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===Shipping and other transportation records===
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See United States Business Records

The genealogical researcher would do well to remember that European settlement of Utah essentially began in 1847 with the arrival of the first Mormon Pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley. But businesses were established from this point forward. Another important date to remember is the arrival of the railroad in 1868-9, marking the end of the pioneer era. Many early Utah settlers or their children worked for the railroads or depended on the railroad for their businesses. Utah governments are no different than any others and have issued permits and licenses to allow businesses to operate. Also from pioneer times there have guilds and trade unions governing the activities of their members and keeping records. Many businesses have also produced biographical collections of the company's officers and employees. In the Unites States and in Utah, publicly owned companies often produce an annual report in printed form. Cities have produced city directories listing all of the businesses in the city and included, in many cases, all of the residents. It is also important not to overlook advertisement in Utah newspapers which may contain information about the owners or operators of a business.

Mortuary records

Mortuaries keep records of their internments independent of the cemeteries and state death records. Some of the funeral homes and mortuaries date back to pioneer times and are still in business.

Farming and Agricultural Records

Agricultural business organizations have played a huge part in the rural affairs of Utah. The number of organizations is significant and many of these organizations date back to the earliest days of settlement. As is the case with most business records, finding the records can be a challenge. It is best to contact each business and organization directly.

Slaves, Apprentices and Indentured Servants

Some of the Utah immigrants and pioneers were from slave states and brought their slaves to Utah. Although the numbers were never large, there was a significant influx of African Americans. Apprentices were also common but indentured servants were far less so.

Insurance records

From fire insurance maps to databases of historical insurance policies, there are companies that date back into the 1700s providing farm, life, fire and marine insurance. Applicants for policies were asked to provide information about their beneficiaries (usually family members), their lifestyle, health, age, residence and other topics. Most of the insurance records that are currently available are still held by the individual companies, with some records dating back to the creation of the companies. Few companies provide search services but some do allow proven descendants to search the records to look for information about an ancestor. See also


As is shown by the Utah Digital Newspaper Project, See Utah Newspapers, there were quite a few newspapers in the state. Just as any other business, the newspapers had owners and employees and kept records of their activities and the business records may go back over 100 years for some of the older, still operating, newspapers. Search for newspaper records the same as you would any other business type or entity.

Employment and Union records

Mining records

Utah mining activities began very early after the first settlement in 1847. There are extensive mining records in the Utah Department of Administrative Services, Division of Archives & Records Service. Do a search for mining records; there are over 1200 records. You should search mining records if you see from a U.S. Census record that your ancestor worked as a miner.

Search in Ancestry.com $$ for Utah and mining records in the Card Catalog.

The Park Record from 1881 to 1970. The Park Mining Record began publication February 8, 1880. The name was shortened to The Park Record in 1884.

See "A Brief History of Mining in Utah," by Burt B. Brewster, E.M. Editor and Publisher of The Mining and Contracting Review.

History of Mining in Utah, Treasure House Relics Project. In addition see the collection of Utah corporate stock certificates.

Inventory of the Utah coal mining history records, University of Utah, Special Collections.

Search in the U.S. National Archives for Mines and Mining. See Records of the U.S. Bureau of Mines.

See also the Arthur Lakes Library, Colorado School of Mines, Historic Mines and Mining Companies. This website has links to additional Utah sources for mining information.

Business formation records


Before 1900 the largest religious groups in Utah were The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Roman Catholics, Greek Orthodox, Methodists, and Presbyterians.[1]

See Utah Church Records

In addition to records about the members of the churches, the churches themselves are business organizations with employees, officers and directors. For information about the churches as businesses, look for business records for corporations and other entities.


The first transcontinental railroad went through Utah and beginning in March of 1969 and in some cases before that time, many of the people in Utah Territory were hired by the railroads. The railroads have continued as a major source of employment for people in Utah since that time. It is only logical to search railroad employment records for information about your ancestors, especially if the U.S. Census records show that they worked for the railroad. Also check the FamilySearch Library Catalog for further records.

Shipping and other transportation records

Business licenses and bonds

Professional licenses

Medical and Dental office records

Photography businesses

For historical information about early photographers, see Palmquist, Peter E., and Thomas R. Kailbourn. Pioneer Photographers of the Far West: A Biographical Dictionary, 1840-1865. Stanford, Calif: Stanford Univ. Press, 2000.

Business and other types of directories

Utility records


  1. William Chamberlin Hunt and United States Bureau of the Census, Religious Bodies: 1906 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1910), Vol. 1:364. Digital version at Google Books.