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=== Contact Information  ===
 
=== Contact Information  ===
  
'''E-mail:'''<ref name="WVGS">[http://www.azwvgs.org/ West Valley Genealogical Society] (accessed 14 February 2015).</ref> &nbsp;[mailto:info@azwvgs.org info@azwvgs.org]. <br>  
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'''E-mail:'''<ref name="WVGS">[http://www.azwvgs.org/ West Valley Genealogical Society] </ref> &nbsp;[mailto:info@azwvgs.org info@azwvgs.org]. <br>  
  
 
'''Address:'''<ref name="WVGS" />  
 
'''Address:'''<ref name="WVGS" />  
  
:12222 N. 111th Ave<br>
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:12222 N. 111th Ave  
:Youngstown, AZ 85363 <br><br>
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:Youngtown, AZ 85363 <br><br>
  
 
'''Telephone:'''<ref name="WVGS" /> &nbsp;623-933-4945<br>  
 
'''Telephone:'''<ref name="WVGS" /> &nbsp;623-933-4945<br>  
  
'''Hours:'''<ref name="WVGS" /> <br>
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'''Hours:'''<ref name="WVGS" />
  
:*Tues, Thurs - Sat 9:00am - 4:00pm
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:*Monday, Wednesday, Sunday  1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ''(Closed 2nd Monday of the month, September - May, for Membership Meeting)''
:*Sun 12:30pm - 4:00pm
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:*Tuesday, Friday, Saturday  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
:*Tues Evening 6:00 - 9:00pm
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:*Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.<br>  
:*'''''Last Saturday''''' of the month 9:00am - 6:00pm<br>
 
  
 
'''Map, directions, and public transportation:''' <br>  
 
'''Map, directions, and public transportation:''' <br>  
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*'''Directions:'''<ref>Based on [http://www.mapquest.com/ MapQuest] directions.</ref> <br>  
 
*'''Directions:'''<ref>Based on [http://www.mapquest.com/ MapQuest] directions.</ref> <br>  
**'''''From the north side of Phoenix on I-17 (N Black Canyon Hwy):''''' &nbsp;Merge onto I-17 S/Black Canyon Fwy S toward Phoenix. Take the AZ-101 Loop W exit, EXIT 214C, 1.2 mi. Merge onto AZ-101 W, 10.5 mi. Merge onto N 91st Ave via EXIT 11 toward US-60/Grand Ave, 1.0 mi. Turn right onto W Grand Ave/US-60 W, 2.7 mi. Turn left onto N 111th Ave, 0.6 mi. The WVGS Library is on the right at 12222 N 111TH AVE, just past and across the street (W California Ave) from Dave's Auto Repair. <br>  
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**'''''From the north side of Phoenix on I-17 (N Black Canyon Hwy):''''' &nbsp;Merge onto I-17 S/Black Canyon Fwy S toward Phoenix. Take the AZ-101 Loop W exit, EXIT 214C, 1.2 mi. Merge onto AZ-101 W, 10.5 mi. Merge onto N 91st Ave via EXIT 11 toward US-60/Grand Ave, 1.0 mi. Turn right onto W Grand Ave/US-60 W, 2.7 mi. Turn left onto N 111th Ave, 0.6 mi. The WVGS Library is on the right at 12222 N 111TH AVE, just past and across the street (W California Ave) from Vick's Tires. <br>  
**'''''From the southeast side of Phoenix on US-60 (Superstition Fwy):''''' &nbsp;Turn onto E US Highway 60/US-60 W toward Phoenix. Merge onto I-10 W/Pearl Harbor Memorial Highway toward I-10 W/Phoenix, 21.3 mi. Take the AZ-101 Loop N exit, EXIT 133B, 0.8 mi. Merge onto AZ-101 N/Loop 101 N/Agua Fria Fwy N, 8.8. mi. Take the US-60/Grand Ave exit, EXIT 11, 0.3 mi. Turn left onto US-60 W/W Grand Ave, 2.4 mi. Turn left onto N 111th Ave, 0.6 mi. The WVGS Library is on the right at 12222 N 111TH AVE, just past and across the street (W California Ave) from Dave's Auto Repair. <br>  
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**'''''From the southeast side of Phoenix on US-60 (Superstition Fwy):''''' &nbsp;Turn onto E US Highway 60/US-60 W toward Phoenix. Merge onto I-10 W/Pearl Harbor Memorial Highway toward I-10 W/Phoenix, 21.3 mi. Take the AZ-101 Loop N exit, EXIT 133B, 0.8 mi. Merge onto AZ-101 N/Loop 101 N/Agua Fria Fwy N, 8.8. mi. Take the US-60/Grand Ave exit, EXIT 11, 0.3 mi. Turn left onto US-60 W/W Grand Ave, 2.4 mi. Turn left onto N 111th Ave, 0.6 mi. The WVGS Library is on the right at 12222 N 111TH AVE, just past and across the street (W California Ave) from Vick's Tires. <br>  
**'''''From west of Phoenix on I-10 (Papago Hwy):''''' &nbsp;Merge onto I-10 E/Pearl Harbor Memorial Highway/Papago Fwy E toward Phoenix. Take the AZ-101 Loop N exit, EXIT 133B, 1.1 mi. Merge onto AZ-101 N/Loop 101 N/Agua Fria Fwy N, 8.8 mi. Take the US-60/Grand Ave exit, EXIT 11, 0.3 mi. Turn left onto US-60 W/W Grand Ave, 2.4 mi. Turn left onto N 111th Ave, 0.6 mi. The WVGS Library is on the right at 12222 N 111TH AVE, just past and across the street (W California Ave) from Dave's Auto Repair. <br>  
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**'''''From west of Phoenix on I-10 (Papago Hwy):''''' &nbsp;Merge onto I-10 E/Pearl Harbor Memorial Highway/Papago Fwy E toward Phoenix. Take the AZ-101 Loop N exit, EXIT 133B, 1.1 mi. Merge onto AZ-101 N/Loop 101 N/Agua Fria Fwy N, 8.8 mi. Take the US-60/Grand Ave exit, EXIT 11, 0.3 mi. Turn left onto US-60 W/W Grand Ave, 2.4 mi. Turn left onto N 111th Ave, 0.6 mi. The WVGS Library is on the right at 12222 N 111TH AVE, just past and across the street (W California Ave) from Vick's Tires. <br>  
**'''''From northwest of Phoenix on US-60 (Phoenix-Wickenburg Hwy/Grand Ave):''''' &nbsp;Take US-60 E/Grand Ave southeast toward Phoenix, passing the Agua Fria River into Youngstown. Turn right onto N 111th Ave, 0.6 mi. The WVGS Library is on the right at 12222 N 111TH AVE, just past and across the street (W California Ave) from Dave's Auto Repair. <br>
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**'''''From northwest of Phoenix on US-60 (Phoenix-Wickenburg Hwy/Grand Ave):''''' &nbsp;Take US-60 E/Grand Ave southeast toward Phoenix, passing the Agua Fria River into Youngtown. Turn right onto N 111th Ave, 0.6 mi. The WVGS Library is on the right at 12222 N 111TH AVE, just past and across the street (W California Ave) from Vick's Tires. <br>
  
 
*'''Public transportation:&nbsp;''' [http://routes.valleymetro.org/timetables/2/route_list Valley Metro Bus]  
 
*'''Public transportation:&nbsp;''' [http://routes.valleymetro.org/timetables/2/route_list Valley Metro Bus]  
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'''Internet sites and databases:''' <br>  
 
'''Internet sites and databases:''' <br>  
  
*[http://www.azwvgs.org/default.asp West Valley Genealogical Society] calendar, events, membership, resources, store, about us, hours, subscriber databases, how-to classes, special interest groups, and research nights. <br>  
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*[http://www.azwvgs.org/default.asp West Valley Genealogical Society] calendar, events, membership, resources, store, about us, hours, subscriber databases, how-to classes, special interest groups, and monthly membership meeting. <br>  
 
*[http://www.azwvgs.org/catsearch.asp WVGS Catalog] online by keyword, author, title, or description. <br>  
 
*[http://www.azwvgs.org/catsearch.asp WVGS Catalog] online by keyword, author, title, or description. <br>  
*[http://www.azwvgs.org/obits.asp Obituary Search] 50,000 entries, 1963-now, primarily from northwestern Maricopa County, AZ cities.<br>
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*[http://www.azwvgs.org/obits.asp Obituary Search] over 120,000 entries, 1960's to present, primarily from West Valley area of Maricopa County, but may include other areas of Arizona and several other states.<br>
  
 
=== Collection Description  ===
 
=== Collection Description  ===
  
The '''West Valley Genealogical Society''', formerly the ''Sun City Genealogical Society'', is an active society with a good little library. It probably represents outside Arizona better because of retirees who contribute genealogies from all around the U.S.<ref name="DB15">William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, ''America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers'' (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 15. {{WorldCat|39493985|item|disp=At various repositories (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|728550|item|disp=FHL Book 973 J54d}}.</ref> The WVGS library is a non-circulating research library with 4,000 square feet of 12,000 books, 1,000 CDs, 1,500 periodicals, maps, 1,100 microfilms, and Internet access to sources from all 50 states and many nations. Databases include ''New England Historic Society'', ''Ancestry.com'', ''World Vital Records'', and ''Fold3''. They offer how-to classes, special interest groups focusing on specific places of origin, once-a-month research nights, and annual trips to Salt Lake City and Washington, DC.<ref name="WVGS" />  
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The '''West Valley Genealogical Society''' is an active organization with many available research sources and educational opportunities. The WVGS Library is the largest non-circulating genealogical research Library in Arizona. The Collection contains thousands of books, periodicals, maps, CDs, microfilm, microfiche and obituaries. A computer lab offers free access to several genealogical databases including Ancestry.com, MyHeritage, which includes U.S. and World Vital Records, and the New England Historic Genealogical Society (American Ancestors.org). WVGS has an affiliate partnership with FamilySearch.org. Their records and resources are available at the Library. Genealogy classes and Special Interest Groups are offered. Check our website calendar. WVGS sponsors annual trips to Salt Lake City, Washington, D.C. and the Allen County Library.<ref name="WVGS" />  
  
 
=== Tips  ===
 
=== Tips  ===
  
Please call 623-933-4945 to make your reservation for the next Special Library Research Evening 5-9 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of each month.  
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For a tour of the Library call 623-933-4945 for more information. 
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Check us out on [https://www.facebook.com/WVGS12222 facebook].  
  
 
=== Alternate Repositories  ===
 
=== Alternate Repositories  ===
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*[[National Archives Pacific Region (Riverside)|National Archives—Pacific Region (Riverside)]], CA. Federal court records and federal agencies in Arizona.  
 
*[[National Archives Pacific Region (Riverside)|National Archives—Pacific Region (Riverside)]], CA. Federal court records and federal agencies in Arizona.  
*[[State Library of Arizona|State Library]], Phoenix, has a large book/periodical collection including immigration, vital records, courts, wills, county histories, and Internet sites. ''The&nbsp;'' starting place for AZ family history research.<ref name="DB15">William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, ''America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers'' (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 15. {{WorldCat|39493985|item|disp=At various repositories (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|728550|item|disp=FHL Book 973 J54d}}.</ref>  
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*[[State Library of Arizona|State Library]], Phoenix, has a large book/periodical collection including immigration, vital records, courts, wills, county histories, and Internet sites. ''The&nbsp;''starting place for AZ family history research.<ref>William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, ''America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers'' (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 15. {{WorldCat|39493985|item|disp=At various repositories (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|728550|item|disp=FHL Book 973 J54d}}.</ref>  
 
*[[Arizona State Archives|State Archives]], Phoenix, marriages, wills and probates, civil and criminal records, brands, taxes, coroner records, voting registers, prisoners, state agencies, maps, newspapers, photos.<ref name="GFH">[http://www.azlibrary.gov/sla/genealogy-and-family-history Genealogy and Family History] in ''Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records'' (accessed 10 February 2015).</ref>  
 
*[[Arizona State Archives|State Archives]], Phoenix, marriages, wills and probates, civil and criminal records, brands, taxes, coroner records, voting registers, prisoners, state agencies, maps, newspapers, photos.<ref name="GFH">[http://www.azlibrary.gov/sla/genealogy-and-family-history Genealogy and Family History] in ''Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records'' (accessed 10 February 2015).</ref>  
*[[California Archives and Libraries#Bancroft|Bancroft Library, Univ. Calif. Berkeley]] Early settlers, migration trails, stagecoaches, miners, and histories. They probably have more Arizona historical material than any repository in Arizona.<ref name="DB15">William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. ''America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers'' (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 15. {{WorldCat|39493985|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|728550|item|disp=FHL Ref Book 973 J54d}}.</ref>  
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*[[California Archives and Libraries#Bancroft|Bancroft Library, Univ. Calif. Berkeley]] Early settlers, migration trails, stagecoaches, miners, and histories. They probably have more Arizona historical material than any repository in Arizona.<ref>William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. ''America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers'' (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 15. {{WorldCat|39493985|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|728550|item|disp=FHL Ref Book 973 J54d}}.</ref>  
*[[Southwest Museum Braun Research Library]], Los Angeles, CA. Includes the Monk Library of Arizoniana, California and Arizona history, and records of southwest American Indians.<ref name="DB15" />
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*[[Southwest Museum Braun Research Library]], Los Angeles, CA. Includes the Munk Library of Arizoniana, California and Arizona history, and records of southwest American Indians.  
 
*[[Family History Library]], Salt Lake City, has many Arizona cemeteries, census, church, court, histories, immigration, land, military, and naturalization records on microfilm.
 
*[[Family History Library]], Salt Lake City, has many Arizona cemeteries, census, church, court, histories, immigration, land, military, and naturalization records on microfilm.
  
 
'''''Similar Collections'''''<br>  
 
'''''Similar Collections'''''<br>  
  
*[http://www.mhs50.com/ Maricopa Historical Society], Wickenburg, exhibits and publications.  
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*[http://www.mhs50.com/ Maricopa Historical Society], Maricopa, AZ, exhibits and publications.  
 
*[https://azjhs.org/Home.html Arizona Jewish Historical Society], Phoenix, exhibits and genealogical classes.
 
*[https://azjhs.org/Home.html Arizona Jewish Historical Society], Phoenix, exhibits and genealogical classes.
  
 
'''''Neighboring Collections'''''<br>  
 
'''''Neighboring Collections'''''<br>  
  
*[[Mesa FamilySearch Library]], Mesa, 81,000 microfilms including AZ censuses, 40,000 books (many local histories), 129 public computers, and over 90 classes and workshops per month.<ref name="DB15" />
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*[[Arizona State University Library]], Tempe, a good place to look for early Arizona families.  
*[[Arizona State University Library]], Tempe, a good place to look for early Arizona families.<ref name="DB15" />
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*[[Phoenix Public Library, Burton Barr Central Library]] The Arizona history collection is a good place for genealogy research.  
*[[Phoenix Public Library, Burton Barr Central Library]] The Arizona history collection is a good place for genealogy research.<ref name="DB15" />
 
 
*[http://www.maricopa.gov/publichealth/Programs/Vitals/default.aspx Maricopa County Office of Vital Registration] births 1950-present; and deaths.  
 
*[http://www.maricopa.gov/publichealth/Programs/Vitals/default.aspx Maricopa County Office of Vital Registration] births 1950-present; and deaths.  
 
*[http://www.clerkofcourt.maricopa.gov/ Maricopa County Superior Court Clerk] marriages, criminal, civil, divorces, probate and tax court cases.  
 
*[http://www.clerkofcourt.maricopa.gov/ Maricopa County Superior Court Clerk] marriages, criminal, civil, divorces, probate and tax court cases.  
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*[http://www.azd.uscourts.gov/ U.S. District Court] civil, criminal, appellate, and bankruptcy cases.  
 
*[http://www.azd.uscourts.gov/ U.S. District Court] civil, criminal, appellate, and bankruptcy cases.  
 
*''Repositories in'' '''''surrounding counties:''''' [[Gila County, Arizona|Gila]], [[La Paz County, Arizona|La Paz]], [[Pima County, Arizona|Pima]], [[Pinal County, Arizona|Pinal]], [[Yavapai County, Arizona|Yavapai]], and [[Yuma County, Arizona|Yuma]].  
 
*''Repositories in'' '''''surrounding counties:''''' [[Gila County, Arizona|Gila]], [[La Paz County, Arizona|La Paz]], [[Pima County, Arizona|Pima]], [[Pinal County, Arizona|Pinal]], [[Yavapai County, Arizona|Yavapai]], and [[Yuma County, Arizona|Yuma]].  
*[[Arizona Historical Society]], Tucson Library and Archives, has a Mexican and an early Arizona collection, Colorado River topics, manuscripts 1860-present, oral histories, maps, and photos.<ref name="DB15" />
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*[[Arizona Historical Society]], Tucson Library and Archives, has a Mexican and an early Arizona collection, Colorado River topics, manuscripts 1860-present, oral histories, maps, and photos.  
*[[University of Arizona Special Collections]], Tucson, materials on Arizona, Southwest American history, and the U.S./Mexico Borderlands, including rare books, manuscripts, and photographs.<ref name="DB15" />
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*[[University of Arizona Special Collections]], Tucson, materials on Arizona, Southwest American history, and the U.S./Mexico Borderlands, including rare books, manuscripts, and photographs.  
*[[Northern Arizona University Cline Library]], Flagstaff, includes Arizona history, Arizona photographs, archives, and oral histories.<ref name="DB15" />
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*[[Northern Arizona University Cline Library]], Flagstaff, includes Arizona history, Arizona photographs, archives, and oral histories.  
*[[Pima County Public Library, Joel D. Valdez Main Library]], Tucson, the Arizona collection, and the Southern Arizona Genealogical Society collection are housed here.<ref name="DB15" />
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*[[Pima County Public Library, Joel D. Valdez Main Library]], Tucson, the Arizona collection, and the Southern Arizona Genealogical Society collection are housed here.  
 
*''Repositories in'' '''''surrounding states (or nations):''''' [[California Archives and Libraries|California]], [[Nevada Archives and Libraries|Nevada]], [[New Mexico Archives and Libraries|New Mexico]], [[Utah Archives and Libraries|Utah]]; '''in&nbsp;Mexico:''' [[Baja California Archives and Libraries|Baja California]], [[Sonora|Sonora]], and [[Mexico Archives and Libraries|Mexico]].  
 
*''Repositories in'' '''''surrounding states (or nations):''''' [[California Archives and Libraries|California]], [[Nevada Archives and Libraries|Nevada]], [[New Mexico Archives and Libraries|New Mexico]], [[Utah Archives and Libraries|Utah]]; '''in&nbsp;Mexico:''' [[Baja California Archives and Libraries|Baja California]], [[Sonora|Sonora]], and [[Mexico Archives and Libraries|Mexico]].  
 
*[[California State Archives]], Sacramento, has county records of the state, such as court records, prison records, wills, deeds, as well as military records, state census records, and school records.  
 
*[[California State Archives]], Sacramento, has county records of the state, such as court records, prison records, wills, deeds, as well as military records, state census records, and school records.  
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West Valley Genealogical Society
West Valley Genealogical Society

Contact Information[edit | edit source]

E-mail:[1]  info@azwvgs.org.

Address:[1]

12222 N. 111th Ave
Youngtown, AZ 85363

Telephone:[1]  623-933-4945

Hours:[1]

  • Monday, Wednesday, Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Closed 2nd Monday of the month, September - May, for Membership Meeting)
  • Tuesday, Friday, Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Map, directions, and public transportation:

  • Directions:[2]
    • From the north side of Phoenix on I-17 (N Black Canyon Hwy):  Merge onto I-17 S/Black Canyon Fwy S toward Phoenix. Take the AZ-101 Loop W exit, EXIT 214C, 1.2 mi. Merge onto AZ-101 W, 10.5 mi. Merge onto N 91st Ave via EXIT 11 toward US-60/Grand Ave, 1.0 mi. Turn right onto W Grand Ave/US-60 W, 2.7 mi. Turn left onto N 111th Ave, 0.6 mi. The WVGS Library is on the right at 12222 N 111TH AVE, just past and across the street (W California Ave) from Vick's Tires.
    • From the southeast side of Phoenix on US-60 (Superstition Fwy):  Turn onto E US Highway 60/US-60 W toward Phoenix. Merge onto I-10 W/Pearl Harbor Memorial Highway toward I-10 W/Phoenix, 21.3 mi. Take the AZ-101 Loop N exit, EXIT 133B, 0.8 mi. Merge onto AZ-101 N/Loop 101 N/Agua Fria Fwy N, 8.8. mi. Take the US-60/Grand Ave exit, EXIT 11, 0.3 mi. Turn left onto US-60 W/W Grand Ave, 2.4 mi. Turn left onto N 111th Ave, 0.6 mi. The WVGS Library is on the right at 12222 N 111TH AVE, just past and across the street (W California Ave) from Vick's Tires.
    • From west of Phoenix on I-10 (Papago Hwy):  Merge onto I-10 E/Pearl Harbor Memorial Highway/Papago Fwy E toward Phoenix. Take the AZ-101 Loop N exit, EXIT 133B, 1.1 mi. Merge onto AZ-101 N/Loop 101 N/Agua Fria Fwy N, 8.8 mi. Take the US-60/Grand Ave exit, EXIT 11, 0.3 mi. Turn left onto US-60 W/W Grand Ave, 2.4 mi. Turn left onto N 111th Ave, 0.6 mi. The WVGS Library is on the right at 12222 N 111TH AVE, just past and across the street (W California Ave) from Vick's Tires.
    • From northwest of Phoenix on US-60 (Phoenix-Wickenburg Hwy/Grand Ave):  Take US-60 E/Grand Ave southeast toward Phoenix, passing the Agua Fria River into Youngtown. Turn right onto N 111th Ave, 0.6 mi. The WVGS Library is on the right at 12222 N 111TH AVE, just past and across the street (W California Ave) from Vick's Tires.
  • Public transportation:  Valley Metro Bus
    • Bus Route 106 - Peoria/Cactus  stops on 111th Ave near Alabama Ave about 300 yards south of the WVGS Library.

Internet sites and databases:

  • West Valley Genealogical Society calendar, events, membership, resources, store, about us, hours, subscriber databases, how-to classes, special interest groups, and monthly membership meeting.
  • WVGS Catalog online by keyword, author, title, or description.
  • Obituary Search over 120,000 entries, 1960's to present, primarily from West Valley area of Maricopa County, but may include other areas of Arizona and several other states.

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

The West Valley Genealogical Society is an active organization with many available research sources and educational opportunities. The WVGS Library is the largest non-circulating genealogical research Library in Arizona. The Collection contains thousands of books, periodicals, maps, CDs, microfilm, microfiche and obituaries. A computer lab offers free access to several genealogical databases including Ancestry.com, MyHeritage, which includes U.S. and World Vital Records, and the New England Historic Genealogical Society (American Ancestors.org). WVGS has an affiliate partnership with FamilySearch.org. Their records and resources are available at the Library. Genealogy classes and Special Interest Groups are offered. Check our website calendar. WVGS sponsors annual trips to Salt Lake City, Washington, D.C. and the Allen County Library.[1]

Tips[edit | edit source]

For a tour of the Library call 623-933-4945 for more information.

Check us out on facebook.

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the West Valley Genealogical Society, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives—Pacific Region (Riverside), CA. Federal court records and federal agencies in Arizona.
  • State Library, Phoenix, has a large book/periodical collection including immigration, vital records, courts, wills, county histories, and Internet sites. The starting place for AZ family history research.[3]
  • State Archives, Phoenix, marriages, wills and probates, civil and criminal records, brands, taxes, coroner records, voting registers, prisoners, state agencies, maps, newspapers, photos.[4]
  • Bancroft Library, Univ. Calif. Berkeley Early settlers, migration trails, stagecoaches, miners, and histories. They probably have more Arizona historical material than any repository in Arizona.[5]
  • Southwest Museum Braun Research Library, Los Angeles, CA. Includes the Munk Library of Arizoniana, California and Arizona history, and records of southwest American Indians.
  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, has many Arizona cemeteries, census, church, court, histories, immigration, land, military, and naturalization records on microfilm.

Similar Collections

Neighboring Collections

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 West Valley Genealogical Society
  2. Based on MapQuest directions.
  3. William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 15. At various repositories (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 J54d.
  4. Genealogy and Family History in Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records (accessed 10 February 2015).
  5. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 15. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.