Sanpete County, Utah Genealogy

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Sanpete County, Utah
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Founded March 3, 1852
County Seat Manti
Address Manti, UT
Named for: [1]
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Quick Facts

Parent Counties

County seat: Manti [1]

Neighboring Counties

Carbon | Emery | Juab | Sevier | Utah

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Bible Records


Business Records and Commerce


The Utah State History Cemetery and Burials Database has records from these Sanpete county cemeteries: Centerfield, Chester, Dover, Fairview (upper and lower indexed together), Fayette, Fountain Green, Freedom, Gunnison, Indianola, Manti, Mt. Pleasant, Spring City Pioneer Cemetery, Sterling, Wales, Yorgason Family Cemetery. (current as of May 2009)

USGenWeb Archives Sanpete County, Utah lists the names and headstone photos images of invidividuals interred in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

List of Sanpete County Cemeteries

  • Axtell Cemetery
  • Centerfield Cemetery
  • Chester Cemetery
  • Dover Cemetery
  • Ephraim Park Cemetery
  • Ephraim Pioneer Cemetery
  • Fairview Pioneer Cemetery
  • Fayette Cemetery
  • Fountain Green Cemetery
  • Freedom Cemetery
  • Gunnison Cemetery
  • Indianola Cemetery
  • Manti Cemetery
  • Mayfield Cemetery
  • Moroni City Cemetery
  • Mount Pleasant City Cemetery
  • Spencer Cemetery
  • Spring City Cemetery
  • Spring City Pioneer Cemetery
  • Sterling Cemetery
  • Wales Cemetery


The 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 U.S. federal population schedules of Sanpete 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.

  • 1856
  • 1860
  • 1870
  • 1880
  • 1890
  • 1900
  • 1910
  • 1920
  • 1930

USGenWeb Archives Sanpete County, Utah provides the 1850 Federal Census of Sanpete County

Church Records

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Axtell
  • Centerfield
  • Chester
  • Clarion
  • Ephraim
  • Ephraim N.
  • Ephraim S.
  • Ephraim W.
  • Fairview
  • Fairview N.
  • Fairview S.
  • Fayette
  • Fountain Green
  • Freedom
  • Gunnison
  • Hamilton
  • Indianola
  • Manti
  • Manti Center
  • Manti N.
  • Manti S.
  • Mayfield
  • Milburn
  • Moroni
  • Moroni E.
  • Moroni W.
  • Mt. Pleasant
  • Mt. Pleasant N.
  • Mt. Pleasant S.
  • Mountainville
  • Oakville
  • Spring City
  • Sterling
  • Wales

Early church records, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for Sanpete 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 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


Ethnic and Other Groups



A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.


Sanpete County was created on 3 March 1852.[1] The origin of the Sanpete County name came from a mispronunciation of a local Indian tribe, the San Pitch.[2]Nestled at the base of the mountains, the communities of San Pete county were set up primarily as agricultural communities.The early pioneers set up farms with the use of canals and wells. A vanguard group of 224 men, women, and children settlers were first sent to the area from the Salt Lake Valley in 1849. [3]Although the first Scandinavian settlers, consisting of mostly Danish immigrants, may have reached the Sanpete Valley as early as 1852, the main influx didn’t begin until 1853 and 1854. Upon arriving, the first group of Scandinavians joined other settlers in present-day Ephraim. [4]The area population peaked from about 1900 to 1910, and then declined until the 1970s.
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Sanpete County, Utah

USGenWeb Archives Sanpete County, Utah provides a history of Ephraim's settlement from 1854.

History Timeline

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

Sanpete County, Utah.

  • 1849 November 19.  Sanpete County settled by Mormon settlers organized by Isaac Morley under the direction of Brigham Young.  Named for Chief Sanpitch.
  • 1849.   City of Manti founded.  County seat.  Site of Walker War and Black Hawk War. Named for city in Book of Mormon.
  • 1854.   City of Ephraim founded.  Largest city in Sanpete County. Location of Snow College.  Most important fort through end of Black Hawk War located in city.

Land and Property




Naturalization and Citizenship



  • One major resouce for newspapers throughout Utah is the University of Utah's Utah Digital Newspapers project "with more than 600,000 pages of digitized Utah historical newspapers." One newspaper from Sanpete County is included in this digital project, the Manti Messenger. Read more... about using Utah newspapers for your family history research.


USGenWeb Archives Sanpete County, Utah contains one obituary in an possible on-going project.


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


Vital Records

Sanpete County Birth Register, 1898-1904 are online and also at the Utah State Division of Archives and Records

The Sanpete County marriage records index is available online from 1850.This list is alphabetical by surname of the groom. Each entry shows groom's and bride’s full names, certificate number, and complete date of marriage. [2]

 Western States Marriage Index.

Sanpete County Death Register 1898-1904. The scanned images are online and searchable at the Utah State Division of Archives & Records Services.

Utah Death Certificates 1904 - 1956 -A free internet access to the 1904-1956 death certificates can be viewed at .  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 Index for death before 1904

Voting Registers

Resource Repositories

Archives, Libraries, and Museums


The Mt.  Pleasant Pioneer  Historical Association is a non-profit organization.  We have our own  blog: .   We feature a Pioneer of the Month,  Pictures from the Past,  Pioneer Recipes, as well a current events with an historical theme.  Current names and histories that can be found there are: Wheelock, Christensen,  Madsen, Anderson, Tidwell, Burns, Hyde, Peel,   Farnworth, Coates and many others.  We also have a Tombstone  Page where actual photographs of  the headstones can be seen. 

This Mt. Pleasant Pioneer Historical Association are the owners of the  Mt. Pleasant Relic Home and Blacksmith Shop located  at 150 South State in  Mt.  Pleasant.  During the Summer months  we hope to be open every day from 1:00 to 3:00  p.m. We feature artifacts, Photos, Histories, Genealogical Information of the Pioneer Era.  We are also encouraging  and accerpting all biographies and histories of anyone who has ever lived in Mt. Pleasant.


Sanpete County
Template:RAOGKcourthouse County Clerk:
160 N. Main, PO Box 219
Manti, Utah 84642
Phone: 435-835-2131

Family History Centers

Societies and Social Groups

Towns and communities

Ghost Towns

Clarion | Dover


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Sanpete County
  3. Albert C.T. Antrei and Allen D. Roberts, A History of Sanpete County (Salt Lake City: Utah State Historical Society, Sanpete County Commission, 1999), 25.A History of Sanpete County
  4. Scandinavian Heritage Festival