Pima County, Arizona Genealogy

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County Courthouse

Clerk of the Superior Court 

Pima County Superior Courts Bldg.
110 West Congress St.
Tucson, Arizona 85701-1317
Tel: (520) 740-3200
Fax: (520) 798-3531
Holdings: criminal, civil (incl. traffic), domestic, real property, divorce, probate, guardianship, marriage.
Beginning in 2010, all civil cases 50 years old and probate cases 100 years old must be sent to the Arizona State Archives for preservation.[1] However, indexes and microfilm copies of those records are available at the courthouse in Legal Records, Room 241. The microfilm is not for public use due to mishandling and degradation. The court's online Record Search contains an index of cases from approximately 1980 through present day.
For downtown parking garage information, please check Pima.gov's Parking Facility Page.

History

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Pima County, Arizona
Pima County, named for the Pima Indians, is in southeastern Arizona. Today it is home to Arizona's second largest metropolitan area, which includes Tucson, which is also its county seat, and the location of many records of value to researchers of this area.

In 1681, Pima County was part of "Pimeria Alta," which included what is now Sonora, Mexico, and all or part of Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, Pima, Pinal, and Santa Cruz Counties.[1]

It is part of the 'Gadsden Purchase' of 1853, the last area in the lower 48 United States to be ceded to the United States by Mexico. Tucson itself had been a community for many years and in 1847 the United States flag was first raised over Tucson by the United States Mormon Battalion, the party that blazed the southern route across to San Diego.

Before Arizona became a Territory, Tucson and Tubac were in Dona Ana County, New Mexico Territory, until Arizona became a separate Territory on 24 February 1863.[1]

Parent County

1864--Pima County was created 15 December 1864 as an original county.  County seat: Tucson [2]

Boundary Changes

Child Counties[1]:

An animated map of Arizona County changes is available from the Pima County Justice Court (scroll down).

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Achi Diamond Bell Ranch Kui Tatk Puertocito Soldier Camp
Ahan Owuch Dobson Kuit Vaya Quijotoa South Komelik
Ajo Drexel Heights Kupk Quinlin South Tucson
Ak Chin Duval Las Guijas Rankin Stan Shuatuk
Ak Chut Vaya East Sahuarita Littletown Redington Stoa Pitk
Ak Komelik El Rio Loma Linda Rillito Stockham
Ali Ak Chin Emery Park Lukeville Rincon Stotonyak
Ali Chukson Emika Maish Vaya Rosemont Camp Summit
Ali Molina Esmond Makgum Havoka Rosemont Junction Sweetwater
Ali Oidak Flowing Wells Marana Rowood Tanque Verde
Amphitheater Gibson Mexican Town Sahuarita Tatai Toak
Anegam Greaterville Mountain View Sahuarita Heights Tatk Kam Vo
Arivaca Green Valley Narcho Santos San Agustin Tatkum Vo
Artesa Gu Chuapo Naviska San Luis Three Points
Avra Gu Oidak Nawt Vaya San Miguel Topawa
Avra Valley Gu Vo Nelson San Pedro Tortolita
Buenos Aires Gurli Put Vo New Tucson San Rafael Tucson
Casas Adobes Haivan Vaya Newfield San Vicente Twin Buttes
Catalina Haivana Nakya Noipa Kam San Xavier Uhs Kug
Catalina Foothills Hali Murk Nolic Sandwash Mill Utevak
Charco Hashan Chuchg Oit Ihuk Santa Cruz Vail
Chiawuli Tak Helvetia Old Tucson Santa Lucia Vainom Kug
Chico Shunie Hickiwan Oro Valley Santa Rosa Vakamok
Childs Hoa Murk Palo Verde Stand Sapano Vayo Valley View
Chiuli Shaik Hoi Oidak Pan Tak Sasabe Vamori
Choulic Hotason Vo Pantano Schuchk Vaya Chin
Chukson Itak Papago Farms Schuchuli Ventana
Chukut Kuk Jaynes Peach Pu Secundino Vaison Chin
Chutum Vaya Kahachi Miliuk Pia Oik Sells Ventana
Chuwut Murk Kaihon Kug Piato Vaya Shaotkam Viason Chin
Civano Kingston Knolls Terrace Picture Rocks Sikort Chuapo Vopolo Havoka
Comobabi Kino Pipyak Sikul Himatk Wahak Hotrontk
Continental Ko Vaya Pisinemo Sil Nakya Why
Corona de Tucson Kom Kug Pitoikam Silver Bell Wickchoupai
Cortaro Kom Vo Polo Village Siovi Shuatak Willow Canyon
Cowlic Komak Wuacho Polvo Sivili Chuchg Wilmot
Craycroft Kuakatch Pueblo Gardens Skoksonak

Communities

Binghampton. Outside of Old Tucson there was a Mormon settlement called Binghampton. There are a series of leaflets published that contain many of the stories of this community, "Binghampton: The Life and Times of its people since 1892". Author is unknown, but going to the Binghampton Cemetery caretaker is the key to research for these ancestors. See cemetery reference below.

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

(Main Article: Pims County, Arizona Cemeteries )

The following cemeteries are listed within GNIS for Pima County:

All Faiths Memorial Cemetery
Evergreen Cemetery
Grantwood Memorial Park
Gunsight Cemetery
Helvetia Cemetery
Holy Hope Cemetery
Santa Rosa Francisco Cemetery
Silver Bell Cemetery
South Lawn Memorial Cemetery
Twin Buttes Cemetery
White Cross Cemetery

Source Information: USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS)

The Old Tucson (aka National or City) Cemetery was excavated in preparation for the construction of a new Joint Court Building. For extensive archealogical and historical information visit the Project's Website.

Binghampton LDS Cemetery (aka Mormon Cemetery) at Find A Grave
Located, in Tuscon, north of River Road at:
4001 N. Alvernon Way

Binghampton Cemetery Gravestones (photographed) at Arizona Gravestone Photo Project

Map of Cemeteries of Pima County compiled from topographic maps. Locations of over 100 cemeteries which are not found in GNIS. Driving directions and satellite imagery available through Google Maps.

A Map of Columbaria of Pima County is also available. Locations of churches with columbaria or memorial gardens for inurnment or scattering of cremains.

Indexes, transcriptions, and photographs of Pima County Cemeteries can be found at:

Census

Censuses were conducted in 1866, 1867, 1872, 1874, 1876. They include name, residence, whether head of family, number of single persons over 21, number between 10 and 21, number under 10, and remarks.

In 1882, the census lists name only.

FHL Arizona, Pima - Census

For information regarding extant censuses, also see: Arizona Census

Church

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Ajo
  • Binghampton
  • Tucson

Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson Archives and Library
Msgr. Donald H. Hughes Pastoral Center at St. Ambrose Parish
300 S. Tucson Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85716
Tel: (520) 886-5201 (Call for Appt.)
Website: www.diocesetucson.org/Archives%20website/archiveindex.htm
The diocese was first established in 1868. The archive's collection includes sacramental registers, Bishop's correspondence, ephemera, art and artifacts.[3]

Correctional Institutions

FHL Arizona, Pima - Correctional institutions

Court

Arizona Superior Court in Pima County - www.sc.pima.gov/

Pima County Consolidated Justice Court - www.jp.pima.gov/

Other Courts may be located here: www.courtreference.com/Pima-County-Arizona-Courts.htm

FHL Arizona, Pima - Court records

Land

Pima County Recorder's Office
Website:  http://www.recorder.pima.gov/public/
Holdings: deeds, mining records, mortgages.

FHL Arizona, Pima - Land and property (including records from the Recorder's Office)
FHL Arizona, Pima - Land and Property - Indexes
FHL Arizona, Pima - Land and property - Maps

Local Histories

Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records offers an Arizona Biographical Database.

The University of Arizona has compiled information about communities, history, and research materials relating to Southern Arizona at Through our Parents' Eyes.

Maps

FHL Arizona, Pima - Maps

Military

Naturalization

FHL Arizona, Pima - Naturalization and citizenship

Newspapers

The Chronicling America project lists 255 newspapers which cover areas of Pima County. Using their system one may narrow a search and use the links to the WorldCat system to locate copies of the papers.

Current obituaries for Tucson may be located on the Arizona Daily Star's website.

Green Valley News and Sun also carries obituaries.

The Ajo Copper News Archives list deaths beginning in 1998 and births in 2000.

Probate

Original records held by the Clerk of the Superior Court or the Arizona State Archives.

FHL Arizona, Pima - Probate recordsFHL Arizona, Pima - Guardianship

Taxation

FHL Arizona, Pima - Taxation

Vital Records

4,742 marriages from 3 Sep 1864 to 20 Sep 1943 are listed on the Western States Marriage Index. Certificates are available from either the Clerk of the Superior Court or the Arizona State Archives.

Arizona Genealogy Birth and Death Certificates (including Pima County) available from the Arizona Department of Health Services. As of 2009, birth certificates from 1855-1933 and death certificates from 1844-1958 are provided in .pdf.

Pima County Health Department issues certificates for Arizona Births from 1 Jan 1950 and Arizona Deaths from 1 Feb 2008. All other certificates may be ordered from the State Office of Vital Records.

FHL Arizona, Pima - Vital Records & FHL Arizona, Pima - Vital records - Indexes

Voting

FHL Arizona, Pima - Voting registers

Societies and Libraries

Arizona Historical Society
949 E. 2nd St.
Tucson, AZ 85719
Tel: (520) 628-5774, Fax: (520) 629-8966
Website: http://www.arizonahistoricalsociety.org
AHS's Tucson Research Library and Archives holds unpublished manuscripts, biographical files, books, maps, newspapers, oral histories, photographs, and more.

Arizona State Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 42075
Tucson, AZ 85733
Website: AzSGS.org

Ajo Historical Society
160 S Mission Rd.
Ajo, AZ 85321-2601
Tel: (520) 387-7105

Pima County Public Library
Joel D. Valdez Main Library
101 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701
Tel: (520) 594-5500
Website: http://www.library.pima.gov/
Holdings include: Cele Peterson Arizona Collection (local history), historical Tucson newspapers, assorted other papers, online resources available to library card holders

Family History Centers

Ajo Arizona
801 N Cedar St
Ajo, Pima, Arizona, United States
Telephone: 520-387-6751

Sahuarita Arizona
17699 S Camino De Las Quintas
Sahuarita, Pima, Arizona, United States
Telephone: 520-399-1077

Tucson Arizona
500 S Langley Ave
Tucson, Pima, Arizona, United States
Telephone: 520-298-0905

Tucson Arizona West
3530 W Magee
Tucson, Pima, Arizona, United States
Phone: 520-579-3493

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

Web Sites

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Barbara Baldwin Salyer and Jean Powell Banowit, Arizona genealogical and historical research guide : early sources for southern Arizona : including Cochise, Pima, Pinal, and Santa Cruz counties (Tucson, Ariz. : Arizona State Genealogical Society, 2006).
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Arizona Memory Project, "Archives of the Catholic Diocese of Tucson." http://azmemory.lib.az.us/cdm4/index.php?CISOROOT=/rcdhilites&mode=repository