Sanpete County, Utah Genealogy

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Guide to Sanpete 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.

Uinta National Forest, Sanpete County, Utah

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Sanpete County, Utah
Map of Utah highlighting Sanpete County
Location in the state of Utah, United States Genealogy
Map of the U.S. highlighting Utah
Location of Utah in the U.S.
Founded March 3, 1852
County Seat Manti
Address Sanpete County Courthouse
116 North Main Street
Manti, UT 84642

County Facts[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the Ute chief Sanpitch, which was changed to Sanpete. The County is located in the center area of the state. [1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Sanpete County Courthouse
116 North Main Street
Manti, UT 84642

County Clerk has birth records 1897-1905, death records, 1898-1905, marriage records from 1888, divorce, probate and court records from 1878 and land records from 1870.[2]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1897 1888 1898 1878 1870 1878 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]

Sanpete County, Utah was created 3 March 1852 from: part of the Utah Territory.

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.

  • Boundary changes timeline for Sanpete County, Utah from "UT: Index of Counties and Equivalents," Newberry Library's Atlas of Historical County Boundaries for Utah.

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Sanpete County, Utah is surrounded by: Carbon | Emery | Juab | Millard | Sevier | 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:[4]

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 Sanpete County, Utah 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
BillionGraves Linkpendium
USGenWeb Genealogy Trails
USGW Archives Hometown Locator
Interment 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 level (space, then select the town) or the county level (select Cemeteries).

List of Sanpete County Cemeteries

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 365
1860 3,815 945.2%
1870 6,786 77.9%
1880 11,557 70.3%
1890 13,146 13.7%
1900 16,313 24.1%
1910 16,704 2.4%
1920 17,505 4.8%
1930 16,022 −8.5%
1940 16,063 0.3%
1950 13,891 −13.5%
1960 11,053 −20.4%
1970 10,976 −0.7%
1980 14,620 33.2%
1990 16,259 11.2%
2000 22,763 40.0%
2010 27,822 22.2%
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.

  • See Utah Census for online indexes and images of US federal censuses. of: 1851 1856, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940.
  • See statewide printed indexes, including 1856.

Church Records[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 Sanpete County, Utah at the town level (space, then select a town) or county level (select Church topics) in the FamilySearch Library Catalog.
    • Also check under "Jewish" topics
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

Guide to history and records of wards and branches of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Stake(s): Gunnison Stake, Utah  · Moroni Stake, Utah  · South Sanpete Stake, Utah  · North Sanpete Stake, Utah

Places: Axtell  · Centerfield  · Chester  · Clarion · Ephraim  · Fairview  · Fayette  · Fountain Green  · Freedom  · Gunnison · Indianola · Manti  · Mayfield · Milburn  · Moroni  · Mount Pleasant  · Spring City · Sterling  · Wales ·

List of Sanpete 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]

Rasmussen Mortuary[5]
96 North 100 West
Mount Pleasant, UT 84647
Phone: 435-462-2427
Toll Free Phone: 800-206-5653
Fax: 435-462-2179

Magleby-Buchanan Mortuary[6]
195 West 100 North
Manti, UT 84642
Phone: 435-835-2311
Toll Free Phone: 866-MAGLEBY
Fax: 435-896-8526

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

See Utah Gazetteers

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]

Sanpete County was created on 3 March 1852.[7]
The origin of the Sanpete County name came from a mispronunciation of a local Indian tribe, the San Pitch.[8]
Nestled at the base of the mountains, the communities of San Pete county were set up primarily as agricultural communities.The early pioneers set up farms with the use of canals and wells. A vanguard group of 224 men, women, and children settlers were first sent to the area from the Salt Lake Valley in 1849. [9]
Although the first Scandinavian settlers, consisting of mostly Danish immigrants, may have reached the Sanpete Valley as early as 1852, the main influx didn’t begin until 1853 and 1854. Upon arriving, the first group of Scandinavians joined other settlers in present-day Ephraim.
The area population peaked from about 1900 to 1910, and then declined until the 1970s.
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Sanpete County, Utah
History Timeline[edit | edit source]
  • Boundary changes timeline for Sanpete County, Utah from "UT: Index of Counties and Equivalents," Newberry Library's Atlas of Historical County Boundaries for Utah.

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

  • 1849 November 19. Sanpete County settled by Latter-day Saint settlers organized by Isaac Morley under the direction of Brigham Young. Named for Chief Sanpitch.
  • 1849. City of Manti founded. County seat. Site of Walker War and Black Hawk War. Named for city in Book of Mormon.
  • 1852. March 3. County created from part of Utah Territory.
  • 1854. City of Ephraim founded. Largest city in Sanpete County. Location of Snow College. Most important fort through end of Black Hawk War located in city.

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]

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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 Sanpete County, Utah Genealogy.
    • Manti Messenger and Ephraim Enterprise, covering 1893-1973 and 1891-1972 respectively, 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 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 Sanpete 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]
Sanpete County, Utah 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 Sanpete 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 Birth index, and online birth register, Series 84106for Sanpete 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.
  • Central Utah Public Health Department, North Sanpete County Office, 20 South 100 West, Suite 30, Mt. Pleasant, UT 84642. Phone (435) 462-2449. South Sanpete County Office, 40 West 200 North, Manti, UT 84631 Phone (435) 835-2231.
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, 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 Sanpete County, Utah Genealogy mortality schedule.

Voting Registers[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

Links to indexes or images of records:

Links to Sanpete County, Utah collections:

Sites that gather links to the Internet

  • Linkpendium
  • CyndisList

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

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

See these headings for Sanpete County, Utah details: Courthouse · FamilySearch Centers · Libraries · Museums · Societies

Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Sanpete County
County Clerk:
160 N. Main, PO Box 219
Manti, Utah 84642
Phone: 435-835-2131

County seat: Manti

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's Online Library, which provides links to library web pages, addresses, phone numbers, hours, and maps.

Museums[edit | edit source]

  • The Mt. Pleasant Pioneer Historical Association is a non-profit organization. They have their own blog: They feature a Pioneer of the Month, pictures from the Past, Pioneer Recipes, as well a current events with an historical theme. They also have a Tombstone Page where actual photographs of the headstones can be seen.

Societies[edit | edit source]

Utah Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical Genealogical Societies

Forebears - San Pete County

Towns and communities[edit | edit source]

Ghost Towns[edit | edit source]

Clarion | Dover

Sources and Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Sanpete, Utah" in,_Utah accessed 4 Dec 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Sanpete 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), Sanpete 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, "Sanpete County, Utah," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Utah, accessed 17 February 2019.
  5. Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,938.
  6. Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,938.
  7. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  8. Sanpete County
  9. Albert C.T. Antrei and Allen D. Roberts, A History of Sanpete County (Salt Lake City: Utah State Historical Society, Sanpete County Commission, 1999), 25.
  10. "Sanpete County, Utah: Family History and Genealogy, Census, Birth, Marriage, Death Vital Records and More," Linkpendium,, accessed 1 February 2012.