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The Garfield County, Utah genealogy guide to find parents, birth, marriage, death, and more since 1852, when the county was formed. This page lists online, published, and original resources, such as cemeteries, censuses, church, court, land, probate, and obituaries.

Dates for major county records[1]
1898-present 1887-present no known records 1900, 1910... 1882-present 1883-present
For earlier dates, try...Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries | Parent counties
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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
Address Panguitch, UT
Named for: Pres. James_A._Garfield
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Helpful 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.[2]

Parent Counties
Garfield County, Utah was created 9 March 1882[3] from: Iron | Kane | Washington
Boundary Changes

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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Bible Records
  • Biographies(microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog for Garfield County, Utah. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see public libraries.
Business Records and Commerce

Garfield County Cemeteries at the Utah State Historical site 


The 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 U.S. federal population schedules of Garfield County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see Utah Census. If you're having trouble finding your ancestors in national indexes, try checking local indexes. Created by experts familiar with the area's families, these indexes are often transcribed more accurately than nationwide indexes.

See Utah Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book for more information about statewide printed indexes.

Churches and Religious Groups
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 ·

Church units without place names: Bryce Canyon City · Bryce  · Ticaboo

Court Records
  • Directories(microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog for Garfield County, Utah. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see public libraries.
Ethnic and Other Groups
Funeral Homes
A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.

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

Google highway map of Garfield County 2012

Naturalization and Citizenship

1896-1906 Declarations of Intentions and 1896-1923 Certificates of Citizenship are included in in the FS digital collection: Utah, State Archives Records, 1848-2001.


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.

  • Newspapers(microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog for Garfield County, Utah. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see public libraries.

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:

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
Public Records
Resource Repositories

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

Family History Centers
Vital Records
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:
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
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:
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.

Utah Death Certificates 1904 - 1956 -A free internet access to the 1904-1956 death certificates can be viewed at .  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 Index for death before 1904

Voting Registers

Towns and Communities

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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  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,, accessed 1 February 2012.


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