Carbon County, Utah Genealogy

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Guide to Carbon 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 1894, when the county was formed.

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Carbon County, Utah
Map of Utah highlighting Carbon County
Location in the state of Utah, United States Genealogy
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Location of Utah in the U.S.
Founded March 8, 1894
County Seat Price
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Address County Courthouse
120 East Main
Price, UT 84501
Named for: coal deposits found in the area[1]
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County Facts[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the major coal deposits in the area. The County is located in the center area of the state. [2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Carbon County Courthouse
120 East Main Street
Price, Utah 84501-3057
Phone: 435-636-3224

County Clerk has marriage records.
Clerk of the District Court has divorce, probate and court records.
County Recorder has land records.[3]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1898 1894 1898 1894 1894 1894 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]

Carbon County, Utah Genealogy was created March 8, 1894 from:Emery County

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 Carbon County, Utah Genealogy.

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Carbon County, Utah Genealogyis surrounded by: Duchesne | Emery | Grand | Sanpete | Uintah | Utah

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]

Census-designated places
Ghost towns
  • Hale
  • Kiz
  • National
  • Peerless
  • Spring Canyon
  • Standardville
  • Winter Quarters

  • 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 Carbon 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]

    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 Hometown Locator
    Billion Graves (name) Utah Periodicals Utah Cemeteries and Burials
    Billion Graves (cemetery) Linkpendium
    GenWeb Tomstone Project Genealogy Trails
    UTGenWeb 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.

    • Price City Cemetery Website includes Links to view alphabetical listing by last name of all Cemetery plots.
    • Carbon County Cemeteries at the Utah State Historical site
    • Austrian Lodge Cemetery, Carbonville Cemetery, Castle Gate Cemetery, Helper City Mountain View Cemetery, Hiawatha Cemetery, Spring Glen Cemetery, and Haycock Cemetery gravestone transcriptions are available at UTGenWeb - free.

    Census[edit | edit source]

    Historical populations
    Census Pop.
    1900 5,004
    1910 8,624 72.3%
    1920 15,489 79.6%
    1930 17,798 14.9%
    1940 18,459 3.7%
    1950 24,901 34.9%
    1960 21,135 −15.1%
    1970 15,647 −26.0%
    1980 22,179 41.7%
    1990 20,228 −8.8%
    2000 20,422 1.0%
    2010 21,403 4.8%
    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 Carbon 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

    (Section In process. Want to help?)
    Guide to history and records of wards and branches of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    Stake(s): Carbon Stake, Utah

    Castle Gate · Clear Creek  · Columbia  · Helper · Hiawatha · Kenilworth · Price · Scofield · Storrs · Spring Glen · Standardville · Sunnyside · Wellington · Winter Quarters

    List of Carbon 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]

    Fausett Mortuary[6]
    680 East 100 South
    Price, UT 84501
    Phone: 435-637-1181
    Fax: 435-637-6995

    Mitchell Funeral Home Inc.[7]
    233 East Main St
    Price, UT 84501
    Phone: 435-637-2668
    Fax: 435-637-6963

    Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

    See Utah Gazetteers

    Genealogy[edit | edit source]

    Community Trees

    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 Carbon County, Utah Genealogy.

    NOTE: Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Wikipedia for Carbon County, Utah Genealogy

    • 1870’s. Clear Creek founded as a logging camp, later for coal mining.
    • 1881-82. Helper developed as a freight terminal and for coal mining.
    • 1894. Carbon County was established. Received name from the coal deposits in the region.
    • 1897. Butch Cassidy and Elzy Lay robbed the Pleasant Valley Coal Company in nearby Castle Gate.
    • 1942. East Carbon City had its beginnings.
    • 1935 – 1957. J. Bracken Lee a political figure who served as mayor of Price, then governor of the state of Utah.

    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]

    Utah CountyDuchesne CountyUintah CountySanpete CountyEmery CountyGrand CountyUT CARBON.PNG
    Click a neighboring county
    for more resources

    Google highway map of Carbon County 2012

    Medical Records[edit | edit source]

    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.

    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 Carbon County, Utah Genealogy.
      • Carbon County News, Eastern Utah Advocate and News Advocate covering 1892-1932 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:

    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]

    Schools[edit | edit source]

    UTGenWeb has indexed Carbon High School Yearbooks for 1914, 1924-1927, 1929-1931, and 1937-1941. In addition, they have located volunteers willing to do lookups in the 1950, 1956 and 1957 yearbooks.

    Taxation[edit | edit source]

    Vital Records[edit | edit source]

    Vital records of birth, marriage, death, and divorce are created by civil (state, county, or city) officials. See Utah Vital Records for details and history of the 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 Carbon 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 1894[edit | edit source]
    Carbon County, Utah Genealogy was formed on 8 March 1894.
          If your records show the person was born here before the county was formed,
          search parent counties :
    Birth 1894 -1897[edit | edit source]
    No birth records were created for Carbon 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.
    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.
    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]
    • 1898-1905 Carbon County death records 1898-1905 at UTGenWeb - free. FHL Film 484812 Items 2-3. The death register contains four pages of about thirty-four entries per page. Information included in a death entry includes: Name, Occupation, Age, Term of Residence,Single or Married, Widow or Widower, Sex, Race, Color, Last Place of Residence, Cause of Death, Date of Death, Name of Party Making Report, Number. In the earlier entries the "Race" field usually provides nationality such as Italian, English, Welsh, Danish
    • Before 1904 Utah State Burial Index
    • 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.
    • 1921-1937 Scofield and Winter Quarters Death Certificates Index UTGenWeb - free

    Death Record Substitutes

    Websites[edit | edit source]

    Links to indexes or images of records:

    Links to Carbon County, Utah Genealogy collections:

    Sites that gather links to the Internet

    • Linkpendium
    • CyndisList

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

    Resources for Carbon 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: Carbon County, Utah Genealogy items in FamilySearch Library (Utah). When you find items you'd like to access, see Get a Copy

    See Courthouse · FamilySearch Centers · Libraries · Societies sections.

    Courthouse[edit | edit source]

    Carbon County Official Website
    County Courthouse
    120 East Main
    Price, UT 84501
    Phone: (435) 636-3201
    County seat: Price

    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.

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

    == Societies[edit | edit source]

    Utah Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

    Access Genealogy - Utah

    Towns and Communities[edit | edit source]

    References[edit | edit source]

    1. “List of counties in Utah,” Wikipedia
    2. Wikipedia contributors, "Carbon, Utah" in,_Utah accessed 3 Dec 2018
    3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Carbon 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), Carbon 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, "Carbon 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.