Pima County, Arizona Genealogy
- 1 County Courthouse
- 2 History
- 3 Places/Localities
- 4 Resources
- 5 Societies and Libraries
- 6 Family History Centers
- 7 Web Sites
- 8 References
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. 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.
HistoryPima 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.
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.
1864--Pima County was created 15 December 1864 as an original county. County seat: Tucson 
- 1 Feb 1881 - Cochise County
- 1 February 1875 - Pinal County from parts of Maricopa and Pima Counties
- 15 March 1899 - Santa Cruz County
- Also portions of Graham, Greenlee, and Maricopa Counties
An animated map of Arizona County changes is available from the Pima County Justice Court (scroll down).
|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|
|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|| |
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.
(Main Article: Pims County, Arizona Cemeteries )
The following cemeteries are listed within GNIS for Pima County:
All Faiths Memorial Cemetery
Grantwood Memorial Park
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:
- Find A Grave -- Cemeteries in Pima County
- Arizona Gravestones
- Interment.net -- Pima County Cemetery Records
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.
For information regarding extant censuses, also see: Arizona Census
LDS Ward and Branch Records
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.)
The diocese was first established in 1868. The archive's collection includes sacramental registers from across southwest, Bishop's correspondence, ephemera, art and artifacts.
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
Pima County Recorder's Office
Holdings: deeds, mining records, mortgages.
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.
For history of western Pima County (Ajo, Why, Lukeville and Tohono O'odham Nation communities) the Ajo Cultural and Historical Inventory Project has identified "where and how to access information on the history and culture of Ajo and western Pima County."
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.
The Arizona Newspaper Project allows users to search for Pima County newspapers as well.
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.
Original records held by the Clerk of the Superior Court or the Arizona State Archives.
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.
Societies and Libraries
Arizona Historical Society
949 E. 2nd St.
Tucson, AZ 85719
Tel: (520) 628-5774, Fax: (520) 629-8966
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
Ajo Historical Society
160 S Mission Rd.
Ajo, AZ 85321-2601
Tel: (520) 387-7105
Jewish Heritage Center
564 S Stone Ave
PO BOX 889
Tucson, AZ 85701
(Formerly the Jewish Historical Society of Southern Arizona and the Historic Stone Avenue Temple)
Green Valley Genealogical Society
PO Box 1009
Green Valley, AZ 85622
Pima County Public Libraries
Joel D. Valdez Main Library
101 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701
Tel: (520) 594-5500
Holdings include: Cele Peterson Arizona Collection (local history), historical Tucson newspapers, assorted other papers, online resources available to library card holders, interlibrary loan
Salzar-Ajo Branch Library
33 Plaza Ajo, AZ 85321
Tel: (520) 387-6075
Holdings: Ajo Cultural and Historical Inventory Project, newspapers, online resources available to library card holders
Postal History Foundation - Peggy J. Slusser Memorial Philatelic Library
920 N First Ave
Tucson, AZ 85719
Tel: (520) 623-6652
Collection searchable at: www.library.pima.gov/research/collections/phf.php
Sun City Vistoso Genealogical Society
Oro Valley, AZ
University of Arizona
1510 E University Blvd
Tucson, AZ 82721-0055
Tel: (520) 621-6441
Holdings: Special Collections (manuscripts, photographs, rare books), newspapers, government documents, map collection, ethnic records, directories, Jewish collections
Check website for parking information.
Family History Centers
801 N Cedar St
Ajo, Pima, Arizona, United States
17699 S Camino De Las Quintas
Sahuarita, Pima, Arizona, United States
500 S Langley Ave
Tucson, Pima, Arizona, United States
Tucson Arizona West
3530 W Magee
Tucson, Pima, Arizona, United States
These are not mailing addresses. Due to limited staff, Family History Centers are unable to respond to mail inquiries.
- USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
- Family History Library Catalog
- Pima County, Arizona Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
- 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).
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- Arizona Memory Project, "Archives of the Catholic Diocese of Tucson." http://azmemory.lib.az.us/cdm4/index.php?CISOROOT=/rcdhilites&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;mode=repository