Utah, County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Utah, United States
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Location of Utah
Record Description
Record Type Marriage
Collection years 1887-1940
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What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of a name index to marriage records from local county courthouses, for the years 1887 to 1940. The records consist of bound volumes applications, licenses, certificates, etc.

Marriages were recorded by the clerk of the district court for each county from the time the county was formed. Persons desiring to marry obtained a license that they presented to the minister or other person authorized to marry, such as a justice of the peace. Once the marriage was performed, the officiator sent a return to the clerk confirming that the marriage had occurred.

Civil marriage records were created to legalize marital relationships and to protect the interests of the wife and other heirs to legal claims on property.

The marriage date, place, and residence of the bride and groom are relatively reliable. Other information, such as age or birthplace, is dependent on the knowledge, memory, and accuracy of the informants, usually the bride and groom.

Collection Content

The following table shows the number of records in this collection by county. Because of privacy laws not all records may be available.

County Records
Beaver 4,848
Box Elder 33,891
Cache 65,459
Carbon 10,259
Daggett 2,457
Davis 54,442
Duchesne 2,769
Emery 3,497
Garfield 2,259
Grand 3,972
Iron 9,697
Juab 10,247
Kane 2,639
Millard 6,442
Morgan 1,940
Piute 4,733
Rich 3,906
Salt Lake 104,710
San Juan 1,564
Sanpete 17,621
Sevier 13,698
Summit 14,927
Tooele 6,291
Uintah 12,157
Utah 78,811
Wasatch 5,303
Washington 14,426
Wayne 1,710
Weber 113,823


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To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Utah marriages, click here.

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What Can these Records Tell Me?

Information found in these marriage records include the following:

  • Name of the groom
  • Name of the bride
  • Names of the officiator and witnesses
  • Date of the marriage
  • Residences of the bride and groom
  • Age of the bride and groom


How Do I Search the Collection?

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

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The approximate date of marriage.
  • The county where the marriage occurred.
  • The name of the intended spouse.

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.

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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 a birth date and to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land and death records.
  • Use the information to find additional family members. Witnesses or bondsmen were usually relatives.
  • 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.

Known Issues with This Collection

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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, County Marriages, 1887-1940." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing County Courthouses, state-wide, Utah.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1940.


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