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Your Guide to Researching
Arizona Ancestors

* General Guides * Maps * Statewide Genealogy Web sites * Societies, Libraries and Archives *
* Finding and Using Records * Queries & Help * More Links *

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 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)

  1. Handybook for Genealogists ( 11th edition) (find in a library)
  2. Ancestry's Redbook, 3rd ed, revised. (find in a library) (see above for online copy)
  3. 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.

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

Finding and Using Records
adoption bible cemetery, census, church, city directories, county histories, court & legal, military, land and property, naturalizations, newspapers, probate, vital.

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 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

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

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.
  • Arizona Gen Forum
  • Ancestry/Rootsweb message boards: Arizona

More Links

  • 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)
  •, includes links to data in subscription databases.




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This page last updated January 22, 2013