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The earliest Utah statewide deaths began in 1897, with Salt Lake City recording deaths as early as 1848. Statewide registration didn't begin until 1905, and was generally complied with by 1919. The counties have copies of these records.

Next Step: When did the death occur?

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Deaths before 1897

  Records that give death information:
Cemetery Records
Newspapers
Probate (wills, etc)
Tax Records
Church Records
Census
Bible Records
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Deaths from 1898 thru 1961

  • The earliest Utah statewide deaths began in 1897, with Salt Lake City recording deaths as early as 1848.
  • Statewide registration didn't begin until 1905, and was generally complied with by 1919. The counties have copies of these records.

If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below try searching for death information in other records.

For deaths that exist during the time period, try the following databases. Try each link.

Utah Deaths Databases - Includes Index and some Digital Images

Try 1st:


1904-1961 UT Death Certificates Free online at Utah Archives: 1904-1961; includes name index and images of death certificates
Try 2nd:


1904-1956 UT Death Certificates Free online at FamilySearch.org: 1904-1956; name index and images of Utah statewide death certificates
Try 3rd:
1888-1946 UT Deaths and Burials Free online at FamilySearch.org: 1888-1946; name index to death and burial records from the state of Utah. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and FamilySearch Centers. This set contains 148,933 records. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later.
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Deaths after 1962 to the present

PART A: You know the exact date of death

With an exact date (from your records), you can order a copy of the death record for a fee from the following locations:

To Order Death Certificates
From County of Death From UT Dept. of Health State office
Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state County websites can be more difficult to use Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee May be more expensive than ordering from the county


For information about Utah state death records, contact:
Utah State Department of Health
288 North 1460 West Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
Telephone: 801-538-6105

See list of restrictions for ordering death records

If you do not want to order the death record, you can search other records with death information.


PART B: You don't know the exact date of death

Try:
Social Security Death Index (SSDI)
1936 to present at Genealogy Bank Free; most current version; few records before 1962; gives place where the last benefit was sent
Or try:
Order a 3 year search from UT Dept. of Health Office ($); Certificates for deaths that occurred in Utah since 1905. Use this form to order a certificate.
Don't want to order the death record? Search other records with death information
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Restrictions for Obtaining Death Records

Restrictions on who can obtain records for persons who died within the last 50 years:
To obtain a copy of the death certificate for those who died within the last 50 years, you must be:

  • The parent or grandparent of the person on the certificate
  • The spouse of the person on the certificate
  • The child or grandchild of the person on the certificate
  • The sibling of the person on the certificate
  • Funeral director
  • Anyone who has legal interest in the certificate
NOTE: A copy of the death record cannot be obtained by anyone except those listed above until 50 years have passed from the date of the death.

If you do not want to order the death record, you can search other records with death information.

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