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Pima County, Arizona

Pima County

Pima County was established on December 15, 1864 and was one of the original 4 counties (Originally called Ewell county, after Captain R.S. Ewell). The county was named after the Pima Native American people, called in their own language Akimel O'odham (river people)..

The Pima County Seat is situated in Tucson (Served as the Territorial Capital 1867-1877, including all of Gadsden Purchase of 1854 in Arizona) plus the county government website is

Areas neighboring Pima County actually are Yuma County (west), Maricopa County (north), Pinal County (north), Graham County (northeast), Cochise County (east), Santa Cruz County (southeast), Altar, Sonora, Mexico (south), Caborca, Sonora, Mexico (south), Plutarco Elías Calles, Sonora, Mexico (south), Sáric, Sonora, Mexico (south).

Cities and towns found in Pima County comprise of South Tucson, Tucson, Marana, Oro Valley, Sahuarita. Unincorporated Communities located in the county include Arivaca, Kentucky Camp, Lukeville, Redington, Rillito, Sasabe, Summerhaven, Why. Indian Reservation include Pascua Yaqui, San Xavier, Tohono O'odham (part)..

Pima County vital records can be found at the Arizona Office of Vital Records which has copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Arizona for current fees and application process. Birth, marriage, and death records are connected with central life events.

You can search online for Pima County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Arizona Birth Certificate and Death Certificate Applications to mail.

Pima County does have Federal Census Schedules to help in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are present for 1870, 1880, 1890 (fragment, see below), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.

Pima Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1870 and 1880. Pima Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be found for 1870 and 1880. Pima Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. You'll find free online and also printable census forms to aid with your research.

Pima County Society and Family History Resources

A list of Pima County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Pima County Courthouse and Government Records

Pima County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently fail to notice the benefits of Pima County court, probate, and land records as a useful resource of family history and genealogy details. Hidden away in Arizona courthouses and archives just about everywhere tend to be the aspirations and frustrations of the many Arizona people. The possibilities are excellent that your potential ancestors have left a in-depth record of at least some factors of their lives in the Pima County court records. Even if your forebears is not brought up in a Court case, contemplate all of the other methods which often can have lead to her or him appearing in court records.

The below facts indicates exactly what birth, death, marriage, land, probate, and legal records are in Pima County. The years stated listed below are the first known records for this particular county which may include records of land, estates, taxes, vital records, divorces, naturalizations, voter registration, court records, and so forth.

I highly recommend you get in touch with the clerk's dept to verify hours, mailing address, fees and other details in advance of visiting or seeking information because of sometimes changing contact information. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records are readily available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. The majority of workers will guide individuals in locating the resources, but it is up to the particular person to undertake the basic research.
  • Pima County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 110 W Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701
    • Phone: (520) 740-3200
  • Pima County Clerk of Superior Court issues marriage licenses, maintain marriage and divorce records, civil, domestic, criminal, juvenile and probate records, Notary Public Bonds and Commissions, and any other duties that the presiding judge may prescribe.
    • Marriage and Divorce Records: 1872
    • Probate Records: 1864 
    • Court Records: 1864
  • Pima County Recorder has two principle duties. The first duty of the County Recorder is to record documents, as required by law, to be public record. Instruments recorded include real estate transactions, mortgages, deed of trust, family trusts, personal property, tax liens, mining locations, subdivision plats, records of survey, military discharges, official appointments of office, and other documents required to be made of public record. The second major duty concerns elections since the County Recorder is also the registrar of voters for the county. This involves maintaining the county register, conducting early voting, verifying petition signatures, lists for political parties and candidates, and jury lists.
    • Land Records: 1866
  • Pima County Assessor has the statutory duty to locate, identify and value all taxable property in the county’s jurisdiction. The Assessor’s office maintains ownership of certain files, provides public services, value all land, improvements, and personal property annually, maps all parcels and maintains all tax authorities (area and boundaries). The utilization of recorded documents, deeds, plat maps and sub-divisions are among the tools used by the Assessor’s Office to accomplish several of these tasks.

Pima County Links

The following are links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Pima County. Most of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Professional Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a fee. This is basically a directory which has been compiled or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another. Feel free to furnish your own favorite Pima County genealogy or family history associated sites.

Pima Co. AZ Books, Newspapers & Publications

Pima Co. AZ Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Pima Co. AZ Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Pima Co. AZ Census Records

Pima Co. AZ Cemeteries & Graveyards

Pima Co. AZ Church & Bible Records

Pima Co. AZ Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Pima Co. AZ General and History Websites

Pima Co. AZ Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Pima Co. AZ Military Records

Pima Co. AZ Schools & Directories

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