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Founded March 3, 1853
County Seat Ogden
Courthouse
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Address Weber County Clerk/Auditor
2380 Washington Blvd, Ste 320
Ogden, UT 84401
Website: www.co.weber.ut.us
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County Facts

County Courthouse

Weber County Courthouse
2380 Washington Blvd #320
Ogden, Ut 84401
Phone: 801-399-8400

County Clerk has marriage records from 1887.
Clerk District Court has divorce, probate and court records.
County Recorder has land records.[1]

Dates for major county records[2]
Birth
Marriage
Death
Census
Land
Probate
1898-present 1887-present 1897-present 1851, 1856... 1850-present 1852-present
For earlier dates, try...Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries | Parent counties

Parent Counties

Weber County, Utah was created 3 March 1852 from: Utah Territory

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.

  • Boundary changes timeline for Weber County, Utah from "UT: Index of Counties," Newberry Library's Utah Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

Neighboring Counties

Weber County, Utah is surrounded by: Box Elder | Cache | Davis | Morgan | Rich | Tooele

Weber CountyBox Elder CountyCache CountyRich CountyMorgan CountyDavis CountySummit CountySalt Lake CountyTooele CountyWeber4.JPG


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 Weber 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.

Bibliography

Biography

bios USGenWeb Archives Weber County, Utah provides the bios of Charles W. Rapp of Weber County

Biographies of Godfrey and Holmes families

Business Records and Commerce

See United States Business Records
See also Utah Business Records

"Time Book: for Nov. thru Jan. 1892-1893, laborers in North Ogden, Weber Co., Utah" Family History Library US/CAN Film 2056029 item 6.

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 level (space, then select the town) or the county level (select Cemeteries).
State and national resources for Weber County, Utah cemeteries
Online Grave Transcripts
or Images
Published Grave
Transcripts
Lists of Cemeteries
in the County

FindAGrave
Interment.net
Utah Cemeteries Burial Database
Utah Gravestones
USGenWeb Cemeteries
Billion Graves
Linkpendium
Veterans to 1966

FamilySearch Library (bullet above)
Early Church Info File
WorldCat
Utah Periodicals

FindAGrave
USGenWeb Tombstone Project
USGenWeb Cemeteries
Epodunk
Utah Hometown Locator Cemeteries
Genealogy Trails

See Utah Cemeteries for details about each site.

See also: List of cemeteries in Weber County


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.

  • See Utah Census for online indexes and images of US federal censuses. of: 1852, 1856, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940.
  • See statewide printed indexes, including 1856.

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 Weber 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

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

Stake(s) 1930: Ogden Stake, Utah  · Mount Ogden Stake, Utah  · Weber Stake, Utah  · North Weber Stake, Utah

Towns: Eden  · Farr West  · Harrisville  · Hooper  · Huntsville · Liberty  · Marriott-Slaterville · North Ogden · Ogden · Plain City · Pleasant View · Riverdale · Roy · Taylor  · Uintah · Warren · West Weber

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

  • 1879-1880 - Culmer, H.L.A. et al. Utah Directory and Gazetteer for 1879-80: Containing the Name and Occupation of Every Resident in the Towns and Cities of Salt Lake, Utah, Weber and Davis Counties: and a Very Complete List of the Merchants, Manufacturers, Professional Men and Officials: Together with Full Gazetteer Information. Salt Lake City, Utah: Printed for H.L.A. Culmer & Co. by J.C. Graham & Co., 1879. Digital version at Internet Archive.
  • 1883 - Haefeli, Leo and Frank J. Cannon. Directory of Ogden City and Weber County. 1883. Ogden City, Utah: Ogden Herald Publishing Company, Printers, 1883. Digital version at Internet Archive - free.

Ethnic and Other Groups

Funeral Homes

Lindquist Mortuary[3]

  • 2140 North 400 East, North Ogden, Utah 84404; Phone: (801) 782-6666
  • 3408 Washington Blvd., Ogden, Utah 84401, Phone: (801) 394-6666
  • 3333 West 5600 South, Roy, Utah 84067, Phone: (801) 774-5666

Myers Mortuary[4]

  • 5864 South 1900 West, Roy, UT 84067. Phone: 801-825-2239
  • 845 Washington Blvd, Ogden, UT 84404. Phone: 801-399-5613

Aaron's Mortuary and Crematory[5]

  • 1600 Washington Blvd, Ogden, UT 84404.Phone: 801-393-5678

Larkin and Sons Mortuary[6]

  • 496 24th St, Ogden, UT 84403. Phone: 801-394-5505

Leavitt's Mortuary[7]

  • 836 36th St, Ogden, UT 84403. Phone: 801-394-5556

Gazetteers

Genealogy

A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.

"FamilySearch Catalog Book 979.2 D3e" (Salt Lake City, Utah: Western Epics, 1966). Vol. 1 part 1 FamilySearch Books Online

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

History Timeline
  • Boundary changes timeline for Weber County, Utah from "UT: Index of Counties," Newberry Library's Utah Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

NOTE: Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned fromWikipedia for Weber County.

Weber County was formed in 1850 for the census but officially made a county in 1852. Named after the Weber river which was in originally named after a trapper John Henry Weber. In 1869, Weber County's growth grew with the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad north of Ogden. This brought freight, passengers and rolling stock in to Ogden, Weber's County Seat.
Another growth spurt happened during World War II with the installation of The Defense Depot, Hill Air Force Base and the Naval Supply Depot in nearby Davis County. These installations provided many jobs for Weber County residents. Weber State University is not only a larger academic force for Weber County but a large employer as well.
  • Prior to 1824 the Weber County area was occupied by the nomadic Shoshone and Ute Indians for centuries.
  • 1824. Jim Bridger was reportedly the first white man to see the Great Salt Lake [8]
  • 1825. Peter Skene Ogden visited the area
  • 1843. John C. Fremont accurately maps the area
  • 1843. Miles Goodyear built fort that came to be known as Fort Buenaventura
  • 1847. The area is purchased by James Brown for the LDS Church
  • 1850. The agricultural Weber County area grew to 1,141 residents.
  • 1852, March 3. Weber County was officially formed as an original county despite having been created in 1850 for Census purposes. [1]
  • 1869. The transcontinental railroad gives Weber’s County Seat, Ogden, the nickname of ‘’Junction City’’. The area explodes with industry brought in by the rapid transfer of goods, passengers and freight.
  • 1879. John M. Browning patented the first single shot rifle that helped put the area on the World Wide Map.
  • 1889. Weber State University was founded as Weber Stake Academy.
  • 1940’s. Weber County grows again with the addition of the Defense Depot Ogden(DDO), the neighboring Hill Air Force Base, and The Naval Supply Depot . These brought in as many as 150 regular and special trains a in a few months time through the County by 1944

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.

Herdsmen branded their cattle to keep track of stray animals. A 1913 directory displays the marks used by various Weber County, Utah cattle owners:

  • Peterson, H.F. Brand Directory, Comprising Davis, Weber, Summit, Morgan, Wasatch, Part of Utah and Part of Uintah Counties. Wanship, Utah: H.F. Peterson, 1913. Digital version at Internet Archive.

Maps

For historical maps of Utah and Weber County, see:

David Rumsey Collection for Utah

Perry-Castaneda Map Collection for Utah

Historical Maps of Utah has several maps of Utah counties

• Google highway map of Weber County 2009

Migration

Military

Utah History to Go has information about military installations in Davis and Weber counties.

Veterans:

The following was taken from USGenWeb Project Weber County

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.)

  • Utah, State Archives Records, 1848-2001, a FamilySearch digital collection, contains certificates of naturalization, 1878-1896 and 1896-1933; declaration of intentions 1874-1896 and a1904-1906; petition and record 1907-1942.

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.

Taxation

Vital Records

Weber-Morgan Health Department, Office of Vital Records
(The Vital Statistics Office is on the second floor)
477 23rd St
Ogden, Utah 84401
801-399-7134

The registers beginning in 1890 have been transferred to the Utah State Archives.[9]

The Family History Library does not have Ogden City vital 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 Weber 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 1852
Weber County, Utah was formed on 3 March 1852
      If your records show the person was born here before the county was formed,
      search parent counties
Birth 1852 - 1890
No birth records were created for Weber 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 1890 - Present
Starting in 1890, the Ogden City Recorder kept a register of births occurring within Ogden.
County clerks became responsible for recording births beginning in 1898.[10] 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[11] are open to the public.
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.
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Marriage
  • 1888–present — Weber County has an Online Certified Marriage License Search database. The database provides groom's name, bride's maiden name, marriage application number, and marriage application date. Digital images of original license applications are available for marriages dating back to 1982. Certified copies of all marriage license applications can be order online for a fee of $10.00.

Weber County Clerk
Weber Center
2380 Washington Blvd Suite 320
Ogden, UT 84401
Phone: 801-399-8400
Fax: 801-399-8300

Note: Historical marriage records for this county are difficult to locate and use. It appears that the original marriage registers beginning in 1887, were microfilmed in the 1950's and then destroyed. Unfortunately, the staff at the clerk's office are unable to locate the microfilm copies either (as of 2007). Researchers must resort to the applications and/or the original marriage license returns (microfilmed) to locate specific marriages. The microfilm is some what confusing to use and is mislabeled.

  • 1888–1947— Weber County. (Utah). County Clerk. Applications for Licenses to Marry, and Original Marriage Certificates, 1888–1947FHL Films 1670859–1670885. The applications are arranged by certificate numbers, then chronologically. For example, application number 1s from 1888, 1892, 1897, 1919, and 1935 would be filed together. The years on the films overlap and are mixed. No index is available to certificate numbers. The marriages index cards have been placed in the Early Church Information File. However, the cards give book and page numbers. You may have to search numerous films or order the certificate from the county.
  • 1887–1943 — A considerable number of marriages are listed on the Western States Marriage Index (1887-1943)[12] although it is incomplete. The Ogden Family History Center has a continuing project to document and reconstruct Weber County marriages and will often be the only source of marriage data/documentation.

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
  • 1904-1956 - Utah Death Certificates 1904 - 1956 -A free internet access to the 1904-1956 death certificates can be viewed on the 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.

Death Record Substitutes

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

Voting Registers

Websites

Links to indexes or images of records:

Links to Weber County, Utah collections:

Sites that gather links to the Internet

  • Linkpendium
  • CyndisList

Archives, Libraries, etc.

Resources for Weber 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.

See these headings for Weber County, Utah details: Courthouse · FamilySearch Centers · Libraries · Museums · Societies

Courthouse

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.


Museums

Historical Places: Bingham's Fort

Societies

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

Towns and Communities

Cities

Towns

Unincorporated Communities

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Weber County, Utah Page 688 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 and Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,938.
  4. Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,939.
  5. Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,938.
  6. Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,938.
  7. Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,938.
  8. Weber County History
  9. Inventory of Death registers from Ogden (Utah). City Recorder, 1890-1899.
  10. Utah State Archives, Birth Records guide, accessed 28 July 2012.)
  11. State Department of Health Birth, Marriage, and Death Certificates page. Accessed 7/31/2012
  12. "Weber County, Utah: Family History and Genealogy, Census, Birth, Marriage, Death Vital Records and More," Linkpendium, http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/UT/Weber/, accessed 1 February 2012.

 

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