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​Genealogy Databases

Genealogy Resources - Ancestry Library  (In Library Use Only)
A broad genealogical collection providing coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom.  The database includes census, church, court and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada and other areas.

Genealogy Resources - Heritage Quest
Genealogical information covering America since the late 1700s. Collections include census images from 1790 to 1930; 25,000 family and local history books; Revolutionary War records; Freedman's Bank Records; and the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) covering over 6,500 genealogical periodicals since 1800.


Obituaries Online
Offers more than 10.5 million obituaries and death notices in full-image format from uninterrupted historical archives of the Atlanta Constitution, Boston Globe, Chicago Defender, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New York Times and Washington Post. Exact dates vary by newspaper from 1851-1994.

Phoenix Public Library can provide general information about finding obituaries.  The Library does not search for or photocopy obituaries.  If you need more information about using the resources listed below, please Ask Us directly or call the Library at 602-262-4636.

Obtaining a copy of an obituary 

  1. Maricopa County residents: 
    A. If you have a valid library card with Phoenix Public Library you can search the Arizona Republic 1999-Present.
    B. Burton Barr Central Library offers access to microfilm of the following newspapers: the Arizona Republic (1930-present); its predecessor, the Arizona Republican (1890-1930); and the Phoenix Gazette (late 1800's-1997). 
  2. Arizona residents outside of Maricopa County and out-of-state residents:
    A. Your local library's interlibrary loan department can borrow microfilm of the Arizona Republic from the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records at no charge.
    B. Mesa Public Library offers a fee-based obituary search service for the Arizona Republic.  Search for the "Obituary Search Request" form.

Locating the Date of an Obituary

  1. Maricopa County residents: 
    You can verify a date using the Arizona Biography and Obituary Index (1860-1986) and microfiche of the 1862-1997 Arizona Newspaper Obituary Index available at Burton Barr Central Library.  
  2. Arizona residents and out-of-state residents: 
    A. Verify a date using the Arizona Obituary Search at Mesa Regional Family History Center.
    B. Verify a date using the Social Security Death Index at Family Tree Legends.

Genealogical Research Tips

There are two ways to start your research at Phoenix Public Library.  There are books you can check out that include basic tips about how to do genealogy research.  In addition, there are some basic genealogy reference materials in the General Reference section of Burton Barr Central Library.

The two major genealogy libraries in the Phoenix area are:
Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records - Research Library/Genealogy 
1700 W. Washington, 3rd Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85007 
Phone: (602) 542-3701 Fax: (602) 542-4400
(800) 228-4710 (Arizona only)

Mesa Family History Center 
41 South Hobson
Mesa, Arizona 85204
Phone: (480) 964-1200 Fax: (480) 964-7137