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A gazetteer is a list and description of places, such as villages, towns and cities. Gazetteers may also mention neighborhoods, cemeteries, population size, and geographical features such as rivers and mountains. It can be used to locate the places where a family lived. They usually include only the names of places that existed at the time the gazetteer was published. The place names are generally listed in alphabetical order. Maps and atlases can also help locate places. See also Utah Maps. Several guides to places in Utah are available, including:

  • Carr, Stephen L. The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns. Salt Lake City, Utah: Western Epics, 1972. FHL Book 979.2 H2cr. A history of towns that no longer in exist in Utah. Carr provides approximate dates each town was settled and deserted.
  • Culmer, H. L. A. 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 Ist 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.
  • Gallagher, John S. The Post Offices of Utah. Burtonsville, Md.: The Depot, 1977. FHL Book 979.2 E8g. A list of past and current post offices in Utah. It provides the dates of establishment for each post office. If a post office was discontinued, this source gives the date and the new post office designated to receive the mail. Several photographs are included.
  • Leigh, Rufus Wood. Five Hundred Utah Place Names. Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret News Press, 1961. FHL Book 979.2 E2L. This book provides the history and origin of the name of each place, including names of places and landmarks that no longer exist. It also includes Native American residences.
  • Origins of Utah Place Names. Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah State Department of Public Instruction, 1941. FHL Book 979.2 E2o; Fiche 6046696. This source documents when places were settled, former names, altitude and population in 1941. There is information on the creation of each county and boundary changes, including square miles. It also includes a list of extinct counties.
  • Van Cott, John W. Utah Place Names: a Compilation: a Comprehensive Guide to the Origins of Utah Place Names. Salt Lake City, Utah: University of Utah Press, 1990. FHL Book 979.2 E2v. Excellent guide to Utah place names.
  • Writers' Program (Utah), Utah: A Guide to the State. New York, New York: Hastings House, 1941. FHL Book 979.2 E6w; Film 1033881 item 3. This gives a history of many areas and includes an index and maps of some cities. The book is arranged geographically and gives directions and mileage between areas. There is also information on altitude, population size, and roads.

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