Arizona State Research Guide Digital Download

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You'll love this if:
  • You're getting started tracing your ancestors in Arizona
  • You want new ideas and resources to get past a Arizona brick wall
  • Your genealogy search is focused mainly on Arizona
Trace your Arizona ancestors with the advice and resources in our State Research Guide! This four-page download includes:
  • a how-to article detailing Arizona's history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
  • the best websites, books and other resources for Arizona research, handpicked by our editors and experts
  • listings of key libraries, archives and organizations that hold the records you need
  • timeline of key events in the state's history
Here's a sampling of the helpful tips you'll get in the Arizona guide:
  • In 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ended the Mexican-American War and Mexican rule for Arizona north of the Gila River, which then became part of New Mexico Territory. The Gadsden Purchase of 1854 added the rest of present-day Arizona.
  • Arizona has no statewide marriage registration. Beginning in 1864, county recorders kept marriage and divorce records.
  • The government took several territorial censuses between 1864 and 1882. They're available at, though not all are complete.
Plus, each guide contains active web links for one-click access to every recommended online resource. You can view this PDF on your computer and print pages for reference.
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