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</p><p>This page contains a series of links to Research Wiki articles about how to find various types of genealogically related records specific to the state of Utah. The individual articles are arranged by subject heading. The linked articles may also include links to other related articles. You may also wish to search the Wiki for "How to Find" articles adding the subject "Utah." Please feel free to add new links or update existing links as they become available.
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<h3>American Indians</h3>
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This page contains a series of links to Research Wiki articles about how to find various types of genealogically related records specific to the state of Utah. The individual articles are arranged by subject heading. The linked articles may also include links to other related articles. You may also wish to search the Wiki for "How to Find" articles adding the subject "Utah." Please feel free to add new links or update existing links as they become available.
<p>If you believe your family has Indian ancestry, first identify a specific time period and locality for your ancestor by using other Utah and United States records. Knowing and studying the history of a tribe is vital in finding available records.  
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For online collections not in the Research Wiki, see [[Utah Online Collections]]
<ul><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="Indians of Utah">Indians of Utah</a>
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</li><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="Utah, Indian War Service Affidavits (FamilySearch Historical Records)">Utah, Indian War Service Affidavits (FamilySearch Historical Records)</a>
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===American Indians===
</li><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="Utah Indian Agency">Utah Indian Agency</a>*<a _fcknotitle="true" href="Shivwits Indian School (Utah)">Shivwits Indian School (Utah)</a>
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</li><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="Paiute Indian Agency (Utah)">Paiute Indian Agency (Utah)</a>
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If you believe your family has Indian ancestry, first identify a specific time period and locality for your ancestor by using other Utah and United States records. Knowing and studying the history of a tribe is vital in finding available records.  
</li><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="Kaibab Indian Agency (Utah)">Kaibab Indian Agency (Utah)</a>*<a _fcknotitle="true" href="Goshute Indian Agency (Utah)">Goshute Indian Agency (Utah)</a>
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*[[Indians of Utah]]
</li><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="Carson Valley Indian Agency (Nevada)">Carson Valley Indian Agency (Nevada)</a>
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*[[Utah, Indian War Service Affidavits (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
</li><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="Fort Bridger Indian Agency (Wyoming)">Fort Bridger Indian Agency (Wyoming)</a>
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*[[Utah Indian Agency]]*[[Shivwits Indian School (Utah)]]
</li><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="Ouray Indian Agency (Utah)">Ouray Indian Agency (Utah)</a>  
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*[[Paiute Indian Agency (Utah)]]
</li><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="Southern Paiute Indian Field Office (Utah)">Southern Paiute Indian Field Office (Utah)</a>
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*[[Kaibab Indian Agency (Utah)]]*[[Goshute Indian Agency (Utah)]]
</li><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="Southern Utah Indian Agency (Utah)">Southern Utah Indian Agency (Utah)</a>
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*[[Carson Valley Indian Agency (Nevada)]]
</li><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="Spanish Fork Indian Agency (Utah)">Spanish Fork Indian Agency (Utah)</a>
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*[[Fort Bridger Indian Agency (Wyoming)]]
</li><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="Uintah Valley Indian Agency (Utah)">Uintah Valley Indian Agency (Utah)</a>
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*[[Ouray Indian Agency (Utah)]]  
</li><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="Uintah and Ouray Indian Agency (Utah)">Uintah and Ouray Indian Agency (Utah)</a>
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*[[Southern Paiute Indian Field Office (Utah)]]
</li><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="Salt Lake Special Indian Agency (Utah)">Salt Lake Special Indian Agency (Utah)</a>
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*[[Southern Utah Indian Agency (Utah)]]
</li><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="Navajo Indian Agency">Navajo Indian Agency</a>
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*[[Spanish Fork Indian Agency (Utah)]]
</li><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="Southern Paiute Indian Field Office (Utah)">Southern Paiute Indian Field Office (Utah)</a>
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*[[Uintah Valley Indian Agency (Utah)]]
</li><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="Utah Superintendency of Indian Affairs">Utah Superintendency of Indian Affairs</a>
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*[[Uintah and Ouray Indian Agency (Utah)]]
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*[[Salt Lake Special Indian Agency (Utah)]]
<p>Search for the individual tribes in the Research Wiki, such as:
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*[[Southern Paiute Indian Field Office (Utah)]]
<ul><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="Ute Indians">Ute Indians</a>
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*[[Utah Superintendency of Indian Affairs]]
</li><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="Shoshone Indians">Shoshone Indians</a>
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</li><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="Northern Shoshone Indians, Idaho and Utah">Northern Shoshone Indians, Idaho and Utah</a>
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Search for the individual tribes in the Research Wiki, such as:
</li><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="Paiute Indians">Paiute Indians</a>
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*[[Ute Indians]]
</li><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="Washoe Indians">Washoe Indians</a>
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*[[Shoshone Indians]]
</li><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="Pahvant Indians">Pahvant Indians</a><br>
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*[[Northern Shoshone Indians, Idaho and Utah]]
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*[[Paiute Indians]]
<p>The following more general records may also be helpful:
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*[[Washoe Indians]]
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*[[Pahvant Indians]]<br>
<ul><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="United States Native Races Part 3 - What Records Can I Search?">United States Native Races Part 3 - What Records Can I Search?</a>
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</li><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="Indians of the United States and Their Records">Indians of the United States and Their Records</a>
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The following more general records may also be helpful:
</li><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="American Indians Beginning Your Search">American Indians Beginning Your Search</a>
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*[[United States Native Races Part 3 - What Records Can I Search?]]
</li><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="American Indian Genealogy">American Indian Genealogy</a>
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*[[Indians of the United States and Their Records]]
</li><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="United States Native Races Part 6 - What Tools Can Help My Search?">United States Native Races Part 6 - What Tools Can Help My Search?</a>
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*[[American Indians Beginning Your Search]]
</li><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="United States Native Races Part 2 - Has Someone Already Researched My Family?">United States Native Races Part 2 - Has Someone Already Researched My Family?</a>
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*[[American Indian Genealogy]]
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*[[United States Native Races Part 6 - What Tools Can Help My Search?]]
<h3>Archives and Libraries</h3>
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*[[United States Native Races Part 2 - Has Someone Already Researched My Family?]]
<p>Many archives and libraries have resources such as maps, gazetteers, and other place-finding aids to help you locate information about Utah. They may have collections of previous research, such as family and local histories and biographies. Many have record-finding aids such as guides to their own collections or inventories of records housed elsewhere in the state.
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===Archives and Libraries===
<ul><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="Utah Archives and Libraries">Utah Archives and Libraries</a> This article has links to specific Utah Libraries and Archives. You may also wish to search for articles in each county's article.
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Many archives and libraries have resources such as maps, gazetteers, and other place-finding aids to help you locate information about Utah. They may have collections of previous research, such as family and local histories and biographies. Many have record-finding aids such as guides to their own collections or inventories of records housed elsewhere in the state.
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<h3>Biography</h3>
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*[[Utah Archives and Libraries]] This article has links to specific Utah Libraries and Archives. You may also wish to search for articles in each county's article.
<p>A biography is a history of a person’s life. In a biography you may find the individual’s birth, marriage, and death information, and the names of his parents, children, or other family members. Biographies often include photographs, family traditions, stories, clues about an ancestor’s place of origin, places where he has lived, church positions held, professional accomplishments, military service, and activities within the community. The information must be used carefully, however, because there may be inaccuracies.
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===Biography===
<ul><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="Utah Biography">Utah Biography</a>
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A biography is a history of a person’s life. In a biography you may find the individual’s birth, marriage, and death information, and the names of his parents, children, or other family members. Biographies often include photographs, family traditions, stories, clues about an ancestor’s place of origin, places where he has lived, church positions held, professional accomplishments, military service, and activities within the community. The information must be used carefully, however, because there may be inaccuracies.
</li><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="Family History Library Catalog Surname Search">Family History Library Catalog Surname Search</a>
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</li><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="LDS Record Selection Table">LDS Record Selection Table</a>
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*[[Utah Biography]]
</li><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="United States Native Races Part 2 - Has Someone Already Researched My Family?">United States Native Races Part 2 - Has Someone Already Researched My Family?</a>
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*[[Family History Library Catalog Surname Search]]
</li><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="Early Church Information File (ECIF)">Early Church Information File (ECIF)</a>
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*[[LDS Record Selection Table]]
</li><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="Ten great LDS family history databases">Ten great LDS family history databases</a>
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*[[United States Native Races Part 2 - Has Someone Already Researched My Family?]]
</li><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="LDS Genealogy">LDS Genealogy</a>
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*[[Early Church Information File (ECIF)]]
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*[[Ten great LDS family history databases]]
<h3>Cemeteries</h3>
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*[[LDS Genealogy]]
<p>Cemetery records may include birth, marriage, and death information. They sometimes provide clues about military service, religion, or membership in an organization. Cemetery records may be kept as sexton records in a local city office or in a storage location on the cemetery itself. There may also be permits for burial, cemetery plot sales records, transportation records and mortuary and funeral records stored with the cemetery records themselves.   
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</p><p>Also use these records to:
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===Cemeteries===
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<ul><li>Identify children who died young or women who were not recorded in family or government documents.
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Cemetery records may include birth, marriage, and death information. They sometimes provide clues about military service, religion, or membership in an organization. Cemetery records may be kept as sexton records in a local city office or in a storage location on the cemetery itself. There may also be permits for burial, cemetery plot sales records, transportation records and mortuary and funeral records stored with the cemetery records themselves.   
</li><li>Establish family relationships and locate family members.
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Also use these records to:
<p>For Utah, there are statewide indexes and collections for many cemeteries.
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*Identify children who died young or women who were not recorded in family or government documents.
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*Establish family relationships and locate family members.
<ul><li><a _fcknotitle="true" href="Utah Cemeteries">Utah Cemeteries</a>
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For Utah, there are statewide indexes and collections for many cemeteries.
<h3>Census</h3>
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*[[Utah Cemeteries]]
<h3>Church Records</h3>
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<h3>Court Records</h3>
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===Census===
<h3>Digital Collections</h3>
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A census is a count and description of the population of a country,state, county, or city. Census lists are also called “schedules." In the United States a nationwide census has been taken every ten years since 1790. A well-indexed census is one of the easiest ways to locate where an ancestor lived and when they lived there.
<h3>Directories</h3>
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<h3>Emigration and Immigration</h3>
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*[[Utah Census]]
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<h3>History</h3>
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<h3>Land and Property</h3>
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<h3>Maps</h3>
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===Church Records===
<h3>Military Records</h3>
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<h3>Minorities</h3>
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Churches keep records of baptisms, christenings, confirmations, marriages, burials, memberships, admissions, and removals. Some keep minutes of church meetings and the histories of their local churches. Each church has its own policies for record keeping.
<h3>Naturalization and Citizenship</h3>
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<h3>Newspapers</h3>
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Church records are important for family research because civil authorities in Utah did not begin registering vital records consistently until after 1895, although some marriage records exist as early as 1887. Church records may include names and dates and places of births, marriages, deaths and parents. The records are usually recorded at the time of an event and should be accurate for the specific event.
<h3>Obituaries</h3>
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<h3>Periodicals</h3>
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Before 1900 the largest religious groups in Utah were The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Roman Catholics, Greek Orthodox, Methodists, and Presbyterians.<ref>William Chamberlin Hunt and United States Bureau of the Census, ''Religious Bodies: 1906'' (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1910), Vol. 1:364. Digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=Z6ZdiZWeStAC Google Books].</ref>  
<h3>Probate Records</h3>
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<h3>Societies</h3>
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You must determine the denomination of an ancestor to find their church records.
<h3>Taxation</h3>
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*[[Utah Church Records]]
<h3>Vital Records</h3>
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<h4>Birth Records</h4>
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For more specific information, please search for church records by individual counties, cities or towns. See also {{UTChurchLDSJensonsBeg}} {{UTChurchLDSJensonsEnd}}
<h4>Marriage Records</h4>
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<h4>Death Records</h4>
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===Court Records===
<h3>References</h3>
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Your ancestors may be found in court records perhaps as defendants, plaintiffs, witnesses, or jurors. They may have also participated in cases involving probate, naturalization, divorce, debt, adoption, guardianship, licenses, appointment to public offices, taxes, civil and criminal lawsuits, property disputes, crimes, or other matters brought before a court. Court records can establish family relationships and places of residence. They often provide occupations, descriptions of individuals, and other family history information.
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===Directories===
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Directories are alphabetical lists of names and addresses. These often list all the adult residents of a city or an area. They are similar to modern telephone books. Beside addresses and occupations, they may also give locations of streets and voting districts which will help you locate other records.
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Directories of heads of households have been published for major cities in Utah. Some directories cover several cities.
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*[[Utah Directories]]
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===Emigration and Immigration===
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Emigration records list the names of people leaving and immigration records list those coming into the State of Utah. These records may include an emigrant’s name, age, occupation, destination, and sometimes the place of origin or birth. It is important to remember that any Emigrant or Immigrant had to have a Port of Departure or a Port of Entry or a border crossing.
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*[[Utah Emigration and Immigration]]
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===Gazetteers===
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A gazetteer is a list and description of places, such as villages, towns and cities. Gazetteers may also mention neighborhoods, cemeteries, population size, and geographical features such as rivers and mountains. It can be used to locate the places where a family lived. They usually include only the names of places that existed at the time the gazetteer was published. The place names are generally listed in alphabetical order.
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*[[Utah Gazetteers]]
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===Genealogy===
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The term genealogy is used to describe a variety of records containing family information previously gathered by other researchers, societies, or archives. These records can include pedigree charts, compiled data on families, correspondence, ancestor lists, research exchange files, record abstracts, and collections of original or copied documents. These sources can save time, but because they are compiled from other sources, they must be carefully evaluated for accuracy.
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===History===
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State and local histories can contain a wealth of information about individuals and families. Be sure and search for specific places names and include the word "history" in your search.
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*[[Utah History]]
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*[[Early Utah History]]
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*[[LDS Colonization]]
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===Land and Property===
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Land records are primarily used to learn when and where an individual lived. They often reveal other family information, such as the name of a spouse, heir, other relatives, or neighbors. Also, you may learn where a person lived previously, his or her occupation, if he or she was a naturalized citizen, and other clues for further research. Always be sure to search the individual county records where the land was located. Land and property records are usually maintained on a county level.
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*[[Utah Land and Property]]
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*[[Utah Maps]]
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===Maps===
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Maps and atlases are used to locate the places where your ancestors lived. They identify political boundaries, names of places, geographical features, cemeteries, churches, and migration routes.
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Historical maps are especially useful for finding communities that no longer exist and old county boundaries. The Family History Library has maps for some Utah counties and a few of the larger cities. Some of the city maps list the property owners. There are extensive online historical map collections.
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*[[Utah Maps]]
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*[[Utah Gazetteers]]
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*[[LDS Historical Geography]]
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*[[Maps]]
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===Military Records===
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Military records identify thousands of individuals who served or who were eligible for service. Evidence that an individual actually served may be found in family traditions, census records, naturalization records, biographies, cemetery records, and records of veterans’ organizations. Your ancestors will be more interesting if you learn about their military service and the history of their units. Military records can also give birth dates, marriage dates, death dates, spouse's and children’s names, and localities of residence throughout the life of the family.
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*[[Utah Military Records]]
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*[[Utah in the Civil War]]
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*[[Smith's Company, Utah Cavalry (3 months, 1862) (Union)]]
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===Minorities===
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Knowledge of the history of the ethnic, racial, and religious groups your ancestors belonged to is important. This historical background can help you identify where your ancestors lived, when they lived there, and where they moved. This information will help you understand the types of records they might be listed in and the history of your family.
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*[[Utah Minorities]]
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*[[Utah History]]
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*[[Indians of Utah]]
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===Naturalization and Citizenship===
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Naturalization is the process of granting citizenship privileges and responsibilities to foreign-born residents. Naturalization papers, filed to begin the process, are an important source of information about an immigrant's nation of origin, his foreign and "Americanized" names, residence, and date of arrival. Information in post-1906 records is more detailed and may include birth dates, birth places, and other information about the immigrant and members of his family.
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*[[Utah Naturalization and Citizenship]]
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===Newspapers===
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Newspapers in all areas of Utah can contain information not found in other records. The rural newspapers specialize in items of local interest, balanced with regional, state, and national news. Unique information may include:
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Legal notices from nearby towns and neighboring counties.Social colums from the town and surrounding areasAdvertising of the time that are insightful, and may include a business your relatives owned.In "slow news" days, a newspaper may include "filler," such as stories, jokes, and sometimes names of hotel guests or people arriving on the stage coach.
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*[[Utah Newspapers]]
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*[[LDS Obituaries]]
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*[[Utah Obituaries]]
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*[[LDS Obituaries]]
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*[[LDS Newspapers]]
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*[[Utah Online Collections]]
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*[[Brigham Young University Harold B. Lee Library]]
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*[[BYU Family History Library]]
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*[[Family History Library]]
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*[[Brigham City Utah Family History Center/Resources]]
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*[[Ogden FamilySearch Library/Local Resources]]
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*[[BYU Center for Family History and Genealogy]]
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*[[Salt Lake City Public Library]]
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===Obituaries===
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Obituaries are a good source of biographical information. They can include religion, education, and accomplishments, as well as birth, marriage, and death information, names of parents, siblings, children, and extended family.
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*[[Utah Newspapers]]
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*[[LDS Obituaries]]
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*[[Utah Periodicals]]
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*[[Church History Library]]
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*[[Utah Online Collections]]
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*[[Utah Vital Records]]
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*[[Journal History of the LDS Church]]
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*[[Utah Cemeteries]]
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*[[Tracing LDS Ancestors]]
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*[[Brigham Young University Harold B. Lee Library]]
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*[[LDS Research Sources at Ancestry.com]]
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===Periodicals===
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Most family history periodicals reprint copies of local sources of genealogical value. These may include biographical sketches, genealogies, information about local records and archives, queries, census indexes, transcripts of family Bibles, church records, court records, cemetery indexes, land records, newspaper notices, obituaries, research queries, vital records, and wills.
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*[[Utah Societies]]
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*[[Periodical Source Index (PERSI)]]
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*[[Salt Lake City Public Library]]
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*[[Brigham Young University Harold B. Lee Library]]
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*[[Utah Archives and Libraries]]
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*[[LDS For Further Reading]]
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*[[Tracing LDS Ancestors]]
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*[[Family History Library]]
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*[[BYU Family History Library]]
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*[[LDS Biography]]
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*[[LDS Record Selection Table]]
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*[[Church History Library]]
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*[[National Archives Rocky Mountain Region (Denver)]]
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===Probate Records===
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Probate cases include the proving of wills and the administering of estates for individuals who have died. They also include such matters as guardianship and insanity proceedings.They are a good source for locating relatives, death dates, and property. Families with property are more likely to be found in probate records than poorer families.
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*[[Utah Probate Records]]
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*[[Utah Court Records]]
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*[[Websites for Utah Research]]
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*[[Utah Vital Records]]
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*[[Utah Online Collections]]
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*[[Utah History]]
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*[[Utah Territorial Records]]
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*[[Utah Taxation]]
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===Societies===
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Societies generate genealogies, biographies, histories, and indexes of local records. They may publish periodicals, lists of members and ancestors, yearbooks, or surname indexes. Utah has many societies and associations interested in genealogical research and preserving history and records of Utah. Other groups are lineage societies for descendants of pioneers, soldiers, and ethnic groups.
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*[[Utah Societies]]
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*[[Genealogical Society of Utah]]
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*[[Utah Jewish Genealogical Society]]
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*[[Utah State Historical Society]]
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*[[Utah Archives and Libraries]]
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*[[Daughters of Utah Pioneers]]
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*[[Genealogical Societies]]
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*[[Sons of Utah Pioneers]]
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*[[LDS Church and Family History]]
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*[[Utah History]]
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*[[Utah Genealogy]]
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===Taxation===
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Tax records are an important supplement to census and land records. They can be used to determine place and length of residence. They provide useful information such as a brief description of land and property holdings. County property, county inheritance, city tax, and an early collection of federal tax records are the most commonly used tax records for family history research in Utah.
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===Vital Records===
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Vital records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths, recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.
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*[[Utah Vital Records]]
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====Birth Records====
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For information on birth records in Utah see [[How to Find Birth Information in Utah]]
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*[[Utah Online Collections]]
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*[[Utah Church Records]]
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*[[Utah Newspapers]]
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*[[Websites for Utah Research]]
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*[[Utah Court Records]]
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*[[Early Church Information File (ECIF)]]
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*[[Utah Online Collections]]
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*[[Utah Church Records]]
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*[[Utah Newspapers]]
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*[[Websites for Utah Research]]
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*[[Utah Court Records]]
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*[[Early Church Information File (ECIF)]]
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This page contains a series of links to Research Wiki articles about how to find various types of genealogically related records specific to the state of Utah. The individual articles are arranged by subject heading. The linked articles may also include links to other related articles. You may also wish to search the Wiki for "How to Find" articles adding the subject "Utah." Please feel free to add new links or update existing links as they become available.

For online collections not in the Research Wiki, see Utah Online Collections

Contents

American Indians

If you believe your family has Indian ancestry, first identify a specific time period and locality for your ancestor by using other Utah and United States records. Knowing and studying the history of a tribe is vital in finding available records.

Search for the individual tribes in the Research Wiki, such as:

The following more general records may also be helpful:

Archives and Libraries

Many archives and libraries have resources such as maps, gazetteers, and other place-finding aids to help you locate information about Utah. They may have collections of previous research, such as family and local histories and biographies. Many have record-finding aids such as guides to their own collections or inventories of records housed elsewhere in the state.

  • Utah Archives and Libraries This article has links to specific Utah Libraries and Archives. You may also wish to search for articles in each county's article.

Biography

A biography is a history of a person’s life. In a biography you may find the individual’s birth, marriage, and death information, and the names of his parents, children, or other family members. Biographies often include photographs, family traditions, stories, clues about an ancestor’s place of origin, places where he has lived, church positions held, professional accomplishments, military service, and activities within the community. The information must be used carefully, however, because there may be inaccuracies.

Cemeteries

Cemetery records may include birth, marriage, and death information. They sometimes provide clues about military service, religion, or membership in an organization. Cemetery records may be kept as sexton records in a local city office or in a storage location on the cemetery itself. There may also be permits for burial, cemetery plot sales records, transportation records and mortuary and funeral records stored with the cemetery records themselves.

Also use these records to:

  • Identify children who died young or women who were not recorded in family or government documents.
  • Establish family relationships and locate family members.

For Utah, there are statewide indexes and collections for many cemeteries.

Census

A census is a count and description of the population of a country,state, county, or city. Census lists are also called “schedules." In the United States a nationwide census has been taken every ten years since 1790. A well-indexed census is one of the easiest ways to locate where an ancestor lived and when they lived there.

See also:


Church Records

Churches keep records of baptisms, christenings, confirmations, marriages, burials, memberships, admissions, and removals. Some keep minutes of church meetings and the histories of their local churches. Each church has its own policies for record keeping.

Church records are important for family research because civil authorities in Utah did not begin registering vital records consistently until after 1895, although some marriage records exist as early as 1887. Church records may include names and dates and places of births, marriages, deaths and parents. The records are usually recorded at the time of an event and should be accurate for the specific event.

Before 1900 the largest religious groups in Utah were The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Roman Catholics, Greek Orthodox, Methodists, and Presbyterians.[1]

You must determine the denomination of an ancestor to find their church records.

For more specific information, please search for church records by individual counties, cities or towns. See also Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1941).

  • Online through BYU Books. (Free) In the Text search box, type the town or unit name and click Go. Select page numbers (tiny) at the right to see the page.
  • Also available through Ancestry.com ($).

Court Records

Your ancestors may be found in court records perhaps as defendants, plaintiffs, witnesses, or jurors. They may have also participated in cases involving probate, naturalization, divorce, debt, adoption, guardianship, licenses, appointment to public offices, taxes, civil and criminal lawsuits, property disputes, crimes, or other matters brought before a court. Court records can establish family relationships and places of residence. They often provide occupations, descriptions of individuals, and other family history information.

For further information you should search in the Research Wiki for the terms "Utah court records" and either the name of the county and/or city or town.

Digital Collections

Directories

Directories are alphabetical lists of names and addresses. These often list all the adult residents of a city or an area. They are similar to modern telephone books. Beside addresses and occupations, they may also give locations of streets and voting districts which will help you locate other records. Directories of heads of households have been published for major cities in Utah. Some directories cover several cities.

Emigration and Immigration

Emigration records list the names of people leaving and immigration records list those coming into the State of Utah. These records may include an emigrant’s name, age, occupation, destination, and sometimes the place of origin or birth. It is important to remember that any Emigrant or Immigrant had to have a Port of Departure or a Port of Entry or a border crossing.

Gazetteers

A gazetteer is a list and description of places, such as villages, towns and cities. Gazetteers may also mention neighborhoods, cemeteries, population size, and geographical features such as rivers and mountains. It can be used to locate the places where a family lived. They usually include only the names of places that existed at the time the gazetteer was published. The place names are generally listed in alphabetical order.

Genealogy

The term genealogy is used to describe a variety of records containing family information previously gathered by other researchers, societies, or archives. These records can include pedigree charts, compiled data on families, correspondence, ancestor lists, research exchange files, record abstracts, and collections of original or copied documents. These sources can save time, but because they are compiled from other sources, they must be carefully evaluated for accuracy.

History

State and local histories can contain a wealth of information about individuals and families. Be sure and search for specific places names and include the word "history" in your search.

Land and Property

Land records are primarily used to learn when and where an individual lived. They often reveal other family information, such as the name of a spouse, heir, other relatives, or neighbors. Also, you may learn where a person lived previously, his or her occupation, if he or she was a naturalized citizen, and other clues for further research. Always be sure to search the individual county records where the land was located. Land and property records are usually maintained on a county level.


Maps

Maps and atlases are used to locate the places where your ancestors lived. They identify political boundaries, names of places, geographical features, cemeteries, churches, and migration routes. Historical maps are especially useful for finding communities that no longer exist and old county boundaries. The Family History Library has maps for some Utah counties and a few of the larger cities. Some of the city maps list the property owners. There are extensive online historical map collections.

Military Records

Military records identify thousands of individuals who served or who were eligible for service. Evidence that an individual actually served may be found in family traditions, census records, naturalization records, biographies, cemetery records, and records of veterans’ organizations. Your ancestors will be more interesting if you learn about their military service and the history of their units. Military records can also give birth dates, marriage dates, death dates, spouse's and children’s names, and localities of residence throughout the life of the family.

Minorities

Knowledge of the history of the ethnic, racial, and religious groups your ancestors belonged to is important. This historical background can help you identify where your ancestors lived, when they lived there, and where they moved. This information will help you understand the types of records they might be listed in and the history of your family.

See also United States Minorities

Naturalization and Citizenship

Naturalization is the process of granting citizenship privileges and responsibilities to foreign-born residents. Naturalization papers, filed to begin the process, are an important source of information about an immigrant's nation of origin, his foreign and "Americanized" names, residence, and date of arrival. Information in post-1906 records is more detailed and may include birth dates, birth places, and other information about the immigrant and members of his family.

See also information on the individual county articles.

Newspapers

Newspapers in all areas of Utah can contain information not found in other records. The rural newspapers specialize in items of local interest, balanced with regional, state, and national news. Unique information may include: Legal notices from nearby towns and neighboring counties.Social colums from the town and surrounding areasAdvertising of the time that are insightful, and may include a business your relatives owned.In "slow news" days, a newspaper may include "filler," such as stories, jokes, and sometimes names of hotel guests or people arriving on the stage coach.

See also links in specific Utah counties.

Obituaries

Obituaries are a good source of biographical information. They can include religion, education, and accomplishments, as well as birth, marriage, and death information, names of parents, siblings, children, and extended family.

See also Obituaries and Newspapers in each county article.

Periodicals

Most family history periodicals reprint copies of local sources of genealogical value. These may include biographical sketches, genealogies, information about local records and archives, queries, census indexes, transcripts of family Bibles, church records, court records, cemetery indexes, land records, newspaper notices, obituaries, research queries, vital records, and wills.

Probate Records

Probate cases include the proving of wills and the administering of estates for individuals who have died. They also include such matters as guardianship and insanity proceedings.They are a good source for locating relatives, death dates, and property. Families with property are more likely to be found in probate records than poorer families.

See also Probate in each county article.

Societies

Societies generate genealogies, biographies, histories, and indexes of local records. They may publish periodicals, lists of members and ancestors, yearbooks, or surname indexes. Utah has many societies and associations interested in genealogical research and preserving history and records of Utah. Other groups are lineage societies for descendants of pioneers, soldiers, and ethnic groups.

Taxation

Tax records are an important supplement to census and land records. They can be used to determine place and length of residence. They provide useful information such as a brief description of land and property holdings. County property, county inheritance, city tax, and an early collection of federal tax records are the most commonly used tax records for family history research in Utah.

See also individual county articles.

Vital Records

Vital records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths, recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.

See also individual county articles.

Birth Records

For information on birth records in Utah see How to Find Birth Information in Utah

Marriage Records

See the following:

See also information in separate county articles.

Death Records

See also articles on the individual counties.

References

  1. William Chamberlin Hunt and United States Bureau of the Census, Religious Bodies: 1906 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1910), Vol. 1:364. Digital version at Google Books.