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Wild West Digitized: Arizona records

This is second in a series of posts about the digitized records available at Familysearch.  I hope you’ve had a chance to explore the California records I listed, and that you made some new discoveries.  So far, there are only 7 collections of Arizona records, but they include some essential ones:

Arizona digital collections at Familysearch as of 18 Jul 2013
Arizona digital collections at Familysearch as of 18 Jul 2013

Arizona Deaths, 1870-1951 is not as current as the database online at genealogy.az.gov because the Familysearch source is microfilm, and the genealogy.az.gov source is the government records which are added to each year (50 years back due to privacy). However, if you are looking for someone in that range, you will get an image of their death certificate in Arizona Death, 1870-1951:

AZ death certificate
Sarah Matilda Colborn (Pomeroy) death certificate, 1926

Here is the death certificate of my ancestor, Sarah Matilda Colborn who was married to Francis Martin Pomeroy. It’s nice to have a vital record for someone born in 1834.  If you found a death certificate for someone who died in the 1870s you could conceivably have direct evidence of a birth date in the 1700s.  (Of course it would be secondary vs. primary direct evidence, but still – not bad!) And who wouldn’t want to discover or verify an individual’s parents’ names—especially the mother’s maiden name? There’s nothing like a good death certificate to thrill a genealogist, and to get you back another couple of generations on your pedigree chart!

Here is a record from Arizona, Births and Christenings, 1909-1917 for a child born to Sophia Isadore and Frank T. Pomeroy in 1914:

Arizona Births and Christenings, 1909-1917
Arizona Births and Christenings, 1909-1917

While this is an abstract rather than an image, it does give a film number for further reference.  Also, the record collection pre-dates Arizona statehood (1912) by 3 years, which is notable.

So all you folks with Arizona roots, have at it!  I know I’ve already found a bunch of records I need to connect to folks in my Family Tree.

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I am an Accredited Genealogist® professional living in California. I have been researching and teaching since 1988.

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