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Guide to Santa Cruz County, Arizona ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.

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Santa Cruz County, Arizona
Map
Map of Arizona highlighting Santa Cruz County
Location in the state of Arizona
Map of the U.S. highlighting Arizona
Location of Arizona in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 15, 1899
County Seat Nogales
Courthouse
ArizonaSantaCruzCourthouse.jpg
Address 2150 N Congress Dr.

Nogales, AZ 85621
(520) 375-7800
TDD for the Hearing Impaired (520)761-7816


County Information[edit | edit source]

Santa Cruz County, Arizona Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1903 1899 1903 1899 1864 1899 1830
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in July 1909. General compliance by 1926

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Santa Cruz County Courthouse
2150 North Congress Drive
P O Box 1265
Nogales, AZ 85628-1265
Phone: 520-761-7800

Clerk Superior Court has marriage,
divorce, probate and Court Records from 1899,
military records 1888-1085
and adoption records from 1940 [2]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named in the late 17th century by Father Kino. Santa Cruz means "holy cross" in Spanish. The County has Nogales as its seat and the County was created March 15, 1899. The County is located in the south central area of the state.[3]

History[edit | edit source]

Santa Cruz County lies directly south of Tucson. The town of Nogales is the county seat. Nogales is also a major border crossing between the United States and Mexico, and is part of a 'twin border city' situation. The Santa Cruz river runs north out of Mexico towards Tucson.

The historic Catholic mission near Tubac on I-19 was significant in the history of the area. However, any records that were produced when this was an active parish were not kept there, but may be in the Diocese in Tucson. Other missions are also nearby, mainly San Xavier which is in Pima County closer to Tucson.

Parent County[edit | edit source]

15 Mar 1899 - Arizona created Santa Cruz County from land in Pima County.[13] County seat: Nogales [14] This county named for the Santa Cruz River. Look for records in Pima and Santa Cruz counties.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

See Previous Jurisdictions to Land in Arizona showing dates the jurisdictions were created and maps. This will help in determining what jurisdiction your ancestor lived in and where the records are now located.

For animated maps illustrating Arizona county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Arizona County Boundary Maps" (1852-1993) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Agua Linda Carmen Kino Springs Otero Sotos Crossing (hist.)
Alto Casa Piedra Lochiel Partridge (hist.) Trench Camp
Amado Duquesne Madera Canyon Patagonia Tubac
Beyerville Elgin Nogales Rio Rico Tumacacori
Calabasas Hacienda Los Encino Old Glory Ruby Washington Camp
Canelo Harshaw Oro Blanco Sonoita









Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Santa Cruz, Arizona online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Arizona Cemeteries for more information

The following web sites may have additional information on Santa Cruz County cemeteries.

Census[edit | edit source]

For tips on accessing Santa Cruz County, Arizona Genealogy census records online, see: Arizona Census.

Church[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Arizona denominations, view the Arizona Church Records wiki page. Ward and Branch Records

  • Nogales

Court[edit | edit source]

Land[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Arizona Land and Property for additional information about early Arizona land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Santa Cruz County, Arizona Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the Wiki page section Arizona Local Histories.

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]
World War II[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Finding More Arizona Newspapers[edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Santa Cruz County, Arizona Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Probate[edit | edit source]

From 1850 to 1864 during the territorial period, probate records of Arizona were kept by the probate courts of New Mexico. Then until 1912, the records were handled by county probate courts. Since then probate records, such as wills, claims, administrations, case files, and calendars are kept in the custody of the clerk of the superior court in the county courthouse.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Subjects Search for Arizona, Santa Cruz - Probate records.

Online Probate Records

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Arizona Department of Health Services , the county clerk's office of the county where the event occurred or order electronically online.

Birth Records[edit | edit source]

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Marriage Records[edit | edit source]

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Death Records[edit | edit source]

Online Death Indexes and Records

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Pimeria Alta Historical Society
136 North Grand Ave.
Nogales, AZ 85621
PO Box 2281
Nogales, AZ 85628
Telephone 520-287-4621
Hours 10-4 Thurs.-Sat

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Introduction to Family History Centers

Nogales Arizona Family History Center

Nogales Arizona
621 W Green Pl
Nogales, Santa Cruz, Arizona, United States
Telephone: 520-281-0368

This is not a mailing address. Due to limited staff, Family History Centers are unable to respond to mail inquiries.


Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Santa Cruz County, Arizona. Page 56-57 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 52.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Santa Cruz County, Arizona p. 56. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Santa Cruz, Arizona," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Cruz_County,_Arizona 7/10/2017.
  4. Williams 108-110
  5. U.S. Stat., vol. 9, pp. 922-943; Parry, 102: 29-59; Van Zandt, 11, 28-29; Walker and Bufkin, 19, 20A
  6. U.S. Stat., vol. 10, pp. 1031-1037; Van Zandt, 11, 29, 162
  7. U.S. Stat., vol. 10, ch. 245[1854]/p. 575; Van Zandt, 162; Walker and Bufkin, 21-22
  8. N.M. Terr. Laws 1854, 4th assy. /p. 57
  9. N.M. Terr. Laws 1859-1860, 9th assy. /p. 74
  10. N.M. Terr. Laws 1861-1862, 11th assy. /p. 18
  11. U.S. Stat., vol. 12, ch. 56[1863]/pp. 664-665; Ariz. Terr. Laws 1864, 1st assy./ pp. vii-viii; Van Zandt, 162
  12. Howell Code, Ariz. Terr. Laws 1864, 1st assy., ch. 2/ pp. 24-25
  13. Ariz. Terr. Laws 1899, 20th assy./ pp. 49-57
  14. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).