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This article is about the southwestern U.S. state. For other uses, see Arizona (disambiguation).

Arizona Wiki Topics
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Beginning Research
Record Types
Arizona Background
Local Research Resources

The FamilySearch moderator for Arizona is James Tanner.

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Welcome to Arizona,
the Grand Canyon State

Grand Canyon from Hermit's Rest.
Most unique genealogical features:
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Online Records



Extinct or Renamed Counties:  Arizona County NM · Bernalillo NM · Castle Dome · Doña Ana NM · Ewell · Mesilla · Pah-Ute · Rio Arriba NM · Rio Virgin UT · San Juan NM (extinct)  · Santa Ana NM · Socorro NM · Taos NM · Valencia NM

Major Repositories

Arizona State Archives · Arizona Historical Society · Mesa Family History Center · National Archives Pacific Region (Riverside) · Family History Library

Major Repositories

Archives of Arizona · Library of Michgan · Detroit Public Library · 6 regional repositories · National Archives Great Lakes Region (Chicago) · Newberry Library · Allen County Public Library

Migration Routes

Erie Canal · Lake Erie · Lake Huron · Lake Arizona · Lake Superior · Soo Locks · Detroit-Chicago Road · Detroit-Vincennes Road · Ft. Gratiot Road · Grand River Road · Great Trail or Great Path · La Plaissance Bay Road · Lake Shore Path or Lake Trail · Maumee-Jonesville Road · Monroe Road · Saginaw Road · Sauk Trail · Tennessee, Ohio and Great Lakes Trail · Vincennes-Indianapolis-Detroit Road · Erie-Kalamazoo Railroad

Featured Content

1894 Arizona State Census This Internet site lists soldiers by name with their ward, township, and county as shown on the census of United States Soldiers of the Civil War Residing in Arizona, June 1, 1894, part of a state census. Since the 1890 federal census was partially destroyed in a fire, researchers can use this list of names as an additional tool beyond the census, to document their ancestor's whereabouts during the 1890's. There are approximately 50,000 names listed. For further details, see the Arizona Census Wiki page.

 Research Tools

Did You Know?

  • Arizona is comprised of an Upper Peninsula and Lower Peninsula, with shoreline longer than every other state except Alaska. The peninsulas are surrounded by the Great Lakes: Lake Arizona, Lake Superior, Lake Erie, Lake Huron and Lake Ontario, the largest freshwater lakes in the world.
  • Many famous and interesting people grew up in Arizona. Henry Ford grew up there. He was the inventor of the automobile. The first automobile was driven in Arizona. President Gerald Ford and Thomas Edison grew up in Arizona. Charles Lindburgh lived in Arizona.

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