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The Salt Lake 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]
Birth
Marriage
Death
Census
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1898-present 1887-present 1897-present 1856, 1860... 1852-present 1852-present
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Salt Lake County, Utah
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Founded 1852
County Seat Salt Lake City
Courthouse
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Address Salt Lake City and County Building
451 South State Street
Salt Lake City, UT
Website: www.slcgov.com
Named for: Great Salt Lake
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Contents

Helpful Facts

County Courthouse

Salt Lake County Courthouse
2001 State Street Room S2200
Salt Lake City, Ut 84190
Phone: 801-468-3519

Formerly called the Great Salt Lake County. The name was changed to Salt Lake 29 Jan 1868.
County Clerk has marriage records from 1887, divorce and court records from 1896, and probate records from 1852. County Recorder has land records.[2]

Parent Counties

Salt Lake County, Utah was created March 3, 1852 as an original county from Utah Territory.

See also Green River County (old)

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

Neighboring Counties

Salt Lake County, Utah is surrounded by: Davis | Morgan | Summit | Tooele | Utah | Wasatch
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Resources

1852: Salt Lake County was created as an original county.[3]

Bible Records

Biography

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

Business Records and Commerce

Cemeteries

  • Salt Lake County, Utah Cemeteries
  • Burials - Salt Lake City, Utah Cemetery contains over 100 names recorded in Salt Lake City, Utah Cemetery: Includes where and when born; death dates and places; from the middle 1800's to the 1998's.
  • Records are available to view for the following four cemeteries:
    • Woodmen of the World Burials
    • Crescent Cemetery
    • Granite Cemetery
    • Redwood Memorial Estates Cemetery

USGenWeb Archives Salt Lake County, Utah

Other cemeteries:

Census

1850 Census and Index has transcribed pages found at the county GenWeb site. The index identifies which file you will click to see names and information. The 1850 [1851], 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 U.S. federal population schedules of Salt Lake 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.

  • 1850 (1851)
  • 1856
  • 1860
  • 1870
  • 1880
  • 1890
  • 1900
  • 1910
  • 1920
  • 1930

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

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Places with more than one stake

Salt Lake City Stakes (about 1930):  · Ensign Stake, Utah · Granite Stake, Utah · Grant Stake, Utah · Liberty Stake, Utah · Pioneer Stake, Utah · Salt Lake Stake, Utah

Other stakes:in the county: East Jordan Stake, Utah · Jordan Stake, Utah ·

Places: Alta, see Granite · Bingham Canyon · Bluffdale · Brighton · Cottonwood · Draper · Forest Dale · Granger (became part of West Valley City in 1980) · Granite · Holladay · Hunter (became part of West Valley City in 1980) · Lark · Magna · Midvale · East Millcreek(Originally called Millcreek)  · Murray · Riverton · Salt Lake City · Sandy · Union · West Jordan · West Vally City, see Chesterfield, Granger, Hunter, and Redwood ·

Church units without place names: Chesterfield (became part of West Valley City in 1980) · Copperton · East Jordan (became part of Midvale)  · Kearns · Redwood (became part of West Valley City in 1980) · South Jordan · South Salt Lake · Taylorsville · Emigration Canyon · White City  · Emigration Ward, see Liberty Stake, Utah  · LeGrand Ward, see Liberty Stake, Utah  · Liberty Ward, see Liberty Stake, Utah  · Yale Ward, see Liberty Stake, Utah ·

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Court Records

Directories

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Dwellings - History

Ethnic and Other Groups

Funeral Homes

Funeral homes can have information that is not found on death records. There are several funeral homes located in Salt Lake County.

List of Salt Lake County Funeral Homes

Gazetteers

Genealogy

A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.
  • Genealogies(microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog for Salt Lake County, Utah. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see public libraries.
  • Rees, Nesta, When the Parry Saints Went Marching Out. The author traces the John Parry family from Newmarket to Salt Lake City. Family Trees illustrated the article and a picture of a headstone, in SLC, showing John and wife Harriet, with year dates, and born North Wales. John worked as a mason on the Salt Lake Temple. Article in Hel Achau, #29, Christmas, 1989, pages 22-25. Family History Library book 942.93 D25h

Guardianship

 History

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

History Timeline
  • Boundary changes timeline for Salt Lake County, Utah from "UT: Index of Counties," Newberry Library's Utah Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
  • 1825.  The first US explorer in the Salt Lake area is believed to be Jim Bridger.
  • 1843.  U.S. Army officer John C. Frémont surveyed the Great Salt Lake and the Salt Lake Valley.
  • 1846.  The Donner party, a group of ill-fated pioneers, traveled through the Great Salt Lake Valley in August.
  • 1847.  Salt Lake County was settled when Mormon pioneers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, arrived in the Salt Lake Valley.
  • 1847.  On July 29, 1847 a group of Mormon pioneers, known as the Mississippi Company, among them John Holladay of Alabama, entered the Salt Lake Valley. Within weeks, they discovered a free-flowing, spring-fed stream, which they called Spring Creek, now known as Holladay.
  • 1849.  Herriman was established by Robert Dansie, Henry Harriman, and Thomas Jefferson Butterfield. A monument in the Herriman City Cemetery lists the original four families of Herriman as the Thomas Jefferson Butterfield, John Jay Stocking, Robert Cowan Petty, and Henry Harriman families.
  • 1849. The Mormon pioneers organized a new state called Deseret and petitioned for its recognition.
  • 1850.  The U.S. Congress rebuffed the settlers petition and established the Utah Territory, and designated Fillmore as its capital city.
  • 1850.March 3. Salt Lake County was created as an original county.
  • 1853.  Construction started on The Salt Lake Temple.
  • 1857.  The territorial capital was moved to Great Salt Lake City, when the name was shortened to Salt Lake City.
  • 1862.  Fort Douglas was established on the east bench, near the University of Utah, to make sure that the territory maintained its allegiance during the American Civil War.
  • 1865.  Alta was founded.
  • 1868.January 29: The original county name Great Salt Lake County was shortened to Salt Lake County.
  • 1878.  An 1878 fire and an 1885 avalanche destroyed most of the original mining town of Alta.
  • 1885.  The army established Camp Murray to house several companies of the Ninth Infantry Regiment.
  • 1935.  In 1935, Norwegian skiing legend Alf Engen was hired to help develop the area, and Alta opened its first ski lift in 1938. 
  • 1942.  Camp Kearns, a massive military installation created for World War II, was created in what is now Kearns and Taylorsville on the western side of the valley.
Historical Facts
Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Salt Lake County, Utah
The area that was to become Salt Lake County was settled in 1847 when Mormon Pioneers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, fleeing persecution in the East, arrived in the Salt Lake Valley after traveling through Emigration Canyon. Brigham Young, their leader, declared "This is the right place" after seeing the valley, which was at the time arid, dry, and unpromising. However, they soon developed a flourishing, self-sufficient city, Great Salt Lake City, through extensive irrigation techniques. Thousands of Mormons from around the world followed in the next several decades. The county was officially formed on January 31, 1850, with just over 11,000 residents recorded.

 Land and Property

One example listing ownership is:

  • Morgan, Nicholas G. Pioneer Map: Great Salt Lake City, Great Basin, North America. N.p.: 1851?. (Family History Library FHL fiche 6051237; map 979.225 E7man.) This map includes historical data and index to names of original owners and their locations by lot or lots and blocks. The index to this map consists of names of major land owners in various Salt Lake City LDS wards.
  • Grundvig, David L.and Sharon Lauritzen. Index to Pioneer Map, Great Salt Lake City, for 1850s. N.p. 1981. (Family History Library FHL book 979.225 E7man index.)

 Maps

Google highway map of Salt Lake County 2012

Migration

Early migration routes to and from Salt Lake County, Utah for emigrant settlers included: 

Military

Minorities

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

Names, Geographical

Naturalization and Citizenship

On the following GenWeb link you will find the summary of the Court Petitions Index, volumes 1 - 9. In each index volume you will find the name of the petitioner, place of birth, location of court, volume and page number. As an example click on volume 1.  Click on volumes  2 - 8  on the Court Petition Index.

Utah. District Court. (Salt Lake County). Naturalization Records 1853–1936, index 1858–1980, Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah State Archives and Records Service 1980–1981, 1989–1990. FHL 1643989 (first film of 61) An index covering territorial and district courts from about 1858–1980 is on the first film in the series. It includes most northern Utah counties. Also in the series is declarations and petitions from 1851–1936. The territorial minutes indexed in this record are found in:

  • Utah. District Court. (Salt Lake County). Court Minutes, 1858–1920. Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah State Archives and Records Service, 1981–1982. FHL film 1654506 (first film of 33) These early minutes include naturalizations which are arranged chronologically in each volume.

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. 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.


*BYU Digtial Collections has Vol 41 of Woman's Exponet and a description/history of this which ran June 1, 1872-Feb 1914. Click on Newspapers in right hand box.

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

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:

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

Websites for death records in the state of Utah and specifically for Salt Lake County include:

  • From the GenWeb site (scroll down from the top of the page) you will find individual obituaries, obituaries from the Desert News (2004 - 2005 selected months), and from the Salt Lake Tribune (2004 - 2005 selected months).
  • Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1908-1949. This title is misleading, because all the deaths were recorded in the City of Salt Lake City. There are no deaths recorded in any other places within the county in this County Death Records group.
  • [Utah Death Certificates (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Utah Death Certificates 1904-1956]: A free internet access to the 1904-1956 death certificates can be viewed at certificates. 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 - Utah Burials Search 
  • In this link Salt Lake City Deaths Jan 1 to Nov 1, 1892: you will find a list of deaths in Salt Lake of person eighteen years of age     

Upward from Jan 1 - Nov 1, 1892

Occupations

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

 Officials and Employees

Periodicals

Politics and Government

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

Courthouses

County seat: Salt Lake City

Family History Centers

 

Libraries

Museums

Societies

Schools

Taxation

Vital Records

Salt Lake City County Health Department

200 East 610 South Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84111-99
Telephone: 801-534-4657
Internet: Salt Lake Valley Health Department


Pre-1905 records are often incomplete.

Birth
Below are the best sources to find birth information (dates and places of birth and names of parents) for Salt Lake 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 1852
Salt Lake 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
1852-1890
No birth records were created for Salt Lake 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:
1890-present
Though not required to do so, Salt Lake City began registering births in 1890.
County clerks became responsible for recording births beginning in 1898.[11] 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[12] 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.
  • Salt Lake Valley Health Department Vital Records Offices: Salt Lake City Health Center, 610 South 200 East, Suite 115, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, 385-468-4230. Ellis R. Shipp Health Center, 4535 South 5600 West, West Valley City, UT 84120, 385-468-3712. Southeast Public Health Center, 9340 South 700 East (directly behind McDonald's), Sandy, UT 84070, 385-468-4329.
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Marriage

Marriage registers from 1887 through 1950's microfilmed and then destroyed. Microfilm copy available at the Family History Library and centers. Microfilm copy is not available at the county clerk's office.  

1847-1929 - 58,919 marriages from 1847 to 18 September 1929 are listed on the Western States Marriage Index. Index is incomplete as there are few civil government recorded marriages in Salt Lake County prior to 1887. Many entries were taken from alternative sources, such as Elias Smith's journal. Some early divorce records were also indexed and included. This is not a complete database. Linkpendium contributors list marriage year span as 1888 to 1970.[13]
1887–1965 — Salt Lake County (Utah). County Clerk. Marriage Records, 1887–1965. [14]The first 18 films index the licenses and certificates. These records have been indexed in the Early Church Information File up to 1914.

There is an additional index from 1887 to 1987 available on fiche:

1887–1987 — Salt Lake County (Utah). County Clerk. Alphabetic Marriage Listing 1887–1987. [15]There are 24 fiche for each number. The first set of fiche is an index to the grooms and the second is an index to the brides. These will lead you to the above record.
Divorce
  • 1852–1856, 1877–1887 — Utah. Probate Court (Salt Lake County) Divorce Records, 1852–1856, 1877–1887. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1966. FHL film 431227 This record is unindexed and is in chronological order. It gives names of each spouse and reason for separation or divorce, and date of court action.
Death

Copies of death records and indexes for Salt Lake City and County are available at the Family History Library

  • 1897–1905 — Salt Lake County (Utah). County Clerk. Register of Deaths, Salt Lake County, Book A, 1897–1905. [16]These records are for the county only and do not have Salt Lake City death records. They are indexed. The record gives name, birth and death information, address or city of residence, and sometimes burial information.
  • 1848-1950 - Salt Lake City (Utah). Office of Vital Statistics. Death Records of Salt Lake City, Utah, 1848–Sept 1950. [17]These records provide name, birth and death information, address or city, and sometimes burial information.

A wiki article desciribing an online collection is found at: Utah Salt Lake County Death Registers (familySearch Historical Records).

Death Record Substitutes

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

1865-1900 - Deseret News Semi-Weekly Death and Marriage Noticesat UTGenWeb- free.

Voting Registers

Towns and Communities in this county

 

References

  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), Salt Lake County, Utah Page 687 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. "Oregon California Trails Association" at http://octatrails.micromaps.com/ (accessed 18 July 2011).
  5. "The Pioneer Story: The Mormon Pioneer Trail" in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at http://lds.org/gospellibrary/pioneer/pioneerstory.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).
  6. "Jefferson Hunt" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefferson_Hunt (accessed 6 September 2011).
  7. "Central Overland Route" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Overland_Route (accessed 13 September 2011).
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Union Pacific Railroad" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Pacific_Railroad (accessed 14 September 2011).
  9. Wikipedia contributors, "Central Pacific Railroad" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Pacific_Railroad (accessed 14 September 2011).
  10. Wikipedia contributors, "Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denver_and_Rio_Grande_Western_Railroad (accessed 14 September 2011).
  11. Utah State Archives, Birth Records guide, accessed 28 July 2012.)
  12. State Department of Health Birth, Marriage, and Death Certificates page. Accessed 7/31/2012
  13. "Salt Lake County, Utah: Family History and Genealogy, Census, Birth, Marriage, Death Vital Records and More," Linkpendium, http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/UT/Salt_Lake/, accessed 1 February 2012.
  14. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1965–1966. (Family History Library FHL Films 429035–312.)
  15. Salt Lake City, Utah: Management Information Systems, 1987. (Family History Library FHL Fiche 6052848–49.)
  16. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1977. (Family History Library FHL Film 485535.)
  17. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1950. (Family History Library FHL Films 26553–83.)

 

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