Utah, Salt Lake County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.
Salt Lake, Utah, United States
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Location of Salt Lake County, Utah
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Location of Utah
Record Description
Record Type Land and Military
Collection years 1850-1947
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites



What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of land, property, and military records from the Salt Lake County Government Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

To Browse This Collection

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

Collection Content

What Can these Records Tell Me?

The information found varies depending upon the record type. You may find any of the following:

  • Names of interested parties
  • Recording dates
  • Place of event
  • Names of witnesses
  • Age
  • Occupation
  • Residence
  • Names of family members and their relationships
  • Names of heirs
  • Name of the executor, administrator, or guardian

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know at least some of the following:

  • The name of the primary individual or individuals involved in the land transaction.
  • The name of your ancestor who served in the military.
  • The approximate date the event occurred.
  • The age of your ancestor.
  • The place where your ancestor lived.

Compare the information on the image to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct family or person. You may need to compare several images before you find your ancestor.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page then:
⇒Select the "Record Category" category
⇒Select the "Record Type, Volume, and Year Range" category

First check the indexes at the beginning or end. If your ancestor is in the index download a copy or write down the page numbers listed for your ancestor. You can then quickly turn to those pages.


For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line 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 age to calculate the birth date to find other records such as birth, christening, marriage, census, and death records.
  • Use the probate date as a substitute death date.
  • Use the name of the undertaker, mortuary, or cemetery to find funeral and cemetery records.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • Use the occupations to find employment or military 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, Salt Lake County Records, 1850-1947." Images. FamilySearch http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Salt Lake County Clerk. Salt Lake County Government Center, Salt Lake City, Utah.


Image citation:

The image citation will be available once the collection is published.



How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?

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