Cache County, Utah Genealogy

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Guide to Cache 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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Cache County, Utah
Map of Utah highlighting Cache County
Location in the state of Utah, United States Genealogy
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Location of Utah in the U.S.
Founded January 5, 1856
County Seat Logan
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Address County Courthouse
179 North Main St.
Suite 102
Logan, UT 84321
Named for: caches of furs made by Rocky Mountain Fur Company trappers[1]
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County Facts[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the fur stashes, known in French as Caches, made by many of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company trappers. The County is located in the north center area of the state. [2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Cache County Courthouse
170 North Main Street
Logan, Ut 84321-4541
Phone 435-716-7150

County Clerk has marriage records from 1888.
Clerk District Court has divorce, probate and court records
County recorder has land records. [3]

Cache County, Utah Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1898 1887 1898 1860 1857 1860 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]

Cache County, Utah Genealogy was created January 5, 1856 from: Green River (old) | Utah Territory

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.

See UT: Index of Counties... from Newberry Library's Utah Atlas of Historical County Boundaries, for a timeline of boundary changes for Cache County, Utah Genealogy.

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Cache County, Utah Genealogy is surrounded by: Box Elder | Rich | Weber | Idaho counties: Bear Lake | Franklin | Oneida

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:[5]

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 Cache County, Utah Genealogy entries with names, images, or information.

Cache County Reference Books and Lookup Volunteers at the county GenWeb site.

Cache county Links at the county GenWeb site. Includes links to various types of information including court records, personal histories, newspapers, libraries, general Utah sites, etc.

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]

USGenWeb Archives Cache County, Utah lists bios of 13 individuals of Cache County

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.

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.

For the cemeteries within or just outside the cities or towns, please refer to the listing of populated places above.

Cemeteries at the Utah Historical site

Cache County Cemeteries at the county GenWeb site

Cemetery register 1860-1998 for Hyrum City is included in the FS digital collection: Cemeteries at the Utah Historical site [ Cache County Cemeteries] at the county GenWeb site USGenWeb Archives Cache County, Utah provides a list of burials in Wellsville Cemetery and the Woodmen burials
Utah, State Archives Records, 1848-2001

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1890 15,509
1900 18,139 17.0%
1910 23,062 27.1%
1920 26,992 17.0%
1930 27,424 1.6%
1940 29,797 8.7%
1950 33,536 12.5%
1960 35,788 6.7%
1970 42,331 18.3%
1980 57,176 35.1%
1990 70,183 22.7%
2000 91,391 30.2%
2010 112,656 23.3%
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.

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 Cache 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[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

Guide to history and records of wards and branches of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Stake(s): Benson Stake, Utah · Cache Stake, Utah · Hyrum Stake, Utah · Logan Stake, Utah

Places: Amalga · Clarkston · Cornish · Hyde Park · Hyrum · Lewiston · Logan · Mendon · Millville · Newton · Nibley · North Logan · Paradise · Providence · Richmond · River Heights · Smithfield · Trenton · Wellsville

List of Cache 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

Description and travel[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Dwellings[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic and Other Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Allen-Hall Mortuary[6]
34 East Center St.
Logan, UT 84321
Phone: 435-752-3245
Fax: 435-755-0979

Nelson Funeral Homes[7]
162 East 400 North
Logan, UT 84321
Phone: 435-752-3261
Fax: 435-752-2353

85 South Main
Smithfield, UT 84335
Phone: 435-563-5621

Allen-Cranney Mortuary[8]
420 East 2800 North
North Logan, UT 84341
Phone: 435-753-3049
Fax: 435-753-6443

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

See Utah Gazetteers

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

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]

See UT: Index of Counties... from Newberry Library's Utah Atlas of Historical County Boundaries, for a timeline of boundary changes for Cache County, Utah Genealogy.

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

  • 1830. Jim Bridger and several other trappers bought out William Ashley and established the Rocky Mountain Fur Company, competing for the lucrative beaver pelt trade.
  • 1830s. Cache Valley was named for the fur stashes made by many of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company trappers.
  • 1852. William Gardner, member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, became the first settler in Cache Valley.
  • 1856. Cache County was formed by the territorial legislature.
  • 1857. Smithfield was founded by Robert Thornley and Seth Langdon. Early name was Summit Creek.
  • 1859. The town of Logan was founded by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent by Brigham Young.
  • 1859-60. Providence settled, mostly by Swiss converts of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • 1860. Hyrum was founded by Danish immigrants of sons of Ezra T. Benson.
  • 1864. Logan became the county seat, (and the principal city of the Logan, UT-ID Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Cache County and Franklin County, Idaho).
  • 1864. Clarkston was laid out. It was named for Israel J. Clark.
  • 1869. Amalga was settled by settler Hans Jorgensen, member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • 1884. Logan Utah Temple dedicated.
  • 1888. Utah State University was founded in Logan.
  • 1891. Logan Tabernacle 1891.
  • 1907. Cornish City emerged as a town on the Oregon Short Line Railroad.
  • 1916. In Amalga, Amalgamated Sugar Company started making sugar from sugar beets.
  • 1941. Cache Valley Dairy Association in Amalga started to process milk into Swiss cheese.

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.
  • [1892-1920] Deeds. FamilySearch Historical Records Collection.

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

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.

  • 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 Cache County, Utah Genealogy.
    • Utah Journal, covering 1879-1898 is 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:

Other[edit | edit source]

Prison[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).

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]

County Books of the County of Cache, 1857-1891 At Digital Collections, Utah State University.

Schools[edit | edit source]

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Bear River District Health Department
655 East 1300 North Street
Logan, UT 84341
Telephone: 801-752-3730

The Family History Library does not have Logan City vital records.

See also How to order Utah Vital Records or download an application for Utah Birth Certificate, Marriage or Divorce Certificate, Death 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 Cache 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]
Cache County, Utah Genealogy was formed in 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 Cache 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 #83781 at Utah State Archives. Not online, no online index. Copies available through FamilySearch Library: FSL film 431094 . There are some names of children in the records. (Census or church records will help.)
Marriage[edit | edit source]
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.

Death Record Substitutes

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

Websites[edit | edit source]

Links to indexes or images of records:

Links to Cache County, Utah Genealogy collections:

Sites that gather links to the Internet

  • Linkpendium
  • CyndisList

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

Resources for Cache 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: Cache 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 · Societies sections.

Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Cache County, Utah

Cache County Official Website

179 North Main St.
Suite 102
Logan, UT 84321

County seat: Brigham City

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

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.

  • Logan Public Library; 255 North Main, Logan, UT 84321. Telephone 435-716-9123.
    • Collections: Special Collections include the former Everton Genealogical Library as well as local history, photos, and more.
  • Newton Town Library, 51 S Center St, Newton, Utah 84327-0578 PO Box 578. Phone 435-563-9283.
    • Collections:
  • North Logan city Library; 475 East 2500 North, Logan, UT 84341-1523. Phone: 435-755-7169.
    • Collections:
  • Providence-River Heights Branch, Cache County Library System; 15 North Main Street, P.O. Box 63, Providence, UT 84332-9694. Phone 435-752-7881.
    • Collections:
  • Richfield Public Library; 83 East Center Street, Richfield, UT 84701. Phone: 435-896-5169.
    • Collections:
  • Smithfield Public Library; 25 North Main Street, P.O. Box 35, Smithfield, UT 84335. Phone: 435-563-3555.
    • Collections:

See also Utah Public Library Directory, which provides links to library web pages, addresses, phone numbers, hours, and maps.

Societies[edit | edit source]

Utah Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Cache Valley Historical Society

Smithfield Utah Historical Society

Access Genealogy - Utah

Towns and Communities in this county[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "List of counties in Utah," Wikipedia.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Cache, Utah" in,_Utah accessed 3 Dec 2018
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cache County, Utah Page 686 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cache 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.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Cache County, Utah," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Utah, accessed 12 February 2019.
  6. Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,938.
  7. Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,938.
  8. Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,938.

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Utah, Cache County Records - FamilySearch Historical Records