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Guide to '''Maricopa County, Arizona ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records. {{Click|Image:AZ_ORP.png|Arizona Online Genealogy Records}} {{Wikipedia|Maricopa County, Arizona}} {{Infobox U.S. County
 
| county = Maricopa County
 
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| founded date = February 14
 
| founded date = February 14
 
| seat wl = Phoenix
 
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| building address = 201 W. Jefferson<br>
 
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Phoenix, AZ. 85003-2243  
 
Phoenix, AZ. 85003-2243  
 
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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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=== County Information  ===
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==== Maricopa County, Arizona Record Dates  ====
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" width="100%" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 13-28. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992</ref> </center>
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" width="16.6%" | '''[[Maricopa County, Arizona Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" width="16.6%" | [[Maricopa County, Arizona Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" width="16.6%" | '''[[Maricopa County, Arizona Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
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== County Courthouse&nbsp;  ==
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=== County Courthouse&nbsp;  ===
  
 
[http://www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/ Maricopa County Courthouse]<br>301 W Jefferson <br>Phoenix, Az 85033-2225 <br>Phone: 602-506-3572  
 
[http://www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/ Maricopa County Courthouse]<br>301 W Jefferson <br>Phoenix, Az 85033-2225 <br>Phone: 602-506-3572  
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*probate and court records from 1871
 
*probate and court records from 1871
  
County Recorder has land records <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Maricopa County, Arizona p. 56. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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County Recorder has land records <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Maricopa County, Arizona p. 56. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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==== Description ====
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The County has Phoenix as it's seat and the County was created February 14, 1871. The County is located in the central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Maricopa, Arizona," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maricopa_County,_Arizona 7/10/2017.</ref>
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=== History ===
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
 
*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>  
 
*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>  
*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>  
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*In 1821 -&nbsp;[[Mexico Genealogy|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>  
*In 1846 - [[New Mexico]] Territory was setup, it included land that later would become Arizona. Look for records in the New Mexico State Archives.<br>
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*18 Aug 1846 - During the war with [[Mexico Genealogy|Mexico]], the US took control of Santa Fe and proclaimed sovereignty over the land that later became the [[New Mexico Genealogy|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 created counties that stretched east and west from the Texas border to the California border, crossing land that later became Arizona.&nbsp;[[Socorro County, New Mexico|Socorro]]&nbsp;county of New Mexico covered land that later became part of&nbsp;Maricopa County Arizona.<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 Socorro County New Mexico.<br>
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*4 July 1848 - In the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo, [[Mexico Genealogy|Mexico]] ceded part of present day [[Arizona Genealogy|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, New Mexico|Doña Ana County]]&nbsp;of New Mexico.&nbsp;Records would have been sent to the Doña Ana County offices in New Mexico.&nbsp;Dona Ana County covered land that later became part of Maricopa county Arizona.&nbsp;<br>
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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 Genealogy|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. Yavapai county covered land that later would be Maricopa county.<br>
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*30 Dec 1853 - The [[United States]] bought the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gadsden_Purchase Gadsden Purchase] from [[Mexico Genealogy|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].
14 February '''1871'''&nbsp;-&nbsp;Maricopa County was created from Yavapai county.<ref>Arizona Territorial 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>
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*4 Aug 1854 - The land acquired in the Gadsden Purchase was officially added to [[New Mexico Genealogy|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 Genealogy|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 Genealogy|Arizona]] Territory from the western half of [[New Mexico Genealogy|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/ 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 Genealogy|Pima]] and [[Yavapai County, Arizona Genealogy|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.
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'''14 Feb 1871''' - Arizona created [[Maricopa County, Arizona|Maricopa County]] from land in [[Yavapai County, Arizona Genealogy|Yavapai County]].<ref>Ariz. Terr. Laws 1871, 6th assy./ pp. 53-54</ref> '''County seat:''' Phoenix <ref>''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.
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
*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 Genealogy|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.
*1 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 Genealogy|Pinal County]] from lands in [[Maricopa County, Arizona|Maricopa]] and [[Pima County, Arizona Genealogy|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.
*8 Feb 1881 - Maricopa county lost land to creation of Gila county.<ref>Arizona Territorial Laws 1881, 11th assy. pp. 14-17</ref><br>
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*8 February 1881 - Gila County was created from lands in Maricopa and [[Pinal County, Arizona Genealogy|Pinal]] Counties.<ref>Arizona Territorial Laws 1881, 11th assy. pp. 14-17</ref>&nbsp; <ref>''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.
  
See also [[Previous Jurisdictions to land in Arizona]] showing dates the jurisdictions were created and where. This will help in determining what jurisdiction your ancestor lived in and where the records are now located.
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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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For animated maps illustrating Arizona county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/arizona/ "Rotating Formation Arizona County Boundary Maps"] (1852-1993) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
 
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== Places/Localities  ==
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Gila County, Arizona|Gila, Arizona]]  
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*[[Gila County, Arizona Genealogy|Gila, Arizona]]  
*[[La Paz County, Arizona|La Paz, Arizona]]  
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*[[La Paz County, Arizona Genealogy|La Paz, Arizona]]  
*[[Pima County, Arizona|Pima, Arizona]]  
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*[[Pima County, Arizona Genealogy|Pima, Arizona]]  
*[[Pinal County, Arizona|Pinal, Arizona]]  
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*[[Pinal County, Arizona Genealogy|Pinal, Arizona]]  
*[[Yavapai County, Arizona|Yavapai, Arizona]]  
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*[[Yavapai County, Arizona Genealogy|Yavapai, Arizona]]  
*[[Yuma County, Arizona|Yuma, Arizona]]
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*[[Yuma County, Arizona Genealogy|Yuma, Arizona]]
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=== Resources  ===
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====Cemeteries====
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{{AZ Cemeteries Intro|Maricopa}}
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Maricopa, Arizona''' online and in print</center>
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*[https://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=5&GScnty=175&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~azmarico/ AZGenWeb]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/az/maricopa/cemetery.html AZGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/arizona/maricopa.html Tombstone Project]
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*[http://Arizonagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=8 Arizona Gravestones]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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*{{FHL|421879|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Maricopa+Arizona&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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== Resources  ==
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=5&CScnty=175 Findagrave.com]
  
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Arizona&county=Maricopa&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves]
  
[http://arizonagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=8 Cemeteries in Maricopa County]&nbsp;at Arizona Gravestones<br>
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*[http://www.apcrp.org/Cemetery%20Page.htm Arizona Pioneer & Cemetery Research Project]
  
[http://www.azhistcemeteries.org/MaricopaCems.htm Cemeteries in Maricopa County] at Pioneers Cemetery Assn.
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*[https://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/Arizona-cemetery-records.htm Arizona Cemetery Records]
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[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=5&CScnty=175 Cemeteries in Maricopa County] at Find A Grave
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The following web sites may have additional information on Maricopa County cemeteries.
  
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GScid=2180055&CScn=agua+caliente&CScntry=4&CSst=5&CScnty=175& Aqua Caliente Pioneer Cemetery] in Aqua Caliente, AZ on FindAGrave
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/AZ/index.htm Interment.net] Arizona cemetery records by County.
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/az/maricopa/cemeteries/litchfld.txt Arizona Pioneer Cemetery] in Litchfield Park AZ at USGenWeb by unnamed volunteers
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=1962348&CScnty=175&CSsr=1& Arizona State Hospital] Cemetrey in Phoenix, AZ on FindAGrave
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=147932 Beth El Cemetery] in&nbsp;Phoenix AZ&nbsp;on BillionGraves
 
*[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.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://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://azgenweb.org/maricopa/MesaCityCemetery.htm City of Mesa Cemetery] in Mesa AZ at USGenWeb Maricopa County, Arizona  
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=61 City of Mesa Cemetery] in Mesa AZ on BillionGraves
 
*[http://www.tempe.gov/cemetery/ Double Butte Cemetery] in Tempe AZ burial records&nbsp;on City of Tempe web site.
 
*[http://www.fhsa.org/butte_cemetery.html Double Butte Cemetery] in Tempe AZ&nbsp;at The Family History Society of Arizona.
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/az/maricopa/cemeteries/eagle.txt Eagle Eye Cemetery] in Aguila, AZ at USGenWeb by Sharon J. Pearson and Virginia L. McMeans
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=26 Eternal Valley Memorial Park] in&nbsp;El Mirage AZ&nbsp;on BillionGraves. Adjacent to Sunwest Cemetery.
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/az/maricopa/cemeteries/garcia.txt Garcia Cemetery] in Wickenburg, AZ at USGenWeb by Ginny McMeans and Sharon Pearson
 
*[http://interment.net/data/us/az/maricopa/greenwood/green.htm Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery] in Phoenix, Maricopa County, AZ at Interment.net
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=57026&CScn=Greenwood+&CScntry=4&CSst=5&CScnty=175& Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery]&nbsp;in Phoenix AZ at Find A Grave
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=101 Holy Cross Cemetery] in Avondale AZ&nbsp;on&nbsp;BillionGraves
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&GSsr=1&GScid=57051&CRid=57051&pt=Liberty%20Cemetery& Liberty Cemetery]&nbsp;in Buckeye, Maricopa County, AZ at Findagrave.com
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=55 Maricopa County Cemetery] in&nbsp;Tempe AZ on&nbsp;BillionGraves
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/az/maricopa/cemeteries/morris.txt Morristown Cemetery] in Morristown, AZ at USGenWeb by Sharon J. Pearson and Virginia L McMeans
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=158 Mountain View Cemetery] in Mesa AZ on&nbsp;BillionGraves
 
*[http://www.peoriaaz.gov/uploadedFiles/Peoriaaz/Departments/Community_Development/Planning_and_Zoning/Historic_Preservation/OldPathsCemeteryrecordsphotos.pdf Old Paths Cemetery] in Glenday, AZ by Peoria, AZ Preservation Group
 
*[http://www.azhistcemeteries.org/burials.htm Pioneer &amp; Military Memorial Park] by the Pioneers Cemetery Association
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=26 Sunwest Cemetery] in&nbsp;El Mirage AZ on&nbsp;BillionGraves. Adjacent to Eternal Valley Memorial Park.
 
*[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
 
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LDS&nbsp;Ward and Branch&nbsp;Records:&nbsp;&nbsp;Alma,&nbsp;Avondale,&nbsp;Buckeye, Capitol (Phoenix), Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Lehi, Mesa, Mesa 1st,&nbsp;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 .  
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{{AZ Church Intro}} LDS&nbsp;Ward and Branch&nbsp;Records:&nbsp;&nbsp;Alma,&nbsp;Avondale,&nbsp;Buckeye, Capitol (Phoenix), Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Lehi, Mesa, Mesa 1st,&nbsp;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 .  
  
 
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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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.  
 
[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.
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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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==== Local Histories  ====
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==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
[http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/AZ/County/maricopa.htm 1895 Map of Maricopa county Arizona]
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[[Image:Azmaricopa.png|thumb|right|300px]] [http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/AZ/County/maricopa.htm 1895 Map of Maricopa county Arizona]  
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1854310|Arizona Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
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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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*'''1948 - 2008''' - {{RecordSearch|2351020|Arizona Payson Obituaries 1948-2008}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*The [http://www.mesalibrary.org Mesa Public Library] will do an obituary look up for ''The Arizona Republic'' for a fee.
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*The Mesa Regional Family History Center has an [http://mesarfhc.org/search/azobits.htm online index] to obituaries in ''The Arizona Republic''
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
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*'''1803 – 1995''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9043 Arizona Wills and Probate Records 1803-1995] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
  
 
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
*2,970 marriages are listed on the [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index].
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*[http://www.genealogybuff.com/az/maricopa/webbbs_config.pl Maricopa County, Arizona Obituary Collection] From GenealogyBuff.com ~ Free for obits and death notices from Various Funeral Homes in the Sun City, East Mesa, Peoria, Chandler, and Surprise areas.
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*Older Birth and Death certificates found at [http://genealogy.az.gov/ Arizona Genealogy Birth and Death Certificates].
 
*Older Birth and Death certificates found at [http://genealogy.az.gov/ Arizona Genealogy Birth and Death Certificates].
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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*'''1909-1917''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60001 Arizona Select Births and Christenings 1909-1917] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*2,970 marriages are listed on the [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index].
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*'''1864-1982''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7847 Arizona Marriage Collection 1864-1982] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*'''1871-1964''' - {{RecordSearch|2185173|Arizona, County Marriages, 1871–1964}} at [http://familysearch.org FamilySearch.org] — index and browse images, incomplete
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*'''1888-1908''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60236 Arizona Select Marriages 1888-1908] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*[http://www.genealogybuff.com/az/maricopa/webbbs_config.pl Maricopa County, Arizona Obituary Collection] From GenealogyBuff.com ~ Free for obits and death notices from Various Funeral Homes in the Sun City, East Mesa, Peoria, Chandler, and Surprise areas.
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*'''1910-1911 and 1933-1994''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60002 Arizona Select Deaths and Burials 1910-1911 and 1933-1994];at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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=== 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://business.chandlerchamber.com/list/member/chandler-historical-society-chandler-museum-850 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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'''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.santanhistoricalsociety.org/ 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://www.arizonahistoricalsociety.org/tempe-archives/ 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  ==
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=== Family History Centers  ===
  
I[[Introduction_to_LDS_Family_History_Centers|Introduction to Family History Centers]]  
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Introduction to Family History Centers]]  
  
 
[[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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[[Scottsdale Arizona North Family History Center|'''Scottsdale Arizona North''']]<br>6840 E Gold Dust Ave<br>Scottsdale, Maricopa, Arizona, United States <br>Phone: 480-483-7629  
 
[[Scottsdale Arizona North Family History Center|'''Scottsdale Arizona North''']]<br>6840 E Gold Dust Ave<br>Scottsdale, Maricopa, Arizona, United States <br>Phone: 480-483-7629  
  
[[Wickenburg Arizona Family History Center|'''Wickenburg Arizona''' ]]<br>1350 W Wickenburg Way <br>Wickenburg, Maricopa, Arizona, United States<br>Phone: 928-684-2446 Attention: Languages; Spanish, French, Dutch, German  
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[[Surprise Arizona North Family History Center|'''Surprise Arizona''' ]]<br>23391 N 166th Dr Surprise AZ 85387 United States<br>Phone: 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. <br><br>  
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These are not mailing addresses. Due to limited staff, Family History Centers are unable to respond to mail inquiries. <br><br>
  
== Web Sites ==
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=== Websites ===
  
*[http://azgenweb.org/maricopa/ USGenWeb for Maricopa County]. Maps, name indexes, history and more information for this county.  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/arizona/maricopa-county/ Maricopa County, AZ History, Records, Facts and Genealogy] (Genealogy Inc)
*{{FHL|Arizona%2C+Maricopa|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}<br>
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/az/maricopa/maricopa.html USGenWeb for Maricopa County]. Maps, name indexes, history and more information for this county.  
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*{{FHL|Arizona%2C+Maricopa|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}<br>
  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AZ/Maricopa/ Maricopa County, Arizona Genealogy and Family History]) at Linkpendium  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AZ/Maricopa/ Maricopa County, Arizona Genealogy and Family History]) at Linkpendium  
*[http://arizona-genealogy.com/Maricopa-County-Genealogy.htm Maricopa County Genealogy] (Arizona Genealogy)
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/AZ/Maricopa-County.htm Maricopa County Genealogy] (Arizona Genealogy)
  
 
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Latest revision as of 22:27, 10 July 2017

United States
Arizona
Maricopa County

Guide to Maricopa County, Arizona ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.

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Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Maricopa County, Arizona
Maricopa County, Arizona
Map
Map of Arizona highlighting Maricopa County
Location in the state of Arizona
Map of the U.S. highlighting Arizona
Location of Arizona in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 14, 1871
County Seat Phoenix
Courthouse
ArizonaMaricopaCourthouse.jpg
Address 201 W. Jefferson

Phoenix, AZ. 85003-2243


County Information

Maricopa County, Arizona Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877 1860 1871 1933

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 [2]

Description

The County has Phoenix as it's seat and the County was created February 14, 1871. The County is located in the central area of the state.[3]

History

Parent County

14 Feb 1871 - Arizona created Maricopa County from land in Yavapai County.[14] County seat: Phoenix [15] 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.

For animated maps illustrating Arizona county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Arizona County Boundary Maps" (1852-1993) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

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 of Maricopa, Arizona online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Arizona Cemeteries for more information

The following web sites may have additional information on Maricopa County cemeteries.

Census

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

Church

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:  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

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.

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

Local histories are available for Maricopa 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.

Maps

Azmaricopa.png
1895 Map of Maricopa county Arizona

Military

Civil War

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

Finding More Arizona Newspapers

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

Obituaries

Online Obituary Records

  • The Mesa Regional Family History Center has an online index to obituaries in The Arizona Republic

Probate

From 1850 to 1864 during the territorial period, probate records of Arizona were kept by the probate courts of New Mexico. Then until 1912, the records were handled by county probate courts. Since then probate records, such as wills, claims, administrations, case files, and calendars are kept in the custody of the clerk of the superior court in the county courthouse.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Subjects Search for Arizona, Maricopa - Probate records.

Online Probate Records

Taxation

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Arizona Department of Health Services , the county clerk's office of the county where the event occurred or order electronically online.

Birth Records

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Marriage Records

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Death Records

Online Death Indexes and 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

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.Introduction 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

Surprise Arizona
23391 N 166th Dr Surprise AZ 85387 United States
Phone: 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.

Websites

A wiki article descibing an online article is found at:

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

References

  1. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 13-28. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  2. 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.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Maricopa, Arizona," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maricopa_County,_Arizona 7/10/2017.
  4. Williams 108-110
  5. U.S. Stat., vol. 9, pp. 922-943; Parry, 102: 29-59; Van Zandt, 11, 28-29; Walker and Bufkin, 19, 20A
  6. N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 1st sess./p. 119; N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 2d sess. /pp. 266, 292
  7. 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.
  8. Original Counties of New Mexico Territory (map) at http://www.nmgs.org/Graphics/nmcoun-orig.jpg (accessed 9 August 2011).
  9. U.S. Stat., vol. 10, pp. 1031-1037; Van Zandt, 11, 29, 162
  10. U.S. Stat., vol. 10, ch. 245[1854]/p. 575; Van Zandt, 162; Walker and Bufkin, 21-22
  11. N.M. Terr. Laws 1854, 4th assy. /p. 57
  12. U.S. Stat., vol. 12, ch. 56[1863]/pp. 664-665; Ariz. Terr. Laws 1864, 1st assy./ pp. vii-viii; Van Zandt, 162
  13. Howell Code, Ariz. Terr. Laws 1864, 1st assy., ch. 2/ pp. 24-25
  14. Ariz. Terr. Laws 1871, 6th assy./ pp. 53-54
  15. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  16. Ariz. Terr. Laws 1873, 7th assy./ p. 87
  17. Ariz. Terr. Laws 1875, 8th assy./ pp. 19-20
  18. Arizona Territorial Laws 1877, 9th assy. pp. 12-13
  19. Arizona Territorial Laws 1881, 11th assy. pp. 14-17
  20. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).