Weber County, Utah Genealogy

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Guide to Weber 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.

Downtown Ogden, Weber Co. Utah

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Weber County, Utah
Map of Utah highlighting Weber County
Location in the state of Utah, United States Genealogy
Founded March 3, 1853
County Seat Ogden
Address Weber County Clerk/Auditor
2380 Washington Blvd, Ste 320
Ogden, UT 84401
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County Facts[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the Weber River, which in turn was named for John Henry Weber (1779–1859), a fur trapper and trader in the area in the mid-1820s. The County is located in the north center area of the state. [1]

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

Known Beginning Wayne for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1898 1887 1898 1852 1850 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]

Weber County, Utah Genealogy was created 3 March 1852 from: 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 Weber County, Utah Genealogy from "UT: Index of Counties," Newberry Library's Utah Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

Towns and Communities[edit | edit source]

Cities[edit | edit source]

Towns[edit | edit source]

Unincorporated Communities[edit | edit source]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

County Clerk has marriage records from 1887.
Clerk District Court has divorce, probate and court records.
County Recorder has land records.[3]

Dates for major county records[4]
1898-present 1887-present 1897-present 1851, 1856... 1850-present 1852-present
For earlier dates, try...Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries | Parent counties

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Weber County, Utah Genealogy is surrounded by: Box Elder | Cache | Davis | Morgan | Rich |

Weber CountyBox Elder CountyCache CountyRich CountyMorgan CountyDavis CountySummit CountySalt Lake CountyTooele CountyWeber4.JPG

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
Census-designated places

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 Weber 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.

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Bios USGenWeb Archives Weber County, Utah provides the bios of Charles W. Rapp of Weber County
Biographies of Godfrey and Holmes families

Business Records and Commerce[edit | edit source]

See United States Business Records
See also Utah Occupation and Business Records "Time Book: for Nov. thru Jan. 1892-1893, laborers in North Ogden, Weber Co., Utah" Family History Library US/CAN Film 2056029 item 6.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
FindAGrave Family History Library FindAGrave
UTGravestones WorldCat Tombstone Project
BillionGraves (name) Utah Periodicals Utah Cemeteries and Burials
BillionGraves) Linkpendium
USGW Cemeteries Genealogy Trails
Weber Co. Cemeteries 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.

See also: List of cemeteries in Weber County

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 1,186
1860 8,675 631.5%
1870 7,858 −9.4%
1880 12,344 57.1%
1890 22,723 84.1%
1900 25,239 11.1%
1910 35,179 39.4%
1920 43,663 24.1%
1930 52,172 19.5%
1940 56,714 8.7%
1950 83,319 46.9%
1960 110,744 32.9%
1970 126,278 14.0%
1980 144,616 14.5%
1990 158,330 9.5%
2000 196,533 24.1%
2010 231,236 17.7%
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: 1852, 1856, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940.
  • See statewide printed indexes, including 1856.

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 Weber 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

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

Stake(s) 1930: Ogden Stake, Utah  · Mount Ogden Stake, Utah  · Weber Stake, Utah  · North Weber Stake, Utah
Towns: Eden  · Farr West  · Harrisville  · Hooper  · Huntsville · Liberty  · Marriott-Slaterville · North Ogden · Ogden · Plain City · Pleasant View · Riverdale · Roy · Taylor  · Uintah · Warren · West Weber

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

  • 1879-1880 - Culmer, H.L.A. et al. Utah Directory and Gazetteer for 1879-80: Containing the Name and Occupation of Every Resident in the Towns and Cities of Salt Lake, Utah, Weber and Davis Counties: and a Very Complete List of the Merchants, Manufacturers, Professional Men and Officials: Together with Full Gazetteer Information. Salt Lake City, Utah: Printed for H.L.A. Culmer & Co. by J.C. Graham & Co., 1879. Digital version at Internet Archive.
  • 1883 - Haefeli, Leo and Frank J. Cannon. Directory of Ogden City and Weber County. 1883. Ogden City, Utah: Ogden Herald Publishing Company, Printers, 1883. Digital version at Internet Archive - free.

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic and Other Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

  • Lindquist Mortuary
    2140 North 400 East, North Ogden, Utah 84404
    Phone: (801) 782-6666
    3408 Washington Blvd., Ogden, Utah 84401
    Phone: (801) 394-6666
    3333 West 5600 South, Roy, Utah 84067, Phone: (801) 774-5666
    Myers Mortuary[6]
    5864 South 1900 West, Roy, UT 84067
    Phone: 801-825-2239
    845 Washington Blvd, Ogden, UT 84404
    Phone: 801-399-5613
    Aaron's Mortuary and Crematory
    1600 Washington Blvd, Ogden, UT 84404
    Phone: 801-393-5678
    Larkin and Sons Mortuary[7]
    496 24th St, Ogden, UT 84403
    Phone: 801-394-5505
    Leavitt's Mortuary[8]
    836 36th St, Ogden, UT 84403
    Phone: 801-394-5556

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]

History Timeline[edit | edit source]
  • Boundary changes timeline for Weber County, Utah Genealogy from "UT: Index of Counties," Newberry Library's Utah Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

NOTE: Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned fromWikipedia for Weber County.

Weber County was formed in 1850 for the census but officially made a county in 1852. Named after the Weber river which was in originally named after a trapper John Henry Weber. In 1869, Weber County's growth grew with the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad north of Ogden. This brought freight, passengers and rolling stock in to Ogden, Weber's County Seat.
Another growth spurt happened during World War II with the installation of The Defense Depot, Hill Air Force Base and the Naval Supply Depot in nearby Davis County. These installations provided many jobs for Weber County residents. Weber State University is not only a larger academic force for Weber County but a large employer as well.
  • Prior to 1824 the Weber County area was occupied by the nomadic Shoshone and Ute Indians for centuries.
  • 1824. Jim Bridger was reportedly the first white man to see the Great Salt Lake [9]
  • 1843. John C. Fremont accurately maps the area
  • 1847. The area is purchased by James Brown for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • 1850. The agricultural Weber County area grew to 1,141 residents.
  • 1852, March 3. Weber County was officially formed as an original county despite having been created in 1850 for Census purposes. [10]
  • 1869. The transcontinental railroad gives Weber’s County Seat, Ogden, the nickname of ‘’Junction City’’. The area explodes with industry brought in by the rapid transfer of goods, passengers and freight.
  • 1879. John M. Browning patented the first single shot rifle that helped put the area on the World Wide Map.
  • 1889. Weber State University was founded as Weber Stake Academy.
  • 1940’s. Weber County grows again with the addition of the Defense Depot Ogden(DDO), the neighboring Hill Air Force Base, and The Naval Supply Depot . These brought in as many as 150 regular and special trains a in a few months time through the County by 1944

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.

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

Box Elder CountyCache CountyRich CountyMorgan CountyDavis CountyTooele CountyUT WEBER.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

For historical maps of Utah and Weber County, see:

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military[edit | edit source]

Utah History to Go has information about military installations in Davis and Weber counties.

Civil War[edit | edit source]
World War I[edit | edit source]
World War II[edit | edit source]
Korean War[edit | edit source]
  • 1950-1957 Korean War all Services U.S. Military Personnel Who Died From Hostile Action (including Missing and Captured) in the Korean War, 1950-1957. From USGenWeb Project Weber County
Vietnam War[edit | edit source]
  • 1957-1995 Vietnam all Services U.S. Military Personnel Who Died From Hostile Action (including Missing and Captured) in the Vietnam conflict, 1957-1995. From USGenWeb Project Weber County

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.

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

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Societies, Museums and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Utah Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum
NEW LOCATION: 2104 Lincoln Ave
Ogden, UT 84401
Phone: (801) 393-4460

Stewart Library
3750 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, Utah
Phone: 801-626-6415

Weber County Library System - Main Library (Ogden)
2464 Jefferson Ave.
Ogden, UT 84401-2404
Phone:(801) 337-2632
fax: (801) 337-2615

Huntsville History Library
7365 East 200 South
Huntsville, UT 84317
Phone 801-745-3420

FamilySearch Center[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

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Weber-Morgan Health Department, Office of Vital Records
(The Vital Statistics Office is on the second floor)
477 23rd St
Ogden, Utah 84401

The registers beginning in 1890 have been transferred to the Utah State Archives.[11]

The Family History Library does not have Ogden City vital 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 Weber 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 1852[edit | edit source]
Weber County, Utah Genealogy 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 - 1890[edit | edit source]
No birth records were created for Weber 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 1890 - Present[edit | edit source]
Starting in 1890, the Ogden City Recorder kept a register of births occurring within Ogden.
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.
  • Index to Ogden births, online at Utah State Archives. (free) Does not include names of children.
    • Inventory of Series 27190 originals at Utah State Archives.
    • Idea: use censuses and church records to learn those missing children's names.
    • No copy at the FamilySearch Library.
  • 1898 - 1905 Online index to births 1898–1905 Series 5107 for Weber 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..
    • This collection excludes the city of Ogden.
    • Inventory of originals, Series 5107 at Utah State Archives.
    • FamilySearch Library copy: FHL film 497706.
    • 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]

Weber County Clerk
Weber Center
2380 Washington Blvd Suite 320
Ogden, UT 84401
Phone: 801-399-8400
Fax: 801-399-8300

Note: Historical marriage records for this county are difficult to locate and use. It appears that the original marriage registers beginning in 1887, were microfilmed in the 1950's and then destroyed. Unfortunately, the staff at the clerk's office are unable to locate the microfilm copies either (as of 2007). Researchers must resort to the applications and/or the original marriage license returns (microfilmed) to locate specific marriages. The microfilm is some what confusing to use and is mislabeled.

  • 1888–1947— Weber County. (Utah). County Clerk. Applications for Licenses to Marry, and Original Marriage Certificates, 1888–1947FHL Films 1670859–1670885. The applications are arranged by certificate numbers, then chronologically. For example, application number 1s from 1888, 1892, 1897, 1919, and 1935 would be filed together. The years on the films overlap and are mixed. No index is available to certificate numbers. The marriages index cards have been placed in the Early Church Information File. However, the cards give book and page numbers. You may have to search numerous films or order the certificate from the county.
  • 1887–1943 — A considerable number of marriages are listed on the Western States Marriage Index (1887-1943)[12] although it is incomplete. The Ogden Family History Center has a continuing project to document and reconstruct Weber County marriages and will often be the only source of marriage data/documentation.

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]

Death Record Substitutes

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

Voting Registers[edit | edit source]

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

Websites[edit | edit source]

Links to indexes or images of records:

Links to Weber County, Utah Genealogy collections:

Sites that gather links to the Internet

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Wayne, Utah" in,_Utah accessed 5 Dec 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Weber 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.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Weber County, Utah Page 688 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Alice Eichholz, Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 676-677. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Weber County, Utah," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Utah, accessed 17 February 2019.
  6. Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,939.
  7. Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,938.
  8. Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,938.
  9. Weber County History
  10. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  11. Inventory of Death registers from Ogden (Utah). City Recorder, 1890-1899.
  12. "Weber County, Utah: Family History and Genealogy, Census, Birth, Marriage, Death Vital Records and More," Linkpendium,, accessed 1 February 2012.