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West Valley Genealogical Society

Contact Information[edit | edit source]

E-mail:[1]  info@azwvgs.org.

Address:[1]

12222 N. 111th Ave
Youngstown, AZ 85363

Telephone:[1]  623-933-4945

Hours:[1]

  • Tues, Thurs - Sat 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Sun 12:30pm - 4:00pm
  • Tues Evening 6:00 - 9:00pm
  • Last Saturday of the month 9:00am - 6:00pm

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 Dave's Auto Repair.
    • 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 Dave's Auto Repair.
    • 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 Dave's Auto Repair.
    • 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 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.
  • 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 research nights.
  • WVGS Catalog online by keyword, author, title, or description.
  • Obituary Search 50,000 entries, 1963-now, primarily from northwestern Maricopa County, AZ cities.

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

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.[3] 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.[1]

Tips[edit | edit source]

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.

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

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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

  • Alternate Repository {create link for each, and give line or two describing collection}

  • such as: NARA I
  • NARA II
  • National Archives at _____
  • State Archives
  • State Library

Similar Collections



  • National Personnel Records Center
  • LC
  • FHL

Neighboring Collections


  • County Vital Records Office
  • City Vital Records Office
  • County Archives
  • County Orphan's Court
  • County Probate Court
  • County Recorder
  • County Coroner
  • U.S. District Court
  • County and local historical societies
  • County and local genealogical societies
  • Public Libraries
  • Museums and heritage societies
  • Repositories in surrounding counties: [Chattam], [Durham], and [Franklin]
  • State Vital Records Office
  • State Historical Society
  • State Genealogical Society
  • University Libraries
  • Church archives
  • Repositories in other surrounding states (or provinces): [SC], [TN], and [VA]

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 West Valley Genealogical Society (accessed 14 February 2015).
  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.