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St. George, Washington County, Utah Genealogy

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History[edit | edit source]

In October, 1861, 309 families were sent to settle the St. George area by Brigham Young from Salt Lake City. Due to the warm climate their purpose was to raise crops of cotton, grapes, and mulberry bushes for silk. This was to fill the need for these items created by the Civil War. Called "Dixie" for it's warm, southern location and the ability to have several harvests. Named after George Smith who encouraged some scurvy plagued pioneers to eat raw potatoes for it's vitamin C. The cure worked making George the "Potato Saint" hence the name St. George.

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County Court House[edit | edit source]

St George County Court House.jpg

County Court House
87 North 200 East
St. George, Utah 84770
Phone: (435) 634-5728

City Center[edit | edit source]

St. George City
175 East 200 North
St. George, Ut 84770
Phone: 435-627-4000

Maps[edit | edit source]

Neighboring Communities[edit | edit source]

Leeds | Hurricane | Toquerville | Santa Clara | Gunlock | Ivins | Washington

Resources[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • Personal histories High Priests, Third Ward, St. George West Stake [1]
  • Devoted empire builders, pioneers of St. George [2]
  • Saint George, Utah, original pioneers December 1, 1861 - May 10, 1869 ; histories & pictures [3]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

St. George City Cemetery

700 E. Tabernacle
St. George, Utah 84770
Phone: (435) 634-5868 ‎

Listing on BillionGraves of interments, with Google map,

Tonaquint Cemetery

1777 S. Dixie Drive
St. George, Utah 84770
Phone: (435) 627-4728

BillionGraves page for this cemetery.

Shivwits Paiute Indian Cemetery

West Old Highway 91, Utah 84738

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Catholic Church[edit | edit source]

259 West 200 North
St. George, UT 84770
(435)673-2604

In 1951, Bishop Hunt of the Salt Lake City Diocese of the Catholic Church purchased the old Presbyterian Church and property. For several years, the small chapel in this structure was used for mass

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints[edit | edit source]

Presbyterian Church[edit | edit source]

259 West 200 North
St. George, UT 84770

Historical Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Societies, Museums and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

  • Utah Department of Archives 1903 to 50 years ago
    Choices of search types - name, date of death (year, month, day, or any combination) and county.
    Images of actual death certificates.
  • Utah Death Certificates 1904 - 1956 -A free internet access to the 1904-1956 death certificates can be viewed on the Family Search Historical Records. 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. For information on death prior to 1904 you can search the Utah State Burial Index.

Suggested Reading[edit | edit source]

  • Toquerville : oasis in the desert ; a history of Toquerville and the area [4]
  • Under Dixie Sun" [5]
  • A History of Washington County from Isolation to Destination [6]
  • Historical Buildings of Washington County, Volume 1 [7]Downloadable booklet

Websites[edit | edit source]

Sources and Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. Personal histories High Priests, Third Ward, St. George West Stake Book FHL 979.248/S1 D3p
  2. Hafen, Arthur K.; Devoted empire builders, pioneers of St. George Film FHL 940042 Item 2
  3. Barnum, Roberta Blake and Peine, Paul Russell; Saint George, Utah, original pioneers December 1, 1861 - May 10, 1869 ; histories & picturesFHL 979.248/S1 H2
  4. Gubler Naegle. Cherrie; Toquerville : oasis in the desert ; a history of Toquerville and the area WorldCat 263167913
  5. Washington County Chapter, Daughters of Utah Pioneers edited by Hazel Bradshaw and illustrated by Nellie Jenson; "Under Dixie Sun" WorldCat 13929074
  6. Douglas D. Alder and Karl F. Brooks; A History of Washington County from Isolation to Destination WorldCat 35394589
  7. sketches by Jon Bowcutt and text by Mary Phoenix Historical Buildings of Washington County, Volume 1