Cache County, Utah Genealogy

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Guide to Cache 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 1856, when the county was formed.
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Cache County, Utah
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Location in the state of Utah
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Founded January 5, 1856
County Seat Logan
Address County Courthouse
179 North Main St.
Suite 102
Logan, UT 84321
Named for: caches of furs made by Rocky Mountain Fur Company trappers[1]
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County Facts


The County was named for the fur stashes, known in French as Caches, made by many of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company trappers. The County is located in the north center area of the state. [2]

County Courthouse

Cache County Courthouse
170 North Main Street
Logan, Ut 84321-4541
Phone 435-716-7150

County Clerk has marriage records from 1888.
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 1898-present 1856, 1860... 1857-present 1860-present
For earlier dates, try Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries | Parent counties

Records Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Parent Counties

Cache County, Utah Genealogy was created January 5, 1856 from: Green River (old) | Utah Territory

Boundary Changes

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 Cache County, Utah Genealogy.

Neighboring Counties

Cache County, Utah Genealogy is surrounded by: Box Elder | Rich | Weber | Idaho counties: Bear Lake | Franklin | Oneida

Populated Places

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
Ghost towns


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

Cache County Reference Books and Lookup Volunteers at the county GenWeb site.

Cache county Links at the county GenWeb site.  Includes links to various types of information including court records, personal histories, newspapers, libraries, general Utah sites, etc.

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.


USGenWeb Archives Cache County, Utah lists bios of 13 individuals of Cache County

Business Records and Commerce

See United States Business Records
See also Utah Business Records


Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
FindAGrave Family History Library FindAGrave
UTGravestones WorldCat Interment
Billion Graves (name) Utah Periodicals Utah Cemeteries and Burials
Billion Graves (cemetery) Linkpendium
GenWeb Tomstone Project Genealogy Trails
UTGenWeb Archives Hometown Locator
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.

For the cemeteries within or just outside the cities or towns, please refer to the listing of populated places above.

Cemeteries at the Utah Historical site

Cache County Cemeteries at the county GenWeb site

Cemetery register 1860-1998 for Hyrum City is included in the FS digital collection: Cemeteries at the Utah Historical site [ Cache County Cemeteries] at the county GenWeb site USGenWeb Archives Cache County, Utah provides a list of burials in Wellsville Cemetery and the Woodmen burials
Utah, State Archives Records, 1848-2001


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

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 Cache 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 (the Mormons)

Historically, most people in Utah were Latter-day Saints. Their records are, therefore, very important for early Utah research. For additional information, see Tracing LDS 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

Cache County, Utah Genealogy guide to history and records of LDS wards and branches

Stake(s): Benson Stake, Utah · Cache Stake, Utah · Hyrum Stake, Utah · Logan Stake, Utah

Places: Amalga · Clarkston · Cornish · Hyde Park · Hyrum · Lewiston · Logan · Mendon · Millville · Newton · Nibley · North Logan · Paradise · Providence · Richmond · River Heights · Smithfield · Trenton · Wellsville

List of Cache County stakes and wards to about 1948


Court Records

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

Description and travel



Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic and Other Groups

Funeral Homes

Allen-Hall Mortuary[6]
34 East Center St.
Logan, UT 84321
Phone: 435-752-3245
Fax: 435-755-0979

Nelson Funeral Homes[7]
162 East 400 North
Logan, UT 84321
Phone: 435-752-3261
Fax: 435-752-2353

85 South Main
Smithfield, UT 84335
Phone: 435-563-5621

Allen-Cranney Mortuary[8]
420 East 2800 North
North Logan, UT 84341
Phone: 435-753-3049
Fax: 435-753-6443


See Utah Gazetteers



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 Timeline

See UT: Index of Counties... from Newberry Library's Utah Atlas of Historical County Boundaries, for a timeline of boundary changes for Cache County, Utah Genealogy.

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

  • 1830. Jim Bridger and several other trappers bought out William Ashley and established the Rocky Mountain Fur Company, competing for the lucrative beaver pelt trade.
  • 1830s. Cache Valley was named for the fur stashes made by many of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company trappers.
  • 1852. Mormon William Gardner became the first settler in Cache Valley.
  • 1856. Cache County was formed by the territorial legislature.
  • 1857. Smithfield was founded by Robert Thornley and Seth Langdon. Early name was Summit Creek.
  • 1859. The town of Logan was founded by Mormon settlers sent by Brigham Young.
  • 1859-60. Providence settled, mostly by Swiss LDS converts.
  • 1860.  Hyrum was founded by Danish immigrants of sons of Ezra T. Benson.
  • 1864. Logan became the county seat, (and the principal city of the Logan, UT-ID Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Cache County and Franklin County, Idaho).
  • 1864. Clarkston was laid out. It was named for Israel J. Clark.
  • 1869. Amalga was settled by Mormon settler Hans Jorgensen.
  • 1884. Logan Utah Temple dedicated.
  • 1888. Utah State University was founded in Logan.
  • 1891. Logan Tabernacle 1891.
  • 1907. Cornish City emerged as a town on the Oregon Short Line Railroad.
  • 1916. In Amalga, Amalgamated Sugar Company started making sugar from sugar beets.
  • 1941. Cache Valley Dairy Association  in Amalga started to process milk into Swiss cheese.

Land and Property

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.
  • [1892-1920] Deeds. FamilySearch Historical Records Collection.


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Civil War

Naturalization and Citizenship

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.)

  • Cache County Records, a FamilySearch digital collection, contains certificates of naturalization, 1878-1896 and 1896-1933; declaration of intentions 1874-1896 and a1904-1906; petition and record 1907-1942.


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 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:


Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

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

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 Records

Public Records

County Books of the County of Cache, 1857-1891 At Digital Collections, Utah State University.



Vital Records

Bear River District Health Department
655 East 1300 North Street
Logan, UT 84341
Telephone: 801-752-3730

The Family History Library does not have Logan 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.

Below are the best sources to find birth information (dates and places of birth and names of parents) for Cache 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 1856
Cache County, Utah Genealogy was formed in 5 January 1856.
      If your records show the person was born here before the county was formed,
      search parent counties
Birth 1856 - 1897
No birth records were created for Cache 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 #83781 at Utah State Archives. Not online, no online index. Copies available through FamilySearch Library: FSL film 431094 . There are some names of children in the records. (Census or church records will help.)

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.

  • 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, birthdate, parents, gender, marital status, spouse and place of residence.

Death Record Substitutes

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


Links to indexes or images of records:

Links to Cache County, Utah Genealogy collections:

Sites that gather links to the Internet

  • Linkpendium
  • CyndisList

Archives, Libraries, etc.

Resources for Cache 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: Cache County, Utah Genealogy items in FamilySearch Library (Utah) or Allen County Public Library (Indiana). When you find items you'd like to access, see Get a Copy

See Courthouse · FamilySearch Centers · Libraries · Societies sections.


Wikipedia has more about this subject: Cache County, Utah

Cache County Official Website

179 North Main St.
Suite 102
Logan, UT 84321

County seat: Brigham City

FamilySearch Centers


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.

  • Logan Public Library; 255 North Main, Logan, UT 84321. Telephone 435-716-9123.
    • Collections: Special Collections include the former Everton Genealogical Library as well as local history, photos, and more.
  • Newton Town Library, 51 S Center St, Newton, Utah 84327-0578 PO Box 578. Phone 435-563-9283.
    • Collections:
  • North Logan city Library; 475 East 2500 North, Logan, UT 84341-1523. Phone: 435-755-7169.
    • Collections:
  • Providence-River Heights Branch, Cache County Library System; 15 North Main Street, P.O. Box 63, Providence, UT 84332-9694. Phone 435-752-7881.
    • Collections:
  • Richfield Public Library; 83 East Center Street, Richfield, UT 84701. Phone: 435-896-5169.
    • Collections:
  • Smithfield Public Library; 25 North Main Street, P.O. Box 35, Smithfield, UT 84335. Phone: 435-563-3555.
    • Collections:

See also Utah Public Library Directory, which provides links to library web pages, addresses, phone numbers, hours, and maps.


See also a List of Utah Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Cache Valley Historical Society

Smithfield Utah Historical Society

Towns and Communities in this county


  1. "List of counties in Utah," Wikipedia.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Cache, Utah" in,_Utah accessed 3 Dec 2018
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cache County, Utah Page 686 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, "Cache County, Utah," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Utah, accessed 12 February 2019.
  6. Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,938.
  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.

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Utah, Cache County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)