Utah, State Archives Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Access the records: Utah, State Archives Records, 1848-2001 .

Record Description

The collection consists of images of various record types held by the Utah State Archives. Record types include civil and criminal case files, divorce records, probate case files, and naturalization records for the counties and cemetery records for the cities.

The collection includes records from 1848 to 2001. The coverage of record type and date range varies by county and the time periods listed may have gaps.

The following chart lists the location, record type, series, and time periods covered; counties are listed first then cities. The images are being published as they become available and the chart is being updated as the information becomes available.

Locality Record Type Time Period
Beaver County Naturalization and interment records 1865-1942
Box Elder County Divorce, naturalization, and interment records 1875-1876
Carbon County Probate case files 1896-1931
Davis County Divorce, naturalization, and interment records 1875-1886
Emery County Probate case files and naturalization records 1889-1928
Garfield County Naturalization records 1896-1923
Grand County Naturalization records 1908-1929
Iron County Probate case files, land records, and burial records  1854-1868
Juab County Naturalization records 1891-1929
Kane County Probate records 1867-1896
Millard County Burial records 1854-1973
Piute Probate records 1881-1932
Salt Lake County Civil and criminal case files, probate case files, land records, and naturalization records 1853-1894
San Juan County Probate records 1888-1933
Sanpete County Criminal case files, probate case files and buial records 1866-1890
Sevier County Probate case files, naturalization records, and cemetery records  1865-1905
Summit County Land records 1871-1878
Tooele County Probate and burial records 1859-1888
Wasatch County Naturalization and cemetery records 1896-1935
Weber County Court records 1852-1887
Beaver (City) Cemetery records 1865-1886
Charleston (City) Cemetery records
Fillmore (City) Cemetery records
Garland (City) Cemetery records
Glenwood (City) Cemetery records
Grantsville (City) Cemetery records
Hyrum (City) Cemetery records
Junction (City) Cemetery records
Kaysville (City) Cemetery records
Marysville (City) Cemetery records 1887-1978
Midvale (City) Cemetery records
Murray (City) Cemetery records
Paragonah (City) Cemetery records
Salt Lake City Cemetery records 1848-1976
Scipio (City) Cemetery records
Spring City Cemetery records

For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browselink from the collection landing page.

Record Content

The record content varies by record type. It may include any of the following pieces of information:

  • Name of primary individual
  • Event date
  • Event place
  • Residence
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Names of parents
  • Biographical information about parents such as date and place of birth
  • Names of heirs, such as spouse, children, other relatives, or friends
  • Names of the executor, administrator, or guardian
  • Names of witnesses
  • Dates the documents were written and recorded (used to approximate event dates since a will was usually written near the time of death)
  • Description and value of property or land
  • Occupation
  • Military information such as company, rank, and enlistment date
  • Farm information such as number and value of acres and details of crops raised
  • Statistical information about members of the household

Search the Collection

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • The county where the event occurred
  • The approximate date the event occurred
  • The name of the individual or individuals

To search the collection ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select "County"
⇒Select "Record Type, Box, Folder, Case and Year Range" which takes you to the images.

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

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Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors. For example:

  • Use the age to calculate the birth date.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names to locate church and land records.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • The name of the officiator may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
  • The name of the undertaker, mortuary, or cemetery could lead you to funeral records which often include the names and residences of other family members.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as more recent records.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
  • Compiling the entries for every person who has the same surname is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. It can also help you to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. You may want to repeat this process for each new generation or surname that you identify.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Check for an index. There are often indexes created by local genealogical and historical societies.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

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Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

"Utah, State Archives Records, 1848-2001." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing State Archives, Salt Lake City.