Uintah County, Utah Genealogy

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Guide to Uintah 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 1880, when the county was formed.

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Uintah County, Utah
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Location in the state of Utah, United States Genealogy
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Founded February 18, 1880
County Seat Vernal
Address Uintah County Justice Court
641 East 300 South,
Suite 100
Vernal, UT 84078
Phone: 435-781-5338
Website: www.co.uintah.ut.us
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County Facts[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the portion of the Ute Indian tribe that lived in the basin. The County is located in the northeast area of the state. [1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Uintah Courty Courthouse
147 East Main Street
Vernal, UT 84078
Phone: 435.781.5360

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records.
County Recorder has land records.[2]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1896 1888 1896 1880 1880 1880 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]

Uintah County, Utah Genealogy was created February 18, 1880 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.

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

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Uintah County, Utah Genealogy is surrounded by: Carbon | Daggett | Duchesne | Emery | Grand | Colorado Counties: Garfield | Moffat | Rio Blanco

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
This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties

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 Uintah 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
Interment WorldCat USGW Tombstone Project
BillionGraves (name) Utah Periodicals Utah Cemeteries and Burials
BillionGraves (cemetery) Linkpendium
USGW Archives Genealogy Trails
USGenWeb 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.
1880 799
1890 2,762 245.7%
1900 6,458 133.8%
1910 7,050 9.2%
1920 8,470 20.1%
1930 9,035 6.7%
1940 9,898 9.6%
1950 10,300 4.1%
1960 11,582 12.4%
1970 12,684 9.5%
1980 20,506 61.7%
1990 22,211 8.3%
2000 25,224 13.6%
2010 32,588 29.2%
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.

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 Uintah 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): Uintah Stake, Utah

Places: Jensen · Lapoint · Maeser · Naples · Randlett · Tridell · Vernal

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]

Blackburn Vernal Mortuary[5]
15 East 100 North
Vernal, UT 84078
Phone: 435-789-2611
Toll Free Phone: 800-818-2611
Fax: 435-789-8752

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

See Utah Gazetteers

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

History Timeline[edit | edit source]
  • Boundary changes timeline for Uintah County, Utah Genealogy 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' Uintah County, Utah Genealogy.

  • 1776. Archeologic evidence suggests that portions of the Uinta Basin have been inhabited by Archaic peoples and Fremont peoples. By the time of recorded history its inhabitants were the Ute people. The first known traverse by non-Indians was made by Fathers Dominguez and Escalante, as they sought to establish a land route between California and Spanish America.
  • 1825. Vernal lies in Ashley Valley, named in honor of William H. Ashley, an early fur trader who entered this area in 1825 by floating down the Green River in a bull boat made of animal hides. Vernal, unlike the majority of Utah towns, was not settled initially by Mormon pioneers.
  • 1831/1832 Antoine Robidoux, a French trapper licensed by the Mexican government, established a trading post near present-dayWhiterocks. He abandoned the effort in 1844.
  • 1847. The Great Salt Lake Valley, still a property of Mexico, was first colonized by Brigham Young and his followers.
  • 1861. Brigham Young dispatched an exploring party to the Uinta Basin; they reported that "that section of country lying between the Wasatch Mountains and the eastern boundary of the territory, and south of Green River country, was one vast contiguity of waste and measurably valueless." Young made no further effort to colonize the area.
  • 1861. US President Abraham Lincoln created the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation, reserved for the use and habitation of Utah and Colorado Indians.
  • 1877. Jensen was first settled and named for Lars Jensen, an early prospector and ferryman.
  • 1878. The town of Maeser was first settled.
  • 1880. February 18. Uintah County was created from Wasatch County. Uintah county was named for the Ute Indians, the tribe that lives in the basin.
  • 1880. The Uncompahgre Reservation was created in the southern portion of present-day Uintah County.
  • 1886. Fort Duchesne was originally a fort, established by the United States Army. Closed in 1912.
  • 1892. Randlett began as the site of a school for Ute children.
  • 1918. The northern boundary of Uintah County originally extended to the north border of Utah.The extreme northern portion (lying north of the Uinta Mountain watershed divide) was split off to form Daggett County, Utah.
  • 1930. Earl W. Bascom (1906–1995), Hollywood actor, artist, inventor, rodeo cowboy, Utah Sports Hall of Fame, "Father of Modern Rodeo" who lived and worked at the Old Grey Mine in 1930.

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.
  • The Uintah County Recorder's office has historical land records for Uintah County from 1894 to the present.
  • Ancestry.com has a record set of Land and Property records from 1888-2004.

Herdsmen branded their cattle to keep track of stray animals. A 1913 directory displays the marks used by various Uintah 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]

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Google highway map of Uintah 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 Uintah County, Utah Genealogy.
    • Uintah Pappoose and Vernal Express, covering 1891 - 1982 are included.
  • Vernal Express-Uintah Pappoose, covering 1891-1971, 1975, 1982 on-line at Uintah County Library. Found at the library: Vernal Express 1891-1984 and the Uintah Historical Society's book of newspaper clippings.

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:

Officials and Employees[edit | edit source]

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 Uintah 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 1880[edit | edit source]
Uintah County, Utah Genealogy was formed on 18 February 1880.

      If your records show the person was born here before the county was formed,
      search parent counties

Birth 1880 - 1897[edit | edit source]
No birth records were created for Uintah 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:
  • Utah Death Certificates 1904-1961 give birth date and place (recorded at the time of death), names of parents, and name of spouse. Search by names or by exact death date.
  • Church records usually give birth date and place and names of parents.
  • 1895-1905 Record of Uintah County Births. FHL film 481112 items 1-2 The actual title of this record is Records of births and deaths, 1895-1905; and assessment rolls, 1888, 1889-1890.
  • See also other records that give birth information, such as Death records, Census, Cemeteries, Obituaries
  • See also neighboring counties for birth information, due to family members living in that area, religious preferences, convenience, and other reasons.
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 Online index to births 1898–1905 Series 84029 for Uintah 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..
    • Inventory of Series 84029 at Utah State Archives.
    • FamilySearch Library copy: FHL film 481112.
    • Idea: use censuses and church records to learn those missing children's names.
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]

Marriage License Division / County Clerk
147 E Main
Vernal, Utah 84078
(435) 781-5361

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]

Birth & Death Certificates
133 South 500 East
Vernal, Utah 84078 (435) 247-1177

  • 1900-1905 - Record of Uintah County Deaths. FHL film 481112 item 3 The actual title of this record in the FamilySearch Catalog is Records of births and deaths, 1895-1905; and assessment rolls, 1888, 1889-1890.
  • 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.

Voting Registers[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

Links to indexes or images of records:

Links to Uintah County, Utah Genealogy collections:

Sites that gather links to the Internet

  • Linkpendium
  • CyndisList

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

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

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

Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Uintah County Clerk-Auditor
147 E Main
Vernal, UT 84078
Phone: (435) 781-5361
Fax: 435-781-6701

County seat: Vernal

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]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Utah Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Uintah County Historical Museum

Towns and Communities[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Uintah, Utah" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uintah_County,_Utah accessed 5 Dec 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Uintah, Utah Page 688 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Uintah 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, "Uintah County, Utah," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uintah_County,_Utah, accessed 17 February 2019.
  5. Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,9341
  6. "Uintah County, Utah: Family History and Genealogy, Census, Birth, Marriage, Death Vital Records and More," Linkpendium, http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/UT/Uintah/, accessed 1 February 2012.