Duchesne County, Utah Genealogy
Guide to Duchesne 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 1915, when the county was formed.
|Duchesne County, Utah|
Location in the state of Utah
Location of Utah in the U.S.
|Founded||January 4, 1915|
|Address||Duchesne County Administration<br>734 N. Center<br>Duchesne, UT 84021|
|Named for: unknown|
- 1 County Facts
- 2 Resources
- 2.1 Bible Records
- 2.2 Biography
- 2.3 Business Records and Commerce
- 2.4 Cemeteries
- 2.5 Census
- 2.6 Churches and Religious Groups
- 2.7 Court Records
- 2.8 Directories
- 2.9 Emigration and Immigration
- 2.10 Ethnic and Other Groups
- 2.11 Funeral Homes
- 2.12 Gazetteers
- 2.13 Genealogy
- 2.14 Guardianship
- 2.15 History
- 2.16 Land and Property
- 2.17 Law and Legislation
- 2.18 Maps
- 2.19 Migration
- 2.20 Military
- 2.21 Native Races
- 2.22 Naturalization and Citizenship
- 2.23 Newspapers
- 2.24 Obituaries
- 2.25 Periodicals
- 2.26 Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.
- 2.27 Probate Records
- 2.28 Public Records
- 2.29 Taxation
- 2.30 Vital Records
- 2.31 Voting Registers
- 2.32 Websites
- 3 Archives, Libraries, etc.
- 4 Towns and Communities
- 5 References
County Facts[edit | edit source]
When the Uintah Reservation was created in 1861, it covered much of what we know today as Duchesne County. Following the Dawes Act, the reservation was opened to homesteaders, and the homesteading process began in 1905. In 1914, Wasatch County petitioned that the eastern part of the county become a separate county, and Duchesne County was officially organized in 1915. In 1917, some county boundaries were adjusted with Uintah County, but since then they have remained unchanged.
Description[edit | edit source]
The County was named is of uncertain origin. The County is located in the east center area of the state. 
County Courthouse[edit | edit source]
Duchesne County Courthouse
Duchesne, Ut 84021-0270
County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1915.
County Recorder has land records from 1915.
Duchesne County, Utah Record Dates[edit | edit source]
|1896 (Uintah)||1915||1896 (Uintah)||1915||1915||1915||1851|
Records Loss[edit | edit source]
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
Parent Counties[edit | edit source]
Duchesne County, Utah Genealogy was created January 4, 1915 from: Wasatch
|Before the county was created—and perhaps until the newly-formed county was fully operational—search records of the parent counties.|
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.
See UT: Index of Counties... from Newberry Library's Utah Atlas of Historical County Boundaries, for a timeline of boundary changes for Duchesne County, Utah Genealogy.
Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]
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:
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 Duchesne County, Utah Genealogy entries with names, images, or information.
|Don't overlook Duchesne County, Utah Genealogy items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Archives and Libraries.|
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.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Business Records and Commerce[edit | edit source]
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|
|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.
- To 1966 - Utah, Veterans with Federal Service Buried in Utah, Territorial to 1966 at FamilySearch — index and images
- Duchesne County Cemeteries at the Utah State Historical site
- Cemetery records(microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog for Duchesne County, Utah Genealogy. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see public libraries.
Census[edit | edit 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: 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 Duchesne 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]
- 1877-1918 - Utah LDS Mission Calls and Recommendations 1877-1918 at FamilySearch — index
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): Duchesne Stake, Utah · Roosevelt Stake, Utah
List of Duchesne 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.
- Duchesne County Utah Court Records Directory
- District Court (Eighth District : Duchesne County) Criminal case files
- Duchesne County Records
- Utah State Court Directory
Directories[edit | edit source]
See Utah Directories
Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]
- 1847-1868 - Utah Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Database, 1847-1868 at FamilySearch — index
Ethnic and Other Groups[edit | edit source]
Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]
Gazetteers[edit | edit source]
See Utah Gazetteers
Genealogy[edit | edit source]
Guardianship[edit | edit source]
History[edit | edit source]
- Barton, John D. A history of Duchesne County, Utah Centennial County History Series. See also WorldCat 39783102
- Pioneer, Utah's Online Library, Duchesne County
- A History of Duchesne County. Digitized by: J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, 1970. WorldCat 562539001
- Early history of Duchesne County : preserved by the Duchesne Chapter of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Ancestry.com ($)
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 Duchesne County, Utah Genealogy. NOTE; Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Wikipedia for Duchesne County
- 1822-1840. Duchesne City received its name from French Canadian trappers.
- 1905. City of Myton established.
- 1905. City of Roosevelt founded. Named after President Theodore Roosevelt.
- 1905-1906. By an act of Congress, the unallotted land of the Ute Indian reservation was opened to homesteading.Throughout the fall and winter the settlers came to the Uinta Basin.
- 1912. Census-designated place of Neola established.
- 1914 November. City of Duchesne made county seat.
- 1915. January 4. Duchesne County was created from Wasatch County.
- 1917. March 5. Additional land was included from Unintah County.
- 1915. Duchesne County created. Named after river.
- 1930's. Town of Altamont settled as location of new area high school.
- 1953. Altamont incorporated as a town in Duchesne County.
- 1977. May 10. The boundaries were clarified without change on 10 May 1977.
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.
Law and Legislation[edit | edit source]
Maps[edit | edit source]
Migration[edit | edit source]
Military[edit | edit source]
- To 1966 - Utah, Veterans with Federal Service Buried in Utah, Territorial to 1966 at FamilySearch — index and images
Civil War[edit | edit source]
- 1861-1865 - Utah, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865 at FamilySearch — index
World War I[edit | edit source]
- 1914-1918 - Utah, World War I Army Servicemen Records Abstracts, 1914-1918 at FamilySearch — index
- 1914-1918 - Utah, World War I Service Questionnaires, 1914-1918 at FamilySearch — index
- 1917-1918 - Utah, World War I County Draft Board Registers, Name Index, 1917-1918 at FamilySearch — index
- 1917-1918 - Utah, World War I Militia Lists, 1917-1918 at FamilySearch — index
World War II[edit | edit source]
- 1929-1954 - Utah, World War II Index to Army Veterans of Utah, 1939-1945 at FamilySearch — index
- 1940-1945 - Utah, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1947 at FamilySearch — index and images
Native Races[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.
- 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 Duchesne County, Utah Genealogy.
- Several newspapers, covering 1909-1939 are included.
- Existing copies of newspapers. newspapers for Duchesne County, Utah Genealogy] are listed in Chronicling America by Library of Congress (LOC).
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:
- 1850 – 2005 Utah, Obituaries from Utah Newspapers, 1850-2005 at FamilySearch — index
- Newspapers of Duchesne County, Utah Genealogy
- Local Funeral Homes, Societies, Libraries, or in family records.
- Obituaries of neighboring counties
- Newspapers of major cities: Deseret News and/or The Salt Lake Tribune both in Salt Lake City
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 Records
- 1800 – 1985 Utah Wills and Probate Records 1800-1985 at Ancestry.com — index and images $
- 1851 – 1961 Utah Probate Records 1851-1961 at FamilySearch — images
- Utah, Probate Records, 1851-1961 at FamilySearch Historical Collections. If this county is not listed, check back.
Public Records[edit | edit source]
Taxation[edit | edit source]
Vital Records[edit | edit source]
Birth[edit | edit source]
- Below are the best sources to find birth information (dates and places of birth and names of parents) for Duchesne 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 1915[edit | edit source]
- Duchesne County, Utah Genealogy was formed on 4 January 1915.
search parent counties
|Before county formation, go to Utah Censuses to locate the family around the time of birth.|
Birth 1915 - present[edit | edit source]
- 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.
- 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.
- TriCounty Health Department, 133 South 500 East, Vernal, UT 84078, Phone (435) 247-1180; Roosevelt Phone (435) 722-6333.
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, birthdate, parents, gender, marital status, spouse and place of residence.
- Pre-1904 - Utah State Burial Index for death before 1904
Voting Registers[edit | edit source]
Websites[edit | edit source]
Archives, Libraries, etc.[edit | edit source]
Check websites and catalogs of archives and libraries for items for this county. Examples: Duchesne 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
Courthouse[edit | edit source]
734 North Center Street
PO Box 910
Duchesne UT 84021
County seat: Duchesne
FamilySearch Centers[edit | edit source]
Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.
- For current information about a center near you, go to the Family History Center Map
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.
- Duchesne County Library - Duchesne; 130 South Center Street, Duchesne, UT 84021. Phone: 435-738-2800.
- Duchesne County Library - Roosevelt; 70 West Lagoon Street (44-4), Roosevelt, UT 84066. Phone: 435-722-4441.
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]
See also a List of Utah Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical Genealogical Societies
Towns and Communities[edit | edit source]
Populated Places[edit | edit source]
- Cedar View
- Mountain Home
- Mount Emmons
References[edit | edit source]
- "List of counties in Utah," Wikipedia.
- Wikipedia contributors, "Duchesne County, Utah," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duchesne_County,_Utah, accessed 27 September 2019.
- Wikipedia contributors, "Duchesne, Utah" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duchesne_County,_Utah accessed 3 Dec 2018
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Duchesne County, Utah Page 686 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Duchesne 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.
- Wikipedia contributors, "Duchesne County, Utah," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duchesne_County,_Utah, accessed 13 February 2019.
- Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,939.
- Duchesne County Boundary Changes, Utah Atlas of Historical County Boundaries, Newberry Library.
- "Duchesne County, Utah: Family History and Genealogy, Census, Birth, Marriage, Death Vital Records and More," Linkpendium, http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/UT/Duchesne/, accessed 1 February 2012.