- 1 Quick History
- 2 City Hall
- 3 Resources
- 4 Sources and Footnotes
Quick HistoryOrem was once called the Provo Bench. Provo and Orem’s early history are intertwined. Attempts were made to settle Orem in the 1850’s but lack of water slowed down it’s growth.  After a series of canals were made, the area became populated with many fertile fruit orchards and farmlands giving the Provo Bench the early reputation as the “Garden City Of Utah”. Homesteads settled along the territorial highway which is now State Street. Instead of the grid system for laying out a city as was popular in Utah, the roads crisscrossed the rural area connecting the farms, homes and orchards. 
A railroad line was built through the Provo Bench by Walter C. Orem. To honor him the community was named “Orem” and incorporated on May 5, 1919. With WII came the call for steel and Geneva Steel was there to fill that need.
In 1943, the Utah Farm Labor Association in cooperation with the State of Utah built a llabor camp at a five acre cite. The first occupants of the camp displaced Japanese-Americans from the Topaz Relocation Camp. They were employed in farmers in Orem and Utah County. The fall of 1944 brought in 60 Italian Prisoners of war. They built on the labor camp and worked in the local farms. They were all eventually replaced with 340 German prisoners of war who continued to work for the farmers. At the end of the war, the German POWs were released and the former prisoner-of –war camp became home for Mexican nationals looking for work in the farming community. This camp was dismantled in 1970.
Orem City Hall
56 North State Street
Orem, Utah, 84057
- Orem boarders Utah lake and Vineyard to the west and the majestic Timpanogos mountains on the northeast. Timpanogos, an Indian name given to the mountain and the entire valley, means many waters. Provo spreads over the valley to the south and the small town of Lindon nestles into the North. 
References are made in histories to the neighborhood that the person lived in. Provo and Orem's boundary lines can seem confusing. Using the neighborhood can better pinpoint the location of an ancestor.
- Daughters of Utah Pioneers
- Early Latter Day Saints - An Mormon Trail Pioneer Database
- Mormons and their Neighbors Database of over 100,000 biographical sketches in the Western United States.
- Heart Throbs of the West 
- Our Pioneer Heritage 
- Pioneers and prominent men of Utah: comprised of photographs, genealogies, biographies, the early history of the LDS Church 
- Sons of Utah Pioneers Stories
1520 N. 800 E.
Orem, Utah 84097
- Utah Gravestone Photo Project
Timpanogos Memorial Gardens Cemetery
1000 North 400 East
Orem, Utah 84057
Provo City Library owns microfilmed copies of the newspaper dating back to 1888 (with some years and issues missing for the first forty years). Check the obituary index for you ancestor, the papers can be found at the Provo City Library. Information on requesting an obituary can be found on this Provo City Library site.
Church History and Records
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- Daily Enquirer in BYU's Digital Collections
- Provo Daily Enquirer 1881 - 1897 Utah Digital Newspapers
- Provo Historical Newspapers has a list of different newspapers held by the Provo City Library. The newspapers are on microfilm from the various eras for Provo's history.
- Orem Geneva Times started in 1932 The Orem Geneva Times ceased publishing in 2009.
Societies, Museums and Libraries
- Brigham Young University Family History Library
Harold B. Lee Library
N Campus Drive, Provo
- Orem City Library
58 North State Street
Orem, Utah, 84057
- Provo City Library
550 North University Avenue
Provo, Utah 84601
Provo contains a wealth of information pertaining to Orem and it's history.
- Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum
500 North 500 West
- Sons of Utah Pioneers Village
500 North 500 West
- Register of births 1898-1905 
- Marriage information may be located at the Western States Marriage Database searchable by bride or groom.
- Utah Death Index 1905-1951
Hint Keyword: enter the year of death and enter the name of county if known.
- Social Security Death Index, begins in about 1962 and is current to within two months.
- Utah Death Record 1888-1946.
- Utah Department of Archives 1903 to 50 years ago
Choices of search types - name, date of death (year, month, day, or any combination) and county.
Images of actual death certificates
Sources and Footnotes
- Orem History
- “Garden City Of Utah”
- First Orem Chapel
- Heart Throbs of the West (SLC: DUP, 1939-1947) 12 vols. FHL 979.2 H2 WorldCat 5762737 Provo City Library
- Our Pioneer Heritage / compiled by Kate B. Carter (Salt Lake City: Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, 1958-1977 FHL 979.2 H2 20 volumesWorldCat 2685817 Provo City Library
- "FHLC Book 979.2 D3e" (Salt Lake City, Utah : Western Epics, 1966).
Vol. 1 part 1 (Family History Archives)
Vol. 1 part 2 (Family History Archives)
- Register of births 1898-1905 Film: FHL 485244