Duchesne County, Utah Genealogy

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Guide to Duchesne 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 1915, when the county was formed.

Strawberry Reservoir, Duchesne County, Utah

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Duchesne County, Utah
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Location in the state of Utah, United States Genealogy
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Founded January 4, 1915
County Seat Duchesne
Address Duchesne County Administration<br>734 N. Center<br>Duchesne, UT 84021
Website: www.duchesne.utah.gov
Named for: unknown[1]
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County Facts[edit | edit source]

When the Uintah Reservation was created in 1861, it covered much of what we know today as Duchesne County. Following the Dawes Act, the reservation was opened to homesteaders, and the homesteading process began in 1905. In 1914, Wasatch County petitioned that the eastern part of the county become a separate county, and Duchesne County was officially organized in 1915. In 1917, some county boundaries were adjusted with Uintah County, but since then they have remained unchanged.[2]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named is of uncertain origin. The County is located in the east center area of the state. [3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Duchesne County Courthouse
Drawer 910
Duchesne, Ut 84021-0270
Phone: 435-738-1123

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1915.
County Recorder has land records from 1915.[4]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1896 (Uintah) 1915 1896 (Uintah) 1915 1915 1915 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]

Duchesne County, Utah Genealogy was created January 4, 1915 from: Wasatch

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 Duchesne County, Utah Genealogy.

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Duchesne County, Utah Genealogy is surrounded by: Carbon | Daggett | Summit | Uintah | Utah | Wasatch

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:[6]

Unincorporated communities
  • Arcadia
  • Bridgeland
  • Fruitland
  • 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 Duchesne 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 USGW Tombstone Project
    Billion Graves (name) Utah Periodicals Utah Cemeteries and Burials
    Billion Graves (cemetery) Linkpendium
    USGW Cemeteries Genealogy Trails
    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.

    Census[edit | edit source]

    Historical populations
    Census Pop.
    1920 9,093
    1930 8,263 −9.1%
    1940 8,958 8.4%
    1950 8,134 −9.2%
    1960 7,179 −11.7%
    1970 7,299 1.7%
    1980 12,565 72.1%
    1990 12,645 0.6%
    2000 14,371 13.6%
    2010 18,607 29.5%
    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.

    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 Duchesne 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

    Stake(s): Duchesne Stake, Utah  · Roosevelt Stake, Utah

    Places: Arcadia  · Altonah  · Bluebell  · Boneta  · Cedar View  · Duchesne  · Fruitland  · Ioka  · Mountain Home  · Mount Emmons · Myton  · Neola  · Roosevelt  · Tabiona  · Talmage  · Upalco  · Utahn  ·

    Church units without place names: Altamont  · Bridgeland · Hanna  · Monarch

    List of Duchesne 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]

    Hullinger Mortuary[7]
    457 East 3rd North
    Roosevelt, UT 84066
    Phone: 435-722-2426
    Fax: 435-722-2427

    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]

    See UT: Index of Counties... from Newberry Library's Utah Atlas of Historical County Boundaries, for a timeline of boundary changes for Duchesne County, Utah Genealogy. NOTE; Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Wikipedia for Duchesne County

    • 1822-1840. Duchesne City received its name from French Canadian trappers.
    • 1905. City of Myton established.
    • 1905. City of Roosevelt founded. Named after President Theodore Roosevelt.
    • 1905-1906. By an act of Congress, the unallotted land of the Ute Indian reservation was opened to homesteading.Throughout the fall and winter the settlers came to the Uinta Basin.
    • 1912. Census-designated place of Neola established.
    • 1914 November. City of Duchesne made county seat.
    • 1915. January 4. Duchesne County was created from Wasatch County.
    • 1917. March 5. Additional land was included from Unintah County.[8]
    • 1915. Duchesne County created. Named after river.
    • 1930's. Town of Altamont settled as location of new area high school.
    • 1953. Altamont incorporated as a town in Duchesne County.
    • 1977. May 10. The boundaries were clarified without change on 10 May 1977.

    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.

    Law and Legislation[edit | edit source]

    Maps[edit | edit source]

    Summit CountyWasatch CountyUtah CountyCarbon CountyUintah CountyDaggett CountyUT DUCHESNE.PNG
    Click a neighboring county
    for more resources

    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]

    Native Races[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 Duchesne County, Utah Genealogy.
      • Several newspapers, covering 1909-1939 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]

    Taxation[edit | edit source]

    Vital Records[edit | edit source]

    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 Duchesne 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 1915[edit | edit source]
    Duchesne County, Utah Genealogy was formed on 4 January 1915.
          If your records show the person was born here before the county was formed,
          search parent counties
    Birth 1915 - present[edit | edit source]
    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]
    • 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.

    Voting Registers[edit | edit source]

    Websites[edit | edit source]

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

    Resources for Duchesne 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: Duchesne 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]

    Duchesne County Official Website

    Wikipedia has more about this subject: Duchesne County, Utah

    Duchesne County
    734 North Center Street
    PO Box 910
    Duchesne UT 84021

    County seat: Duchesne

    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

    Towns and Communities[edit | edit source]

    Populated Places[edit | edit source]

    References[edit | edit source]

    1. "List of counties in Utah," Wikipedia.
    2. Wikipedia contributors, "Duchesne County, Utah," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duchesne_County,_Utah, accessed 27 September 2019.
    3. Wikipedia contributors, "Duchesne, Utah" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duchesne_County,_Utah accessed 3 Dec 2018
    4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Duchesne County, Utah Page 686 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
    5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Duchesne 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.
    6. Wikipedia contributors, "Duchesne County, Utah," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duchesne_County,_Utah, accessed 13 February 2019.
    7. Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,939.
    8. Duchesne County Boundary Changes, Utah Atlas of Historical County Boundaries, Newberry Library.
    9. "Duchesne County, Utah: Family History and Genealogy, Census, Birth, Marriage, Death Vital Records and More," Linkpendium, http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/UT/Duchesne/, accessed 1 February 2012.