=FHL Book 973 X2th}}.</ref> <ref>''Original Counties of New Mexico Territory'' (map) at http://www.nmgs.org/Graphics/nmcoun-orig.jpg (accessed 9 August 2011).</ref>&nbsp;Records would have been sent to courthouses in those New Mexico counties.  
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*4 July 1848 - In the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo, [[Mexico]] ceded part of present day [[Arizona]].<ref>U.S. Stat., vol. 9, pp. 922-943; Parry, 102: 29-59; Van Zandt, 11, 28-29; Walker and Bufkin, 19, 20A</ref> The land south of the Gila River in Arizona was not ceded, it remained in control of Mexico. The land in present day Maricopa County was split between the US and Mexico. Look for records in the [http://www.archives.gov/ National Archives and Records Administration], the Mexico [[Mexico Archives and Libraries|Archives]] and the [http://www.nmcpr.state.nm.us/archives/archives_hm.htm New Mexico State Records Center and Archives].  
*In 1854 - Land&nbsp;south of the Gila River was purchased from&nbsp;Mexico, known as the&nbsp;{{wpd|Gadsden Purchase}}. This land&nbsp;was added&nbsp;to the already existing [[Dona Ana County, Arizona|Doña Ana County]]&nbsp;of New Mexico.&nbsp;Records would have been sent to the Doña Ana County, New Mexico.&nbsp;Dona Ana County covered land that later became part of Maricopa county Arizona.&nbsp;
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*9 Jan 1852 - New Mexico redefined the boundaries of previous counties and created new ones to cover all the land within its territory. The north part of the land in present day Maricopa County was then in [[Socorro County, New Mexico|Socorro County]].<ref>N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 1st sess./p. 119; N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 2d sess. /pp. 266, 292</ref> <ref>William Thorndale, and William Dollarhide, ''Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920'' (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987), 26. {{WorldCat|69672637|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|545087|item|disp=FHL Book 973 X2th}}.</ref> <ref>''Original Counties of New Mexico Territory'' (map) at http://www.nmgs.org/Graphics/nmcoun-orig.jpg (accessed 9 August 2011).</ref> Look for records in [https://sites.google.com/site/socorrocountyintranet/ Socorro County].  
*In 1863 -&nbsp; Arizona Territory was created from the western half of New Mexico territory. All previous counties were dissolved, and four new counties&nbsp;([[Mohave_County,_Arizona|Mohave]],&nbsp;[[Yavapai County, Arizona|Yavapai]],&nbsp;[[Yuma County, Arizona|Yuma]], and&nbsp;[[Pima County, Arizona|Pima]]&nbsp;Counties)&nbsp;were created within the new Arizona Territory.
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*30 Dec 1853 - The [[United States]] bought the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gadsden_Purchase Gadsden Purchase] from [[Mexico]]. It contained land south of the Gila River in present day Arizona, including the south part of present day Maricopa County.<ref>U.S. Stat., vol. 10, pp. 1031-1037; Van Zandt, 11, 29, 162</ref> Look for records in the [http://www.archives.gov/ National Archives and Records Administration], the Mexico [[Mexico Archives and Libraries|Archives]], and the [http://www.nmcpr.state.nm.us/archives/archives_hm.htm New Mexico State Records Center and Archives].
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*4 Aug 1854 - The land acquired in the Gadsden Purchase was officially added to [[New Mexico]] Territory.<ref>U.S. Stat., vol. 10, ch. 245[1854]/p. 575; Van Zandt, 162; Walker and Bufkin, 21-22</ref> Look for records in the [http://www.nmcpr.state.nm.us/archives/archives_hm.htm New Mexico State Records Center and Archives].  
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*3 Feb 1855 - [[Dona Ana County, New Mexico|Dona Ana County]] gained all the land acquired in the Gadsden Purchase.<ref>N.M. Terr. Laws 1854, 4th assy. /p. 57</ref> This included the south part of present day Maricopa County. Look for records in [http://www.co.dona-ana.nm.us/ Dona Ana County].  
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*24 Feb 1863 - The US created the [[Arizona]] Territory from the western half of [[New Mexico]] Territory.<ref>U.S. Stat., vol. 12, ch. 56[1863]/pp. 664-665; Ariz. Terr. Laws 1864, 1st assy./ pp. vii-viii; Van Zandt, 162</ref> All previous counties were discontinued for this new territory. Look for records in the [http://www.azlibrary.gov/Default.aspx Arizona State Library] and [http://www.nmcpr.state.nm.us/archives/archives_hm.htm New Mexico State Records Center and Archives]
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*10 Nov 1864 - Arizona created two counties: [[Pima County, Arizona|Pima]] and [[Yavapai County, Arizona|Yavapai]] counties.<ref>Howell Code, Ariz. Terr. Laws 1864, 1st assy., ch. 2/ pp. 24-25</ref> These counties named for Indian tribes. Look for records in [http://www.pima.gov/ Pima] and[http://www.yavapai.us/ Yavapai] counties.
  
'''<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal; ">14 February 1871&nbsp;</span>-&nbsp;'''Maricopa County was created from Yavapai, Yuma, and Pima counties.<ref>Arizona Territorial Laws 1871, 6th assy. pp. 53-54</ref><br>'''County seat: '''Phoenix <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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'''14 Feb 1871''' - Arizona created [[Maricopa_County,_Arizona|Maricopa County]] from land in [[Yavapai County, Arizona|Yavapai County]].<ref>Ariz. Terr. Laws 1871, 6th assy./ pp. 53-54</ref> '''County seat:''' Phoenix <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref> This county named for the Maricopa Indians. Look for records in [http://www.maricopa.gov/ Maricopa] and [http://www.yavapai.us/ Yavapai] counties.
  
 
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*14 Feb 1873 - MARICOPA county gained land from PIMA county.<ref>Arizona Territorial Laws 1873, 7th assy. p. 87</ref><br>
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*14 Feb 1873 - Arizona expanded [[Maricopa_County,_Arizona|Maricopa County]] by adding land from [[Pima County, Arizona|Pima County]].<ref>Ariz. Terr. Laws 1873, 7th assy./ p. 87</ref> Look for records in [http://www.maricopa.gov/ Maricopa] and [http://www.pima.gov/ Pima], counties.
*01 Feb 1875 - MARICOPA county lost land to creation of PINAL county.<ref>Arizona Territorial Laws 1875, 8th assy. pp. 19-20</ref>  
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*1 Feb 1875 - Arizona created [[Pinal County, Arizona|Pinal County]] from lands in [[Maricopa_County,_Arizona|Maricopa]] and [[Pima County, Arizona|Pima]] counties.<ref>Ariz. Terr. Laws 1875, 8th assy./ pp. 19-20</ref> This county named for the Pinal mountains. Look for records in [http://www.maricopa.gov/ Maricopa], [http://www.pima.gov/ Pima], and [http://pinalcountyaz.gov/Pages/Home.aspx Pinal] counties.
*31 Jan 1877 - MARICOPA county gained land from YAVAPAI county, and lost a small area along the Gila River to PIMA.<ref>Arizona Territorial Laws 1877, 9th assy. pp. 12-13</ref>  
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*31 Jan 1877 - Maricopa county gained land from Yavapai county, and lost a small area along the Gila River to Pima.<ref>Arizona Territorial Laws 1877, 9th assy. pp. 12-13</ref> Look for records in [http://www.maricopa.gov/ Maricopa], [http://www.pima.gov/ Pima], and [http://www.yavapai.us/ Yavapai] counties.
*08 Feb 1881 - MARICOPA county lost land to creation of GILA county.<ref>Arizona Territorial Laws 1881, 11th assy. pp. 14-17</ref>
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*8 February 1881 - Gila County was created from lands in Maricopa and [[Pinal County, Arizona|Pinal]] Counties.<ref>Arizona Territorial Laws 1881, 11th assy. pp. 14-17</ref>&nbsp; <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref> This county named for the Gila River. Look for records in the [http://www.gilacountyaz.gov/ Gila], [http://www.maricopa.gov/ Maricopa], and [http://www.pima.gov/ Pima] counties.
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<br> 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.
  
 
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*[[Gila County, Arizona|Gila]]  
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*[[Gila County, Arizona|Gila, Arizona]]  
*[[La Paz County, Arizona|La Paz]]  
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*[[La Paz County, Arizona|La Paz, Arizona]]  
*[[Pima County, Arizona|Pima]]  
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*[[Pima County, Arizona|Pima, Arizona]]  
*[[Pinal County, Arizona|Pinal]]  
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*[[Pinal County, Arizona|Pinal, Arizona]]  
*[[Yavapai County, Arizona|Yavapai]]  
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*[[Yavapai County, Arizona|Yavapai, Arizona]]  
*[[Yuma County, Arizona|Yuma]]
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*[[Yuma County, Arizona|Yuma, Arizona]]
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/az/maricopa/cemeteries/cavecreek.txt Cave Creek Cemetery] in Carefree, AZ on USGenWeb by Susan L. Ritter  
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/az/maricopa/cemeteries/cavecreek.txt Cave Creek Cemetery] in Carefree, AZ on USGenWeb by Susan L. Ritter  
 
*[http://www.azhistcemeteries.org/CemLindo.htm Cementerio Lindo/Old County Cemetery] in Phoenix, AZ on Pioneers Cemetery Association  
 
*[http://www.azhistcemeteries.org/CemLindo.htm Cementerio Lindo/Old County Cemetery] in Phoenix, AZ on Pioneers Cemetery Association  
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*[http://www.mesacemetery.com/ City of Mesa Cemetery] in Mesa AZ at Mesa Cemetery - Find A Grave - Deceased by Name
 
*[http://mesarfhc.org/search/search.php City of Mesa Cemetery]&nbsp;in Mesa AZ at Mesa Regional Family History Center  
 
*[http://mesarfhc.org/search/search.php City of Mesa Cemetery]&nbsp;in Mesa AZ at Mesa Regional Family History Center  
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2171898&CScn=city+of+mesa& City of Mesa Cemetery]&nbsp;in Mesa AZ at Findagrave.com  
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2171898&CScn=city+of+mesa& City of Mesa Cemetery]&nbsp;in Mesa AZ at Findagrave.com  
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*[http://www.migrationtrails.com Twin Butte Cemetery] Project in Tempe AZ&nbsp;at MigrationTrails.com  
 
*[http://www.migrationtrails.com Twin Butte Cemetery] Project in Tempe AZ&nbsp;at MigrationTrails.com  
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/az/maricopa/cemeteries/wittman.txt Wittmann Cemetery] in Wittman, AZ through USGenWeb by Sharon J. Pearson and Virginia L. McMeans
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/az/maricopa/cemeteries/wittman.txt Wittmann Cemetery] in Wittman, AZ through USGenWeb by Sharon J. Pearson and Virginia L. McMeans
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==== Census  ====
 
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
  
[http://recorder.maricopa.gov/recdocdata/ Land records and other other recorded documents&nbsp;(1871 to present)] are free and searchable through the website of the Maricopa County Recorder. The minimum information needed for a search is the name of a person.  
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[http://recorder.maricopa.gov/recdocdata/ All Land records and other other recorded documents] from 1871 to present, are searchable at no cost through the website of the [http://recorder.maricopa.gov/web/recorder.aspx Maricopa County Recorder]. The minimum information needed for a search is the name of a person.  
  
 
Most of the land in Arizona was originally obtained from the US federal government by a patent. These&nbsp;[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx General Land Office Records]&nbsp;are searchable online and most have free images of patents to download. The minimum information needed&nbsp;for a search is the state where the land is located and the name of the person receiving the patent.&nbsp;Surveys and Land Status Records can also be searched here.  
 
Most of the land in Arizona was originally obtained from the US federal government by a patent. These&nbsp;[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx General Land Office Records]&nbsp;are searchable online and most have free images of patents to download. The minimum information needed&nbsp;for a search is the state where the land is located and the name of the person receiving the patent.&nbsp;Surveys and Land Status Records can also be searched here.  
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[http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/AZ/County/maricopa.htm 1895 Map of Maricopa county Arizona]
  
 
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[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/results/?state=Arizona&county=Maricopa&city=&year1=1690&year2=2012&terms=&frequency=&language=&ethnicity=&labor=&material_type=&lccn=&rows=20 Maricopa county AZ Newpapers] found at the Library of Congress
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[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/results/?state=Arizona&county=Maricopa&city=&year1=1690&year2=2012&terms=&frequency=&language=&ethnicity=&labor=&material_type=&lccn=&rows=20 Maricopa county AZ Newpapers] found at the Library of Congress  
  
 
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== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
[http://www.azwvgs.org/ West Valley Genealogical Society]<br>12222 N. 111th<br>Youngtown, AZ 85363<br>Telephone 623-933-4945<br>
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[http://www.arizonahistoricalsociety.org/museums/museum-at-papago-park-tempe/ Arizona Historical Society, Museum at Papago Park] The Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park is the principal museum in the Phoenix metropolitan area covering the changes that have made Arizona what it is today. Concentrating on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the museum engages visitors on diverse topics such as World War II’s effects on Arizona, the rise of desert cities, Arizona pop culture and sports, and the state’s geology, among many others. The museum brings stories to life through hands-on and multimedia displays, and a variety of educational programs.
  
[http://www.scazhistory.org/ Sun Cities Area Historical Soc]<br>10801 W Oakmont Dr.<br>Sun City, AZ 85351-3317<br>
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[https://azjhs.org/ Arizona Jewish Historical Society] Dedicated to preserving local Jewish history, promoting awareness of our states diverse history, and making local history accessible to all.  
  
[http://www.chandlerhistoricalsociety.org/ Chandler Historical Society]<br>178 East Commonwealth Ave. <br>Chandler, AZ 85244 <br>Telephone 480-782-2717 <br>Hours 11-4 M-Sat.<br>
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Carver African American Historical/Genealogical Society<br> 415 E. Grant St.<br> Phoenix, AZ 85023
  
[http://www.gilbertmuseum.com/ Gilbert Historical Society, Inc]. <br>10 S. Gilbert Rd. <br>Gilbert, AZ 85299-1484 <br>Telephone 480-926-1577<br>Hours 9 - 4 Tues- Sat<br>
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Cherokee Family Ties<br> 516 N. 38th St.<br> Mesa, Arizona 85205
  
[http://www.azcama.com/museums/glendale_historical.html Glendale Arizona Historical Society]<br>9802 North 59th Avenue <br>Glendale, AZ 85312 <br>(623) 435-0072 <br>Hours 1-4 Sat. &amp; Sun. <br>Two weekends per month, Oct. thru May <br>
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[http://www.chandlerhistoricalsociety.org/ Chandler Historical Society] helps to focus public attention on the diverse history of Chandler and the far southwest valley through events and special programs, and is dedicated to historic preservation through financial and volunteer support.  
  
[http://www.mesahistoricalmuseum.org/ Mesa Historical Society]<br>2345 N. Horne Street <br>Mesa, AZ 85211 <br>Telephone 480-835-7358&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Hours 10-4 Tues.-Sat.; <br>June-Aug. Tues.-Sat. 9-1 <br>
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[http://www.gilberthistoricalmuseum.org/ Gilbert Historical Society, Inc.] Our mission is to serve as a trustee of our historical legacy and as a catalyst for shaping our future. We will accomplish this by fostering learning and research with a commitment to preservation, engaging the community with opportunities to understand past choices, present circumstances, and future possibilities, and strengthening the bonds of the community and facilitating solutions to common problems through leadership and advocacy.  
  
[http://www.historic-glendale.net/valley_library_museum/pahs.htm Peoria Arizona Historical Society ]<br>10304 N. 83rd Ave. <br>Peoria, AZ 85380-0186 <br>Telephone 623-487-8030&nbsp;<br>Hours 10-2 Sat.; 10-12 Weds.<br>
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[http://www.glendalearizonahistoricalsociety.org/#/welcome Glendale Arizona Historical Society] To promote public awareness and appreciation of the history of Glendale and the surrounding region, collects, preserves, and interprets documentary material and material objects, and it disseminates historical information and supports scholarly research.  
  
[http://www.azjhs.org/index.htm Arizona Jewish Historical Society ]<br>122 E. Culver Street&nbsp; <br>Phoenix, AZ&nbsp; 85004&nbsp;<br>Telephone 602-241-7870
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[http://www.westernmuseum.org/ Maricopa County Historical Society] The Desert Caballeros Western Museum welcomes and enriches diverse audiences by inspiring an appreciation of the art and history of the American West through creative exhibitions and educational programs that preserve the West’s cultural legacy.  
  
[http://www.queencreek.org/Index.aspx?page=134 San Tan Historical Society]'''<br>'''20740 S. Ellsworth Road, <br>Queen Creek, Arizona 85242 <br>Telephone 480-987-9380 <br>Hours 9-1 Sat., 9-12 Tues. <br>
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[http://www.mesahistoricalmuseum.org/ Mesa Historical Society] The mission is to preserve and create interest in the tangible evidences of local and regional communities and of settlement and development of Mesa, Arizona by: locating and preserving written and spoken records; obtaining and preserving artifacts and memorabilia; locating and preserving photographs; obtaining and preserving local landmarks; working to benefit and maintain the Mesa Historical Museum; publishing and making available the history of the Mesa area; and promoting cooperation with similar organizations and with local civic and social groups in furthering the mutual interests of the groups relative to Mesa's history.  
  
[http://www.scottsdalemuseum.com/index.html Scottsdale Historical Society ]<br>7333 Scottsdale Mall <br>Scottsdale, AZ 85252 <br>(480) 945-4499 <br>Hours 10-5 Weds.-Sat.; 12-4 Sun. Sept.-June
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[http://www.historic-glendale.net/valley_library_museum/pahs.htm Peoria Arizona Historical Society] Mission is to discover and preserve the history of the Peoria area for future generations to enjoy.  
  
[http://www.arizonahistoricalsociety.org/museums/other_museums.asp Arizona Historical Society Central Arizona Division]<br>1300 North College Ave<br>Tempe, AZ<br>480-929-0292<br>Tuesday - Saturday – 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday – 12 noon - 4 p.m.<br>
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~azpgs/ Phoenix Genealogical Society] The purpose is to provide a forum for shared Genealogy Issues, provide help and guides for members who request it, do selected research for corresponding Genealogy Societies and individuals, and do peer review of member files when requested.  
  
Carver African American Historical/Genealogical Society<br>415 E. Grant St.<br>Phoenix, AZ 85023<br>
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[http://www.queencreek.org/Index.aspx?page=134 San Tan Historical Society] To collect, preserve, document, and display the histories and artifacts of the Chandler Heights, Combs, Higley, and Queen Creek Communities. To facilitate the collection of items and to encourage and educate the public to respect and participate in the conservation of the history of our past.  
  
Cherokee Family Ties<br>516 N. 38th St.<br>Mesa, Arizona 85205<br><br>[http://www.phxgensoc.org/ Phoenix Genealogical Society]<br>P.O. Box 38703<br>Phoenix, Arizona 85069-8703 <span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1280153823031_633" />
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[http://www.scottsdalemuseum.org/ Scottsdale Historical Museum]  
  
[http://www.westernmuseum.org/ Maricopa County Historical Society]<br>21 N Frontier St.<br>Wickenburg, AZ 85390-3431<br>Telephone 928-684-2272<br>
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[http://www.delwebbsuncitiesmuseum.org/ Sun Cities Area Historical Society] is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of records and artifacts through carefully designed exhibits that chronicle the more than 50-year history of Sun City and the 25-year history of its sister city, Sun City West.
  
[http://tempehistoricalsociety.org/ Tempe Historical Society]<br>809 E Southern Ave<br>Tempe, AZ 85282-5205<br>Telephone 480-350-5100
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[http://tempehistoricalsociety.org/ Tempe Historical Society] promotes the Tempe History Museum with special events and program sponsorship. <br><br> [http://www.azwvgs.org/ West Valley Genealogical Society] serves Genealogists throughout the Northwest Valley area of Maricopa County, Arizona. The WVGS is a non-profit corporation dedicated to researching, recording, and sharing genealogical &amp; ethnic information. serves Genealogists throughout the Northwest Valley area of Maricopa County, Arizona.
  
 
== Family History Centers  ==
 
== Family History Centers  ==
  
I[[Introduction_to_LDS_Family_History_Centers|Introduction to Family History Centers]]  
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[[Buckeye Arizona Family History Center|'''Buckeye Arizona''']]<br>1002 Eason Ave Buckeye,<br>Maricopa, Arizona, United States<br>Phone: 623-386-4188<br>  
 
[[Buckeye Arizona Family History Center|'''Buckeye Arizona''']]<br>1002 Eason Ave Buckeye,<br>Maricopa, Arizona, United States<br>Phone: 623-386-4188<br>  
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*{{FHL|Arizona%2C+Maricopa|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}<br>
 
*{{FHL|Arizona%2C+Maricopa|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}<br>
  
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AZ/Maricopa/ Maricopa County, Arizona Genealogy and Family History]) at Linkpendium
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AZ/Maricopa/ Maricopa County, Arizona Genealogy and Family History]) at Linkpendium  
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*[http://arizona-genealogy.com/Maricopa-County-Genealogy.htm Maricopa County Genealogy] (Arizona Genealogy)
  
 
'''A wiki article descibing an online article is found at:'''  
 
'''A wiki article descibing an online article is found at:'''  
  
[[Arizona,_Maricopa_County_Probate_Case_Files_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)|Arizona, Maricopa County Probate Case Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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[[Arizona, Maricopa County Probate Case Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Arizona, Maricopa County Probate Case Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
  
 
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Guide to Maricopa County Arizona genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Maricopa County, Arizona
Map
Map of Arizona highlighting Maricopa County
Location in the state of Arizona
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Location of Arizona in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 14, 1871
County Seat Phoenix
Courthouse
Address 201 W. Jefferson

Phoenix, AZ. 85003-2243


County Courthouse 

Maricopa County Courthouse
301 W Jefferson
Phoenix, Az 85033-2225
Phone: 602-506-3572

Clerk Superior Court

  • marriage records from 1877,
  • divorce records from 1930
  • probate and court records from 1871

County Recorder has land records [1]

Parent County

14 Feb 1871 - Arizona created Maricopa County from land in Yavapai County.[12] County seat: Phoenix [13] This county named for the Maricopa Indians. Look for records in Maricopa and Yavapai 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

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Cities

Apache Junction (most of Apache Junction is in Pinal County) | Avondale | Chandler| El Mirage | Gilbert | Glendale | Goodyear | Litchfield Park | Mesa| Peoria (part of Peoria is in Yavapai County) | Phoenix| Scottsdale | Surprise | Tempe | Tolleson

Towns

Buckeye | Carefree | Cave Creek| Fountain Hills | Gila Bend | Guadalupe | Paradise Valley | Queen Creek (part of Queen Creek is in Pinal County) | Wickenburg| Youngtown

Other Communities

Aguila | Anthem | Arlington | Circle City | Higley | Komatke | Laveen | Liberty | Mobile | Morristown | Palo Verde | Tonopah | Tortilla Flat | Waddell | Wintersburg | Wittmann

Neighboring Counties


Resources

Cemeteries

Cemeteries in Maricopa County at Arizona Gravestones

Cemeteries in Maricopa County at Pioneers Cemetery Assn.

Cemeteries in Maricopa County at Find A Grave


Census

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

Church

LDS Ward and Branch Records:  Alma, Avondale, Buckeye, Capitol (Phoenix), Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Lehi, Mesa, Mesa 1st, Mesa 2nd, Mesa 3rd, Mesa 4th, Mesa 5th, Mesa 6th, Mesa 7th, Mesa 8th, Papago, Phoenix, Phoenix 1st, Phoenix 2nd, Phoenix 3rd, Phoenix 4th, Phoenix 5th, Scottsdale, Spanish-American and Tempe .

Court

Land

All Land records and other other recorded documents from 1871 to present, are searchable at no cost through the website of the Maricopa County Recorder. The minimum information needed for a search is the name of a person.

Most of the land in Arizona was originally obtained from the US federal government by a patent. These General Land Office Records are searchable online and most have free images of patents to download. The minimum information needed for a search is the state where the land is located and the name of the person receiving the patent. Surveys and Land Status Records can also be searched here.

Local Histories

Maps

1895 Map of Maricopa county Arizona

Military

Newspapers

The Arizona Republic

The Phoenix Gazette

The East Valley Tribune  (previously: The Mesa Tribune) microfilm copies of back issues found at

     Mesa Public Library
     64 E First St
     Mesa, AZ 85201
     480-644-2207


Maricopa county AZ Newpapers found at the Library of Congress

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Arizona Historical Society, Museum at Papago Park The Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park is the principal museum in the Phoenix metropolitan area covering the changes that have made Arizona what it is today. Concentrating on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the museum engages visitors on diverse topics such as World War II’s effects on Arizona, the rise of desert cities, Arizona pop culture and sports, and the state’s geology, among many others. The museum brings stories to life through hands-on and multimedia displays, and a variety of educational programs.

Arizona Jewish Historical Society Dedicated to preserving local Jewish history, promoting awareness of our states diverse history, and making local history accessible to all.

Carver African American Historical/Genealogical Society
415 E. Grant St.
Phoenix, AZ 85023

Cherokee Family Ties
516 N. 38th St.
Mesa, Arizona 85205

Chandler Historical Society helps to focus public attention on the diverse history of Chandler and the far southwest valley through events and special programs, and is dedicated to historic preservation through financial and volunteer support.

Gilbert Historical Society, Inc. Our mission is to serve as a trustee of our historical legacy and as a catalyst for shaping our future. We will accomplish this by fostering learning and research with a commitment to preservation, engaging the community with opportunities to understand past choices, present circumstances, and future possibilities, and strengthening the bonds of the community and facilitating solutions to common problems through leadership and advocacy.

Glendale Arizona Historical Society To promote public awareness and appreciation of the history of Glendale and the surrounding region, collects, preserves, and interprets documentary material and material objects, and it disseminates historical information and supports scholarly research.

Maricopa County Historical Society The Desert Caballeros Western Museum welcomes and enriches diverse audiences by inspiring an appreciation of the art and history of the American West through creative exhibitions and educational programs that preserve the West’s cultural legacy.

Mesa Historical Society The mission is to preserve and create interest in the tangible evidences of local and regional communities and of settlement and development of Mesa, Arizona by: locating and preserving written and spoken records; obtaining and preserving artifacts and memorabilia; locating and preserving photographs; obtaining and preserving local landmarks; working to benefit and maintain the Mesa Historical Museum; publishing and making available the history of the Mesa area; and promoting cooperation with similar organizations and with local civic and social groups in furthering the mutual interests of the groups relative to Mesa's history.

Peoria Arizona Historical Society Mission is to discover and preserve the history of the Peoria area for future generations to enjoy.

Phoenix Genealogical Society The purpose is to provide a forum for shared Genealogy Issues, provide help and guides for members who request it, do selected research for corresponding Genealogy Societies and individuals, and do peer review of member files when requested.

San Tan Historical Society To collect, preserve, document, and display the histories and artifacts of the Chandler Heights, Combs, Higley, and Queen Creek Communities. To facilitate the collection of items and to encourage and educate the public to respect and participate in the conservation of the history of our past.

Scottsdale Historical Museum

Sun Cities Area Historical Society is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of records and artifacts through carefully designed exhibits that chronicle the more than 50-year history of Sun City and the 25-year history of its sister city, Sun City West.

Tempe Historical Society promotes the Tempe History Museum with special events and program sponsorship.

West Valley Genealogical Society serves Genealogists throughout the Northwest Valley area of Maricopa County, Arizona. The WVGS is a non-profit corporation dedicated to researching, recording, and sharing genealogical & ethnic information. serves Genealogists throughout the Northwest Valley area of Maricopa County, Arizona.

Family History Centers

IIntroduction to Family History Centers

Buckeye Arizona
1002 Eason Ave Buckeye,
Maricopa, Arizona, United States
Phone: 623-386-4188

Cave Creek Arizona
38001 N Basin Rd
Cave Creek, Maricopa, Arizona,
United States Phone: 480-488-9224

Chandler Arizona Alma
2252 W Mesquite Chandler,
Maricopa, Arizona, United States
Phone: 480-899-4312
Alternate phone # 480-244-8180

Chandler Arizona West
1950 W Galveston
Chandler, Maricopa, Arizona, United States
Phone: 480-857-8640

Glendale Arizona
8602 N 31st Ave
Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona, United States
Phone: 602-973-3216

Mesa Arizona Kimball East
4640 E Holmes Mesa,
Maricopa, Arizona, United States

Mesa Regional Family History Center also known as the Mesa Arizona Large Multistake
41 South Hobson Mesa,
Maricopa, Arizona, United States
Phone: 480-964-1200

Mesa Arizona Salt River
6942 E Brown Rd
Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, United States
Phone: 480-924-8958

Paradise Valley Arizona
3601 E Shea Blvd
Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona, United States
Phone: 602-953-8160

Peoria Arizona
13014 N 108th Ave
Sun City, Maricopa, Arizona, United States
Phone: 623-974-2749

Phoenix Arizona
3102 18th Ave North
Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona, United States
Phone: 602-264-2825

Phoenix Arizona Deer Valley
2939 W Rose Garden Ln
Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona, United States
Phone: 623-582-3810

Phoenix Arizona Hispanic
650 W Southern Ave
Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona, United States
Phone: 602-243-9413

Phoenix Arizona North
8710 N 3rd Ave
Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona, United States
Phone: 602-371-0649

Scottsdale Arizona Camelback
2202 N 74th St
Scottsdale, Maricopa, Arizona, United States
Phone: 480-947-3995

Scottsdale Arizona North
6840 E Gold Dust Ave
Scottsdale, Maricopa, Arizona, United States
Phone: 480-483-7629

Wickenburg Arizona
1350 W Wickenburg Way
Wickenburg, Maricopa, Arizona, United States
Phone: 928-684-2446 Attention: Languages; Spanish, French, Dutch, German

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

Web Sites

A wiki article descibing an online article is found at:

Arizona, Maricopa County Probate Case Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Maricopa County, Arizona p. 56. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Williams 108-110
  3. U.S. Stat., vol. 9, pp. 922-943; Parry, 102: 29-59; Van Zandt, 11, 28-29; Walker and Bufkin, 19, 20A
  4. N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 1st sess./p. 119; N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 2d sess. /pp. 266, 292
  5. 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.
  6. Original Counties of New Mexico Territory (map) at http://www.nmgs.org/Graphics/nmcoun-orig.jpg (accessed 9 August 2011).
  7. U.S. Stat., vol. 10, pp. 1031-1037; Van Zandt, 11, 29, 162
  8. U.S. Stat., vol. 10, ch. 245[1854]/p. 575; Van Zandt, 162; Walker and Bufkin, 21-22
  9. N.M. Terr. Laws 1854, 4th assy. /p. 57
  10. U.S. Stat., vol. 12, ch. 56[1863]/pp. 664-665; Ariz. Terr. Laws 1864, 1st assy./ pp. vii-viii; Van Zandt, 162
  11. Howell Code, Ariz. Terr. Laws 1864, 1st assy., ch. 2/ pp. 24-25
  12. Ariz. Terr. Laws 1871, 6th assy./ pp. 53-54
  13. 13.0 13.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  14. Ariz. Terr. Laws 1873, 7th assy./ p. 87
  15. Ariz. Terr. Laws 1875, 8th assy./ pp. 19-20
  16. Arizona Territorial Laws 1877, 9th assy. pp. 12-13
  17. Arizona Territorial Laws 1881, 11th assy. pp. 14-17