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Founded January 16, 1864
County Seat Kanab
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Address 76 North Main St., Kanab, UT 84741
Website: kane.utah.gov
Named for: Thomas_L._Kane
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County Facts

County Courthouse

Kane County Courthouse
76 North Main Street
Kanab, Ut 84741
Phone: 435-644-2458

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records.
County Recorder has land records.[1]

Dates for major county records[2]
Birth
Marriage
Death
Census
Land
Probate
1900-present 1887-present 1900-present 1870, 1880... 1872-present 1878-present
For earlier dates, try...Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries | Parent counties

Parent Counties

Kane County, Utah was created January 16, 1864 from: 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 Kane County, Utah.

Neighboring Counties

Kane County, Utah is surrounded by: Garfield | Iron | San Juan | Washington | Arizona counties: Coconino | Mohave
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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 Kane 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 Kane 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.

The USGenWeb Archives, Kane County, Utah contains information in the following two cemeteries:

  • Alton Cemetery, 800 South 400 West, Alton, UT 84710; Phone: (801) 648-2142. The Survey is up to 1997 and includes Birth, Death, and Grave locations.
  • Pahreah Cemetery: Note: This information comes from a metal plaque mounted on a rock monument. There are no longer any headstones on individual graves.  Conaines 13 names.

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 Kane 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

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

Stake(s): Kanab Stake, Utah

Places: Alton  · Glendale · Kanab  · Mount Carmel Junction · Orderville

Linked below are the ward and stake records for Kane County, Utah on microfilm at the FamilySearch Library. Click on a ward for records (up to about 1948).

Alton Ward • Cannonville Ward • Glendale Ward • Johnson Ward • Kanab North Ward • Kanab South Ward • Kanab Stake • Kanab Ward • Mount Carmel Ward • Orderville Ward • Pahrea Ward • Panguitch Stake

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  · [[Kane County, Utah#Probate_Records|Probate]

Directories

See Utah Directories

Ethnic and Other Groups

Funeral Homes

Mosdell Mortuary[3]
676 South Highway 89A
Kanab, UT 84741
Phone: 435-644-2214
Toll Free 877-644-2214
Fax: 435-644-2321

Gazetteers

See Utah Gazetteers

Genealogy

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.

A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.

History

History Timeline

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

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

  • 1862. Glendale founded by Mormon Pioneers John and William Berry
  • 1864. Area around what later became Kanab first settled
  • 1864 January 16: Kane County was created from Washington County County and Toquerville was designated as the County Seat.
  • 1865. Alton was first settled by Lorenzo W. Roundy
  • 1866. Glendale abandoned due to Indian attacks
  • 1870. Kanab founded when 10 Mormon families moved there
  • 1871. Glendale resettled by Mormon Pioneers
  • 1875. Brigham Young directed Orderville to be established and to live the United Order.
  • 1883. County seat was moved to Kanab and Toquerville was moved back into Washington County.
  • 1939-40’s. + Kanab was known as “little Hollywood” for the number of western movies and t.v. series filmed there

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

1895 US Atlas Kane County 1895

Google highway map of Kane 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:

The USGenWeb Archives, Kane County, Utah containes three obituaries in transcribed form: Maira De Grey Smith, Ella and Sarah Spilsbury.

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 Kane 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:
Kane County, Utah was formed on 16 January 1864.
      If your records show the person was born here before the county was formed,
      search parent counties

Birth 1864 - 1897

No birth records were created for Kane 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.
  • Online index to births 1900–1905 Series 83801  for Kane County, Utah by the Utah State Archives. (Free) Search by names of parents, as many entries do not give the child's name. Each entry includes date of birth, sex, residence, etc. This collection has no child's names from 1900-1902.
    • Inventory of originals, Series 83801 at Utah State Archives.
    • FamilySearch Library copy: FHL film 48819 item 1 . There are child's names from 1903-1905.
    • Idea: use censuses and church records to learn those missing children's names.
  • 1906-1910 online images for Kane 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

Kane County Marriage license records 1887-1966 and applications 1920-1966 are on film at the LDS Family History Library, films numbers 484815 & 484816.

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 Death Certificates 1904 -1956-A free internet access to the 1904-1956 death certificates can be viewed at https://www.familysearch.org/ .  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.

Utah State Burial Data Base  This site includes information on many Utah residents, who died before 1904.

Death Record Substitutes

  • 1870 - U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885 at Ancestry ($). Includes 1870 Kane County, Utah mortality schedule.

Voting Registers

Websites

Links to indexes or images of records:

  • FamilySearch Historical Collections for Utah Many items include Kane County, Utah.

Links to Kane County, Utah collections:

Sites that gather links to the Internet

  • Linkpendium
  • CyndisList

Archives, Libraries, etc.

Resources for Kane 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: Kane 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

County seat: Kanab

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

Kanab

Alton | Big Water | Glendale | Orderville

Duck Creek Village | Mount Carmel Junction

Paria

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kane County, Utah Page 687 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. Funeral Home Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,938.
  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. "Kane County, Utah: Family History and Genealogy, Census, Birth, Marriage, Death Vital Records and More," Linkpendium, http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/UT/Kane/, accessed 1 February 2012.

 

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