Millard County, Utah Genealogy

From FamilySearch Wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Guide to Millard 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 1851, when the county was formed.

Black Rock Desert Volcanic Field, Millard County, Utah

Quick start:

Millard County, Utah
Map of Utah highlighting Millard County
Location in the state of Utah, United States Genealogy
Founded October 4, 1851
County Seat Fillmore
Utah, Millard County Courthouse.png
Address Millard County Courthouse
50 South Main
Fillmore, UT 84631
Named for: Pres. Millard Fillmore
Adopt-a-wiki page
Utah GA Logo.jpg This page adopted by:
Utah Genealogical Association
who welcome you to contribute.
Adopt a page today

County Facts[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Millard Fillmore, thirteenth President of the United States. The County is located in the west center area of the state. [1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Millard County Courthouse
765 South Highway 99
Fillmore, Ut 84631
Phone:  435-743-6223

County Clerk has marriage records from 1887; divorce, probate and court records from 1852.
County Recorder has land and military records.[2]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
Unknown 1887 Unknown 1852 1852 1852 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]

Millard County, Utah Genealogy was created October 4, 1851 from: Iron

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 Millard County, Utah Genealogy.

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Millard County, Utah Genealogy is surrounded by: Beaver | Juab | Sanpete | Sevier | Nevada counties: Lincoln | White Pine

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]

Unincorporated communities
Native American 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 Millard 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]

  • Pioneers of Millard County, Utah [5]

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
UTGenWeb Archives Hometown Locator
Millard County Cemeteries 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.

  • Published transcripts of cemetery records are listed in the FamilySearch Library catalog at the town (space, then select the town) or the county level (select Cemeteries).

Places to Search

  • Please refer to the populated places for the cemeteries within or very near them.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 715
1870 2,753 285.0%
1880 3,727 35.4%
1890 4,033 8.2%
1900 5,678 40.8%
1910 6,118 7.7%
1920 9,659 57.9%
1930 9,945 3.0%
1940 9,613 −3.3%
1950 9,387 −2.4%
1960 7,866 −16.2%
1970 6,988 −11.2%
1980 8,970 28.4%
1990 11,333 26.3%
2000 12,405 9.5%
2010 12,503 0.8%
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]

General 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 Millard 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]
Green check.png
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): Deseret Stake, Utah · Millard Stake, Utah

Places: Abraham · Delta · Deseret · Fillmore · Hinckley · Holden · Kanosh · Leamington · Lynndyl · Meadow · Oak City · Oasis · Scipio  · Sugarville · Sutherland

List of Millard 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  · [[Millard County, Utah#Probate_Records|Probate]

Directories[edit | edit source]

See Utah Directories

Schools[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic and Other Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Nickle Mortuary[6]
190 South Center St.
Delta, UT 84624
Phone: 435-864-3412
Fax: 435-864-3939

Olpin Stevens Funeral Home[7]
55 West 300 South
Fillmore, UT 84631
Phone: 435-743-6261
Toll Free: 888-743-6261
Fax: 435-743-6363

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 Millard County, Utah Genealogy.

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

  • 1812 - 1884. Chief Kanosh and the Pahvant indians lived near Kanosh before arrival of Latter-day Saints 
  • 1851-1856. Fillmore was the capital of Utah Territory. The original Statehouse still stands. Name after President Millard Fillmore, thirteenth President of the United States.
  • 1851. October 4: Millard County was created from Iron County.
  • 1855. Utah Territorial legislature met in Fillmore.
  • 1856. Territorial capital moved to Salt Lake City.
  • 1867. Kanosh settled under direction of Brigham Young, with approval of Chief Kanosh. Chief Kanosh and many of his tribe were baptized members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • 1867. Cove Fort founded by Ira Hinckley, grandfather of Gordon B. Hinckley, a way station for people traveling the Mormon Corridor.
  • 1907. Fish Lake National Forest established.  The forest covers 1.5 million acres.
  • 1942-1945.  Topaz War Relocation Center near Delta set up as an internment camp for Japanese-Americans. 
  • 1944. USS Millard County (LST-987) was launched by US Navy.

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]

White Pine CountyLincoln CountyJuab CountySanpete CountySevier CountyBeaver CountyUT MILLARD.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Google highway map of Millard County 2012

Migration[edit | edit source]

Early migration routes to and from Millard County, Utah Genealogy for emigrant settlers included:

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 Millard County, Utah Genealogy.
    • Millard County Chronicle, Millard County Progress and Topaz Times, covering 1914-1947, 1894-1939, and 1942-1945 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]

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 Millard 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:
Millard County, Utah Genealogy was formed on 4 October 1851
      If your records show the person was born here before the county was formed,
      search parent counties

Birth before 1898

No birth records were created for Millard 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 - No copies available. Not at the Utah State Archives.
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.
  • Central Utah Public Health Department, East Millard County Office, 55 South 400 West, Fillmore, UT 84631. Phone (435) 743-5723. West Millard County Office, 428 East Topaz Blvd., Suite D, Delta, UT 84624. Phone (435) 864-3612.
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.

  • 1870–1910 — Utah. District Court (Millard County) Probate Division. Probate Court Records, 1870–1910. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1966. FHL 482034 This film includes divorce, incorporation and dis-incorporation information, minutes, and estate 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, birth date, parents, gender, marital status, spouse and place of residence.
  • Pre-1904 - Utah State Burial Data Base This site includes information on many Utah residents, who died before 1904.

Death Record Substitutes

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

Voting Registers[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

Links to indexes or images of records:

  • Collections are growing at record rates. If the county is not listed, check later.

Links to Millard County, Utah Genealogy collections:

Sites that gather links to the Internet

  • Linkpendium
  • CyndisList

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

Resources for Millard 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: Millard 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]

Millard County Courthouse
50 South Main
Fillmore, UT 84631
County Clerk phone: 435.743.6223 or 435.864.2440
Fax: 435.743.6923

Delta Office
71 South 200 East
Delta, UT 84624

County seat: Fillmore

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.

  • Fillmore: President Millard Fillmore Library, 25 South 100 West, Fillmore, UT 84631. Phone 435-743-5314
    • Collections:
  • Delta City Library; 76 N 200 West, Delta, Utah 84624. Phone: 435-864-4945.
    • Collections:

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

Forebears Millard County

Towns and Communities[edit | edit source]

Cities[edit | edit source]

Delta | Fillmore|

Towns[edit | edit source]

Cove Fort | Deseret | Hinckley | Holden | Oasis | Kanosh | Leamington | Lynndyl | Meadow | Oak City | Scipio

Unincorporated Communities[edit | edit source]

Abraham | Border | EskDale | Garrison | Sugarville | Sutherland

Ghost Town[edit | edit source]

Black Rock | Topaz| Sunflower

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Millard, Utah" in,_Utah accessed 4 Dec 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Millard County, Utah Page 687 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Millard 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, "Millard County, Utah," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Utah, accessed 17 February 2019.
  5. Petty, Wilma Marie Siggard; Pioneers of Millard County, Utah Willard Richards Johnson, born 31 Dec., 1853, and Sarah Crosland Johnson, born 24 Oct., 1855 FHL 929.273 J63pw
  6. Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,937.
  7. Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,937.
  8. "The Pioneer Story: The Mormon Pioneer Trail" in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at (accessed 18 July 2011).
  9. "Jefferson Hunt" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at (accessed 6 September 2011).
  10. Wikipedia contributors, "Union Pacific Railroad" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at (accessed 14 September 2011).
  11. "Millard County, Utah: Family History and Genealogy, Census, Birth, Marriage, Death Vital Records and More," Linkpendium,, accessed 1 February 2012.