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Yavapai County, Arizona
Map
Map of Arizona highlighting Yavapai County
Location in the state of Arizona
Map of the U.S. highlighting Arizona
Location of Arizona in the U.S.
Facts
Founded One of the original four counties, 1852
County Seat Prescott
Courthouse
ArizonaYavapaiCourthouse.jpg
Address Yavapai County Courthouse
1015 Fair Street
Prescott, Az 86301
Phone: 520-639-8110


County Information[edit | edit source]

Yavapai County, Arizona Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1887 1865 1887 1865 1864 1864 1830
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in July 1909. General compliance by 1926

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

County Arizona
120 South Cortez St
Prescott, Az 86301
Phone: 520-639-8110

Clerk Superio Court has marriage, divorce probate and court records
County Recorder has land records [2]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named after the Yavapai people. The County has Prescott as its seat and the County was created November 9, 1864. The County is located in the central area of the state.[3]

History[edit | edit source]

Yavapai County was one of four original counties created by Arizona Territory. It originally covered over 65,000 square miles in size and is believed to be the largest county ever created in the lower 48 States.

Yavapai County came to be known as the “Mother of Counties” because Apache, Coconino, Gila, and Navajo counties were carved from it, plus parts of Greenlee, Graham, Mohave, Maricopa, and Pinal. Today, Yavapai County is 8,125 square miles in size – approximately the same size as the state of Massachusetts!

Yavapai County was also home to Arizona’s first territorial capital, with the provisional seat of the territorial government being established in the Chino Valley area in 1864 and then several months later moved to Prescott. In 1867, the territorial capital was moved to Tucson and ten years later returned to Prescott. In 1889 the capital was moved to Phoenix, where it remains to this day.

Parent County[edit | edit source]

21 December 1864 - Yavapai County was created as an original county of Arizona.[9] County seat: Prescott [10] It is named for the Yavapai Indians. Look for records in Yavapai County.

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]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[14]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
Native American communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns
  • Big Bug
  • Curtis
  • Footnote[edit | edit source]

    This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties

    Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

    Resources[edit | edit source]

    Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

    Cemeteries of Yavapai, 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 Yavapai County cemeteries.

    • The Yavapai County Cemetery Database is an accumulation of a cemetery project which began in 1989 by the Northern Arizona Genealogy Society and housed on the Sharlot Hall Museum Archives.

    Census[edit | edit source]

    Church[edit | edit source]

    Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    • Bagdad

    Court[edit | edit source]

    Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

    Land[edit | edit source]

    Local Histories[edit | edit source]

    Maps[edit | edit source]

    Mohave CountyCoconino CountyGila CountyMaricopa CountyLa Paz CountyAZ YAVAPAI.PNG
    Click a neighboring county
    for more resources


    Military[edit | edit source]

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

    Newspapers[edit | edit source]

    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, Yavapai - Probate records.

    Online Probate Records

    Taxation[edit | edit source]

    Vital Records[edit | edit source]

    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]

    Northern Arizona Genealogical Society Our Society is a general genealogical society covering the counties of Yavapai and Coconino Arizona. Prescott is the county seat for Yavapai County and Flagstaff is the county seat for Coconino County.

    Camp Verde Historical Society
    435 South Main
    Camp Verde, AZ 86322
    Telephone 928-567-9560
    Hours 11-3 Sat. & Tues

    Verde Historical Society
    One N. Willard St.
    Cottonwood, AZ 86326
    Telephone 928-634-2868
    Hours 9-12 Wed.; Fri.-Sun. 11-3

    Jerome Historical Society
    200 Main Street
    Jerome, Arizona 86331
    (928) 634-5477
    Hours 9-4:30 daily

    Sharlot Hall Museum Library and Archives[1] 115 S. McCormick St Prescott, Arizona 928-445-3122 ex 14 Hours Wed - Fri Noon - 4 Saturday 10 - 2

    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

    Bagdad Arizona
    Community Dr
    Bagdad, Yavapai, Arizona, United States
    Telephone: 928-633-2073

    Cottonwood Arizona
    1377 Hombre Dr
    Cottonwood, Yavapai, Arizona, United States
    Telephone: 928-649-0116

    Prescott Arizona
    1001 Ruth St
    Prescott, Yavapai, Arizona, United States
    Telephone: 928-778-2311

    Spring Valley Arizona
    HWY 69 (2 mi from Cordes Jct)
    Spring Valley, Yavapai, Arizona, United States
    Telephone: 928-632-7168

    These are not mailing addresses. 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), Yavapai 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&amp 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Yavapai County, Arizona p. 57.
    3. Wikipedia contributors, "Yavapai, Arizona," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yavapai_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. N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 1st sess./p. 119; N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 2d sess. /pp. 266, 292
    7. N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 2d sess. /p. 292
    8. U.S. Stat., vol. 12, ch. 56[1863]/pp. 664-665; Ariz. Terr. Laws 1864, 1st assy./ pp. vii-viii; Van Zandt, 162
    9. Howell Code, Ariz. Terr. Laws 1864, 1st assy., ch. 2/ pp. 24-25
    10. <i>The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America</i>,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
    11. Ariz. Terr. Laws 1871, 6th assy./ pp. 53-54
    12. Ariz. Terr. Laws 1879, 10th assy./ pp. 96-97
    13. Ariz. Terr. Laws 1891, 16th assy./ pp. 26-34
    14. Wikipedia contributors, "Pima County, Arizona," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pima_County,_Arizona, accessed 24 February 2019.