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  • For a list of the exact date of each federal census, click here.

Online Utah indexes and images

Online Federal and State Population Schedules of Utah 
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Federal population schedules

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Federal Census Microfilms Available from the Family History Library
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Federal Census Microfilms Available from the National Archives
1940 N/A 1910 T624  1870 M593        
1930 T626 1900 T623 and Soundex T1074 1860 M653
1920 T625 and Soundex M1590 1880 T9 and Soundex 1850 M432
     

Indexes: fiche, film, or book

For a list of microform and book indexes for the population schedules of Utah, click here

Federal non-population schedules

Online indexes and images

Online Federal Non-Population Schedules for Utah

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Indexes: fiche, film, or book

For a list of microform and book indexes for the non-population schedules of Utah, click here.

State, territorial, and colonial censuses

Utah took censuses in the years between the federal censuses. The dates are listed below. State census records may have columns that were different or more unusual than those found on federal censuses. The responses and years of coverage may give additional information on the family.

  • 1914-1960 For six censuses of members of the LDS Church in Utah and beyond see the LDS Census Wiki page.
  • 1905 In this year, the State Constitution made provision for a decennial census, but no record was found of any census taken in accordance with the constitutional requirement.[13][14]
  • 1872 Kane, Rich, Tooele and Utah counties list names. [15]
  • 1856 State census.[13][14] Caution: this census was padded. Most listings are correct, but some were repeated, and in a few cases deceased people were listed.
  • 1852 So called "Bishops' Report"[16]
  • 1851 Used as a substitute for the 1850 federal census. See federal censuses.[13][14]

Existing and lost censuses

For a list of available and missing Utah censuses, click here.

Why use a census?

A well-indexed census is one of the easiest ways to locate where an ancestor's family lived and when they lived there. You can also use censuses to follow the changes in a family over time, and identify neighbors. These and other clues provided by censuses are important because they help find additional kinds of records about the family.

More about censuses

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Sources and footnotes

  1. FamilySearch, a free online service of the Family History Library, including free images of many federal censuses.
  2. Internet Archive, a free online service includes free images of most of the federal censuses.
  3. HeritageQuest has arranged with many subscribing public libraries in the United States to allow users free access on home computers by means of their personal library card numbers. HeritageQuest provides images of all surviving 1790 to 1930 federal censuses, and indexes to many but not all of them.
  4. Fold3, formerly known as Footnote.com, a subscription site partnering with the National Archives and includes some federal censuses. Free access is available at many public libraries.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Ancestry.com, a subscription site that provides online indexes and images to all surviving federal and many state census records, among other sources. They have three online editions: (1) an FHL edition free only at the Family History Library and a few Family History Centers, (2) a slightly smaller Library edition free only at some public libraries, and (3) a Home edition subscription service for individuals.
  6. Archives.com, a subscription site that provides online indexes and images to all surviving federal census records, among other sources.
  7. FamilyLink.com, a subscription site that provides online images (and some indexes) to all surviving federal and many state census records, among other sources.
  8. The 1870 Federal census of Utah Territory included the population of present-day Utah, the extreme south side of present-day Oneida County, Idaho, and portions of current southeastern Nevada.
  9. The 1860 federal census of Utah Territory included the population of present-day Utah, portions of the Cache Valley in present-day Idaho, and Green River (Fort Bridger) now in Wyoming.
  10. The 1856 territorial census of Utah included the former "Malad County" whose boundaries are now partly in Idaho, and the former "Green River County" now part of Wyoming. Caution: this census was padded. Most listings are correct, but some were repeated, and in a few cases deceased people were listed.
  11. An 1850 (actually April 1851) slave schedule for Utah County is found at the end of the population schedules for Utah County. The owners are indexed with other slave owner indexes. The slaves appear by name in the population schedule indexes.
  12. HeritageQuest has slave owner schedule images only.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Ann S. Lainhart, State Census Records (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992)[[FHL book 973 X2Lai]], 106.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Henry J. Dubester, State Censuses: An Annotated Bibliography of Censuses of Population Taken After the Year 1790 by States and Territories of the United States (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1948)[FHL Book 973 X23s; Fiche 6018062], 61.
  15. Census is at the Church History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is part of the 1872 Utah Constitutional Correspondence papers. The census is arranged by county and then city. The call number is MS#2920 - folders 9-19. An index is available.
  16. Registry of Names of Persons Residing in the Various Wards as a Bishop's Report, 1852-1853. Unpublished typescript. [FHL Book 979.2 K2r; Film 823831 item 1]. Names of heads of households are listed alphabetically within each LDS Ward.

 

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