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Ancestry Library - Genealogy Resources
​​A broad genealogical collection providing coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom.
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Heritage Quest - Genealogy Resources 
Genealogical information covering America since the late 1700s. 
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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.

​Arizona Birth and Death Certificates

The certificate images provided are limited to Arizona: 

  • BIRTHS that occurred at least 75 years ago
  • DEATHS that occurred at least 50 years ago  

Access Arizona Birth and Death Certificates through the Arizona Department of Health Services.


Phoenix Public Library can provide general information about finding obituaries.  The Library does not search for or photocopy obituaries.  An obituary is published at the discretion of an individual's family, often within two weeks of death. 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 or NewsStand.
    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 1800s-1997). 
    C. The Arizona Republic provides a free online obituary database (2002-present).
  2. Arizona residents outside of Maricopa County and out-of-state residents:
    A. Your local library's interlibrary loan department can borrow Arizona Republic microfilm from the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records at no charge. Call 602-542-3701, 1-800-228-4710 or visit their website.
    B. The Arizona Republic provides a free online obituary database (2002-present).
  3. Fee-based obituary search:

    Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records will search two weeks from the date of death for a fee. Call 602-926-3720.

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.  This is not available by phone or email.
  2. Arizona residents and out-of-state residents: 
    A. Verify a date using the Social Security Death Index at Family Search.
    C. Verify a date using the Arizona Genealogy Death Certificate search (1870-1963) at Arizona Department of Health Services.

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