Davis County, Utah Genealogy

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Guide to Davis 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 1852, when the county was formed.

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Davis County, Utah
Map of Utah highlighting Davis County
Location in the state of Utah, United States Genealogy
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Location of Utah in the U.S.
Founded March 3, 1852
County Seat Farmington
Address Davis County Memorial Courthouse
28 East State Street
Farmington, UT 84025
Website: www.co.davis.ut.us
Named for: David Coon Davis
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County Facts[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

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The usage of "Mormon" and "LDS" on this page is approved according to current policy.

The County was named for Daniel C. Davis, captain in the Mormon Battalion. The County is located in the north center area of the state. [1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Davis County Courthouse
P O Box 618
Farmington, Ut 84025-0618
Phone: 801-451-3420

County Clerk has marriage records.
Clerk Distric Court has divorce, probate and court records.[2]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1897 1887 1898 1852 1870 1853 1851
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1905. General compliance by 1917.

Parent Counties[edit | edit source]

Davis County, Utah Genealogy was created March 3, 1852 from: Salt Lake

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 MapofUS.org website.

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

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Davis County, Utah Genealogy is surrounded by: Box Elder | Morgan | Salt Lake | Tooele | Weber

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]


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 Davis 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
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.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 1,134
1860 2,904 156.1%
1870 4,459 53.5%
1880 5,279 18.4%
1890 6,751 27.9%
1900 7,996 18.4%
1910 10,191 27.5%
1920 11,450 12.4%
1930 14,021 22.5%
1940 15,784 12.6%
1950 30,867 95.6%
1960 64,760 109.8%
1970 99,028 52.9%
1980 146,540 48.0%
1990 187,941 28.3%
2000 238,994 27.2%
2010 306,479 28.2%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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.

  • George Olin Zabriskie and Dorothy Louise Robinson, copied U S Census of 1851:Census of Davis County, 1851 Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine. April, 1937
  • See Utah Census for online indexes and images of US federal censuses. of: 1850 [1851], 1856, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940.

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 Davis 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]

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): North Davis Stake, Utah  · South Davis Stake, Utah

Places: Bountiful · Centerville · Clearfield · Clinton · Farmington · Kaysville · Layton · South Weber · Sunset · Syracuse · West Bountiful · West Point

List of Davis County stakes and wards

List of Churches and Church Parishes

County Records[edit | edit source]

  • Christy Fillerup. Research in Davis County Crossroads (June 2010): 30-37. Utah Genealogical Association
  • 1869-1953 Utah, Davis County Records, 1869-1953 at FamilySearch — index and images

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

Cultural Groups[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

See Utah Directories

  • 1879-1880 - Culmer, H.L.A. et al. Utah Directory and Gazetteer for 1879-80: Containing the Name and Occupation of Every Resident in the Towns and Cities of Salt Lake, Utah, Weber and Davis Counties: and a Very Complete List of the Merchants, Manufacturers, Professional Men and Officials: Together with Full Gazetteer Information. Salt Lake City, Utah: Printed for H.L.A. Culmer Co. by J.C. Graham Co., 1879. Digital version at Internet Archive.

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

LakeView Cemetery Mortuary[5]
1640 East Lakeview Dr
Bountiful, UT 84010
Phone: 801-298-1564
Fax: 801-298-1586

Lindquist Bountiful Mortuary[6]
727 North 400 East
Bountiful, UT 84010
Phone: 801-292-5555
Fax: 801-292-0442

Lindquist Kaysville Mortuary[7]
400 North Main St.
Kaysville, UT 84037
Phone: 801-546-6666
Fax: 801-544-4809

Lindquist Layton Mortuary[8]
1867 North Fairfield Road
Layton, UT 84041
Phone: 801-771-6666
Fax: 801-771-0700

Myers Mortuary[9]
250 North Fairfield Rd
Layton, UT 84041
Phone: 801-544-0994
Fax: 801-547-0391

Lindquist Clearfield Mortuary[10]
1050 South State St.
Clearfield, UT 84015
Phone: 801-825-6666
Fax: 801-825-9773

Russon brothers Mortuary][11]
1941 North Main St..
Farmington, UT 84025
Phone: 801-447-8247

Independent Funeral Service[12]
3363 South Highway 89
Bountiful, UT 84010
Phone: 801-296-8900
Fax: 801-486-8986

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]

Named for David Coon Davis (d. 1850), Captain of Company E, in the Mormon Battalion, early leader in Davis County. David C. Davis settled on Davis Creek, on what is now Farmington in 1849.

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 Davis County, Utah Genealogy.

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

  • 1850 - October 5, county created. Farmington designated as its county seat, because of its geographic location midway between boundaries at the Weber River on the north and the Jordan River on the south.
  • 1852 March 3: Davis County was set off from Great Salt Lake County (now Salt Lake County), by the general assembly of Deseret in October 1850. It was officially created 3 March 1852, when the territorial assembly, defined the county lines. Records concerning Davis County between 1850 and 1852 are in Salt Lake County.[13]
  • During its first 50 years, Davis County grew slowly.
  • 1862 January 17: Morgan County was set off.
  • 1870 - Utah Central Rail Road. With the advent of the railroad a transition to mechanized agriculture and a surge of commerce, banking, improved roads, new water systems, and electrification of homes began.
  • 1940 - population was barely 16,000.
  • 1940-1950 - With the establishment of Hill Air Force Base in northern Davis County, there was a surge of civilian employment after World War II. The county doubled in population.
  • 1950-1960 - Population doubled again as part of the nationwide suburb boom that was occurring at the time.
  • 1990 - there were 188,000 residents 2000, there were 239,000 residents 2030, county is expected to have a population of about 360,000.
  • Today, most of the population resides in Layton, Bountiful, Kaysville, and Clearfield while most of the growth is concentrated in the northwest, northeast, and southwest portions of the county, and especially in such cities as Syracuse, Clinton, West Point, South Weber, and Woods Cross.

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.
  • Utah, Davis County Records, 1869–1953 In this collection the auditor deeds, deed indexes and some of the deed books are filed under the subcatagory "Probate Records" rather than "Land Records". The "Land Records" subcatagory covers deeds, decree, and mining records from 1869 to 1940.
    • Tip: FamilySearch's Grantee Index [to Deeds] Vol 1, 1884-1907 on-line digital image collection contains abt 372 images. Things are arranged alphabetically by first letter of surname, but the "C"s for filing dates of 1907 have addition index pages starting on image 366 --this is between the "W"s which run in images 340-365 and the "Y"s which start on image 370.
    • Utah, Davis County Records - FamilySearch Historical Records article describing this online collection

Herdsmen branded their cattle to keep track of stray animals. A 1913 directory displays the marks used by various Davis County, Utah Genealogy cattle owners:

  • Peterson, H.F. Brand Directory, Comprising Davis, Weber, Summit, Morgan, Wasatch, Part of Utah and Part of Uintah Counties. Wanship, Utah: H.F. Peterson, 1913. Digital version at Internet Archive.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Box Elder CountyWeber CountyMorgan CountySalt Lake CountyTooele CountyUT DAVIS.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Google highway map of Davis County 2012

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.

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]

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 Davis 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 1852[edit | edit source]
Davis County, Utah Genealogy was formed on 3 March 1852.
      If your records show the person was born here before the county was formed,
      search parent counties
Birth 1852 - 1897[edit | edit source]
No birth records were created for Davis 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 - 1898-1905 online index to births Series 11802 for Davis County, Utah Genealogy by the Utah State Archives. (Free) Search by names of parents, as many entries do not give the child's name. Each entry includes date of birth, sex, residence, etc.
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.
  • Davis County Health Department (Davis County) 22 South State St.,2nd Floor, Clearfield, Utah 84015,(801) 525-5150. Mailing address: Davis County Health Department, Attention: Vital Records, P.O. Box 618, Farmington, Utah 84025.
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.

Historical Records collection.

Death[edit | edit source]
  • Davis county Register of Deaths 1905 - 1952 - available in Vital Records section of "Utah, Davis County Records, 1869-1953" FamilySearch Historical Records Collection.
  • 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 Davis County, Utah Genealogy mortality schedule.

Voting Registers[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

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

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

See Courthouse · FamilySearch Centers · Libraries · Museums · Other Repositories · Societies sections.

Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Davis County, Utah

The county seat is Farmington. Davis County Memorial Courthouse
28 East State Street
Farmington, UT 84025
Phone: (801) 444-2300 Davis County Official Website

Post Offices[edit | edit source]

This is a list of the Post Offices in Davis County up to 1918. Federal censuses up to 1880 used the post office name to group enumerations.

The information was taken from Record of Appointment of Postmasters, 1832-1971. Records of the Post Office Department, Record Group Number 28. Washington, D.C.: National Archives; and Ted Gruber, Postal History of Utah, 1849-1976. J-B Publishing Company : Crete, Nebraska, 1978.

Post Office Established Discontinued Name Changed First Postmaster
Blaine 14 Mar 1892 30 Sep 1903 Benjamin F. Bowman
Bountiful 31 Jul 1883 From Woods Cross Stephen Hales
Centerville 12 Jul 1854 Aaron B. Cherry
Clearfield 26 Apr 1899 15 May 1905 Richard I. Venable
Clearfield 31 Aug 1910 Albert T. Smith
Farmington 12 Apr 1854 From Millers Creek James Leithead
Kaysville 13 Feb 1854 David Nelson
Layton 11 Jun 1886 William A. Hyde
Millers Creek 26 Mar 1851 12 Apr 1854 To Farmington Johnathan S. Fullmer
North Salt Lake 23 Apr 1917 Edmund J. Lawler
South Weber 27 Feb 1863 20 Apr 1868 Eli Smith
South Weber 8 Jun 1868 16 Jul 1868 To Riverdale [Weber County] Eli Smith
Steed 27 May 1890 16 Nov 1891 To Syracuse Amanda C. Wixom
Stoker 13 Dec 1853 20 Apr 1868 David W. Sessions
Stoker 23 May 1868 11 Oct 1876 David W. Sessions
Syracuse 16 Nov 1891 15 May 1905 From Steed John H. Coles
Woods Cross 8 Aug 1871 31 Jul 1883 To Bountiful William S. Muir
Woods Cross 3 Spe 1891 7 Nov 1975 to Branch of Bountiful Joseph R. Matthews

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, 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

Towns and Communities[edit | edit source]

Cities[edit | edit source]

Farmington -- The county seat of Davis County, Farmington has many well-preserved historic buildings, some of which are on the National Register, and many of which have been identified by the Farmington Historic Preservation Commission. The city was one of the earliest communities in Utah and has a history.

Description and Travel[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Davis, Utah" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davis_County,_Utah accessed 3 Dec 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Davis 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), Davis 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, "Davis County, Utah," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davis_County,_Utah, accessed 13 February 2019.
  5. Funeral Home Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,937.
  6. Funeral Home Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,937.
  7. Funeral Home Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,937.
  8. Funeral Home Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,937.
  9. Funeral Home Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,938.
  10. Funeral Home Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,937.
  11. Funeral Home Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,937.
  12. Funeral Home Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,937.
  13. Glen M. Leonard. A History of Davis County. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah State Historical Soc., 1999).
  14. "Davis County, Utah: Family History and Genealogy, Census, Birth, Marriage, Death Vital Records and More," Linkpendium, http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/UT/Davis/, accessed 1 February 2012.