Graham County, Arizona Genealogy

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Guide to Graham County, Arizona ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.

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Graham County, Arizona
Map of Arizona highlighting Graham County
Location in the state of Arizona, United States Genealogy
Map of the U.S. highlighting Arizona
Location of Arizona in the U.S.
Founded March 10, 1881
County Seat Safford
Address 800 West Main Street

Safford, Arizona 85546
Phone: (928) 428-3310

County Information[edit | edit source]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
Marriage Court Land Probate Census
1889 1881 1889 1881 1881 1881 1830
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in July 1909. General compliance by 1926

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Graham County Courthouse
800 Main Street
Stafford, Az 85546-1414
Phone: 520-428-3250

  • Clerk of Superior Court has marriage, probate, divorce and court records from 1881
  • Naturalization Records 1907-1973
  • County Recorder has land records [2]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named after the mountain by the same name which was named after Lt. Col James Duncan Graham, and was the first Arizona county to break the tradition of naming counties for Native Americans. The County has Safford as its seat and the County was created March 10, 1881. The County is located in the southeast area of the state.[3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

10 Mar 1881 - Arizona created Graham County from lands in Apache and Pima counties. [16]County seat: Safford [17] This county named for Mount Graham, the highest peak in the area. Look for records in Graham, Apache and Pima counties.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

10 Mar 1909 - Arizona created Greenlee County from land in Graham County.[18] This county named for an early Arizona pioneer. Look for records in Graham and Greenlee counties.

See also 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 website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places/Localities[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:[19]

Unincorporated communities
Native American communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns
  • Camp Goodwin

  • Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

    Resources[edit | edit source]

    Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

    Cemeteries of Graham, 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 Graham County cemeteries.

    Census[edit | edit source]

    Historical populations
    Census Pop.
    1890 5,670
    1900 14,162 149.8%
    1910 23,999 69.5%
    1920 10,148 −57.7%
    1930 10,373 2.2%
    1940 12,113 16.8%
    1950 12,985 7.2%
    1960 14,045 8.2%
    1970 16,578 18.0%
    1980 22,862 37.9%
    1990 26,554 16.1%
    2000 33,489 26.1%
    2010 37,220 11.1%
    Source: "".

    For tips on accessing Graham County, Arizona Genealogy census records online, see: Arizona Census.

    Church[edit | edit source]

    Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Arizona denominations, view the Arizona Church Records wiki page. Church and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Artesia, Ashurst, Bryce, Central, Eden, Emery, Ft. Thomas, Graham, Hubbard, Kimball, Layton (Safford), Lebanon, Mathews, Pima, Safford, Solomonsville, Thatcher, Thatcher East and Thatcher West.

    List of Churches and Church Parishes

    Court[edit | edit source]

    Land[edit | edit source]

    Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

    See Arizona Land and Property for additional information about early Arizona land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

    Most of the land in Arizona was originally obtained from the US federal government by patent. These General Land Office Records are searchable online and most have free images of patents to download. The minimum information needed for a search is the state where the land is located and the name of the person receiving the patent. Surveys and Land Status Records can also be searched here.

    Land Records in Graham County from 1982 to the present can be searched online. Viewing older records will require a visit:

    Graham County Recorders Office
    921 Thatcher Blvd
    Safford AZ 85546
    (928) 428-3560

    Local Histories[edit | edit source]

    Local histories are available for Graham County, Arizona Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the Wiki page section Arizona Local Histories.

    Maps[edit | edit source]

    Navajo CountyApache CountyGreenlee CountyCochise CountyPima CountyPinal CountyGila CountyAZ GRAHAM.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]

    Finding More Arizona Newspapers[edit source]

    Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Graham County, Arizona Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

    Obituaries[edit | edit source]

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    The usage of "Mormon" and "LDS" on this page is approved according to current policy.

    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, Graham - Probate records.

    Online Probate Indexes and Records

    Taxation[edit | edit source]

    Vital Records[edit | edit source]

    Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Arizona Department of Health Services , the county clerk's office of the county where the event occurred or order electronically online.

    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

    Divorce Records[edit | edit source]

    Online Divorce Indexes and Records

    Voting Records[edit | edit source]

    Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

    Graham County Historical Society and Museum
    3430 W. Main St. (Hwy 70)
    Thatcher, AZ 85552
    Telephone: 928-348-0470
    Hours 10-4:00 M,T, Sat.

    Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

    Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

    • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
    • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

    Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

    Websites[edit | edit source]

    References[edit | edit source]

    1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Graham 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, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Gila County, Arizona p. 56. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
    3. Wikipedia contributors, "Graham, Arizona," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Arizona 7/10/2017.
    4. Beers, 100; "Mexican War of Independence," New Handbook of Texas, 4:698
    5. Williams 108-110
    6. U.S. Stat., vol. 9, pp. 922-943; Parry, 102: 29-59; Van Zandt, 11, 28-29; Walker and Bufkin, 19, 20A
    7. William Thorndale, and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987), 26. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 X2th.
    8. Original Counties of New Mexico Territory (map) at nmcoun-orig.jpg (accessed 9 August 2011).
    9. N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 1st sess./p. 119; N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 2d sess. /pp. 266, 292
    10. U.S. Stat., vol. 10, pp. 1031-1037; Van Zandt, 11, 29, 162
    11. U.S. Stat., vol. 10, ch. 245[1854]/p. 575; Van Zandt, 162; Walker and Bufkin, 21-22
    12. N.M. Terr. Laws 1854, 4th assy. /p. 57
    13. U.S. Stat., vol. 12, ch. 56[1863]/pp. 664-665; Ariz. Terr. Laws 1864, 1st assy./ pp. vii-viii; Van Zandt, 162
    14. Howell Code, Ariz. Terr. Laws 1864, 1st assy., ch. 2/ pp. 24-25
    15. Ariz. Terr. Laws 1879, 10th assy./ pp. 96-97
    16. Ariz. Terr. Laws 1881, 11th assy./ pp. 155-157
    17. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
    18. Ariz. Terr. Laws 1909, 25th assy./ pp. 43-56
    19. Wikipedia contributors, "Graham County, Arizona," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Arizona, accessed 23 February 2019.