Arizona Family History Research

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ARIZONA FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH
By Holly T. Hansen

 

Big Blend Radio segment focusing on Arizona Family History Research with genealogist Holly T. Hansen – Founder of Family History Expos, and genealogist James L. Tanner – author of “The Guide to FamilySearch Online,” publisher of the blog Genealogy’s Star, and the FamilySearch moderator for Arizona on Research Wiki.

On 14 February 1912, after nearly 50 years of being a territory, Arizona became the last of the contiguous 48 states to join the Union. The Arizona Territory was created on 24 February 1863 from the western half of New Mexico Territory. Later, on 18 January 1867, the northwest corner of Arizona was removed and given to Nevada. Arizona has 15 counties with the capital city being Phoenix.

If you are looking for family history in Arizona, begin learning about the records on the FamilySearch.org Research Wiki Arizona, United States Genealogy page. It is filled with links to articles, research strategies, information on locating birth, marriage, and death records. There is specific information for each county in Arizona. There are also several links for details on Arizona migration routes—such as the Juan Bautista de Anza Trail, the Old Spanish Trail, the Honeymoon Trail, and more.

Following is a list of repositories for doing Arizona research:

National Archives at Riverside
23123 Cojaico Road
Perris, California 92570
Web: https://www.archives.gov/frc/riverside/
 

Arizona State Archives
1901 West Madison Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85009
Online Contact:  https://azlibrary.gov/arm/arizona-state-archives-reference-question  

Web: https://azlibrary.gov/arm/research-archives
 

Arizona State Library
1700 West Washington Street, Suite 300
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Web: https://azlibrary.gov/starl

 

Arizona Historical Society
949 East 2nd Street
Tucson, Arizona 85719
Web: https://arizonahistoricalsociety.org


Arizona State University Library
Luhrs Reading Room, Level 4
ASU Charles Hayden Library
300 East Orange Mall
Tempe, Arizona 85281
Web: https://lib.asu.edu/hayden  
(Note: due to Hayden Library renovation, some services have been relocated. Please check their website for details.)

The David Rumsey Map Collection holds some historic maps that may be of interest. There is no charge to use this site. https://www.davidrumsey.com

Holly T. Hansen aka “Miss Holly GenTeacher,” is the President and Founder of Family History Expos, Inc, and as an author, lecturer, editor, and publisher, has been instrumental in helping thousands understand the principles, strategies, and sources they can use to trace their roots in today’s ever-changing technological environment. She is the mastermind behind more than 50 Family History Expos held across the United States, and is dedicated to helping individuals and families, one-on-one, with their personal research needs. Currently, she is involved creating podcasts, webinars, and video presentations to help people move forward in their family history endeavors from the comforts of home. 

 

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Holly T. Hansen aka “Miss Holly GenTeacher,” is the President and Founder of Family History Expos, Inc, and as an author, lecturer, editor, and publisher, has been instrumental in helping thousands understand the principles, strategies, and sources they can use to trace their roots in today’s ever-changing technological environment. She is the mastermind behind more than 50 Family History Expos held across the United States, and is dedicated to helping individuals and families, one-on-one, with their personal research needs. Currently, she is involved creating podcasts, webinars, and video presentations to help people move forward in their family history endeavors from the comforts of home.

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