Yavapai County, Arizona Genealogy

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Yavapai County, Arizona
Map of Arizona highlighting Yavapai County
Location in the state of Arizona
Map of the U.S. highlighting Arizona
Location of Arizona in the U.S.
Founded December 21, 1864
County Seat Prescott
Address 120 South Cortez Street,
Prescott, AZ 86303

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County Courthouse

Yavapai County Arizona
1015 Fair Street
Prescott, Az 86301
Phone: 520-639-8110

Clerk Superio Court has marriage, divorce probate and court records
County Recorder has land records [1]


Yavapai County was one of four original counties created by Arizona Territory. It originally covered over 65,000 square miles in size and is believed to be the largest county ever created in the lower 48 States.

Yavapai County came to be known as the “Mother of Counties” because Apache, Coconino, Gila, Maricopa and Navajo counties were carved from it. Today, Yavapai County is 8,125 square miles in size – approximately the same size as the state of Massachusetts!

Yavapai County was also home to Arizona’s first territorial capital, with the provisional seat of the territorial government being established in the Chino Valley area in 1864 and then several months later moved to Prescott. In 1867, the territorial capital was moved to Tucson and ten years later returned to Prescott. In 1889 the capital was moved to Phoenix, where it remains to this day.

  • Until 1821 -  New Spain controlled land that later would become Arizona. Some records of early settlers may have been sent to an archives in Seville, Spain, or to archives in Mexico City.
  • In 1821 - Mexico obtained jurisdiction over the land that later would become Arizona. Records of this period may have been sent to archives in Mexico City.
  • In 1846 - New Mexico Territory was setup, it included land that later would become Arizona.
  • In 1852 - New Mexico Territory created counties that stretched east and west from the Texas border to the California border, including all the land that became Arizona. Land in present-day Yavapai County, Arizona was once part of Santa Ana, Bernalillo, Valencia, and Socorro counties of New Mexico.[2] [3] Records during this period may have been sent to courthouses in their respective New Mexico counties.
  • In 1863 -  Arizona Territory was created from the western half of New Mexico territory. All previous counties were dissolved, and eventually four new counties were created in the new Arizona Territory.

Parent County

21 December 1864 - Yavapai County was created as an original county of Arizona.  County seat: Prescott [4]

Boundary Changes

See 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.

Record Loss


Populated Places

Abra Congress Glen Oaks Minnehaha South Fort
Arcosanti Congress Junction Goodwin Mint Spring Valley
Ash Fork Copperopolis Grand View Nelson Stanton
Audley Cordes Granite Dells Oak Creek Stringfield
Aultman Cordes Junction Granite Siding Oak Knoll Village Sycamore
Bagdad Cordes Lakes Groom Creek Ocotillo Tapco
Big Park Cornville Hawkins Octave Tres Rios
Big Reef Mill Cottonwood Hecla Packer Tutt
Black Canyon City Crookton Highland Park Page Springs Venezia
Blue Hills Farms Crown King Hillside Paulden Verde Village
Bradshaw City Dandrea Hooper Peeples Valley Wagoner
Bridgeport Date Humboldt Perkinsville Walker
Briggs Del Rio Humbug Pica Walnut Grove
Bumble Bee Dewey Iron Springs Piedmont West Sedona
Burro John Dewey-Humboldt Jerome Pinaveta Whipple
Camp Verde Diamond Valley Jordan Meadows Poland Junction Wilhoit
Casa Rosa Drake Juniper Heights Ponderosa Park Williamson
Castle Canyon Dugas Kirkland Potato Patch Willow Spring
Mesa East Fort Kirkland Junction Prescott Wood Trap
Castle Hot Springs Entro Lake Montezuma Prescott Valley Yampai
Cedar Mill Flores Lancaster Red Rock Yarnell
Chino Valley Flower Pot Lapham Rimrock Yava
Clarkdale Forbing Park Lehman Mill Rock Springs Yavapai Hills
Clear Creek Fort Misery Mayer Sand Mill
Cleator Fort Whipple McGuireville Seligman
Clemenceau Gillette Middle Verde Skull Valley
Columbia Glen Ilah Miller Valley Smelter city

Neighboring Counties



 Arizona Cemetery Transcription and Photo Project

The Yavapai County Cemetery Database is an accumulation of a cemetery project which began in 1989 by the Northern Arizona Genealogy Society and housed on the Sharlot Hall Museum Archives website at: http://sharlot.org/archives/gene/cemetery/index.html

Prescott National Cemetery: 3,195 Veterans Administration burial records are included.  Does not include all burials in the cemetery, only those provided by the VA.



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


LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Bagdad



Local Histories






Vital Records

4,374 marriages are listed on the Western States Marriage Index.

Societies and Libraries

Northern Arizona Genealogical Society- Our Society is a general genealogical society covering the counties of Yavapai and Coconino Arizona.  Prescott is the county seat for Yavapai County and Flagstaff is the county seat for Coconino County.

Camp Verde Historical Society
435 South Main
Camp Verde, AZ 86322
Telephone 928-567-9560
Hours 11-3 Sat. & Tues

Verde Historical Society
One N. Willard St.
Cottonwood, AZ 86326
Telephone 928-634-2868
Hours 9-12 Wed.; Fri.-Sun. 11-3

Jerome Historical Society
200 Main Street
Jerome, Arizona 86331
(928) 634-5477 
 Hours 9-4:30 daily

Family History Centers

Introduction to Family History Centers

Bagdad Arizona
Community Dr
Bagdad, Yavapai, Arizona, United States
Telephone: 928-633-2073

Cottonwood Arizona
1377 Hombre Dr
Cottonwood, Yavapai, Arizona, United States
Telephone: 928-649-0116

Prescott Arizona
1001 Ruth St
Prescott, Yavapai, Arizona, United States
Telephone: 928-778-2311

Spring Valley Arizona
HWY 69 (2 mi from Dordis Jct)
Spring Valley, Yavapai, Arizona, United States
Telephone: 928-632-7168

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), Yavapai County, Arizona p. 57. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. 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.
  3. Original Counties of New Mexico Territory (map) at http://www.nmgs.org/Graphics/nmcoun-orig.jpg (accessed 9 August 2011).
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).