Sevier County, Utah Genealogy

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Guide to Sevier County, Utah genealogy. Birth records, marriage and death records, cemeteries, census, church records, probate records, and obituaries—resources to find parents and family history since 1865, when the county was formed.

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Sevier County, Utah
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Founded January 16, 1865
County Seat Richfield
Address 250 North Main Street
Richfield, Utah 84701
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County Courthouse

Sevier County Courthouse
250 North Main P O Box 517
Richfield, Ut 84701
Phone: 435-893-0401

County Clerk has birth and death records 1898-1905, marriage records, naturalization records 1850-1898.
State court has divorce, probate and court records, military discharge records from 1942.[1]

Dates for major county records[2]
1898-present 1887-present 1898-present 1870, 1880... 1885-present 1865-present
For earlier dates, try...Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries | Parent counties

Parent Counties

Sevier County, Utah Genealogy was created January 16, 1865 from: Sanpete

Boundary Changes
  • Boundary changes timeline for Sevier County, Utah Genealogy from "UT: Index of Counties," Newberry Library's Utah Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

Neighboring Counties

Sevier County, Utah Genealogy is surrounded by: Beaver | Emery | Millard | Piute | Sanpete | Wayne
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Bible Records

The term "Bible records" refers to the practice of keeping family dates and events in a family Bible. This was a common practice in many European countries and carried over to America. Many of these family Bible records are still in existence and preserved by the descendants of the immigrants. In some cases these family Bibles have found their way into libraries and other repositories.

For an explanation of how to find Bible records and for helpful links see Utah Bible Records. See also United States Bible Records.


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

Business Records and Commerce


Sevier County cemeteries at the Utah State Historical site  Cemetery records often reveal birth, death, relationship, military, and religious information. The spouse and children who died young are frequently buried nearby.

More than tombstone inscriptions, cemetery records include sextons (caretakers) records and interment (burial) records, each with slightly different information. See Utah Cemeteries.

State and national resources for Sevier County, Utah Genealogy cemeteries
Online Grave Transcripts
or Images
Published Grave
Lists of Cemeteries
in the County

Utah Cemeteries and Burial Database (Click County down arrow to change)
Utah Gravestones
Billion Graves
Veterans to 1966

FamilySearch Library
Early Church Info File
Utah Periodicals

USGenWeb Tombstone Project
Utah Cemeteries Search (Search again for correct county)
Genealogy Trails

See Utah Cemeteries for details about each site.


Census records 1850 and later list names, ages, and places of birth (state or nation) for everyone in the household. Censuses locate the family and have other clues to find more records about them.

Churches and Religious Groups

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons)

Historically, most people in Utah were Mormons. Their records are, therefore, very important for early Utah research. For additional information, see Tracing LDS Ancestors and Utah Church Records.

Click a church unit name in the chart below for its history, boundaries, and availability of records, which are often in microfilm format

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Sevier County, Utah Genealogy guide to history and records of LDS wards and branches

Stake(s): Sevier Stake, Utah  · North Sevier Stake, Utah  · South Sevier Stake, Utah

Places: Annabella · Elsinore · Glenwood · Joseph · Koosharem · Monroe · Redmond · Richfield · Salina · Sevier · Sigurd

List of Sevier County stakes and wards to about 1948


Court Records

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

Template:RAOGKcourthouse 250 N Main St
Richfield, Utah 84701
Fax: (435-896-8888)


Divorce Records

Ethnic and Other Groups

Funeral Homes

Magleby-Buchanan Mortuary[3]
50 South 100 West
Richfield, UT 84701
Phone: 435-896-5484
Toll Free Phone: 866-MAGLEBY
Fax: 435-896-8526

150 North State St.
Salina, UT 84654

Spring Turner Funeral Home[4]
260 North 400 West
Richfield, UT 84701
Phone: 435-896-6333
Fax: 435-896-1727

150 East Main St.
Salina, UT 84654
Phone: 435-529-3821
Fax: 435-529-7604



  • Genealogies(microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog for Sevier County, Utah Genealogy. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see public libraries.
A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.



History Timeline
  • Boundary changes timeline for Sevier County, Utah Genealogy from "UT: Index of Counties," Newberry Library's Utah Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

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

  • 1776. The first non-Native Americans to see the Sevier River were most likely the Catholic fathers Silvestre Vélez de Escalante and Francisco Atanasio Domínguez as they passed through on their expedition to California.
  • 1863. Glenwood was established by Mormon pioneers. It was named for an early pioneer, Robert Wilson Glenn. The settlement's original name was Glencoe or Glen Cove, but was changed in November 1864 when Orson Hyde (an LDS Church leader) visited the settlement and recommended Glenwood.
  • 1864. The first permanent settlers (about 30 families) moved into the area at the direction of leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They found abundant salt deposits nearby so they named the area "Salina".
  • 1864. Richfield was colonized by Mormon settlers on 15 June 1864. Much of the area was populated by newly immigrated Mormon converts from Scandinavian countries, and because of the growth in this small community they officially created Sevier County in early 1865.
  • 1865. Sevier County was created 16 January 1865 from Sanpete County.[5]
  • 1865. Work began on a fort to provide protection for both the Setters and their stock. The fort was completed and contained several homes, a blacksmith shop, along with a corral and stockyard for the animals.
  • 1866. A stone fort was constructed in Glenwood in April.
  • 1867. In April, the Settlers of Alma were evacuated. Most of the evacuees made temporary homes in Sanpete County, until they could return home.
  • 1868. The Black Hawk War of 1867 between settlers and local Indians left Glenwood deserted for one year, but was later resettled in 1868 after peace resumed.
  • 1871. The first two families to settle Anabella were those of Harry Dalton, a member of the Mormon Battalion, and Joseph Powell. The first name given to the settlement was Omni Point, and Richfield was called Omni. The town name was later changed to Annabella, after two of the first two children born in the area: Ann S. Roberts and Isabella Dalton.
  • 1871. The town of Joseph was settled and named for Joseph A. Young, a local leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • 1871. The settlers returned to Salina from Manti, organized a militia, and constructed a fort and buildings for a school and a church. At that time they discovered coal deposits in "almost inexhaustible quantities" in the canyon east of the settlement.
  • 1872. The town of Alma applied for a Post Office under the city name of Monroe, in honor of U.S. President James Monroe.
  • 1874. The community was first settled in the spring of 1874 by James C. Jensen, Jens Iver Jensen, and others. The area was settled by Danish converts to Mormonism, and named after Kronborg Castle, known as Elsinore in Hamlet. The town was given its official name at the suggestion of Mormon Stake President Joseph A. Young. Previously, the town was named Little Denmark because many of the early settlers were immigrants of that country.
  • 1875. Aurora was founded by Ezra White (or Ezra Curtis, according to some accounts) and three other families along the banks of the Sevier River. Originally named Willow Bend, the name was changed to Aurora due to the presence of the Northern Lights. The city was moved west two to three miles along the Rocky Ford Canal to avoid the spring flooding that accompanied life along the Sevier. While growth occurred more rapidly in the accompanying communities of Salina and Richfield, Aurora grew largely due to the settling of children of many of the large families in the city. Most current residents are able to track their lineage to one of the four founding families of the city.
  • 1875. Redmond was first settled.
  • 1882. The Michelsen Family immigrated from Denmark and moved to Monroe where they had seven children as well as their oldest daughter who was born in Denmark.
  • 1890. One of the town's leading citizens, George Staples (1834–1890) was gored to death by a Jersey bull on his farm outside town on October 30. Staples was the English immigrant who adopted Sioux and who is widely credited with opening the way for peaceful settlement of southern Utah by negotiations with Native American tribes in the area.
  • 1891. The coming of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad opened the valley for expanded agricultural commerce and mining.
  • 1900. The Michelsen Family was called on a mission to help build an irrigation canal and establish the community of Stirling, Alberta.
  • 1945. During WWII, Salina contained a POW camp, housing 250 German prisoners. On July 8, Private Clarence Bertucci climbed one of the guard towers and took aim at the tents where the prisoners were sleeping. He fired 250 rounds and managed to hit thirty tents in his fifteen-second rampage. By the time a corporal managed to disarm Bertucci, six prisoners were dead and an additional twenty-two were wounded (three would later die of their injuries).

Land and Property


Google highway map of Sevier County 2012



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.



Obituaries may mention birth, marriage, spouse, parents, and living family members. See Utah Obituaries for state level compendiums and United States Obituaries for tips and insights regarding this record type.

Obituaries for residents may be found in:

Officials and Employees


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

  • Utah, State Archives a collection digitized by FamilySearch (free), includes probate case file numbers 1-135 (1865-1888).
  • Probate Records(microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog for Sevier County, Utah Genealogy. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see public libraries.

Public Records


Vital Records

  • Vital Records(microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog for Sevier County, Utah Genealogy. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see public libraries.
Below are the best sources to find birth information (dates and places of birth and names of parents) for Sevier County, Utah Genealogy. Also available: How to Find Birth Information in Utah.
Follow the suggestions under the year span that matches when your ancestor was born:
Birth before 1865
Sevier County, Utah Genealogy was formed on 16 January 1865.
      If your records show the person was born here before the county was formed,
      search parent counties
Birth 1865 - 1897
No birth records were created for Sevier County, Utah Genealogy by either by county or state civil authorities in this time period.
Follow these suggestions to find birth information for this time period:
Birth 1898 - present
County clerks became responsible for recording births beginning in 1898. In 1905, the State Department of Health assumed responsibility and required the counties to forward copies of the records to them.

Records open to the public
Birth records created more than 100 years ago State Department of Health Birth, Marriage, and Death Certificates page. are open to the public.
Restricted records
Access to official birth records within 100 years is restricted to those who meet certain requirements. Order copies:
  • Office of Vital Records and Statistics, 288 North 1460 West, Salt Lake City, Utah, Phone: (801) 538-6105. How to order online, by mail, or in person.

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

On USGenWeb Archives Sevier County, Utah you will find 44 bios of Sevier County residents.

Voting Registers


Resources for Sevier County, Utah Genealogy are available in repositories (such as libraries and archives) at all levels: the town, the county, the state (including universities), and the nation.

Check websites and catalogs of archives and libraries for items for this county. Examples: Sevier County, Utah Genealogy items in FamilySearch Library (Utah) or Allen County Public Library (Indiana).

When you find items you'd like to access, see Get a Copy

See these headings for Sevier County, Utah Genealogy details: Courthouse · FamilySearch Centers · Libraries · Societies


County seat: Richfield

FamilySearch Centers



Local public libraries usually have histories, genealogies, indexes of cemeteries, copies of local newspapers, or other records for the area they serve. Many libraries in Utah have an area dedicated to local collections and manuscripts.

  • Monroe City Library ; 55 South Main Street, P.O.Box 120, Monroe, UT 84754. Phone: 435-527-4019
    • Collections
  • Richmond Public Library;38 West Main Street, Richmond, UT 84333-1409 Phone: 435-258-5525
    • Collections
  • Salina Public Library;90 West Main Street, Salina, UT 84654. Phone: 435-529-7753
    • Collections

See also Utah Public Library Directory, which provides links to library web pages, addresses, phone numbers, hours, and maps. Does not mention holdings.


Towns and Communities


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Sevier County, Utah Page 687 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. 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.
  3. Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,938.
  4. Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,938.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. "Sevier County, Utah: Family History and Genealogy, Census, Birth, Marriage, Death Vital Records and More," Linkpendium,, accessed 1 February 2012.