Box Elder County, Utah Genealogy

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Guide to Box Elder County, Utah ancestry, family history, and genealogy. Birth records, marriage and death records, cemeteries, census, church records, probate records, and obituaries—resources to find parents and family history since 1856, when the county was formed.

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Box Elder County, Utah
Map of Utah highlighting Box Elder County
Location in the state of Utah, United States Genealogy
Founded January 5, 1856
County Seat Brigham City
Address County Courthouse
1 South Main St.
Brigham City, UT 84302
Named for: the many box elder trees in the area, Latin: Acer_negundo
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County Facts[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the box elder trees that abound in the county. The County is located in the northwest area of the state. [1]

County Court House[edit | edit source]

Box Elder County Courthouse
1 South Main Street
Brigham City, Utah 84302
Phone: 435:734-3388 

County Clerk has birth and death records 1898-1905, marriage records from 1887, divorce, probate, court and land records from 1856.[2]

Box Elder County, Utah Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1898 1887 1898 1856 1856 1856 1851
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1905. General compliance by 1917.

Records Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Parent Counties[edit | edit source]

Box Elder County, Utah Genealogy was created January 5, 1856 from: Unorganized territory | Weber and Green River (old)

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Utah County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Utah County Boundary Maps" (1849-1960) may be viewed for free at the website.

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

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Box Elder County, Utah Genealogy is surrounded by: Tooele | Davis | Weber | Cache | Idaho counties: Cassia | Oneida; Nevada county: Elko

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[4]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns

Resources[edit | edit source]

The types of records that follow are used for genealogy and family history. Most tell what you may learn and how to locate the records. Links to Internet sites usually go directly to Box Elder County, Utah Genealogy entries with names, images, or information.

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Biography[edit | edit source]

  • History of Box Elder County [5]
  • Box Elder County, Utah newspaper card index historical, biographical, vital records
Newspaper card index to births, deaths, divorces, marriages, and subject index, 1890-1915 [6]
Newspaper card index, locality index [7] 
Newspaper card index, biographies [8] 
Newspaper card index, subject and vital record index - Corinne newspapers, 1869-1875 [9]

Business Records and Commerce[edit | edit source]

See United States Business Records
See also Utah Occupation and Business Records

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
FindAGrave Family History Library FindAGrave
UTGravestones WorldCat Interment
Billion Graves (name) Utah Periodicals Utah Cemeteries and Burials
Billion Graves (cemetery) Linkpendium
GenWeb Tomstone Project Genealogy Trails
UTGenWeb Archives Hometown Locator
FamilySearch Places
See Utah Cemeteries for more information.
Brigham City Cemetery.jpg

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.

Additional information on Box Elder County cemeteries

  • List of Box Elder County, Utah Cemeteries that exist or in some cases no longer exist.
  • The Garland, Utah Interment & Disinterment Registers are part of the FamilySearch Historical Record Collection: Utah, State Archives Records, 1848-2001
    • This register appears to have been started in 1908; but includes references to burials prior to 1908 that presumably came from tombstones standing in 1908.
  • USGenWeb Archives Box Elder County, Utah provides names in Plymouth Cemetery and Woodmen of the World of Box Elder County.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 1,608
1870 4,855 201.9%
1880 6,761 39.3%
1890 7,642 13.0%
1900 10,009 31.0%
1910 13,894 38.8%
1920 18,788 35.2%
1930 17,810 −5.2%
1940 18,832 5.7%
1950 19,734 4.8%
1960 25,061 27.0%
1970 28,129 12.2%
1980 33,222 18.1%
1990 36,485 9.8%
2000 42,745 17.2%
2010 49,975 16.9%
Source: "".

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.

  • See Utah Census for online indexes and images of US federal censuses. of: 1856, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940.
  • See statewide printed indexes, including 1856.
    • Check county indexes when online indexes fail. Created by people who knew the families of the area, they are often more accurate and they may have added insights. See periodicals and local libraries or other record holders.

Churches and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

The information given in church records depends upon the practices of each religious group. Most include the names of members, often with ages and birth places. Several give birth, christening, or blessing dates for infants. See Utah Church Records for details about various denominations.

  • Church records (microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed for Box Elder County, Utah Genealogy at the town level (space, then select a town) or county level (select Church topics) in the FamilySearch Library Catalog.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)[edit | edit source]
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The usage of "Mormon" and "LDS" on this page is approved according to current policy.

Historically, most people in Utah were Latter-day Saints. Their records are, therefore, very important for early Utah research. For additional information, see Tracing Latter-day Saint 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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Guide to history and records of wards and branches of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Stakes in the county:

Places: Beaverdam · Bothwell · Brigham City · Cedar Creek · Corinne · Deweyville · Elwood · Fielding · Garland · Honeyville · Howell · Mantua · Park Valley · Perry · Plymouth · Promontory · Snowville  · Tremonton · Washakie · Willard · Yost

List of Box Elder County stakes and wards to about 1948


List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Many of your ancestors may be found in court records as defendants, plaintiffs, witnesses, or jurors. Court records can establish family relationships and places of residence, occupations, and other family history information. See Utah Court Records for the various courts through the years.

For specialized court records, see Divorce  · Guardianship  · Land  · Naturalization  · Probate

Directories[edit | edit source]

See Utah Directories

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic and Other Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Gillies Funeral Chapel and Crematory[10]
634 East 200 South
Brigham City, UT 84302
Phone: 435-723-5236
Toll Free Phone: 888-723-5236
Fax: 435-723-6905

Myers Mortuary[11]
205 South 100 East
Brigham City, UT 84302
Phone: 435-723-8484
Fax: 435-723-7170

Rogers and Taylor Funeral Home[12]
111 North 1st East
Tremonton, UT 84337
Fax: 435-257-7384

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

See Utah Gazetteers

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Guardianship of orphans or adults unable to manage their own affairs were handled by the probate and the Federal District courts. See Utah Court Records.

History[edit | edit source]

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

NOTE: Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Wikipedia for Box Elder County.

  • 1800’s- The Bear River Valley was originally inhabited by the Fremont and Shoshoni Indians. Then French-Canadian trappers entered the valley.
  • 1851. First permanent homes in county at site of present Brigham City. Early name was Box Elder. 
  • 1851. Willard settled by Latter-day Saint settlers.
  • 1852. Perry was settled by Orrin Porter Rockwell. Early name was Three Mile Creek.
  • 1853. Lorenzo Snow created first self-sufficient city (present-day Brigham City).
  • 1856. Box Elder County formed.
  • 1861. Honeyville settled. Agricultural community.
  • 1863. Mantua settled by Danish families called by authorities of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to settle in valley.
  • 1864. Deweyville settled by William Empey.
  • 1868. Elwood settled by homesteaders and families with "squatter rights."
  • 1869 May. Golden spike driven at Promontory Summit to connect Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads.
  • 1869. Plymouth founded.  Named for imagined resemblance of nearby large rock to the Plymouth Rock.
  • 1869. Corinne laid out by Union Pacific and settled by people of different religions.
  • 1871. Snowville settled at direction of Brigham Young.  Named after Lorenzo Snow an Apostle for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • 1886. Bear River City incorporated.
  • 1890. Penrose named for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Apostle Charles W. Penrose.
  • 1892. Town of Fielding erected. Named after Mary Fielding Smith.
  • 1929.  Elwood established.  Early name was Manila Ward.
  • 1940’s. Economic boost during WWII, with creation of Bushnell General Hospital[13]
  • 1950-1960’s. Major growth in county, with Thiokol plant built in 1957.

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Land records (especially deeds) often give the name of a spouse, heir, other relatives, or other clues for further research. They often have other clues for further research, such as witnesses or the other parties who may be relatives or in-laws. See Utah Land and Property for more.

  • County Recorder's Office: check deeds, file mining claims, get assistance in finding ownership of a particular property, and obtain copies of county plat maps. This office has county plat records dating back to 1878, prior records having been destroyed in a fire.

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Click a neighboring county
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For historical maps of Utah and Box Elder County, see:

Migration[edit | edit source]

Early migration routes to and from Box Elder County, Utah Genealogy for emigrant settlers included: :

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Indian Land Records, 1884-1930. Brigham City, UT. FHL film 480866 Item 5 (includes index.)

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]
World War I[edit | edit source]
World War II[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Declarations of Intent before 1906 often include the nation of origin, his* foreign and "Americanized" names, residence, and date of arrival. See Utah Naturalization and Citizenship for more information. (*Women were not naturalized until 1922 in the United States.)

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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. Resources include:

  • 1850-2003 Utah Newspapers, 1850-2003 at MyHeritage — index & images, ($)
  • Utah Digital Newspapers Project presents newspaper images online. Search All Newspapers by name or keywords, or Browse by County to view all newspapers digitized for Box Elder County, Utah Genealogy.
    • Box Elder News and Corinne Reporter, covering 1871-1926 are included.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.[edit | edit source]

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).

Other[edit | edit source]

Prison[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Probate cases include court actions regarding property and estates of individuals who have died. Records may locate relatives, provide death dates, and identify property. See Utah Probate Records for more information.

Online Probate Indexes and Records

Public Records[edit | edit source]

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

See also How to order Utah Vital Records or download an application for Utah Birth CertificateMarriage or Divorce CertificateDeath Certificate Applications to mail.

Birth[edit | edit source]
Below are the best sources to find birth information (dates and places of birth and names of parents) for Box Elder 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 1856[edit | edit source]
Box Elder County, Utah Genealogy was formed 5 January 1856.
      If your records show the person was born here before the county was formed,
      search parent counties
Birth 1856 - 1897[edit | edit source]
No birth records were created for Box Elder 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[edit | edit source]
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.
  • 1898 - 1905 - Series #84098 at Utah State Archives. Not online, no online index. Copies available through FamilySearch Library copy: FSL film 480875 . There are no names of children in the records. (Census or church records will help.)
Marriage[edit | edit source]

Wiki articles describing marriage a collection is found at:

Utah, Box Elder County Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Divorce records give the names of the parties and may give the date and place of their marriage. See Utah Vital Records for excellent information.

Death[edit | edit source]
  • 1904 - 1964 Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964 at FamilySearch — index and images. 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
  • Utah State Vital Records: Utah Department of Health Office of Vital Records & Statistics, P.O. Box 141010, Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-1010; Phone: (801) 538-6101
  • Box Elder County Utah Vital Records: Box Elder County Clerk, 1 S Main Street, Brigham City, UT 84302. Phone: (435) 734-3388
  • First District Court (Divorce Records): 43 North Main, :P.O. Box 873, Brigham City, UT 84302-0873. Phone: (435) 734-4600 Fax: (435) 734-4610
  • Vital records(microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed in the Family History LibraryCatalog for Box Elder County, Utah Genealogy. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see repositories.
  • USGenWeb Archives Box Elder County, Utah provides the Death Certificates of 1903-1908

Death Record Substitutes

  • 1870 - U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885 at Ancestry ($). Includes 1870 Box Elder County, Utah Genealogy mortality schedule.

Voting Registers[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

Links to indexes or images of records:

Links to Box Elder County, Utah Genealogy collections:

Sites that gather links to the Internet

  • Linkpendium
  • CyndisList

Archives, Libraries, etc.[edit | edit source]

Resources for Box Elder 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: Box Elder 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 Courthouse · FamilySearch Centers · Libraries · Museums · Societies sections.

See also: Websites

Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Box Elder County, Utah
Address: 1 South Main St, Brigham City, UT 84302
Phone (Brigham City): 435-734-3300
Phone (Tremonton): 435-257-5810
Hours: 8am - 5pm Monday - Friday
Box Elder County Home Page History of the Box Elder County Courthouse

County seat: Brigham City

FamilySearch Centers[edit | edit source]

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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.

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

Museums[edit | edit source]

Bear River City DUP Museum
4600 West 5900 North (in the park)
Bear River, UT 84301
Open on request; free admission

Brigham City DUP (Restored Log Cabin)
200 North 300 West (Pioneer Park)
Brigham City, UT 84302
Open by appointment; free admission

Societies[edit | edit source]

Utah Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Brigham City Museum
24 North 300 West
Brigham City, UT 84302
(435) 226-1439

Online collections

Towns and Communities[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Box Elder, Utah" in,_Utah accessed 3 Dec 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Box Elder County, Utah Page 686 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Box Elder County, Utah . Page 686-688 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 676-677.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Box Elder County, Utah," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Utah, accessed 6 February 2019.
  5. Forsgren, Lydia Walker History of Box Elder County WorldCat 10418828
  6. Film [[FHL|1145491
  7. FHL 1145492 Item 1
  8. FHL 1145492 Item 2
  9. FHL 1145492 Item 3
  10. Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,937.
  11. Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,937.
  12. Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,941.
  13. Kathleen Bradford, Bushnell General Hospital Utah History Encyclopedia (Accessed 4 September 2012)
  14. National Park Service, "California Trail" (map) in California National Historic Trail at (accessed 2 August 2011).
  15. "The Pioneer Story: The Mormon Pioneer Trail" in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at (accessed 2 August 2011).
  16. Wikipedia contributors, "First Transcontinental Railroad" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at (accessed 2 August 2011).
  17. “Box Elder County, Utah Certificates of Citizenship Record Books, 1868-1869” ( : accessed 24 Oct 2012), “Source Information”.
  18. “Box Elder County, Utah Certificates of Citizenship Record Books, 1868-1869” ( : accessed 24 Oct 2012), “About Box Elder County, Utah Certificates of Citizenship Record Books, 1868-1869”.
  19. "Box Elder County, Utah: Family History and Genealogy, Census, Birth, Marriage, Death Vital Records and More," Linkpendium,, accessed 1 February 2012.