Davis County, Utah Genealogy

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Guide to Davis 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 1852, when the county was formed.
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Davis County, Utah
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Location in the state of Utah
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Founded March 3, 1852
County Seat Farmington
Address Davis County Memorial Courthouse
28 East State Street
Farmington, UT 84025
Website: www.co.davis.ut.us
Named for: David Coon Davis
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County Facts

County Courthouse

Davis County Courthouse
P O Box 618
Farmington, Ut 84025-0618
Phone: 801-451-3420

County Clerk has marriage records.
Clerk Distric Court has divorce, probate and court records.[1]

Dates for major county records[2]
1898-present 1887-present 1898-present 1850, 1856... 1870-present 1853-present
For earlier dates, try...Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries | Parent counties

Parent Counties

Davis County, Utah Genealogy was created March 3, 1852 from: Salt Lake

Boundary Changes

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 Davis County, Utah Genealogy.

Neighboring Counties

Davis County, Utah Genealogy is surrounded by: Box Elder | Morgan | Salt Lake | Tooele | Weber
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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 Davis County, Utah Genealogy entries with names, images, or information.

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

See United States Business Records
See also Utah Business Records


Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
FindAGrave Family History Library FindAGrave
UTGravestones WorldCat Epodunk
Billion Graves (name) Utah Periodicals Utah Cemeteries and Burials
Billion Graves (cemetery) Linkpendium
GenWeb Tomstone Project Genealogy Trails
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.


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.

  • See Utah Census for online indexes and images of US federal censuses. of: 1850 [1851], 1856, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940.
  • See statewide printed indexes, including 1856.

Churches and Religious Groups

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 Davis 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 (the Mormons)

Historically, most people in Utah were Latter-day Saints. Their records are, therefore, very important for early Utah research. For additional information, see Tracing LDS 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

Davis County, Utah Genealogy guide to history and records of LDS wards and branches

Stake(s): North Davis Stake, Utah  · South Davis Stake, Utah

Places: Bountiful · Centerville · Clearfield · Clinton · Farmington · Kaysville · Layton · South Weber · Sunset · Syracuse · West Bountiful · West Point

List of Davis County stakes and wards

Court Records

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  · Probate


See Utah Directories

  • 1879-1880 - Culmer, H.L.A. et al. 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 List 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. Digital version at Internet Archive.

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic and Other Groups

Funeral Homes

LakeView Cemetery Mortuary[3]
1640 East Lakeview Dr
Bountiful, UT 84010
Phone: 801-298-1564
Fax: 801-298-1586

Lindquist Bountiful Mortuary[4]
727 North 400 East
Bountiful, UT 84010
Phone: 801-292-5555
Fax: 801-292-0442

Lindquist Kaysville Mortuary[5]
400 North Main St.
Kaysville, UT 84037
Phone: 801-546-6666
Fax: 801-544-4809

Lindquist Layton Mortuary[6]
1867 North Fairfield Road
Layton, UT 84041
Phone: 801-771-6666
Fax: 801-771-0700

Myers Mortuary[7]
250 North Fairfield Rd
Layton, UT 84041
Phone: 801-544-0994
Fax: 801-547-0391

Lindquist Clearfield Mortuary[8]
1050 South State St.
Clearfield, UT 84015
Phone: 801-825-6666
Fax: 801-825-9773

Russon brothers Mortuary][9]
1941 North Main St..
Farmington, UT 84025
Phone: 801-447-8247

Independent Funeral Service[10]
3363 South Highway 89
Bountiful, UT 84010
Phone: 801-296-8900
Fax: 801-486-8986


See Utah Gazetteers


A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.


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.


Named for David Coon Davis (d. 1850), Captain of Company E, in the Mormon Battalion, early leader in Davis County. David C. Davis settled on Davis Creek, on what is now Farmington in 1849.

History Timeline

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

NOTE: Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Wikipedia .

  •  1850 -  October 5,  county created.  Farmington designated as its county seat, because of its geographic location midway between boundaries at the Weber River on the north and the Jordan River on the south.
  • 1852 March 3: Davis County was set off from Great Salt Lake County (now Salt Lake County), by the general assembly of Deseret in October 1850. It was officially created 3 March 1852, when the territorial assembly, defined the county lines. Records concerning Davis County between 1850 and 1852 are in Salt Lake County.[11]
  • During its first 50 years, Davis County grew slowly.
  • 1862 January 17: Morgan County was set off.
  • 1870 - Utah Central Rail Road. With the advent of the railroad a transition to mechanized agriculture and a surge of commerce, banking, improved roads, new water systems, and electrification of homes began.
  • 1940 - population was barely 16,000.
  • 1940-1950 -  With the establishment of Hill Air Force Base in northern Davis County, there was a surge of civilian employment after World War II. The county doubled in population.
  • 1950-1960 -  Population doubled again as part of the nationwide suburb boom that was occurring at the time.
  • 1990 - there were 188,000 residents 2000, there were 239,000 residents 2030, county is expected to have a population of about 360,000.
  • Today, most of the population resides in Layton, Bountiful, Kaysville, and Clearfield while most of the growth is concentrated in the northwest, northeast, and southwest portions of the county, and especially in such cities as Syracuse, Clinton, West Point, South Weber, and Woods Cross.

Land and Property

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.
  • Utah, Davis County Records, 1869–1953 In this collection the auditor deeds, deed indexes and some of the deed books are filed under the subcatagory "Probate Records" rather than "Land Records". The "Land Records" subcatagory covers deeds, decree, and mining records from 1869 to 1940.
    • Tip: FamilySearch's Grantee Index [to Deeds] Vol 1, 1884-1907 on-line digital image collection contains abt 372 images. Things are arranged alphabetically by first letter of surname, but the "C"s for filing dates of 1907 have addition index pages starting on image 366 --this is between the "W"s which run in images 340-365 and the "Y"s which start on image 370.
    • Utah, Davis County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records) article describing this online collection

Herdsmen branded their cattle to keep track of stray animals. A 1913 directory displays the marks used by various Davis County, Utah Genealogy cattle owners:

  • Peterson, H.F. Brand Directory, Comprising Davis, Weber, Summit, Morgan, Wasatch, Part of Utah and Part of Uintah Counties. Wanship, Utah: H.F. Peterson, 1913. Digital version at Internet Archive.


Google highway map of Davis County 2012



Civil War

Naturalization and Citizenship

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.)

  • Utah, State Archives Records, 1848-2001, a FamilySearch digital collection, contains certificates of naturalization, 1878-1896 and 1896-1933; declaration of intentions 1874-1896 and a1904-1906; petition and record 1907-1942.


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 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

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


Vital Records

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.

Below are the best sources to find birth information (dates and places of birth and names of parents) for Davis 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:
Birth before 1852
Davis County, Utah Genealogy was formed on 3 March 1852.
      If your records show the person was born here before the county was formed,
      search parent counties
Birth 1852 - 1897
No birth records were created for Davis 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.
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.
  • Davis County Health Department  (Davis County) 22 South State St.,2nd Floor, Clearfield, Utah 84015,(801) 525-5150. Mailing address: Davis County Health Department, Attention: Vital Records, P.O. Box 618, Farmington, Utah 84025.

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.

Historical Records collection.

  • Davis county Register of Deaths 1905 - 1952 - available in Vital Records section of "Utah, Davis County Records, 1869-1953" FamilySearch Historical Records Collection.
  • 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, birthdate, parents, gender, marital status, spouse and place of residence.

Death Record Substitutes

  • 1870 - U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885 at Ancestry ($). Includes 1870 Davis County, Utah Genealogy mortality schedule.

Voting Registers


Archives, Libraries, etc.

Resources for Davis 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: Davis County, Utah Genealogy items in FamilySearch Library When you find items you'd like to access, see Get a Copy

See Courthouse · FamilySearch Centers · Libraries · Museums · Other Repositories · Societies sections.


Davis County Official Website

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Davis County, Utah

Davis County Memorial Courthouse
28 East State Street
Farmington, UT 84025
Phone: (801) 444-2300

County seat: Farmington

FamilySearch Centers

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. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.


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.


See also a List of Utah Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Towns and Communities


Farmington -- The county seat of Davis County, Farmington has many well-preserved historic buildings, some of which are on the National Register, and many of which have been identified by the Farmington Historic Preservation Commission. The city was one of the earliest communities in Utah and has a history.

Description and Travel


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Davis County, Utah Page 686 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. 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.
  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. Funeral Home Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,937.
  6. Funeral Home Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,937.
  7. Funeral Home Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,938.
  8. Funeral Home Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,937.
  9. Funeral Home Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,937.
  10. Funeral Home Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,937.
  11. Glen M. Leonard. A History of Davis County. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah State Historical Soc., 1999).
  12. "Davis County, Utah: Family History and Genealogy, Census, Birth, Marriage, Death Vital Records and More," Linkpendium, http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/UT/Davis/, accessed 1 February 2012.