Garfield County, Utah Genealogy

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Guide to Garfield 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.

Bryce Canyon Ntl. Park, Garfield CO, UT

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Garfield County, Utah
Map of Utah highlighting Garfield County
Location in the state of Utah, United States Genealogy
Founded March 1, 1882
County Seat Panguitch
Address Panguitch, UT
Named for: Pres. James_A._Garfield
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County Facts[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for James A. Garfield, late President of the United States, who had been assassinated in 1881. The County is located in the south center area of the state. [1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Garfield County Courthouse
55 South Main Street
P O Box 77
Panguitch, Ut 84759-0077

County Clerk has marriage records from 1890.
County Recorder has land records from 1882 and divorce records from 1896-1905.[2]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1898 1890 1896 1896 1882 1896 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]
Garfield County, Utah Genealogy was created 9 March 1882[4] from: Iron | Kane | Washington
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 Garfield County, Utah Genealogy.

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Garfield County, Utah Genealogy is surrounded by: Beaver | Iron | Kane | Piute | San Juan | Wayne

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

Bible Records

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
Garfield County UTGenWeb Family History Library FindAGrave
UTGravestones WorldCat USGW Cemeteries
Billion Graves (name) Utah Periodicals Utah Cemeteries and Burials
Billion Graves (cemetery) Linkpendium
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.

Garfield County Cemeteries at the Utah State Historical site

Census[edit | edit source]
Historical populations
Census Pop.
1890 2,457
1900 3,400 38.4%
1910 3,660 7.6%
1920 4,768 30.3%
1930 4,642 −2.6%
1940 5,253 13.2%
1950 4,151 −21.0%
1960 3,577 −13.8%
1970 3,157 −11.7%
1980 3,673 16.3%
1990 3,980 8.4%
2000 4,735 19.0%
2010 5,172 9.2%
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 Garfield County, Utah Genealogy at the town level (space, then select a town) or county level (select Church topics) in the FamilySearch Library Catalog.

List of Churches and Church Parishes

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): Garfield Stake, Utah  · Panguitch Stake, Utah

Places: Antimony · Boulder · Cannonville · Escalante · Hatch · Henrieville · Panguitch · Tropic · Widtsoe ·

List of Garfield County stakes and wards to about 1948

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]
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]

Reuben C. "Ruby" Syrett built a lodge and cabins at this location in 1916, when the promotion of Bryce Canyon for tourism was just beginning. Syrett's business grew along with the park's popularity, particularly once it was made a National Park in 1928. Ruby's Inn became an important junction; its travelers' services developed into a small community. Syrett donated land to the state for construction of a road (now Utah State Route 63), strategically placing Ruby's Inn right at the entrance to the park.

Bryce Canyon City is a company town, consisting solely of the property of Ruby's Inn and the Syrett family, its third-generation owners.

$Woolsey, Nethella G., 1964, "The Escalante Story", Springville Press,Utah.

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 Garfield County, Utah Genealogy.

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

Garfield County.

  • 1864.  City of Panguitch settled by Mormon pioneers.  Timber and livestock production.  Tourism plays major role.  Located near Bryce Canyon National Park.
  • 1875.  City of Escalante settled. Named for Franciscan missionary and first European explorer in the area.  Southern Utah militia passed through area during Black Hawk Indian War.  Members of John Wesley Powell expedition investigated area.
  • 1882.  Garfield County created.  Named for James A. Garfield, twentieth President of the United States.
History Books and Articles[edit | edit source]
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]
Beaver CountyPiute CountySan Juan CountyKane CountyIron CountyWayne CountyUT GARFIELD.PNG
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Google highway map of Garfield 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.

  • 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 Garfield County, Utah Genealogy.
    • Garfield County News 1923-1950 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]
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 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 Garfield 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 1882

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Birth 1882 - 1897

No birth records were created for Garfield 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

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 #84073 at Utah State Archives. Not online, no online index. Names of children ARE in the records.
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]

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]

Links to indexes or images of records:

Links to Garfield County, Utah Genealogy collections:

Sites that gather links to the Internet

  • Linkpendium
  • CyndisList

The following links are to Garfield County, Utah Genealogy items.

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

Resources for Garfield 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: Garfield 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]

Garfield County Justice Court
Garfield County Courthouse
Garfield County Fair Building
115 East 800 North
PO Box 77
Panguitch, UT 84759
Phone: 435-676-8826 Fax: 435-676-8239
Note: new location as of Monday, May 16th

County seat: Panguitch

FamilySearch 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

Linkpendium - Garfield County

Towns and Communities[edit | edit source]

Antimony Boulder Hatch Ticaboo
Bryce Cannonville Henrieville Tropic
Bryce Canyon City Escalante Panguitch

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Garfield, Utah" in,_Utah accessed 4 Dec 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Garfield 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), Garfield 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. Utah Terr. Laws 1882, 25th sess., ch. 52, pp. 98-101
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Carbon County, Utah," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Utah, accessed 13 February 2019.
  6. "Garfield County, Utah: Family History and Genealogy, Census, Birth, Marriage, Death Vital Records and More," Linkpendium,, accessed 1 February 2012.