General Guides to Arizona Research
Two online sources cover each state. Throughout this page I will provide links to each of them, but take a moment now to look at the whole of each of them. I don't provide links everything on each of them.
- Family History Library Arizona Research Wiki
- Remember: from this main page you can also click links to pages for each county in Arizona
- Ancestry Redbook, 3rd ed. Arizona section online at the Ancestry.com wiki (note you will click the links to the right to see further topics) Arizona Wiki
Books you might purchase or use in a library include the following
Each of the three reference books listed below has a small section covering each state that includes maps, historical information, vital records coverage and a bibliography of resources for that state. (note: some libraries may have earlier editions; those are usable)
- Handybook for Genealogists ( 11th edition) (find in a library)
- Ancestry's Redbook, 3rd ed, revised. (find in a library) (see above for online copy)
- The Family Tree Resource Book for Genealogical Research (find in a library)
Atlases, Maps & Gazetteers
For more information on finding and using maps,
see Your Guide to Atlases, Maps and Gazetteers.
- Query the American Memory Project Maps Collection for maps containing the word Arizona
- State Maps
- County Formation maps
of individual counties in the state. You will want to see maps that show where the townships, cities and villages are located within each county.
- 1895 Atlas - Arizona has a state map, map for each county and index of towns and cities.
- 1914 County Maps of Arizona
- Click a county on this Sharlot Hall Museum map to find county maps.
- National Atlas: Alaska map with some cities and towns
- Township Maps
--i.e., maps that show boundaries of the townships within a county.
- These can be the hardest to find, especially online.
- Scroll down on this CensusFinder site page for some links to county maps in Arizona
- Andriot's Township Atlas of the United States is available only in book form, but it is where you will go to find county maps that show current township boundaries.
- Sometimes the county pages on the U.S. Genweb sites will have maps that show townhips boundaries. Check the Arizona counties you are researching to see if that is the case.
- Sometimes the county pages on Wikipedia will have maps that show township boundaries. Check the Arizona counties you are researching to see if that is the case.
- Topographic Maps
- Online Map Collections
- FamilySearch Wiki: Arizona maps and Arizona Gazetteers
Statewide Genealogy Web sites
Next, see what is available for your counties of interest at at one of these statewide sites. For each, use the county selection list to find out what is available for the various counties. Content will vary, but in usually you will find the GenWeb site to be the most robust. All are volunteer driven sites; all data free, but as time goes by, the upkeep of many of these sites seems to be falling by the wayside.
Societies, Libraries and Archives
For more information on using libraries and archives, see genealogy guides to Libraries and Archives
FIRST.. use the catalog at the place name box in the Family History Library catalog to find out what has been filmed covering the state of Arizona the counties of Arizona and the cities, villages or townships within the counties.
- As you type Arizona in the place box, you will see an alphabetical listing of counties in the drop down;
- once in a county, you can click in the place box on the left to see an alphabetical list of the towns, cities and villages within that county.
- This only shows areas for which material is available at the Family History Library.
- An item will likely be in one of the three, perhaps two of the three and almost never in all three of these search's --you need to check each
NEXT... see what is Arizona material records are available online in the FamilySearch.org Records Collection for Arizona
The Family History Library is not the only place you will find material. A great deal is available online or in libraries and archives, courthouses or other institutions and organizations across the nation.
Below is information on some of the records you will seek.
Cemetery: For general information, see Guide to Cemetery Records, this web site
Census: For general information, see Guide to Census Records, this web site
- The FamilySearch Wiki article on Arizona census records includes charts to help you find the federal census records and identify available state census records.
- The Ancestry Redbook page on Arizona census records provides a quick overview: Census Records for Arizona
- Other guides to free online census records include
Church: For general information, see Guide to Church Records, this web site
City and County Directories: For general information, see guide to city and county directories, this web site
- FamilySearch Wiki: Arizona Directories
- Arizona Online Historical Directories --Arizona
- Check the Arizona City Directories site to see if one exists for a city you are interested in -- but don't rely on this. It is neither a comprehensive list of what exists nor a complete record of where it is held.
- Arizona City Directories online at DistantCousin.com
County and Local Histories: For general information, see guide to county histories, this web site
Court & Legal; For general information, see Guide to Law Libraries and Guide to Courthouse Records
Land & Property: For general information, see Guide to Land Records, this web site
Military; For general information, see Guide to Military Records, this web site
Naturalizations; For general information, see Guide to Naturalizations, this web site
Newspapers: For general information, see Guide to Newspapers, this web site
Probate: For general information, see Guide to Probate Records, this web site
Tax Records: For general information, see Guide to Tax Lists, this web site.
Vital: For general information, see Your Guide to Vital records, this web site
Queries & Help
- Check the Arizona Genweb county pages for look up volunteers in each county.
- Genealogy.com Arizona Gen Forum
- Ancestry/Rootsweb message boards: Arizona
- Linkpendium's Arizona Page
- Cyndi's List Arizona Page
- Access Genealogy List of Arizona Links
- Rootsweb U.S. Resources: Arizona (this finds data hosted on the Rootsweb servers)
- Arizona-genealogy.com, includes links to data in subscription databases.