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

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Apache County, Arizona
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Map of Arizona highlighting Apache County
Location in the state of Arizona
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Location of Arizona in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 21, 1864
County Seat St. Johns
Courthouse
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Address PO Box 667

70 West 3rd South
St. Johns, Az 85936-0667
Phone: (928) 337-7555
Fax: (928) 337-7586


County Information[edit | edit source]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1887 1879 1887 1879 1879 1879 1830
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in July 1909. General compliance by 1926

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Apache County Courthouse
Clerk of The Court Apache County
P.O. Box 365
St. Johns, Arizona 85936
Phone: (928) 337-4364

Clerk Superior Court has marriage, divorce probate and court records from 1879
County Recorder has land records from 1879 [2]

History[edit | edit source]

14 Feb 1879 - Apache County was created from Yavapai. County Seat: St. Johns, Arizona Area is 11,218 square miles (29,054.5 sq. km.)

Parent County[edit | edit source]

14 February 1879: Apache County was created from Yavapai County. County seat: St. Johns [9] [10] This county named for the Apache Indians. Look for records in Apache and Yavapai counties.

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Apache people. The County has St. Johns as its seat and the County was created February 24, 1879. The County is located in the northeast area of the state.[11]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Also see 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 MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[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:[13]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
Native American communities
Census-designated places
This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Apache, Arizona online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions 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 Apache County cemeteries.

Census[edit | edit source]

For tips on accessing Apache 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.

Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Alpine, Amity, Cooley, Eagar, Greer, Nutrioso, Omer, St. Johns, Union and Vernon.

Court[edit | edit source]

The general trial courts in Arizona are the county Superior Courts. The contact information for the Superior Court is as follows:

Apache County Superior Court
PO Box 667
70 West 3rd South
St. Johns, Az 85936-0667
Phone: (928) 337-7555
Fax: (928) 337-7586

There is also an Apache County Superior Court Website. The Superior Court handles all cases including general civil litigation, probate, conservatorships, guardianships, juvenile cases, divorces and criminal.

The Family History Library has an Index to District Court papers, Apache County, Arizona [1881-1916] Vault US/CAN Film Number FHL 2310860

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.

Land records from 1986 to the present are searchable online at the Apache County Recorder's Office.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Apache 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]

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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 Apache County, Arizona Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

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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, Apache - Probate records.

Online Probate 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]
Marriage Records[edit | edit source]
Death Records[edit | edit source]


Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Apache County Historical Society
180 W. Cleveland
St. Johns, AZ 85936
Telephone 928-337-4737
 Hours 9-5 M-F

White Mountain Historical Society
504 East Mohave St.
Springerville, AZ 85938
Hours 11-2 Thurs.-Sat., June-Aug.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Chinle Arizona
Highway 63
Chinle, Apache, Arizona, United States
Telephone: 520-871-4605

Eagar Arizona
467 N Butler
Eagar, Apache, Arizona, United States
Telephone: 928-333-4100

St Johns Arizona
50 North 1st West
St Johns, Apache, Arizona, United States
Telephone: 928-337-2543

Window Rock Arizona

366A Hwy 264 

Saint Michaels, Arizona, United States

Telephone: none

These are not mailing addresses. Due to limited staff, Family History Centers are unable to respond to mail inquiries.

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Apache 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), Apache County, Arizona p. 56. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Williams 108-110
  4. U.S. Stat., vol. 9, pp. 922-943; Parry, 102: 29-59; Van Zandt, 11, 28-29; Walker and Bufkin, 19, 20A
  5. U.S. Stat., vol. 9, ch. 49[1850]/pp. 446-452; Baldwin, 117-137; Van Zandt, 28-29, 162-165
  6. 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.
  7. Original Counties of New Mexico Territory (map) at nmcoun-orig.jpg (accessed 9 August 2011).
  8. U.S. Stat., vol. 12, ch. 56[1863]/pp. 664-665; Ariz. Terr. Laws 1864, 1st assy./ pp. vii-viii; Van Zandt, 162
  9. WorldCat 50140092 FHL CollectionHandybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)
  10. Ariz. Terr. Laws 1879, 10th assy./ pp. 96-97
  11. Wikipedia contributors, "Apache, Arizona," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apache_County,_Arizona 7/10/2017.
  12. Ariz. Terr. Laws 1895, 18th assy./ pp. 96-105
  13. Wikipedia contributors, "Apache County, Arizona," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apache_County,_Arizona, accessed 17 February 2019.