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The Box Elder County, Utah genealogy guide to find parents, birth, marriage, death, and more since 1856, 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 1888-present 1898-present 1856, 1860... 1856-present 1856-present
For earlier dates, try Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries | Parent counties
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Box Elder County, Utah
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Location in the state of Utah
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Founded January 5, 1856
County Seat Brigham City
Address County Courthouse<br>1 South Main St.<br>Brigham City, UT 84302
Named for: the many box elder trees in the area, Latin: Acer_negundo

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Helpful Facts

County Court House

Box Elder County Courthouse
1 South Main Street
Brigham City, Utah 84302
Phone: 435:734-3388 

County Clerk has birth and death records 1898-1905, marriage records from 1887, divorce, probate, court and land records from 1856.[2]

Parent Counties

Box Elder County, Utah was created January 5, 1856 from: Unorganized territory | Weber and Green River (old)

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

Neighboring Counties

Box Elder County, Utah is surrounded by: Tooele | Davis | Weber | Cache | Idaho counties: Cassia | Oneida; Nevada county: Elko
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Bible Records


  • History of Box Elder County [3]
  • Box Elder County, Utah newspaper card index historical, biographical, vital records
Newspaper card index to births, deaths, divorces, marriages, and subject index, 1890-1915 [4]
Newspaper card index, locality index [5] 
Newspaper card index, biographies [6] 
Newspaper card index, subject and vital record index - Corinne newspapers, 1869-1875 [7]
  • Biographies(microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog for Box Elder County, Utah. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see public libraries.

Business Records and Commerce


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.

State and national resources for Box Elder County, Utah cemeteries
Online Grave Transcripts
or Images
Published Grave
Lists of Cemeteries
in the County

Utah Cemeteries & Burial Database
Utah Gravestones
Billion Graves
Veterans to 1966

FamilySearch Library

Early Church Info File


Utah Periodicals


USGenWeb Tombstone Project

UTGenWeb Cemeteries


Utah Hometown Locator Cemeteries

Utah Cemeteries Search

Genealogy Trails

See Utah Cemeteries for details about each site.

Additional information on Box Elder County cemeteries

  • List of Box Elder County, Utah Cemeteries that exist or in some cases no longer exist.
  • The Garland, Utah Interment & Disinterment Registers are part of the FamilySearch Historical Record Collection: Utah, State Archives Records, 1848-2001.
    • This register appears to have been started in 1908; but includes references to burials prior to 1908 that presumably came from tombstones standing in 1908.
  • USGenWeb Archives Box Elder County, Utah provides names in Plymouth Cemetery and Woodmen of the World of Box Elder County.


The 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 U.S. federal population schedules of Box Elder 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
  • Censuses(microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog for Box Elder County, Utah. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see public libraries.

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

Stakes and the areas they cover:

Places: Beaverdam · Bothwell · Brigham City · Cedar Creek · Corinne · Deweyville · Elwood · Fielding · Garland · Honeyville · Howell · Mantua · Park Valley · Perry · Plymouth · Promontory · Snowville  · Tremonton · Washakie · Willard · Yost

Church units without place names:
Beaver Ward, see Beaverdam · Penrose Ward (in a rural area of Box Elder County, Utah) · Thatcher ·


Court Records


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

Gillies Funeral Chapel and Crematory[8]
634 East 200 South
Brigham City, UT 84302
Phone: 435-723-5236
Toll Free Phone: 888-723-5236
Fax: 435-723-6905

Myers Mortuary[9]
205 South 100 East
Brigham City, UT 84302
Phone: 435-723-8484
Fax: 435-723-7170

Rogers and Taylor Funeral Home[10]
111 North 1st East
Tremonton, UT 84337
Fax: 435-257-7384



A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.


History Timeline
  • Boundary changes timeline for Box Elder 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 Box Elder County.

  • 1800’s- The Bear River Valley was originally inhabited by the Fremont and Shoshoni Indians. Then French-Canadian trappers entered the valley.
  • 1851. First permanent homes in county at site of present Brigham City. Early name was Box Elder. 
  • 1851. Willard settled by Mormon settlers.
  • 1852. Perry was settled by Orrin Porter Rockwell. Early name was Three Mile Creek.
  • 1853. Lorenzo Snow created first self-sufficient city (present-day Brigham City).
  • 1856. Box Elder County formed.
  • 1861. Honeyville settled. Agricultural community.
  • 1863. Mantua settled by Danish families called by authorities of L.D.S. Church to settle in valley.
  • 1864. Deweyville settled by William Empey.
  • 1868. Elwood settled by homesteaders and families with "squatter rights."
  • 1869 May. Golden spike driven at Promontory Summit to connect Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads.
  • 1869. Plymouth founded.  Named for imagined resemblance of nearby large rock to the Plymouth Rock.
  • 1869. Corinne laid out by Union Pacific and settled by people of different religions.
  • 1871. Snowville settled at direction of Brigham Young.  Named after Mormon Apostle Lorenzo Snow.
  • 1886. Bear River City incorporated.
  • 1890. Penrose named for Mormon Apostle Charles W. Penrose.
  • 1892. Town of Fielding erected. Named after Mary Fielding Smith.
  • 1929.  Elwood established.  Early name was Manila Ward.
  • 1940’s. Economic boost during WWII, with creation of Bushnell General Hospital[11]
  • 1950-1960’s. Major growth in county, with Thiokol plant built in 1957.


Wiki articles describing online collection are found at:


For historical maps of Utah and Box Elder County, see:


Early migration routes to and from Box Elder County, Utah for emigrant settlers included: :


Naturalization and Citizenship


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. Resources include:



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


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).


Public Records

Resource Repositories

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Box Elder County, Utah
Address: 1 South Main St, Brigham City, UT 84302
Phone (Brigham City): 435-734-3300
Phone (Tremonton): 435-257-5810
Hours: 8am - 5pm Monday - Friday
  Box Elder County Home Page History of the Box Elder County Courthouse

County seat: Brigham City

Family History Centers

Brigham City Museum
24 North 300 West
Brigham City, UT 84302
(435) 226-1439
The de facto historical society for Box Elder County. Collections include historical artifacts, photographs, and other archival materials from areas throughout the county. Online collections (partial holdings only)

Bear River City DUP Museum
4600 West 5900 North (in the park)
Bear River, UT 84301
Open on request; free admission

Brigham City DUP (Restored Log Cabin)
200 North 300 West (Pioneer Park)
Brigham City, UT 84302
Open by appointment; free admission


Vital Records

Below are the best sources to find birth information (dates and places of birth and names of parents) for Box Elder 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 1856
Box Elder County, Utah was formed 5 January 1856.
      If your records show the person was born here before the county was formed,
      search parent counties
1856 - 1897
No birth records were created for Box Elder 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.[17] 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[18] are open to the public.
  • 1898-1905 Series #84098 at Utah State Archives. Not online, no online index. Copies available through FamilySearch Library copy: FSL film 480875 . There are no names of children in the records. (Census or church records will help.)
  • 1906-1910 online images for Box Elder 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.

Wiki articles describing marriage a collection is found at:

Utah, Box Elder County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

  • 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
  • Utah State Vital Records :Utah Department of Health Office of Vital Records & Statistics :P.O. Box 141010 :Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-1010 :Phone: (801) 538-6101
  • Box Elder County Utah Vital Records :Box Elder County Clerk :1 S Main Street :Brigham City, UT 84302 :Phone: (435) 734-3388
  • First District Court (Divorce Records) :43 North Main :P.O. Box 873 :Brigham City, UT 84302-0873 :Phone: (435) 734-4600 Fax: (435) 734-4610
  • Vital records(microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog for Box Elder County, Utah. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see public libraries.
  • USGenWeb Archives Box Elder County, Utah provides the Death Certificates of 1903-1908

Death Record Substitutes

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

Voting Registers

Towns and Communities


  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), Box Elder County, Utah Page 686 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Forsgren, Lydia Walker History of Box Elder County WorldCat 10418828
  4. Film [[FHL|1145491
  5. FHL 1145492 Item 1
  6. FHL 1145492 Item 2
  7. FHL 1145492 Item 3
  8. Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,937.
  9. Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,937.
  10. Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,941.
  11. Kathleen Bradford, Bushnell General Hospital Utah History Encyclopedia (Accessed 4 September 2012)
  12. National Park Service, "California Trail" (map) in California National Historic Trail at (accessed 2 August 2011).
  13. "The Pioneer Story: The Mormon Pioneer Trail" in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at (accessed 2 August 2011).
  14. Wikipedia contributors, "First Transcontinental Railroad" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at (accessed 2 August 2011).
  15. “Box Elder County, Utah Certificates of Citizenship Record Books, 1868-1869” ( : accessed 24 Oct 2012), “Source Information”.
  16. “Box Elder County, Utah Certificates of Citizenship Record Books, 1868-1869” ( : accessed 24 Oct 2012), “About Box Elder County, Utah Certificates of Citizenship Record Books, 1868-1869”.
  17. Utah State Archives, Birth Records guide, accessed 28 July 2012.)
  18. State Department of Health Birth, Marriage, and Death Certificates page. Accessed 7/31/2012
  19. "Box Elder County, Utah: Family History and Genealogy, Census, Birth, Marriage, Death Vital Records and More," Linkpendium,, accessed 1 February 2012.


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