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Founded February 18, 1880
County Seat Vernal
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Website: www.co.uintah.ut.us
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County Facts

County Courthouse

Uintah Courty Courthouse
147 East Main Street
Vernal, UT 84078
Phone: 435.781.5360

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
1896-present 1888-present 1896-present 1880, 1900... 1880-present 1880-present
For earlier dates, try...Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries | Parent counties

Parent Counties

Uintah County, Utah was created February 18, 1880 from: Wasatch

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

Neighboring Counties

Uintah County, Utah is surrounded by: Carbon | Daggett | Duchesne | Emery | Grand | Colorado Counties: Garfield | Moffat | Rio Blanco
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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 Uintah 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 level (space, then select the town) or the county level (select Cemeteries).
State and national resources for Uintah County, Utah cemeteries
Online Transcripts
(names) or Images
Published Grave
Transcripts
Lists of Cemeteries
in the County
FindAGrave FamilySearch Library (bullet above) FindAGrave
Interment.net 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.


  • Deadmans Grave
  • Dry Fork Cemetery
  • Fairview Cemetery
  • Fort Duchesne Cemetery
  • Harms Cemetery
  • Hayden Cemetery
  • Jensen Cemetery
  • Lapoint Cemetery
  • Randlett Cemetery
  • Reeds Cemetery
  • Rock Point Cemetery
  • Tridell Cemetery
  • Uintah and Ouray Indian Cemetery
  • Vernal Memorial Park
  • White Rocks Cemetery

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 Uintah 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

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

Stake(s): Uintah Stake, Utah

Places: Jensen · Lapoint · Maeser · Naples · Randlett · Tridell · Vernal

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

Ethnic and Other Groups

Funeral Homes

Blackburn Vernal Mortuary[3]
15 East 100 North
Vernal, UT 84078
Phone: 435-789-2611
Toll Free Phone: 800-818-2611
Fax: 435-789-8752

Gazetteers

Genealogy

A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.

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 Uintah 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' Uintah County, Utah.

  • 1776.  Archeologic evidence suggests that portions of the Uinta Basin have been inhabited by Archaic peoples and Fremont peoples. By the time of recorded history its inhabitants were the Ute people. The first known traverse by non-Indians was made by Fathers Dominguez and Escalante, as they sought to establish a land route between California and Spanish America.
  • 1825.  Vernal lies in Ashley Valley, named in honor of William H. Ashley, an early fur trader who entered this area in 1825 by floating down the Green River in a bull boat made of animal hides. Vernal, unlike the majority of Utah towns, was not settled initially by Mormon pioneers.
  • 1831/1832.  Antoine Robidoux, a French trapper licensed by the Mexican government, established a trading post near present-dayWhiterocks. He abandoned the effort in 1844.
  • 1847.  The Great Salt Lake Valley, still a property of Mexico, was first colonized by Brigham Young and his followers. 
  • 1861.  Brigham Young dispatched an exploring party to the Uinta Basin; they reported that "that section of country lying between the Wasatch Mountains and the eastern boundary of the territory, and south of Green River country, was one vast contiguity of waste and measurably valueless." Young made no further effort to colonize the area.
  • 1861.  US President Abraham Lincoln created the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation, reserved for the use and habitation of Utah and Colorado Indians.
  • 1877.  Jensen was first settled and named for Lars Jensen, an early prospector and ferryman.
  • 1878.  The town of Maeser was first settled.
  • 1880. February 18. Uintah County was created from Wasatch County. Uintah county was named for the Ute Indians, the tribe that lives in the basin.
  • 1880.  The Uncompahgre Reservation was created in the southern portion of present-day Uintah County.
  • 1886.  Fort Duchesne was originally a fort, established by the United States Army. Closed in 1912.
  • 1892.  Randlett began as the site of a school for Ute children.
  • 1918.  The northern boundary of Uintah County originally extended to the north border of Utah.The extreme northern portion (lying north of the Uinta Mountain watershed divide) was split off to form Daggett County, Utah.
  • 1930.  Earl W. Bascom (1906–1995), Hollywood actor, artist, inventor, rodeo cowboy, Utah Sports Hall of Fame, "Father of Modern Rodeo" who lived and worked at the Old Grey Mine in 1930.

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.
  • The Uintah County Recorder's office has historical land records for Uintah County from 1894 to the present.

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

  • 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.

  • Utah Digital Newspapers Project presents newspaper images online. Search All Newspapers by name or keywords, or Browse by County to view all newspapers digitized for Uintah County, Utah.
    • Uintah Pappoose and Vernal Express, covering 1891 - 1982 are included.
  • Existing copies of newspapers. newspapers for Uintah County, Utah] are listed in Chronicling America by Library of Congress (LOC).
  • Vernal Express-Uintah Pappoose, covering 1891-1971, 1975, 1982 on-line at Uintah County Library. Found at the library: Vernal Express 1891-1984 and the Uintah Historical Society's book of newspaper clippings.

 

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:

Officials and Employees

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

Birth
Below are the best sources to find birth information (dates and places of birth and names of parents) for Uintah 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 before 1880
Uintah County, Utah was formed on 18 February 1880.
      If your records show the person was born here before the county was formed,
      search parent counties
Birth 1880 - 1897
No birth records were created for Uintah 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:
  • Utah Death Certificates 1904-1961 give birth date and place (recorded at the time of death), names of parents, and name of spouse. Search by names or by exact death date.
  • Church records usually give birth date and place and names of parents.
  • 1895-1905 Record of Uintah County Births. FHL film 481112 items 1-2 The actual title of this record is Records of births and deaths, 1895-1905; and assessment rolls, 1888, 1889-1890.
  • See also other records that give birth information, such as Death records, Census, Cemeteries, Obituaries
  • See also neighboring counties for birth information, due to family members living in that area, religious preferences, convenience, and other reasons.
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 1898–1905 Series 84029  for Uintah 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..
    • Inventory of Series 84029 at Utah State Archives.
    • FamilySearch Library copy: FHL film 481112.
    • Idea: use censuses and church records to learn those missing children's names.
  • 1906-1910 online images for Uintah 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.
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Marriage

Marriage License Division / County Clerk
147 E Main
Vernal, Utah 84078
(435) 781-5361


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

Birth & Death Certificates
133 South 500 East
Vernal, Utah 84078 (435) 247-1177

  • 1900-1905 - Record of Uintah County Deaths. FHL film 481112 item 3 The actual title of this record in the FHL catalog is Records of births and deaths, 1895-1905; and assessment rolls, 1888, 1889-1890.

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 for death before 1904

Voting Registers

Websites

Links to indexes or images of records:

Links to Uintah County, Utah collections:

Sites that gather links to the Internet

  • Linkpendium
  • CyndisList

Archives, Libraries, etc.

Resources for Uintah 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: Uintah 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 these headings for Uintah County, Utah details: Courthouse · FamilySearch Centers · Libraries · Museums · Societies

Courthouse

Uintah County Clerk-Auditor
147 E Main
Vernal, UT 84078
Phone: (435) 781-5361
Fax: 435-781-6701

County seat: Vernal  

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

Societies

Towns and Communities

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Uintah, 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., c2009,9341
  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. "Uintah County, Utah: Family History and Genealogy, Census, Birth, Marriage, Death Vital Records and More," Linkpendium, http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/UT/Uintah/, accessed 1 February 2012.

 

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