Salt Lake City Stakes (1930): Ensign Stake, Utah • Granite Stake, Utah • Grant Stake, Utah • Liberty Stake, Utah • Pioneer Stake, Utah • Salt Lake Stake, Utah
Stakes in the county (1930): Cottonwood Stake, Utah · East Jordan Stake, Utah · Oquirrh Stake, Utah · West Jordan Stake, Utah
Places in the County (1930): Click on the stake (in parentheses) for boundaries, history timeline, and records.
Bennion (Cottonwood) · Bingham Canyon (West Jordan) · Bluffdale (West Jordan) · Butler (East Jordan) · Cottonwood (Cottonwood) · Crescent (East Jordan) · Draper (East Jordan) · Granger (Oquirrh) · Grant (Cottonwood) · Granite (East Jordan) · Herriman (West Jordan) · Holladay (Cottonwood) · Hunter (Oquirrh) · Lark (West Jordan) · Magna (Oquirrh) · Midvale (East Jordan) · Millcreek (Cottonwood) · Murray (Cottonwood) · Riverton (West Jordan) · Salt Lake City · Sandy (East Jordan) · South Jordan (West Jordan) · Taylorsville (Cottonwood) · Union (East Jordan) · West Jordan (West Jordan) ·
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Dwellings - History
Ethnic and Other Groups
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
- 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
- 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.
NOTE: Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Wikipedia for Salt Lake County
- 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.
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
- Land and Property Records(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.
- Some Land Claim books covering 1871-1894 and a Land Title Docket covering 1871-1891 are included in the FamilySearch Historical Records collection entitled "Utah, State Archives".
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.)
Google highway map of Salt Lake County 2012
Early migration routes to and from Salt Lake County, Utah for emigrant settlers included:
- California Trail 1846 to 1869 from western Missouri to northern California
- Mormon Trail 1846 to 1869 from Nauvoo, Illinois to Salt Lake City, Utah
- Mormon Trail to Southern California 1847 from Salt Lake City, Utah to Los Angeles, California
- Central Overland Trail 1859-1869 from Salt Lake City, Utah to Carson City, Nevada (and usually on to northern California)
- Union Pacific Railroad 1869 Ogden, Utah to Omaha, Nebraska
- Central Pacific Railroad 1869 Ogden, Utah to Sacramento, California
- Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad 1883 Salt Lake City, Utah to Grand Junction, Colorado (and Denver)
- 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.
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.
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.
- 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 Salt Lake County, Utah.
- Several newspapers covering various dates from 1850-1960 are included. Including the Salt Lake Tribune (1871 - 1914). For Salt Lake Tribune (1923-1977) text coverage see Salt Lake Tribune, The (Salt Lake City, Utah) Ancestry.com ($)
- BYU Digital 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 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(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
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).
- Salt Lake County, Index to Probate Case Files, 1852-81 Ancestry.com ($). Cites as it's source: Salt Lake County, Utah. Utah. District Court (Third District: Salt Lake County).Index to Probate Case Files 1852-96. Salt Lake City, UT, USA: Utah State Archives and Records Service. Series 1621.
- Utah, Probate Records, 1851-1961 a collection digitized by FamilySearch (free), includes Salt Lake county case files
- Salt Lake County Probate Case Files, No 4651-6721, 1906-1913 are included in the FamilySearch Historical Records collection Utah, State Archives.
- Probate Records(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.
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.
- 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:
Birth Before 1852
If your records show the person was born here before the county was formed,
- Salt Lake County, Utah was formed on 3 March 1852.
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Birth 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:
- 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.
- 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 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. 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 are open to the public.
- 1890-1915 Salt Lake County Birth Records. (Online, free) Published by FamilySearch.
- 1890-1950 Salt Lake City birth records through Salt Lake Valley Health Department. You will find parents' names, child's date of birth, and the child's name, if known. Later records show age of parents, address, etc.
- FamilySearch Library copy on 76 microlfilm reels, starting with 26477
- 1898-1905 Index to Series 3922 (Online, free) Published by Utah State Archives. This is for Salt Lake County. However, there is some overlap with the Salt Lake City records. You will find names of parents and child (if known) and the child's date of birth.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 1887–1965 — Salt Lake County (Utah). County Clerk. Marriage Records, 1887–1965. 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. 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.
- 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.
Copies of death records and indexes for Salt Lake City and County are available at the Family History Library.
- 1848-1950 - Salt Lake City (Utah). Office of Vital Statistics. Death Records of Salt Lake City, Utah, 1848–Sept 1950. These records provide name, birth and death information, address or city, and sometimes burial information.
- 1897–1905 — Salt Lake County (Utah). County Clerk. Register of Deaths, Salt Lake County, Book A, 1897–1905. 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.
Death Record Substitutes
- 1870 - U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885 at Ancestry ($). Includes 1870 Salt Lake County, Utah mortality schedule.
Resources for Salt Lake 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: Salt Lake 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
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County seat: Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County Courthouse
2001 State Street Room S2200
Salt Lake City, Ut 84190
County Clerk has marriage records from 1887, divorce and court records from 1896, and probate records from 1852. County Recorder has land records.
Salt Lake City Public Library has many resources for history and genealogy, such copies of local newspapers and much more. While many libraries in Utah have an area dedicated to local collections and manuscripts, this is exceptional.
- Salt Lake Community College - Jordan Campus Library, Health Sciences Building JHS 235, 3500 W. Wights Fort Road. West Jordan, Utah 84088. Phone: 801-957-6202
- Salt Lake City Public Library; 210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111. Phone: 801-524-82002. The main library in the county system.
These branches may have independent genealogy or history collections for the areas they serve:
- Anderson-Foothill branch, 1135 South 2100 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84108-1912. Phone 801-594-8611
- Chapman branch, 577 South 900 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84104-1302. Phone 801-594-8623
- Day-Riverside branch, 1575 West 1000 North, Salt Lake City, UT 84116. Phone 801-594-8632
- Sprague branch, 2131 South 1100 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84106. Phone 801-594-8640
- Sweet branch, 455 F Street (9th Avenue), Salt Lake City, UT 84103. Phone 801-594-8651
See also Utah Public Library Directory, which provides links to library web pages, addresses, phone numbers, hours, and maps. Does not mention holdings.
Towns and Communities in this county
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 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.
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- ↑ "Oregon California Trails Association" at http://octatrails.micromaps.com/ (accessed 18 July 2011).
- ↑ "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).
- ↑ "Jefferson Hunt" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefferson_Hunt (accessed 6 September 2011).
- ↑ "Central Overland Route" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Overland_Route (accessed 13 September 2011).
- ↑ Wikipedia contributors, "Union Pacific Railroad" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Pacific_Railroad (accessed 14 September 2011).
- ↑ Wikipedia contributors, "Central Pacific Railroad" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Pacific_Railroad (accessed 14 September 2011).
- ↑ 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).
- ↑ Utah State Archives, Birth Records guide, accessed 28 July 2012.)
- ↑ State Department of Health Birth, Marriage, and Death Certificates page. Accessed 7/31/2012
- ↑ "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.
- ↑ Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1965–1966. (Family History Library FHL Films 429035–312.)
- ↑ Salt Lake City, Utah: Management Information Systems, 1987. (Family History Library FHL Fiche 6052848–49.)
- ↑ Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1950. (Family History Library FHL Films 26553–83.)
- ↑ Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1977. (Family History Library FHL Film 485535.)