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Utah Death Certificates

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. United States Vital Records has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Utah Vital Records State Department of Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.

Utah Death Certificate available from
1904–1958 Utah Archives
1904–1956 FamilySearch

Territorial Records
The library has some territorial vital records on compact disc for the 1800s to 1906. This index contains birth, marriage, guardianship, naturalization, divorce records and wills. The territory includes Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming, and Indian territory. Sources include Deseret News notices of vital records, marriages performed by justices of the peace, Methodist marriages, and records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints records.

Territorial vital records: births, divorces, guardianship, marriages, naturalization, wills; 1800's thru 1906 Utah territory, AZ, CO, ID, NV, WY, Indian Terr.; LDS branches, wards; Deseret News vital recs.; J.P. marriages; Meth. [2]

[edit] Birth and Death Records
State registration of births and deaths began in 1905 and was generally complied with by 1917. From 1977 to the present, the births and deaths are indexed by computer and may be found at the county vital records offices. Before 1905, you will need to contact county offices also. [edit] State Records of Births and Deaths
For information about state birth and death records, write to:

Bureau of Vital Records
Utah State Department of Health
288 North 1460 West Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
Telephone: 801-538-6105
Internet: Utah Department of Health

For genealogical purposes request a complete, "full copy" of the records.

The Utah State Archives now has digital copies of death records online for the years 1905 thru 1958. You can search the index and access the digital images at:

Utah State Archives and Records Service.
The death certificates are also on microfilm and cover the years from 1904 to 1960. You may call, write, visit, or e-mail the archives for information. The address is listed in the "Archives and Libraries" page. Their Internet site provides more details

Individuals who were born before 1905, or who did not have a birth certificate may have applied for a delayed birth certificate. The Bureau of Vital Records has issued delayed birth certificates since 1941.

Utah Death Certificates 1904 - 1956 -A free internet access to the 1904-1956 death certificates can be viewed on the Family Search Record Search. 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.

[edit]County Records of Births and Deaths
Although a few counties kept earlier records, most counties began keeping ledger entries of births and deaths in 1898 to comply with a state law. County records to 1905 are kept in the county clerk's office. Since 1905 county birth and death records have been sent to the Bureau of Vital Records. The Utah Genealogical Association has completed an index to the early death records. They have indexed 1898-1905 county death records for all counties except Salt Lake County. The index includes name, sex, age, death date, county page number, and entry or registration number.

Utah Genealogical Association. Professional Genealogists Chapter. Utah Death Index, 1898–1905, Excluding Salt Lake County. [3]

For Salt Lake County, the library has birth and death records. These registers usually are indexed. They are:

The Family History Library has copies of most of the county birth and death records from 1898 to 1905 and more recent records for some counties.

[edit] Deseret News, Death and Marriage Notices
Abstracts of Deaths Notices in the Deseret News Weekly newspaper of Salt Lake City, Utah (1852-1888)

Abstracts of Death Notices unique to the Deseret News Semi-Weekly of Salt Lake City, Utah (1865 to 1900)

Utah Salt Lake County Death Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)

[edit] Vital Records Kept by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Birth and death information for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the 1840s to the present is often available in membership records or annual reports. The Family History Library has records to 1948.

For vital records of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints see the Tracing LDS Ancestors portal page.

[edit] Divorce Records
Open / closed / state statutes

[edit] Guide to Vital Records
You can learn more about the history and availability of Utah vital records through the Internet at Bureau of Vital Records and Utah State Archives Internet sites.

The following book also provides information. The Utah State Board of Health sponsored the survey in 1941.

Guide to Public Vital Statistics of Utah. Salt Lake City, Utah: Historical Records Survey, 1941. [16]The book has four sections: birth, death, marriage, and divorce. It has samples of the documents being used and a copy of the instructions to the clerks and doctors on how to fill in the forms.

[edit] Tips
Information listed on vital records is given by an informant. Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) of the record. The closer the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can help determine the accuracy of the information found on the record.
If you are unable to locate vital records recorded by governmenents, search for church records of christening, marriage, death and burial. A family Bible may have been used to record births, marriages and deaths.
Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records. Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anone except a direct relative.
Search for Vital Records in the Family History Library Catalog by using a Place Search and then choosing Vital Records. Search for Utah to locate records filed by the State and then search the name of the county to locate records kept by the county.
[edit] Archives, Library and Societies
Utah Archives and Libraries

Other birth, marriage, death, and midwife records are available at the Family History Library. These can be found using the Family History Library Catalog Place Search under:


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Repositories Family History Library · Utah State Archives · Utah State Historical Society · Church History Library · Brigham Young University · Salt Lake City Public Library · University of Utah · National Archives Rocky Mountain Region (Denver) · Allen County Public Library

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