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Garfield County, Utah
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Location in the state of Utah
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Founded March 1, 1882
County Seat Panguitch
Courthouse
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Address Panguitch, UT
Website: garfield.utah.gov
Named for: Pres. James_A._Garfield
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County Facts

County Courthouse

Garfield County Courthouse
55 South Main Street
P O Box 77
Panguitch, Ut 84759-0077

County Clerk has marriage records from 1890.
County Recorder has land records from 1882 and divorce records from 1896-1905.[1]

Dates for major county records[2]
Birth
Marriage
Death
Census
Land
Probate
1898-present 1887-present no known records 1900, 1910... 1882-present 1883-present
For earlier dates, try...Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries | Parent counties
Parent Counties
Garfield County, Utah was created 9 March 1882[3] from: Iron | Kane | Washington
Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Utah County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Utah County Boundary Maps" (1849-1960) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

See UT: Index of Counties... from Newberry Library's Utah Atlas of Historical County Boundaries, for a timeline of boundary changes for Garfield County, Utah.

Neighboring Counties
Garfield County, Utah is surrounded by: Beaver | Iron | Kane | Piute | San Juan | Wayne
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Resources

The types of records that follow are used for genealogy and family history. Most tell what you may learn and how to locate the records. Links to Internet sites usually go directly to Garfield County, Utah entries with names, images, or information.


Bible Records

The term "Bible records" refers to the practice of keeping family dates and events in a family Bible. This was a common practice in many European countries and carried over to America. Many of these family Bible records are still in existence and preserved by the descendants of the immigrants. In some cases these family Bibles have found their way into libraries and other repositories.

For an explanation of how to find Bible records and for helpful links see Utah Bible Records. See also United States Bible Records.

Biography
Business Records and Commerce

See United States Business Records
See also Utah Business Records

Cemeteries

Cemetery records often reveal birth, death, relationship, military, and religious information. The spouse and children who died young are frequently buried nearby.

More than tombstone inscriptions, cemetery records include sextons (caretakers) records and interment (burial) records, each with slightly different information. See Utah Cemeteries.

  • Published transcripts of cemetery records are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog at the town (space, then select the town) or the county level (select Cemeteries).
State and national resources for Garfield County, Utah cemeteries
Online Transcripts
(names) or Images
Published Grave
Transcripts
Lists of Cemeteries
in the County
FindAGrave FamilySearch Library (bullet above) FindAGrave
Early Church Info File USGenWeb Tombstone Project
Utah Cemeteries and Burial Database (Select the county) WorldCat UTGenWeb Cemeteries
Utah Gravestones Utah Periodicals Epodunk
UTGenWeb Cemeteries Utah Hometown Locator Cemeteries
Billion Graves Utah Cemeteries Search (Select the county)
Linkpendium Genealogy Trails
Veterans to 1966
See Utah Cemeteries for details about each site.

Garfield County Cemeteries at the Utah State Historical site 

Census

Census records 1850 and later list names, ages, and places of birth (state or nation) for everyone in the household. Censuses locate the family and have other clues to find more records about them.

Churches and Religious Groups

The information given in church records depends upon the practices of each religious group. Most include the names of members, often with ages and birth places. Several give birth, christening, or blessing dates for infants. See Utah Church Records for details about various denominations.

  • Church records (microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed for Garfield County, Utah at the town level (space, then select a town) or county level (select Church topics) in the FamilySearch Library Catalog.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons)

Historically, most people in Utah were Mormons. Their records are, therefore, very important for early Utah research. For additional information, see Tracing LDS Ancestors and Utah Church Records.

Click a church unit name in the chart below for its history, boundaries, and availability of records, which are often in microfilm format

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Garfield County, Utah guide to history and records of LDS wards and branches

Stake(s): Garfield Stake, Utah  · Panguitch Stake, Utah

Places: Antimony · Boulder · Cannonville · Escalante · Hatch · Henrieville · Panguitch · Tropic · Widtsoe ·

List of Garfield County stakes and wards to about 1948

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Court Records

Many of your ancestors may be found in court records as defendants, plaintiffs, witnesses, or jurors. Court records can establish family relationships and places of residence, occupations, and other family history information. See Utah Court Records for the various courts through the years.

For specialized court records, see Divorce  · Guardianship  · Land  · Naturalization  · Probate

Directories

See Utah Directories

Ethnic and Other Groups
Funeral Homes
Gazetteers

See Utah Gazetteers

Genealogy
A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.

Guardianship

Guardianship of orphans or adults unable to manage their own affairs were handled by the probate and the Federal District courts. See Utah Court Records.

History

Reuben C. "Ruby" Syrett built a lodge and cabins at this location in 1916, when the promotion of Bryce Canyon for tourism was just beginning. Syrett's business grew along with the park's popularity, particularly once it was made a National Park in 1928. Ruby's Inn became an important junction; its travelers' services developed into a small community. Syrett donated land to the state for construction of a road (now Utah State Route 63), strategically placing Ruby's Inn right at the entrance to the park.

Bryce Canyon City is a company town, consisting solely of the property of Ruby's Inn and the Syrett family, its third-generation owners.

History Timeline

See UT: Index of Counties... from Newberry Library's Utah Atlas of Historical County Boundaries, for a timeline of boundary changes for Garfield County, Utah.

NOTE: Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Wikipedia for

Garfield County.

  • 1864.  City of Panguitch settled by Mormon pioneers.  Timber and livestock production.  Tourism plays major role.  Located near Bryce Canyon National Park.
  • 1875.  City of Escalante settled. Named for Franciscan missionary and first European explorer in the area.  Southern Utah militia passed through area during Black Hawk Indian War.  Members of John Wesley Powell expedition investigated area.
  • 1882.  Garfield County created.  Named for James A. Garfield, twentieth President of the United States.
History Books and Articles
Land and Property

Land records (especially deeds) often give the name of a spouse, heir, other relatives, or other clues for further research. They often have other clues for further research, such as witnesses or the other parties who may be relatives or in-laws. See Utah Land and Property for more.

  • County Recorder's Office: check deeds, file mining claims, get assistance in finding ownership of a particular property, and obtain copies of county plat maps. This office has county plat records dating back to 1878, prior records having been destroyed in a fire.
Maps

Google highway map of Garfield County 2012

Migration
Military
Naturalization and Citizenship

Declarations of Intent before 1906 often include the nation of origin, his* foreign and "Americanized" names, residence, and date of arrival. See Utah Naturalization and Citizenship for more information.    (*Women were not naturalized until 1922 in the United States.)

Newspapers

Small town newspapers contain obituaries, birth or death notices, community news (such as the visit of someone's relatives), legal notices and provide historical content. See Utah newspapers for tips, resources, and details.

Obituaries

Obituaries may mention birth, marriage, spouse, parents, and living family members. See Utah Obituaries for state level compendiums and United States Obituaries for tips and insights regarding this record type.

Obituaries for residents may be found in:

Periodicals
Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

In Utah, such records may be difficult to find. Try records of the church they may have attended. Realize, however, that such records may have not been preserved, and would not be in the typical records of membership.

It is possible there were records kept by civilian authorities. Ask town or county officials and local librarians and the State Archives. Also try National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (online).


Probate Records

Probate cases include court actions regarding property and estates of individuals who have died. Records may locate relatives, provide death dates, and identify property. See Utah Probate Records for more information.

Public Records
Taxation
Vital Records

Vital records of birth, marriage, death, and divorce are created by civil (state, county, or city) officials. See Utah Vital Records for details and history of the records.

See also How to order Utah Vital Records or download an application for Utah Birth CertificateMarriage or Divorce CertificateDeath Certificate Applications to mail.

Birth
Below are the best sources to find birth information (dates and places of birth and names of parents) for Garfield County, Utah. Also available: How to Find Birth Information in Utah.
Follow the suggestions under the year span that matches when your ancestor was born:
Birth before 1882
Garfield County, Utah was formed on 1 March 1882.
      If your records show the person was born here before the county was formed,
      search parent counties
Birth 1882 - 1897
No birth records were created for Garfield County, Utah by either by county or state civil authorities in this time period.
Follow these suggestions to find birth information for this time period:
Birth 1898 - present
County clerks became responsible for recording births beginning in 1898.[4] In 1905, the State Department of Health assumed responsibility and required the counties to forward copies of the records to them.


Records open to the public
Birth records created more than 100 years ago[5] are open to the public.
  • 1898-1905 Series #84073 at Utah State Archives. Not online, no online index. Names of children ARE in the records.
  • 1906-1910 online images for Garfield County, Utah at the State Archives. Browse the "not yet indexed" area by year and county. Most entries do have names of children.
  • Online Utah, Births and Christenings, 1892-1941, a FamilySearch Historical Records Collection. (Index only, free). Created from the old IGI, this is a mix of some extracted records and submissions by patrons. Please realize it is not complete.
Restricted records
Access to official birth records within 100 years is restricted to those who meet certain requirements. Order copies:
  • Office of Vital Records and Statistics, 288 North 1460 West, Salt Lake City, Utah, Phone: (801) 538-6105. How to order online, by mail, or in person.
Marriage
Divorce

Divorce records give the names of the parties and may give the date and place of their marriage. See Utah Vital Records for excellent information.

Death

Utah requires a death certificate before a burial is completed.  A death certificate may contain information as to the name of the deceased, date of death, and place of death, as well as the age, birthdate, parents, gender, marital status, spouse and place of residence.

Voting Registers
Websites

Links to indexes or images of records:

Links to Garfield County, Utah collections:

Sites that gather links to the Internet

  • Linkpendium
  • CyndisList

The following links are to Garfield County, Utah items.

Archives, Libraries, etc.

Resources for Garfield County, Utah are available in repositories (such as libraries and archives) at all levels: the town, the county, the state (including universities), and the nation.

Check websites and catalogs of archives and libraries for items for this county. Examples: Garfield County, Utah items in FamilySearch Library (Utah) or Allen County Public Library (Indiana). When you find items you'd like to access, see Get a Copy

See Courthouse · FamilySearch Centers · Libraries · Societies sections.

Courthouse

http://garfield.utah.gov/

Garfield County Justice Court
Garfield County Courthouse
Garfield County Fair Building
115 East 800 North
PO Box 77
Panguitch, UT 84759
Phone: 435-676-8826 Fax: 435-676-8239
Note: new location as of Monday, May 16th

County seat: Panguitch

FamilySearch Centers
Libraries

Local public libraries usually have histories, genealogies, indexes of cemeteries, copies of local newspapers, or other records for the area they serve. Many libraries in Utah have an area dedicated to local collections and manuscripts.

See also Utah Public Library Directory, which provides links to library web pages, addresses, phone numbers, hours, and maps. Does not mention holdings.

Societies

See also a List of Utah Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Towns and Communities

Antimony Boulder Hatch Ticaboo
Bryce Cannonville Henrieville Tropic
Bryce Canyon City Escalante Panguitch

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Garfield County, Utah Page 686 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Alice Eichholz, Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 676-677. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004.
  3. Utah Terr. Laws 1882, 25th sess., ch. 52, pp. 98-101
  4. Utah State Archives, Birth Records guide, accessed 28 July 2012.)
  5. State Department of Health Birth, Marriage, and Death Certificates page. Accessed 7/31/2012
  6. "Garfield County, Utah: Family History and Genealogy, Census, Birth, Marriage, Death Vital Records and More," Linkpendium, http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/UT/Garfield/, accessed 1 February 2012.

 

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