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Guide to Kane 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 1865, when the county was formed.

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Kane County, Utah
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Location in the state of Utah
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Founded January 16, 1864
County Seat Kanab
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Address 76 North Main St., Kanab, UT 84741
Website: kane.utah.gov
Named for: Thomas_L._Kane
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County Facts[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Col. Thomas L. Kane, a friend of the Latter-day Saint settlers. The County is located in the south center area of the state. [1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Kane County Courthouse
76 North Main Street
Kanab, Ut 84741
Phone: 435-644-2458

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

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1900 1887 1900 1878 1872 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]

Kane County, Utah Genealogy was created January 16, 1864 from: Washington


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 Kane County, Utah Genealogy.

Parent Counties[edit | edit source]

Kane County, Utah Genealogy was created January 16, 1864 from: Washington


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 Kane County, Utah Genealogy.

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Kane County, Utah Genealogy is surrounded by: Garfield | Iron | San Juan | Washington | Arizona counties: Coconino | Mohave

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]

Cities
Towns
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 Kane 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 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 Tombstone Project
BillionGraves (name) Utah Periodicals Utah Cemeteries and Burials
BillionGraves Linkpendium
USGenWeb 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.

  • Published transcripts of cemetery records are listed in the FamilySearch Library catalog at the town (space, then select the town) or the county level (select Cemeteries).
  • Alton Cemetery, 800 South 400 West, Alton, UT 84710; Phone: (801) 648-2142. The Survey is up to 1997 and includes Birth, Death, and Grave locations.
  • Pahreah Cemetery: Note: This information comes from a metal plaque mounted on a rock monument. There are no longer any headstones on individual graves.  Conaines 13 names.

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.

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 Kane 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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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): Kanab Stake, Utah

Places: Alton  · Glendale · Kanab  · Mount Carmel Junction · Orderville

Linked below are the ward and stake records for Kane County, Utah on microfilm at the FamilySearch Library. Click on a ward for records (up to about 1948).

Alton Ward • Cannonville Ward • Glendale Ward • Johnson Ward • Kanab North Ward • Kanab South Ward • Kanab Stake • Kanab Ward • Mount Carmel Ward • Orderville Ward • Pahrea Ward • Panguitch Stake

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  · [[Kane County, Utah#Probate_Records|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]

Mosdell Mortuary[5]
676 South Highway 89A
Kanab, UT 84741
Phone: 435-644-2214
Toll Free 877-644-2214
Fax: 435-644-2321

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

See Utah Gazetteers

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

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.

A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.


History[edit | edit source]

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 Kane County, Utah Genealogy.

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

  • 1862. Glendale founded by Mormon pioneers John and William Berry
  • 1864. Area around what later became Kanab first settled
  • 1864 January 16: Kane County was created from Washington County County and Toquerville was designated as the County Seat.
  • 1865. Alton was first settled by Lorenzo W. Roundy
  • 1866. Glendale abandoned due to Indian attacks
  • 1870. Kanab founded when 10 Latter-day Saint families moved there
  • 1871. Glendale resettled by Mormon pioneers
  • 1875. Brigham Young directed Orderville to be established and to live the United Order.
  • 1883. County seat was moved to Kanab and Toquerville was moved back into Washington County.
  • 1939-40’s. + Kanab was known as “little Hollywood” for the number of western movies and t.v. series filmed there

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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1895 US Atlas Kane County 1895

Google highway map of Kane 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.

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:

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

Public Records[edit | edit source]

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital records of birth, marriage, death, and divorce are created by civil (state, county, or city) officials. See Utah Vital Records for details and history of the 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 Kane 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:
Kane County, Utah Genealogy was formed on 16 January 1864.
      If your records show the person was born here before the county was formed,
      search parent counties

Birth 1864 - 1897

No birth records were created for Kane 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.
  • 1900 - 1902 - Online index to births 1900–1905 Series 83801 for Kane 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 has no child's names from 1900-1902.
    • Inventory of originals, Series 83801 at Utah State Archives.
    • FamilySearch Library copy: FHL film 48819 item 1 . There are child's names from 1903-1905.
    • 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]
  • 1805-1992 - Utah, United States Marriages at FindMyPast — index $
  • 1887-1966 - Kane County Marriage license records 1887-1966 and applications 1920-1966 are on film at the Family History Library, films numbers 484815 & 484816.
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 Kane County, Utah Genealogy mortality schedule.

Voting Registers[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

Links to indexes or images of records:

  • FamilySearch Historical Collections for Utah Many items include Kane County, Utah Genealogy.

Links to Kane County, Utah Genealogy collections:

Sites that gather links to the Internet

  • Linkpendium
  • CyndisList

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

Resources for Kane 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: Kane 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.

Courthouse[edit | edit source]

County seat: Kanab

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.

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 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]

Kanab

Alton | Big Water | Glendale | Orderville

Duck Creek Village | Mount Carmel Junction

Paria

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Kane, Utah" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kane_County,_Utah accessed 4 Dec 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kane 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), Kane 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, "Kane County, Utah," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kane_County,_Utah, accessed 17 February 2019.
  5. Funeral Home Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,938.
  6. "Kane County, Utah: Family History and Genealogy, Census, Birth, Marriage, Death Vital Records and More," Linkpendium, http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/UT/Kane/, accessed 1 February 2012.