This is a short post because my daughter said it so well with links to some of my Arizona ancestors. Please take time to look at her beautiful Blog, TheAncestorFiles.blogspot.com. Today, 14 February 2012 is the 100th Anniversary of Arizona Statehood.
My ancestors on both sides of my family came to Arizona with the very first Mormon pioneers starting back in 1876. Compared to the early settlers in the Eastern U.S. or the length of time my family lived in Europe, this is not so impressive. But if you realize that in 1876 there were less than 10,000 European settlers in Arizona and most of those spoke Spanish, you can get some perspective.