Desert County, Utah Genealogy

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When Desert County, Utah was created 3 March 1852[1] [2] it extended into present-day Nevada from the shore of the Great Salt Lake on the east to the western edge of the Great Basin in California between Weber and Tooele counties in Utah Territory.

On 5 January 1856 Desert County was reduced significantly, and former Desert County land in present-day Nevada was used to form part of Carson, Humboldt, and Saint Mary's counties.[3] Desert County was extinguished 17 January 1862 and her remaining land was split between Box Elder and Tooele counties.[2]

For records of Desert County in what is present-day Nevada, see:


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 686. WorldCat entry. FHL Book 973 D274 2002.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Chart of County Formation in Utah" in Division of Archives and Records Service at (accessed 11 August 2011).
  3. Deon C. Greer, Atlas of Utah (Ogden, Utah: Desert State College, 1981), 162-64. WorldCat entry. FHL Q Book 979.2 E7a.