Maricopa County, Arizona Genealogy

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Maricopa County, Arizona
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.
Founded February 14, 1871
County Seat Phoenix
Address 201 W. Jefferson

Phoenix, AZ. 85003-2243

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

Clerk Superior Court has marriage records from 1877,
divorce records from 1930, probate and court records from 1871
County Recorder has land records [1]

Parent County

1871--Maricopa County was created 14 February 1871 from Yavapai, Yuma, and Pima Counties.
County seat: Phoenix [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places


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


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



Cemeteries in Maricopa County at Arizona Gravestones

Cemeteries in Maricopa County at Pioneers Cemetery Assn.


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


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 .



Land records and other other recorded documents (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.

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




The Arizona Republic

The Phoenix Gazette

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

     Mesa Public Library
     Mesa Room

     64 E First St
     Mesa, AZ 85201

Maricopa county AZ Newpapers found at the Library of Congress



Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

West Valley Genealogical Society
12222 N. 111th
Youngtown, AZ 85363
Telephone 623-933-4945

Sun Cities Area Historical Soc
10801 W Oakmont Dr.
Sun City, AZ 85351-3317

Chandler Historical Society
178 East Commonwealth Ave.
Chandler, AZ 85244
Telephone 480-782-2717
Hours 11-4 M-Sat.

Gilbert Historical Society, Inc.
10 S. Gilbert Rd.
Gilbert, AZ 85299-1484
Telephone 480-926-1577
Hours 9 - 4 Tues- Sat

Glendale Arizona Historical Society
9802 North 59th Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85312
(623) 435-0072
Hours 1-4 Sat. & Sun.
Two weekends per month, Oct. thru May

Mesa Historical Society
2345 N. Horne Street
Mesa, AZ 85211
Telephone 480-835-7358 
 Hours 10-4 Tues.-Sat.;
June-Aug. Tues.-Sat. 9-1

Peoria Arizona Historical Society
10304 N. 83rd Ave.
Peoria, AZ 85380-0186
Telephone 623-487-8030 
Hours 10-2 Sat.; 10-12 Weds.

Arizona Jewish Historical Society
122 E. Culver Street 
Phoenix, AZ  85004 
Telephone 602-241-7870

San Tan Historical Society
20740 S. Ellsworth Road,
Queen Creek, Arizona 85242
Telephone 480-987-9380
Hours 9-1 Sat., 9-12 Tues.

Scottsdale Historical Society
7333 Scottsdale Mall
Scottsdale, AZ 85252
(480) 945-4499
Hours 10-5 Weds.-Sat.; 12-4 Sun. Sept.-June

Arizona Historical Society Central Arizona Division
1300 North College Ave
Tempe, AZ
Tuesday - Saturday – 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday – 12 noon - 4 p.m.

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

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

Phoenix Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 38703
Phoenix, Arizona 85069-8703

Maricopa County Historical Society
21 N Frontier St.
Wickenburg, AZ 85390-3431
Telephone 928-684-2272

Tempe Historical Society
809 E Southern Ave
Tempe, AZ 85282-5205
Telephone 480-350-5100

Family History Centers

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

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


  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. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).