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The Summit County, Utah genealogy guide to find parents, birth, marriage, death, and more since 1854, 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]
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Census
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Probate
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Summit County, Utah
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Founded January 13, 1854
County Seat Coalville
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Address Coalville, UT
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Helpful Facts

County Courthouse

Summit County Courthouse
P O Box 128
Coalville, UT 84017
Phone: 435-336-3203

County Clerk has birth records 1898-1905, death records 1898-1901, marriage records from 1888, divorce, and probate records from 1896.
County Recorder has land records.[2]

Parent Counties

Summit County, Utah was created January 13, 1854 from: Salt Lake and Green River

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

Neighboring Counties

Summit County, Utah is surrounded by: Daggett | Duchesne | Morgan | Rich | Salt Lake | Wasatch | Wyoming counties: Sweetwater | Uinta
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Resources

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

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

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

Business Records and Commerce

Cemeteries

Summit county cemeteries at theUtah State Historical site
Wallsburg Cemetery, Wallsburg BillionGraves

USGenWeb Archives Summit County, Utah  appears to be a partial list of individuals in three cemeteries. 
 

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

Individual cemeteries:

Census

The 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 U.S. federal population schedules of Summit 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.

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

Stake(s): Summit Stake, Utah

Places: Coalville · Echo · Henefer · Kamas · Park City · Wanship ·

List of Summit County stakes and wards

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Court Records

Directories

  • Directories (microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog for Summit 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

Walker Mortuary[3]
168 South Main St., Coalville, UT 84017
Phone: 435-336-5521
Fax: 435-829-6337

Crandall Funeral Home[4]
105 Center St.
Kamas, UT 84036
Phone: 435-783-4786

Gazetteers

Genealogy

A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.
  • Genealogy(microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog for Summit County, Utah. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see public libraries.

History

The county is so named because it includes 39 of the highest mountain peaks in Utah. Its mean elevation is 8,388 feet (2,557 m) above sea level, which is the second-highest of any county outside of Colorado.

  • History(microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog for Summit County, Utah. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see public libraries.
History Timeline
  • Boundary changes timeline for Summit 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 from Wikipedia for Summit county.

  •  1850.  A Mormon pioneer, Parley P. Pratt, was sent to this valley from Salt Lake City by Brigham Young to check on the possibility of establishing settlements along the Weber River and the nearby Provo River. His report was, ". . . a good valley, abundant grass and plenty of water". 
  • 1853.  The first white man to winter in Oakley, was Thomas Rhodes. An explorer, trapper, prospector, part-time farmer, and close friend of Brigham Young, he was occasionally called from his California prospecting by Brigham Young when there was a need for money for the church. Rhodes would disappear for a week or so into the Uinta Mountains and return with a supply of gold.
  • 1854.  January 13 - Summit County was created from Salt Lake County and Green River district (old) which extended into what is now southwest portion of Wyoming at the time.
  • 1854/1858.  In 1854 the territorial government in Utah offered a $1000 reward to anyone who could find coal within 40 miles of Salt Lake City. Four years later, Thomas Rhodes found a coal vein in the Chalk Creek area, and coal mining began in earnest. Hundreds of tons of coal were shipped to Salt Lake City, and soon a narrow gauge railroad was built. The settlement was renamed Coalville as a result of this early success mining coal.
  • 1859.  Coalville was founded by William Henderson Smith, an early Mormon freighter. He noticed that wheat spilled by other wagons moving through the area would grow to maturity. He subsequently convinced four families to settle in the area with him. The settlement was originally called Chalk Creek.
  • 1868.  The first settlers in Oakley were William Stevens and wife, Emma Crowden Stevens. Soon to follow were relatives and friends, among them the Fraziers, Hortins, Richards, Wildes and Gibbons, to name a few; all these names are still prominent in the town.
  • 1880's.  Oakley's land was originally purchased from the Union Pacific Company by the early settlers in the land sale of the 1880s.
  • 1886/1887.  Oakley's original name was "Oak Creek", derived from the name of a creek that ran just east of the present town site and that was thickly overgrown with oak trees. The town changed its name to "Oakley" in late 1886 or early 1887; the new name was chosen from many names submitted by the settlers in a contest.

Land and Property

Herdsmen branded their cattle to keep track of stray animals. A 1913 directory displays the marks used by various Summit 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

Google highway map of Summit County 2012

Migration

Early migration routes to and from Summit County, Utah for European and African American settlers included:

Military

Naturalization and Citizenship

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

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

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

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

Resource Repositories

Courthouses

www.co.summit.ut.us/
60 North Main Street
P.O. Box 128
Coalville, UT 84017
435-336-3200

County seat: Coalville

Family History Centers
Libraries
  • Resource(microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog for Summit County, Utah. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see public libraries.
Societies

Taxation

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

Vital Records

Birth
Below are the best sources to find birth information (dates and places of birth and names of parents) for Summit 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 1854
Summit County, Utah was formed on 13 January 1854.
      If your records show the person was born here before the county was formed,
      search parent counties
1854-1892
No birth records were created for Summit 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:
1892-present
County clerks became responsible for recording births beginning in 1898.[7] 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[8] are open to the public.
  • 1892-1897 Park City birth register inventory of series 85147 by the City Recorder at Utah State Archives. Not online, no index.
  • 1898-1905 Series #84238 at Utah State Archives. Not online, no online index. There are no names of children in the records.
    • Copies available through FamilySearch Library copy: FSL film 481098.
    • Idea: use censuses and church records to learn those missing children's names.
  • 1906-1910 online images for Summit 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.
  • Summit County Health Department Coalville Office, 85 North 50 East, Phone 435-336-3234; Kamas Office, 110 North Main, Phone 435-783-4351 ext. 3071; Park City Office, 650 Round Valley Drive, Phone 435-333-1500.
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Marriage
Death

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.

Utah State Burial Index

Death Record Substitutes

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

Voting Registers

Towns and Communities

Populated Places

  • Cities: Coalville | Echo | Henefer (Originally Heneferville) | Hoytsville| Kamas | Park City | Wanship

Daughters of Utah pioneers wrote a small history titled: "Henefer Our Valley Home" available on microfilm from the Family History Library.

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), Summit County, Utah Page 688 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Funeral Home & Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,937.
  4. Funeral Home & Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,938.
  5. "Oregon California Trails Association" at http://octatrails.micromaps.com/ (accessed 18 July 2011).
  6. "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).
  7. Utah State Archives, Birth Records guide, accessed 28 July 2012.)
  8. State Department of Health Birth, Marriage, and Death Certificates page. Accessed 7/31/2012
  9. "Summit County, Utah: Family History and Genealogy, Census, Birth, Marriage, Death Vital Records and More," Linkpendium, http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/UT/Summit/, accessed 1 February 2012.

 

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