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Access the records: Utah, Davis County Records, 1869-1953 .
The collection contains images of these records from the county courthouse in Farmington:
- Births (1898-1905)
- Deaths (1898-1953, dates vary by registration district)
- Marriages (1887-1907)
- Land records (1869-1946)
- Land record indexes (various years)
- Naturalization and citizenship papers (1932-1938)
- Cemetery records (Lakewood Cemetery, no dates)
- Wills (1877-1968)
- Mining claims (1871-1918)
Many of the record types have indexes which are included in this collection. Most of the indexes and records are handwritten.
County officials began keeping records from the time the county was formed or shortly thereafter.
The collection covers the years 1869 to 1946.
Each type of record within the county was created for a different purpose, but most were created to keep track of the vital events happening in the lives of the citizens and to safeguard their legal interests as well as those of their heirs.
The records are generally reliable, but may not contain complete information.
For a list of records by categories currently published in this collection, select the Browse.
Citation for This Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
- County Clerk. Utah, Davis County Records. Davis County Clerk and Recorder, Farmington, Utah.
The details of land and probate records may vary, depending upon the record type, but the records generally contain the following information:
- Names of interested parties
- Recording date
- Place of event
- Names of witnesses
Depending on the record, it may also contain:
- Names of family members and their relationships
- Names of heirs
- Name of the executor, administrator, or guardian
Birth Records for Davis County included the following information:
- Name and gender of child
- Color, race or nativity
- Date and place of birth
- Parents' names and residence
- Name of attending physician or midwife or other attendant
Marriage Indexes gave the following information:
- Females (brides) names were listed in alphabetical order
- Males (grooms) names were listed alongside the female name
- Year and month of the marriage(s) were designated in record
- The volume, page number and the number assigned to marriage listed
Marriage Certificates provided the following information:
- Name and current residence of groom
- Name and current residence of bride
- Date and place of marriage
- Name of person who solemnized the marriage
- Names of witnesses
Death Records of Davis County included the following information:
- Name and gender of deceased
- Date and place of death
- Cause of death
- Color or nativity of deceased
- Occupation and marital status of deceased
- Birthplace of deceased
- Length of residence in county
- Name of informant
How to Use the Record
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the " Record Category" category
⇒Select the "Citizenship Records" category which takes you to the images
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
- The place where the event occurred
- The approximate date the event occurred
- The name of the individual or individuals such as the names of the bride and groom or the deceased
Identify the record to be searched
From the Record Description list, identify the kind of record you would like to search (land, naturalization, probate, marriages, etc.) and click on the title link to select it.
Check the surname index
With each type of records, there is an index (usually a page for each letter of the alphabet). Name indexes make it possible to access a specific record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
Search the index for your ancestor. If you find you ancestor’s name in the index, make note of the page or image number listed.
Find the image
Start searching individual images or pages that you have listed. Compare the information in the records to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.
Using the Information
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors.
The following examples show ways you can use the information:
- Use probate records to identify heirs and relatives.
- You may be able to use the probate record to learn about adoptions or guardianship of any minor children and dependents.
- Use the information in the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records since the probates exist for an earlier time period.
- You may be able to use the probate record to learn about land transactions.
- Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
- Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
- Use the residence and names of the parents to locate census, church, and land records.
- Use the occupations listed to find other types of records such as employment records or military records.
- Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
- The name of the officiator at the event may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
- Use a marriage number to identify previous marriages.
- The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members.
- Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
- Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married, or died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
- There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
- Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
- Check for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
For a summary of this information see the wiki article: United States, How to Use the Records Summary.
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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection
"Utah, Davis County Records, 1869-1953," FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org FamilySearch.org: accessed 24 June 2011). Edwin Albert Youngberg, 19 November 1932; citing County Records, Citizenship records, Citizenship, 1932-2938, Image 3; Davis County Clerk's Office, Farmington, Utah, United States.
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