Utah Research Tips and Strategies

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Purpose of Research Tips and Strategies Wiki Page

The Utah Research Tips and Strategies page consists of links to specific research strategies for Utah. It also contains general tips and other resources for finding your ancestors in this locality.

Utah Research Strategies[edit | edit source]

Below are links to different research strategy pages to help you locate your ancestors in Utah

Utah Research Tips[edit | edit source]

These tips will help you as you research your ancestors in Utah.

  • Birth information:  Statewide registration of births began in 1905 in Utah and was generally complied with by 1917. A helpful substitute record to find birth information is a death record. However, date and place of birth on a death record is considered secondary information, as it was not recorded at the time of the birth event. The birth information should be corroborated with other substitute records to improve accuracy.
  • Finding Parents: The earliest Utah statewide death recording began in 1897, with Salt Lake City recording deaths as early as 1848. Statewide registration didn't begin until 1905, and was generally complied with by 1919. They often will list the parents of the deceased and their birth information. Search Utah death records
  • Look in all censuses: Always look for your ancestor in every possible census. There are clues regarding immigration, naturalization, and occupation that can lead to other records. Sometimes parents can be found living with their children later in life. Search U.S. Censuses.

Utah Record Finder[edit | edit source]

This Record Finder is designed to help you determine the best record to search for the type of information you are looking for. It is most helpful for post-1850 research.

1. What you are looking for: 2. Try these records first: 3. Other useful records
Birth information Birth records, Death records, Obituaries, Church records Cemeteries, Naturalization and Citizenship, Bible records, Military records (pension)
Marriage information Marriage records, Obituaries, Bible records Church records, Probate records, Military records
Death information Death Records, Cemeteries, Obituaries Probate Records, Church Records, Bible Records
Parents Birth recordsDeath records, Obituaries, Census, Church records Biography, Genealogy
Maiden name Marriage Records, Obituaries, Probate records Church Records, Military Records (pension)
Immigration date Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Census Obituaries, Biography, History
Naturalization Naturalization and Citizenship, Census, Court Records Voting Registers, Biography, Periodicals
Physical description Military Records, Naturalization and Citizenship (after 1906) Biography, History

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Further Utah Research[edit | edit source]

For more research on Utah, including research at the county level, visit the Utah page on the Research Wiki.

Search all of the Utah record collections at FamilySearch.