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The Washington County, Utah genealogy guide to find parents, birth, marriage, death, and more since 1852, when the county was formed. This page lists online, published, and original resources, such as cemeteries, censuses, church, court, land, probate, and obituaries.

Dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Census
Land
Probate
1898-present 1885-present 1898-present 1856, 1860... 1856-present 1873-present
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Washington County, Utah
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Founded March 3, 1853
County Seat St. George
Courthouse
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Address 197 East Tabernacle
St. George, UT 84770
Website: www.washco.utah.gov
Named for: George Washington
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Contents

Helpful Facts

County Courthouse


Washington County Courthouse
197 East Tabernacle Street
St George, Ut 84770
Phone: 435-634-5712

County Clerk has marriage records from 1887, divorce records from 1878 probate and court records from 1874.
County recorder has land records. [1]

Parent Counties

Washington County, Utah was created 3 March 1852 from unorganized territory. See also Utah Territory and Green River County


Boundary Changes
  • Boundary changes timeline for Washington County, Utah from "UT: Index of Counties," Newberry Library's Utah Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

Neighboring Counties

Washington County, Utah is surrounded by: Iron | Kane | Arizona counties: Mohave | Nevada county: Lincoln
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Resources

Bible Records

Biography

  • Biographies (microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog for Washington County, Utah. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see public libraries.

Business Records and Commerce

Cemeteries


Dr. Craig's Cemetery/Death Indexes (1852-1996): Washington County, Utah is the place to start Washington County cemetery searches.

Additional resources:

Individual Cemeteries:

Census

The 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 U.S. federal population schedules of Washington County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see Utah Census. If you're having trouble finding your ancestors in national indexes, try checking local indexes. Created by experts familiar with the area's families, these indexes are often transcribed more accurately than nationwide indexes.

See Utah Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book for more information about statewide printed indexes. Also see the historical records at:FamilySearch 

  • 1856
  • 1860
  • 1870
  • 1880
  • 1890
  • 1900
  • 1910
  • 1920
  • 1930

Churches and Religious Groups

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons)

Historically, most people in Utah were Mormons. Their records are, therefore, very important for early Utah research. For additional information, see Tracing LDS Ancestors and Utah Church Records.

Click a church unit name in the chart below for its history, boundaries, and availability of records, which are often in microfilm format

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Stake(s):


Washington County, Utah guide to history and records of LDS wards and branches

Stake(s): Parowan Stake, Utah  · St. George Stake, Utah  · Zion Park Stake, Utah

Central  · Enterprise  · Grafton · Gunlock · Hamblin · Harrisburg · Hebron · Hurricane · Ivins · La Verkin · Leeds · Little Pinto or Pinto · Pine Valley · Rockville · Santa Clara · Springdale · St. George · Toquerville · Veyo · Virgin · Washington


Church units without place names: Apple Valley  · Dammeron Valley · Duncan's Retreat · Hildale · New Harmony · Pintura · Silver Reef ·


To research:

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Court Records

Directories

  • Directories (microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog for Washington County, Utah. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see public libraries.

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic and Other Groups

Funeral Homes

Hurricane Valley Mortuary[2]
140 North Main Street
Hurricane, UT
Phone:(435) 635-9922
Fax: 435-635-3200

Metcalf Mortuary[3]
288 West St George Blvd
St George, UT 84770
Phone: 435-673-4221
Toll Free Phone: 888-673-4221
Fax: 435-674-0209

Pine VIew Mortuary[4]
566 North Mall Dr
St. George , UT 84790
Phone: 435-986-4222
Fax: 435-986-4223

Spilsbury Mortuary[5]
110 South Bluff St
St George, UT 84770
Phone:435-673-2454
Toll Free Phone: 888-673-2454
Fax: 435-673-0911

Gazetteers

Genealogy

  • Genealogies (microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog for Washington County, Utah. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see public libraries.
A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.

Guardianship

History

  • Histories(microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog for Washington County, Utah. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see public libraries.

Named for George Washington, the first President of the United States.

A History of Washington County online at Marriott Library Digital Collections.

History Timeline
  • Boundary changes timeline for Washington County, Utah from "UT: Index of Counties," Newberry Library's Utah Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Wikipedia for Washington County

  • 1852. 3 March. Washington County founded.  Named after George Washington, first President of the United States.
  • 1854. City of Santa Clara settled by Jacob Hamlin.  Location of Jacob Hamblin home.
  • 1861. St. George founded as a cotton mission under direction of Brigham Young.  Named after LDS Apostle George A. Smith. County seat.
  • 1862. Springdale settled as Mormon farming community. Now thriving tourist industry. Located just outside Zion National Park.
  • 1891. City of Enterprise founded by Orson Welcome Huntsman. Early residents were Mormon settlers.
  • 1896. City of Hurricane settled.  Received its name after a whirlwind blew top off buggy that Erastus Snow, early LDS Apostle, was riding in.
  • 1963. City of Hildale founded.  Headquarters of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Local Histories
  • Stout, Wayne. A History of Rockville, Utah 1862-1972. Salt Lake City, Utah, 1972. Digital version at Internet Archive.

Land and Property

  • Land and Property Records(microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog for Washington County, Utah. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see public libraries.
  • Maps listing the names of landholders locate where an ancestor lived. The Family History Library has a plat map for St. George:
  • Pioneer Map: City of St. George, Washington County, Utah. N.p.: 1982?. (Family History Library FHL map 979.248/S1 E7p.) This map lists the names of land owners on the map and the designation of the ward where they lived. The index to this map has St. George wards listed in: Hardesty, Patricia N. Pioneer Map, City of St. George, Washington County, Utah Index with LDS Wards. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1982. (Family History Library FHL fiche 6031575; book 979.248/S1 E7p index.)
  • Washington County Document Search at Washington County Recorders office, Deed from 1983, Maps and Surveys earlier. Older documents require visit to

       Recorders Office
       87 North 200 East STE 101
       St. George, UT 84770
       Phone: (435)634-5709

Maps

Google highway map of Washington County 2012

Migration

Early migration routes to and from Washington County, Utah for emigrant settlers included:

Military

Native Races

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

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.

Obituaries

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 Washington County, Utah. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see public libraries.

USGenWeb Archives of Washington County, Utah contains the obituaries of 2004 - 2005

Periodicals

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).


Probate Records

Public Records

Resource Repositories

Courthouse

87 North 200 East, 3rd Floor
St. George, Utah 84770
p: (435) 634-5728
f: (435) 656-3003

 

County Clerk/Auditor

Washington County Utah
197 East Tabernacle
St. George, UT 84770
Clerk/Auditor's phone (435) 634-5712

County Seat: St. George

Family History Centers

 

Libraries
Societies

Schools

Social Life and Customs

Taxation

Vital Records

Birth
Below are the best sources to find birth information (dates and places of birth and names of parents) for Washington 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:
Before 1852
Washington County, Utah was formed on 3 March 1852.
      If your records show the person was born here before the county was formed,
      search parent counties
1852-1897
No birth records were created for Washington 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:
1898-present
County clerks became responsible for recording births beginning in 1898.[9] 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[10] are open to the public.
  • 1898-1905 Inventory of originals, Series #3166 at Utah State Archives. Not online, no online index. There are no names of children in the records.
    • FamilySearch Library copy: FSL film 1730426 .
    • Idea: use censuses and church records to learn those missing children's names.
  • 1906-1910 online images for Washington County, Utah at the State Archives. Browse the "not yet indexed" area by year and county. Most entries do have names of children.
  • 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.
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Marriage
Death
  • Utah Death Certificates 1904 - 1960 at Utah Government Services, Division of Archives & Records Services. This is a free internet search, the minimum information needed is the name of the deceased. 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.

Death Record Substitutes

  • 1870 - U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885 at Ancestry ($). Includes 1870 Washington County, Utah mortality schedule.

Voting Registers

Towns and Communities

Cities

Enterprise | Hildale | Hurricane | Ivins | La Verkin | Santa Clara | St. George | Washington

Towns

Apple Valley | Leeds | New Harmony | Pintura | Rockville | Springdale | Toquerville | Virgin

Unincorporated Communities

Central | Dammeron Valley | Gunlock | Pine Valley | Veyo

Ghost Towns

Duncan's Retreat | Grafton | Hamblin | Harrisburg | Hebron | Little Pinto | Silver Reef

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wasington County, Utah Page 688 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,937.
  3. Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,939.
  4. Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,939.
  5. Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,939.
  6. "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).
  7. "Jefferson Hunt" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefferson_Hunt (accessed 6 September 2011).
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Union Pacific Railroad" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Pacific_Railroad (accessed 14 September 2011).
  9. Utah State Archives, Birth Records guide, accessed 28 July 2012.)
  10. State Department of Health Birth, Marriage, and Death Certificates page. Accessed 7/31/2012
  11. "Washington County, Utah: Family History and Genealogy, Census, Birth, Marriage, Death Vital Records and More," Linkpendium, http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/UT/Washington/, accessed 1 February 2012.

 

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