Utah, George Beard Photograph Collection (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.
Utah, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Photographs
Collection years 1870-1944
FamilySearch Resources
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What is in the Collection?

The collection covers the years 1870 to 1944. It consists of an index to the Beard photograph collection located in the Harold B. Lee Library, Special Collections, located at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah. This index does not include every photograph in the collection but is limited to those containing individuals who have been identified by the photographer or by the record custodian. The entire collection, as well as a more detailed description of each photograph,can be found on the BYU Library website.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Utah, George Beard Photograph Collection, 1870-1944.

Collection Content

What Can these Records Tell Me?

The records generally contain the following:

  • Contractor's name - usually refers to the family name associated with the photograph
  • Date photograph was taken
  • Description of the content of the photograph

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search you will need to know:

  • The person’s name or the family name
  • The approximate date the photo was taken or the dates the family lived in the area

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information in the list to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct person. You may need to compare several persons in the list before you find your ancestor.

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:


For tips about searching on-line collections see the wiki article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the information to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land and death records.
  • Use the information to find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Utah, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the Utah Archives and Libraries.


Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection citation:

“Utah, George Beard Photograph Collection, 1870-1944.” Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Huntington Bagley Photograph Collection. Brigham Young University, Provo.

Record citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record will be available with each record once the collection is published.


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