Kane County, Utah Genealogy

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Dates for major county records[1]
1900-present 1887-present 1900-present 1870, 1880... 1872-present 1878-present
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Kane County, Utah
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Location in the state of Utah
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Location of Utah in the U.S.
Founded January 16, 1864
County Seat Kanab
Address 76 North Main St.
Kanab, UT 84741
Website: kane.utah.gov
Named for: Thomas_L._Kane
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Parent Counties

Neighboring Counties

Kane County, Utah Genealogy is surrounded by:


Bible Records


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

Business Records and Commerce


The USGenWeb Archives, Kane County, Utah containes information in the following two cemeteries:

  • Alton Cemetery, 800 South & 400 West, Alton, UT 84710; Phone: (801) 648-2142. The Survewy is up to 1997 and includes Birth, Death, and Grave locations.
  • Pahreah Cemetery: Note: This information comes from a metal plaque mounted on a rock monument. There are no longer any headstones on individual graves.  Conaines 13 names.


The 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 U.S. federal population schedules of Kane 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.

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

Church History

Church Records

Early church records, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for Kane County Wards and Branches can be found on film and are located at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The film numbers, for each ward, can be locate through the Family History Library Catalog at https://www.familysearch.org/. Or by refering to Jaussi, Laureen R., and Gloria D. Chaston. Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers. 2 vols. Provo, Utah: Genealogy Tree, 1982. (FHL book 979.2258 A3j; fiche 6031507). These volumes contain the film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple record films.

Court Records


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

Ethnic and Other Groups

Funeral Homes


Kane County Utah Home Town Locator


A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.


History Timeline

NOTE: Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Wikipedia for Kane County

  • 1862. Glendale founded by Mormon Pioneers John and William Berry
  • 1864. Area around what later became Kanab first settled
  • 1864 January 16: Kane County was created from Washington County County and Toquerville was designated as the County Seat.
  • 1865. Alton was first settled by Lorenzo W. Roundy
  • 1866. Glendale abandoned due to Indian attacks
  • 1870. Kanab founded when 10 Mormon families moved there
  • 1871. Glendale resettled by Mormon Pioneers
  • 1875. Brigham Young directed Orderville to be established and to live the United Order.
  • 1883. County seat was moved to Kanab and Toquerville was moved back into Washington County.
  • 1939-40’s. + Kanab was known as “little Hollywood” for the number of western movies and t.v. series filmed there

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

Land and Property


US Atlas Kane County 1895



Naturalization and Citizenship


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.


The USGenWeb Archives, Kane County, Utah containes three obituaries in transcribed form: Maira De Grey Smith, Ella and Sarah Spilsbury.


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


County seat: Kanab

Family History Centers


Vital Records

Kane County (Utah). County Clerk Birth Register 1900-1905


Kane County Marriage license records 1887-1966 and applications 1920-1966 are on film at the LDS Family History Library, films numbers 484815 & 484816.


Utah Death Certificates 1904 -1956-A free internet access to the 1904-1956 death certificates can be viewed at https://www.familysearch.org/ .  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.

Utah State Burial Data Base  This site includes information on many Utah residents, who died before 1904.

Death Record Substitutes

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

Voting Registers

Towns and Communities


Alton | Big Water | Glendale | Orderville

Duck Creek Village | Mount Carmel Junction



  1. Alice Eichholz, Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 676-677. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004.
  2. "Kane County, Utah: Family History and Genealogy, Census, Birth, Marriage, Death Vital Records and More," Linkpendium, http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/UT/Kane/, accessed 1 February 2012.