Arizona has been home to many different people over the centuries. The Anasazi lived there as early as the 1100’s, often in dwellings that were carved into sandstone cliffs. Now you probably aren’t going to trace your ancestors back to the Anasazi, and no we don’t have records for them either!
But, maybe your ancestors did settle there in more recent history or pass through there on their way to the West coast.
Arizona is home to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon, which is visited by millions of people every year from all over the world. It has two nicknames, the Grand Canyon State and the Copper State, due to rich deposits of copper.
Many Native American tribes have lived in Arizona. In the 1700 and early 1800’s it was part of Mexico. It was ceded to the U.S. after the Mexican-American War in 1848, and in 1853 the southern portion was acquired through the Gadsden Purchase.
It was the last of the 48 contiguous states to join the union in 1912, and it is the sixth largest state in terms of area.
If your ancestors lived in Arizona, check out our latest research guide: Arizona
And be sure to visit our State Research Guide page to see what other states we’ve added recently.
About Anne Gillespie Mitchell
Anne Gillespie Mitchell is a Senior Product Manager at Ancestry.com. She is an active blogger on Ancestry.com and writes the Ancestry Anne column. She has been chasing her ancestors through Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina for many years. Anne holds a certificate from Boston University's Online Genealogical Research Program, and is currently on the clock working towards certification from the Board for Certification of Genealogists. You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook and Finding Forgotten Stories.