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The Beaver County, Utah genealogy guide to find parents, birth, marriage, death, and more since 1856, when the county was formed. This page lists online, published, and original resources, such as cemeteries, censuses, church, court, land, probate, and obituaries.

Dates for major county records[1]
1898-present 1887-present 1900-present 1856, 1860... 1867-present 1856-present
For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries | Parent Counties
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Beaver County, Utah
Map of Utah highlighting Beaver County
Location in the state of Utah
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Location of Utah in the U.S.
Founded January 10, 1856
County Seat Beaver
Address County Administration Building
Post Office Box 392
105 East Center
Beaver UT 84713
Website: www.beaver.utah.gov
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Helpful Facts

County Court House

Beaver County Courthouse
105 E Center, PO Box 392
Beaver, Ut 84713-0392
Phone: 435-438-6463

County Clerk has birth records 1897-1905, divorce records from 1871, probate records from 1872 and court records from 1856. The Beaver City Office has burned records.[2]

Parent Counties

Beaver County, Utah Genealogy was created Jan 10, 1856 from: Iron and Millard Counties.

Boundary Changes

See UT: Index of Counties... from Newberry Library's Utah Atlas of Historical County Boundaries, for a timeline of boundary changes for Beaver County, Utah Genealogy.

Neighboring Counties

Beaver County, Utah Genealogy is surrounded by: Garfield, Iron, Millard, Piute, and Sevier counties in Utah and Lincoln County, Nevada
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Bible Records

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.


Business Records and Commerce

Mining Industry

The mining industry in Beaver county created several boom towns, most of which are now ghost towns.


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.

State and national resources for Beaver County, Utah Genealogy cemeteries
Online Grave Transcripts
or Images
Published Grave
Lists of Cemeteries
in the County

Utah Cemeteries & Burial Database
Utah Gravestones
UTGenWeb Cemeteries
Billion Graves
Veterans to 1966

FamilySearch Library
Early Church Info File
Utah Periodicals

USGenWeb Tombstone Project
UTGenWeb Cemeteries
Utah Hometown Locator Cemeteries
Utah Cemeteries Search
Genealogy Trails

See Utah Cemeteries for details about each site.


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

Church and religious group records are usually found in the towns rather than on the county level.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons)

Early church records, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for Beaver County Wards and Branches can be found on film and are located at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

Beaver County LDS wards and branches: history and records

Stakes: Beaver Stake, Utah (covers the entire county)

Places: Adamsville · Beaver · Frisco · Grampton: See Frisco · Greenville · Manderfield · Milford · Minersville · Newhouse · North Creek ·

Court Records

  • Court records(microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog for Beaver County, Utah Genealogy. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see public libraries.


  • Directories(microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog for Beaver County, Utah Genealogy. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see public libraries.

Ethnic and Other Groups

Funeral Homes

Southern Utah Mortuary[3]
195 North 90 East
Beaver, UT 84713
Phone: 877-438-2201
Fax: 435-438-2323

298 South 100 West
Milford, UT 84751
Phone: 435-5886-4040
Toll Free Phone: 888-586-4040
Fax: 435-586-4343

Swindlehurst Funeral Home [4]
360 West 100 North
Beaver, UT 84713
Phone: 435-439-5565



A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.


History Timeline

See UT: Index of Counties... from Newberry Library's Utah Atlas of Historical County Boundaries, for a timeline of boundary changes for Beaver County, Utah Genealogy.

Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Wikipedia for Beaver County, Utah Genealogy and towns within the county.
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Beaver County, Utah
  • 1776. Southern Piute Indians inhabited the area when the Dominguez-Escalante Expedition visited the area.
  • 1856 January. Beaver County created by the Utah Territorial Legislature from Iron and Millard Counties.
  • 1856. Mormon settlers from Cedar City founded the city of Beaver, Utah. By 1869, there were enough people to organize a stake.
  • 1873. Ft. Cameron was established by the U.S. Army and abandonded after World War I (1914-1918).
  • 1880. Arrival of the Utah Southern Railroad increased development.
  • 1880s. Mining increased development. Mining declined after World War I (1914-1918).

Land and Property

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.



Early migration routes to and from Beaver County, Utah Genealogy for emigrant settlers included: :


Naturalization and Citizenship


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.

Resources include:


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:


Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

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

Public Records

Resource Repositories


Beaver County, Utah Website
County Administration Building
Post Office Box 392
105 East Center
Beaver UT 84713 Beaver County doesn't have a main switchboard, and each department has its own mailing address. To get individual phone numbers, fax numbers, and mailing addresses, go to that department's page or check the Officials page. [8]

Family Search Centers

Resources for Beaver County, Utah Genealogy are available in repositories (such as libraries and archives) at all levels: the town, the county, the state, and the nation.

Click to these sections for repositories which are not in Beaver County, Utah Genealogy, yet have resources. Direct links to their online catalogs are given, where possible:
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When you find items you'd like to access, see Get a Copy See also: Websites

Libraries in the county

Local public libraries usually have histories, genealogies, and indexes of cemeteries or other records for the area they serve. Many libraries in Utah have an area dedicated to local collections and manuscripts.

  • Beaver City Library; 55 W Center Street, Beaver, Utah 84713-1092; Phone 435-438-5274; Fax 435-438-5826
    • Holdings:
  • Milford Public Library; 100 W 400 S, Milford, Utah 84751; Phone: 435-387-5039; Fax: 435-387-5027
    • Holdings:
  • Minersville Public Library; 40 W. Main, Minersville, Utah 84752-0250; Phone: 435-386-2267; Fax: 435-386-1813
    • Holdings:
Libraries in Utah

The following links are to Beaver County, Utah Genealogy in online catalogs. Some have additional resources which are not cataloged.

worldcat - incorporate all libs in one catalog

See also:

The following also have Beaver County, Utah Pioneer Utah State Archives http://www.archives.state.ut.us/

Major Repositories

Beaver County, Utah links to catalogs of United States Archives and Libraries:

Other repositories


Vital Records

  • Vital Records(microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog for Beaver County, Utah Genealogy. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see public libraries.
Below are the best sources to find birth information (dates and places of birth and names of parents) for Beaver 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:
Births before 1856
Beaver County, Utah Genealogy was formed in January 10, 1856.

      If your records show the person was born here before the county was formed,

Births 1856-1897
No birth records were created for Beaver 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:
Births 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.
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.

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.

  • 1900-1905 - Beaver County Death Registers (1900-1905) at Utah State Archives - free. FHL film 485235 item 2.
  • 1900-1905 - Beaver County, Utah Deaths, 1900-05 at Ancestry ($). *1904 - deaths This county GenWeb site contains about 45 entries which are user submitted. (May not be complete). Click on a filename to see details entered from state death certificates. Free.
  • 1904-1956 - Utah Death Certificates 1904 - 1956 A free internet access to the 1904-1956 death certificates can be viewed at Family History Library Catalog.
    Death Record Substitutes
  • 1870 - U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885 at Ancestry ($). Includes 1870 Beaver County, Utah Genealogy mortality schedule.

Voting Registers

Towns and Communities

The mining industry in Beaver county created several boom towns, most of which are now ghost towns.


  1. Alice Eichholz, Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 676-677. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Beaver County, Utah Page 686 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Funeral Home & Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,937.
  4. Funeral Home & Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,937.
  5. "The Pioneer Story: The Mormon Pioneer Trail" in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at http://lds.org/gospellibrary/pioneer/pioneerstory.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).
  6. "Jefferson Hunt" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefferson_Hunt (accessed 6 September 2011).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Union Pacific Railroad" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Pacific_Railroad (accessed 14 September 2011).
  8. County Website
  9. About Digital Public Library of America. Accessed 5/8/2013
  10. "Beaver County, Utah: Family History and Genealogy, Census, Birth, Marriage, Death Vital Records and More," Linkpendium, http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/UT/Beaver/, accessed 1 February 2012.