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Arizona, County Marriages, 1871-1964
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Arizona, 
United States
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Location of Arizona
Record Description
Record Type Marriage Records
Collection years 1871-1964
FamilySearch Resources
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Arizona Department of Libraries, Archives, and Public Records, Phoenix


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes images of county marriage records acquired from county courthouses for the years from 1871 to 1964. The counties of Coconino, Navajo and Yuma are not included in these records.

Counties Inclued and Years of Coverage in this Collection

  • Apache,1879-1964
  • Apache,1889-1931
  • Cochise,1881-1954
  • Cochise,1887-1911
  • Cochise,1911-1917
  • Gila,1889-1952

  • Graham,1881-1958
  • Greenlee,1911-1950
  • Greenlee, 1911-1951
  • Maricopa,1871-1942
  • Maricopa,1894-1934
  • Mohave,1887-1950

  • Mohave,1919-1939
  • Pima,1879-1921
  • Pima,1872-1951
  • Pinal,1875-1951
  • Santa Cruz,1899-1951
  • Yavapai,1865-1928
  • Yavapai,1887-1951

The earliest marriage bonds and licenses were usually handwritten on loose papers that were later bound into lettered volumes. Some marriage records had multiple entries on each page, while others had single records per page. Marriages were recorded by the clerk of the district court for each county from the time the county was formed. Persons desiring to marry obtained a license that they presented to the minister or other person authorized to marry, such as a justice of the peace. Once the marriage was performed, the officiator sent a return to the clerk confirming that the marriage had occurred.

Civil marriage records were created to legalize marital relationships and to protect the interests of the wife and other heirs to legal claims on property. The marriage date, place, residence of the bride and groom, and occupations are relatively reliable. Other information, such as age or birthplace, is dependent on the knowledge, memory, and accuracy of the informants, usually the bride and groom.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Marriage

  • Name of the groom
  • Name of the bride, often including the maiden name of the bride
  • Date of the marriage
  • Marriage place
  • Names of the parents or guardians of the bride and groom

  • Birthplaces of the bride and groom
  • Residences of the bride and groom
  • Age and races of the bride and groom
  • Marital status of the bride and groom
  • Names of witnesses
  • Name of officiator

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate date of marriage
  • The place where the marriage occurred
  • The name of the intended spouse

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Collection Browse Page:
  1. Select County
  2. Select Record Type, Year Range, and Volume Number or Letter to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

  • Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use the information found in the marriage record to search for other vital records, such as birth and death
  • Search for the family in census records
  • Search for church, land and probate records
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Arizona.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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