Cochise Genealogy and History




Research Resources

Where to write for records and some great finds over the years that might help you in your search


  
The County seat is in Bisbee. The Clerk has marriage, divorce and probate court records with the Recorder having land records.

          Cochise County Courthouse
          P O Box CK
          Bisbee, AZ 85603
          520-432-9364 Clerk
          520-432-9270 Recorder


U S FEDERAL CENSUS 

Natl Archives # FHL film
1860  New Mexico Territory  0803712 M653-712      
1870  Arizona Territory   0545545 M593-46     
1880  Pima Co.  1254036 T9-36   
1890  destroyed by fire    
1900  Cochise Co.  1240045 T623-45
1910  Cochise Co.   1374051 T624-38    
1920  Cochise Co.    



CENSUS INDEXES

1860, 1864, 1866, 1867, 1869, 1870 and 1880 are available in book form from Accelerated Indexing Systems Int. Inc., P.O. Box 2127, Salt Lake City, UT 84110.

Also available on AIS microfiche at LDS Family History Centers.

Mortality Schedule (individuals who died in the 12 months prior to the census enumeration)

1860  Book format from Accelerated Indexing Systems

1870  Book format from Accelerated Indexing Systems

1880 Microfilm T655-0002 from American Genealogical Lending Library

1910 Arizona   Book format from Family History Society of Arizona


CENSUS MAPS

Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses 1790-1920 by William Thorndale and William Dollarhide.

Maps compare the county boundaries when each census was taken to present day boundaries.

Hardcover. 445pp. Genealogical Publishing Co. 1001 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21202.

http://www.genealogical.com/


CHURCH RECORDS

Records kept by local congregations.
(note: several Roman Catholic congregations have sent their older records to the Diocese of Tucson)  


Locality Church Name Starting Date
   
Benson  
First Baptist 1946
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic 1905
St. Raphael's Episcopal 1957
Peace in the Valley Lutheran 1982
Community Presbyterian 1904
Grace Chapel 1978

Bisbee

 
First Assembly of God   1970
First Baptism 1904
St. Patrick Catholic 1900
Christian 1902-1962
St. John's Episcopal 1884
Hope Evangelical Lutheran LC-MS 1954
Grace Ev. Lutheran (Wis.) 1954
First United Methodist 1901
Trinity United Methodist 1923
Church of the Nazarene 1974
St. Stephen's Nemanja Serbian Orthodox 1953
Covenant Presbyterian 1900
South Bisbee Full Gospel 1977

Douglas

Bethel Spanish Assembly of God 1978
Iglesia del Buen Pastor 1983
Sunnyside Baptist 1954
Immaculate Conception Catholic 1904
St. Luke's Roman Catholic 1948
First Christian (Disciples) 1905
Christian Science 1946
St. Stephen's Episcopal 1904
Jehovah's Witnesses 1959
St. Paul's Ev. Lutheran (Wis.) 1920
Grace United Methodist 1902
United Pentecostal 1983
First Presbyterian 1903

(older records sent to archives in Philadelphia)

Elfrida

Baptist Church 1947

Hereford

Baha'is of Cochise Co.  SW 1979

McNeal

Friends Southwest Center 1976

Pirtleville

St. Bernard's Roman Catholic 1914

Sierra Vista

First Assembly of God 1966
Village Meadows Baptist 1964
St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic 1958
First Christian 1959
Christian Science Society 1955
Trinity Ev. Lutheran 1977
United Methodist 1968
Seventh-day Adventist 1956
Community United Church of Christ 1958

(older records sent to archives in Boston)

San Pedro Evangelical Free 1983
Tombstone  
Sacred Heart Catholic 1879
Community Congregational 1979
St. Paul's Episcopal 1882

published by Arizona State Genealogical Society

Willcox

United Methodist 1909
Grace Chapel - nondenominational 1955
 

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Salt Lake City
(note: LDS congregations keep only current member records)

Congregation Record Type Time Period FHL Film
Bisbee Ward Members 1904-1928 0002374 item 1
  Members 1926-1941 0002034 item 3
  Form E 1907-1948 0002374 item 2
Douglas Members 1906-1941 0002383 item 1 - 3
  Form E 1907-09,1941-48 0002383 item 4
Elfrida

see Whitewater

Miramonte Br Members 1915-1920 0001882 item 7
Pomerene Form E 1941-1948  0002432    
San Pedro Form E 1907-1909 0002457  
  Members 1902-1903  0215441 item 2
St. David Members 1877-1923  0002449 item 1
  Members 1906-1932 0001883 item 1-2
  Members 1932-1941 0001883 Item 3
  Form E 1907-08,1941-48 0002449 item 2
Whitewater Members 1909-1936 0002385 item
  Form E 1909-1948 0002385 item 2
St.Joseph Stake Form E 1907 0774320 item 15
(includes Bisbee, Douglas, San Pedro, St. David)
 another filming
0781701 item I


DIRECTORIES - CITY
The following repositories have collections of city directories:

A  Arizona Dept. of Libraries, Archives & Public Records 1700 W. Washington, Phoenix 85007

B  Bisbee City Library, 6 Main, 85603

C  Charles di Peso Library, Cochise College, Douglas, 85607

D  Douglas Public Library, 625-lOth St., 85607

F  Family History Library, 35 N W Temple, SLC, UT 84150

H  Cochise County Historical Society Museum, 1116 G Ave. (P.O. Box 818)Douglas, 85607

M  Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum, Box 14, 85603

U  University of Arizona Archives, U of A, Tucson 85721
 
Year   Bisbee     Douglas   Sierra Vista Tombstone
1883       A
1904 BCMU BCHMU    
1905 M      
1907   HM    
1909 M      
1912   HM    
1914 ABHM H    
1915   CH    
1916 ABMU      
1917 AMU H    
1918   DH    
1919   AHM    
1920   ADH    
1921   ADHMU    
1922   H    
1923   AHM    
1924 ABM      
1925   DHM    
1926 ABM ADH    
1928 ABM AH    
1929 M DHU    
1930 ABMU ADHMU    
1932 M      
1935   ADHM    
1937   H    
1938 ABCMU ADHM    
1940 ABM ACDHM    
1941 M      
1942 ABCM AHM    
1946 ACMU H    
1948   ACDHU    
1950   ACDHMU    
1951 ABM D    
1955 ABCM CDH    
1959 BCDMU ABCDMU    
1961 BDHMU ABDHUM DHMU  
1965 BCDFHM ABCDFHUM CDFHMU  
1966 C C C  
1969 BCDFM ABCDFHMU CDFMU  
1972 BCHM ABCHM CHM  
1975 CDM ACDHMU CDMU  
1979   DCHU U  
1980   D CU  
1981   CU CU  
1990   D    

 

 

DIRECTORIES - TELEPHONE

The following repositories have collections of telephone directories:

H Cochise County Historical Society Museum, 1116 G Ave. (P.O. Box 818) Douglas 85607
M Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum, P.O. Box 14, 85603

Year Bisbee Douglas Elfrida Fry/SV Tombstone Willcox
1940 H H        
1945 M M   M M  
1946 HM HM     HM  
1947 M M     M  
1948 M M     M  
1949 HM HM     HM  
1950 HM HM     HM  
1951 HM HM     HM  
1952 HM M   H HM H
1953 HM HM H H HM H
1954   H        
1955 M H   M M  
1956 H H   H H H
1957 M H H M M  

Country-wide

 
1958 M
1959 H
1960 H
1966-Present M



GAZETTEERS

Arizona Place Names by Byrd H. Grauger and Will C. Barnes. University of Arizona Press, Tucson. 1950. 519p.


GENEALOGIES

Genealogical records, Vol. II compiled by Sherman Lee Pompey. FHL microfilm 0928048 item 4
McClaughry The Families McClaughry by Rev. Lyle E. MacLaury. Heart of the Lakes Publishing, Interlaken, NY. 1986.


HISTORY
  • BILLY KING'S TOMBSTONE by C. Leiand Sonnlchsen. Caldwell 1946. 233p. (reprinted U of A Press, Tucson. 1972]'
  • BISBEE DEPORTATION & THE PEOPLE INVOLVED - 1917. Vol. 1.
    Lists of: Special Census of Columbus, New Mexico, Defendants, Plaintiffs, Juries, Deputies, Lawyers' and Attorneys. Available from Arizona State Genealogical Society, Tucson. 
  • BISBEE; QUEEN OF THE COPPER CAMPS by Lynn R. Baily. Western Lore Press, Tucson. 1983. 159p.
  • COCHISE COUNTY ARIZONA Past and Present by Ervin Bond. 1982.
  • FORT HUACHUCA a Brief History by Cornelius C. Smith, np. nd. 34pp illus., paper covers.
  • MORMON SETTLEMENT IN ARIZONA by James McClintock AMS Press, New York City.1921 [reprint]
  • RAILROADS OF ARIZONA, Vol. 1, The Southern Roads by David F. Myrick. Contains short history of every town in Cochise Co. Berkeley, 1975.
  • SAN BERNARDINO (Slaughter) RANCH RECORDS. Microfilm copy. Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum.
  • SOUTHWESTERN TOWN, THE STORY OF WILLCOX, ARIZONA by Vernon B. Schultz. Univ. of Arizona, Tucson. 1964. 140p.
  • TOMBSTONE IN HISTORY, ROMANCE AND WEALTH by William Hattich. Daily Prospector, Tombstone. 1903. (reprint University of Oklahoma Press. 1981.)
  • TOMBSTONE MYTH AND REALITY by Odie B. Faulk. Oxford University Press, NY. 1972. 242p.

LIBRARIES GENEALOGICAL

Family History Centers sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Each one of these has the following collections on microfiche:

  • AIS index to the 1790-1850* censuses, Family History Library Catalog (which aids in ordering microfilms from Salt Lake City),

 For additonal Family History Centers not listed below, look in the "Yellow Pages under Churches.

  • Douglas, 2800-15th St. (use northwest door) 520-364-8075
  • St. David, Chapel (use south door on west) 520-586-4879
  • Sierra Vista, 2100 Yaqui (use west door on south)
  • Family History Library, 35 North West Temple St, Salt Lake City, UT 84150. 
  • Genealogy Library, Dept. of Library, Archives & Public Records, 1700 W. Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85007

LIBRARIES - PUBLIC

  • Benson Public Library, 333 S. Huachuca, 85602 520-586-9535
  • Bisbee Public Library, P.O. Box 1857, 85603 520-432-4232
  • Charles di Peso Library- Cochise College, Douglas, 85607 520-364-0344
  • Douglas Public Library, 625 10th St., 85607 520-304-385
  • Huachuca City Public Library, 500-B Gonzales Blvd., 85616 520-456-1063
  • Pearce-Sunsites Community Library, 210 Ford Rd. Pearce 85625, 520-826-3866 
  • Sierra Vista Public Library, 2950 E Tacoma, 85635, 520-458-4225
  • Tombstone City Library, P.O. Box 218, 4th & Toughnut, 85638, 520-457-3612
  • Willcox Community Library, 450W. Maley, 85643 384-4271

MEDICAL RECORDS

Bisbee, Calumet and Arizona Hospital patient register, 1903-1931. FHL film #0940047 item 1 
Bisbee, Copper Queen Hospital patient register, 1903-1911. FHL film #0940047 item 2-5 
1911-1912. FHL film //0940048 Item 1 


MILITARY RECORDS

  • Mexican War - Compiled Service Records in Mormon Battalion. M351 (3 rolls) Available from American Genealogical Lending Library.
  • Civil War - Index to Compiled Service Records of Union Soldiers - Arizona. M532-1 Available from American Genealogical Lending Library.
  • 1918 - Military Petitions for Naturalization at Douglas. See NATURALIZATION and CITIZENSHIP.

MUSEUMS

  • Benson Museum, 180 S. San Pedro, 85602 520-586-3070 (San Pedro Valley Arts & Historical Society, P.O. Box 1090, 180 S. San Pedro, 85602 )
  • Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum, P.O. Box 14, 5 Copper Queen Plaza. 85603 520-432-7071 
  • Cochise County Historical Society Museum, 1116 G Ave, Suite 6, P.O. Box 818, Douglas, 85608
Naturalization and Citizenship
Declarations of Intention FHL Microfilm #
Tombstone 1881 - 1906 1638109 item 3-4
1885 - 1906 1638403 item 2
1907 - 1913 1638406 item 2
Index 1885 - 1906 1638403 item 1
Military Petitions for Naturalization at Douglas 1918
  1638409 item 4
  1638410 item 1-2


NEWSPAPERS

Microfilm copies are available at the following:
State: Department of Library, Archives and Public Records 1700 W. Washington, Phoenix 85007
Bisbee: Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum, 5 Copper Queen Plaza, P.O. Box 14, 85603 
U of A: University of Arizona Library, Special Collections the University of Arizona, Tucson 85721

  State Bisbee U of A

Benson

   
Benson News 1927 - 1928    
Benson Signal 1915 - 1920    
San Pedro Valley News 1929 - 1960   1930 - 1960
San Pedro Valley News - Sun

1960 - 

 

1960 -

Valley Sun 1952 - 1958    

Bisbee

   
Arizona Daily/ Weekly Orb 1899 - 1900    
Bisbee Daily Review 1905 - 1971 1901 - 1917  
Bisbee Evening Miner 1906 - 1911 1906 - 1911  
Bisbee Review

1971 -

   
Bisbee Evening Ore 1915 - 1941 1924 - 1940 1916 - 1934
Brewery Gulch Gazette

1931 -

   
Cochise Review 1900 - 1901 1900 - 1901  
Square Dealer 1917    

Bowie

   
Aresian Belt 1915 - 1918    
Bowie Enterprise 1915 - 1921    
San Simon Valley News 1918 - 1929    
San Simon Valley Oil News 1930    
San Simon Valley Tribune 1931 - 1933    

Courtland

   
Courtland Arizonan 1915 - 1920    

Douglas

   
Douglas Daily Dispatch 1905 - 1978 1902- 1910 1902 - 1966
Douglas Iconoclast 1936    
Daily International* 1912 - 1925 1904 - 1918 1909 - 1925
Cochise County Graphic* 1961 - 1963    
International Weekly* 1907    
Ft. Huachuca    
Apache Sentinel 1943 - 1945    
Apache Sentinel Post Script 1944 - 1945    
Ft. Huachuca Scout 1954    

Huachuca City

   
Camp Stone News

1982 -

   
Sierra Vista    
Gateway Times 1958 - 1967    
Huachuca Herald 1958 - 1968    
Sierra Vista Herald Dispatch

1968 -

   

Tombstone

   
Arizona Kicker 1893 - 1897    
Daily Tombstone 1885 - 1896    
Tombstone Daily Nugget

 

1880 - 1882 1880 - 1882
Tombstone Epitaph

1886 - 

1880 - 1889 1880 - 1923
Tombstone Prospector 1887 - 1924 ? 1889 - 1904
Tombstone Weekly Nugget 1890 - 1899 1879 - 1882  
Willcox    
Arizona Range News

1897 - 

 

1906 - 

Southwestern Stockman   1883 - 1896  
Sulfur Valley News   1894 - 1896  

 


NEWSPAPER INDEXES

Metz Index to people, events and buildings of Bisbee from Bisbee, Tombstone and Tucson newspapers on file cards at Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum.

ORAL HISTORY
Tapes and transcriptions

Bisbee Historical and Mining Museum
Cochise County Historical & Society Museum
Tombstone Public Library

PERIODICALS

The Cochise Quarterly
. A journal of history In Cochise County, northern Sonora and southwest New Mexico published since 1971 by the Cochise County Historical Society, P.O. Box 818, Douglas, AZ 85608. A subject Index is available by mail from CCHS or at their museum. Quarterlies or photocopies of out-of-print issues are also available. An index of article titles appears In the PERiodical Source Index (PERSI).

The Copper State Bulletin. Published quarterly by the Arizona State Genealogical Society, Tucson. 

The Tombstone. A journal of Cochise County genealogy. It is published semiannually by the Cochise Genealogical Society P O Box 68, Pirtleville, AZ 85626. Indexes of article titles appear in the PERiodical Source Index (PERSI) and in the Genealogical Periodical Annual Index (GPAI). Copies are regularly sent to the Family History Centers in Douglas, Mesa, Salt Lake City, Sierra Vista, St. David and Tucson. Additional copies are sent to The National Archives, the Genealogy Library at the Arizona State Capitol, all public libraries in Cochise County and The State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Annual membership includes subscription and free queries. 

Back issues are available for $2.00 each.

Vol. 1, No. 1 
  • Map and list of Cochise County cemeteries
  • Douglas Jewish Cemetery Inscriptions

Vol. 2, No. 1 

  • Russelville (Johnson) Cemetery

Vol. 2, No. 2 

  • Tombstone Historical Jewish Graveyard
  • San Bernardino (Slaughter) Ranch Cemetery
  • Leake Family Cemetery

Vol. 3, No. 1

  • Mexican Research, Old Pirtleville Cemetery
  • Sacred Heart Cemetery, Pirtleville
  • Cochise County Newspapers

Vol. 3, No. 2 

  • Cochise County Churches survey
  • Cochise County City Directories

Vol. 4, No. 1 

  • Naturalization Records, 
  • Round Valley Cemetery
  • Calvary Memorial Park (Douglas)

Vol. 4, No. 2 

  • Sunnyside Cemetery 
  • Hands Cemetery
  • Soza Cemetery Gamez Cemetery 
  • Apodaca Cemetery

Vol. 5, No. 1 

  • Territoral Residents of Cochise County

Vol. 5, No. 2

  • Some Residents of Contention City, A.T. 1880-1890

Vol. 6, No. 1 

  • Frierson Grave Site
  • Miracle Valley Cemetery
  • Cochise Memory Gardens (Sierra Vista)

Vol. 6, No. 2 

  • More Territorial Residents of Cochise Co.
  • Hall Ranch Cemetery, Potter Grave

PHOTOGRAPHS
  - Collection of thousands of photographs. Indexed.

Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum.
Cochise County Historical Society Museum.


RESEARCHERS

Cindy Hayostek, P.O. Box 72, Douglas,AZ 85608 520-364-3739


SCHOOLS 

Bisbee High School Yearbooks: 1916, 1922, 1924-1926 1929-1941, 1944-1962, 1965, 1968-1970,1985-1987. Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum.

Douglas High School Yearbooks: ,1910, 1911, 1920 1921 1924-1927, 1929-1935, 1943-1945,1954-1964, 1966-1970. Cochise County Historical Society Museum.

Willcox School Census 1908-1920, Mammoth 1886-1895, Final 1906, Superior 1906-07. Pub. by Arizona State Genealogical Society, 1986


SCRAPBOOKS

Cochise County Historical Museum:

Babe Ruth League

Copper Kings baseball team

D.A.R. collected clippings from Douglas Dispatch of Cochise County people during World War II 

Douglas Music Club


SURNAME EXCHANGE FILE

Genealogy Library, Department of Library, Archives and Public Records, 1700 W. Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85007. 
Please use only "3x5" catalog cards with the following format:

Ancestor's Name .... DOE FAMILY (John and Jane)
Indianapolis, Marion Co., IN
1880-1925

Your Name & Address . . Jack Doe
100 Any Street
Anytown, Anywhere 00010

11/10/01




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