Difference between revisions of "FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject Utah Experimental County"

From FamilySearch Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
Line 97: Line 97:
Lists of county cemeteries
Lists of county cemeteries
Table has no header
Table has no header
Intro paragraph that says what the table is, with a link for specific county cemeteries.
11/7/2012 meeting
11/7/2012 meeting

Revision as of 16:32, 14 November 2012

United States Gotoarrow.png Utah Gotoarrow.png Beaver County

Mountain Home Range, Beaver County, UT
Dates for major county records
1897-present 1892-present 1897-present 1856, 1860... 1856-present 1856-present
For earlier dates, try...

Remember these collections

Beaver County, Utah
Map of Utah highlighting Beaver County
Location in the state of Utah
Map of the U.S. highlighting Utah
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
Named for: the plentiful beaver
Adopt-a-wiki page
Utah GA Logo.jpg This page adopted by:
Utah Genealogical Association
who welcome you to contribute.
Adopt a page today

Helpful Facts

Parent Counties

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

Neighboring Counties


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

To Do
  • Now that maps are in, audit to be sure the linked list is complete. Done Aug 28 by Bo Bogar
  • Make the maps clickable. Joy Bogar is underway with this as of 28 Aug.

Records and Resources

Bible Records



[Histories] often have biographies of more prominent individuals in an area. [Obituaries] are good sources for short biographies.


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 WikiProject Utah Experimental County cemeteries
Online Grave Transcripts
or Images
Published Grave
Lists of Cemeteries
in the County

Utah Burial Database*
New York Gravestones*
UTGenWeb Cemeteries*
Billion Graves*
Names in Stone* Linkpendium*

FamilySearch Library
Early Church Info. File*

Tombstone Transcription Project*
UTGenWeb Cemeteries*
Billion Graves*
Names in Stone*

See Utah Cemeteries for details about each site.

11/14/2012 meeting County items on a separate page. Chart is for more statewide, national If the county ones are on the chart, they might get lost. How about above the chart. How about a link to county cemeteries, or another chart that complements this for the county and above it. Directories would give the city ones. Nothing helps users know how to find specific cemeteries -- that directories column will list the cems in this county. Lists of county cemeteries Table has no header Intro paragraph that says what the table is, with a link for specific county cemeteries.

11/7/2012 meeting Periodicals? Magazines? Journals? Wilma get a template for this chart. (Done: Changed format of table to be easier to add/edit. Created two templates: UTCemTableBeg and UTCemTableEnd) Jana plan how to make an effective link to PERSI, explain on Utah Cems page or it's own page.

Burial lists

  • Utah Burial Records Database. This is compiled from Interments as well as tombstones and other records. There are some entries as late as 2011.
  • Findagrave.com. Enter at least a surname, select Utah, then select the county.
  • Mountain View Cemetery, Beaver Interments (burials) 1881-1983 (a few earlier). Chronological, not name searchable. Most give birth date or age, some give place of birth. Parents are named mostly for children who died. Some are indexed in the Utah Burial Records database above.


  • Cemetery records for Beaver County, Utah are available in the FamilySearch Library or available at public libraries.
  • WorldCat

Cemetery lists and locations



Census records starting in 1850 (the first census for Utah) locate the family and give the names, ages, and birth places (state or country) for every person in each household.

  • The 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 U.S. federal population schedules of Beaver County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see Utah Census. If you're having trouble finding your ancestors in national indexes, try checking local indexes. Created by experts familiar with the area's families, these indexes are often transcribed more accurately than nationwide indexes.
  • See Utah Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book for more information about statewide printed indexes. 1856, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1890, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930
  • The Family History Library Catalog lists some census records in Beaver County, Utah. Some of the books – and others – may be on Google Books, on WorldCat, or available at public libraries.

Churches and Religious Groups

Church records of members frequently give birth dates and places, identify parents, and may tell previous or next residences of members.

The denominations listed below are not comprehensive. More information is needed for specific congregations, their histories and records. See also Utah Church Records for archives or libraries where records may be found.

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

Historically, most people in Utah were Mormons. 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 at the FamilySearch Library.

(Section In process. Want to help?)

WikiProject Utah Experimental County guide to history and records of LDS wards and branches

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

Community of Christ

Church records, 1870-1904, Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Beaver Branch (Beaver, Utah). Film 1940483 item 3

To do and Decisions

Decisions (and dates)

10 Oct 2012 Deal with discontinued wards/branches. Reed ward. Stake level. or perhaps on the county level OK to do as a table, not show/hide except for very large. Color - some like the purple, others do not. Jaussi and Chaston and Jensons -- agreed with some concern to not have them on the county page.

Decision: 10/3/2012 Do a show/hide table for LDS churches, adapted from the Municipalities template. Clone and mutate.

To do: Add info about 1) limitations on access and use?

To Do 5 Sep 2012

No longer to do:


Court Records




Ethnic and Other Groups


Funeral Homes

Decisions, discussions, to do

Link to Utah Funeral Homes page in process.
Discussions Merged Aug 22 and Aug29 discussions into one list.





A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.



Timeline of events that affected records

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 and Beaver, Utah.
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Beaver County, Utah
Decisions, to do

Land and Property

Genealogy courses: Learn how to research from an expert in Sections, Ranges and Townships.

WikiProject Utah Experimental County county “first owner” land records are housed in agencies responsible for land records in several counties. Thus for Pioneer Era (1847-1869), Federal (1869-present) and State (1896-present) “first owner” land records see Utah Land and Property.

After a tract of land had a “first owner”, the records of subsequent owners are found at the county level:

Original records

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 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:

See Talk page for notes/discussion.



PERSI is a subject index for articles published in periodicals in the United States. It allows you to search simutaniously for x county, Utah and record type. For example, one can have PERSI return an index listing for all articles on vital record in x county, Utah.

Once you access the index/catalog listing for the article, note the periodical's state of publication, then go to the periodical section of the appropiate state page to discover availibility.


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

Template:Online course badgefckLR

Probate records may state spouse, children and/or other relatives; residences of relatives; and/or property owned by the deceased in other localities. The deceased’s death date is either given or can be narrowed.

See Utah Probate Records for state level compendiums that include WikiProject Utah Experimental County and United States Probate Records for instructional resources.

Probate Records of x county, Utah provides resources on:

The Family History Library Catalog lists some Probate records in Beaver County, Utah. Some of the books – and others – may be on Google Books, on WorldCat, or available at public libraries. Many of these are already discussed on the x county, Utah Probate Records, but some newer resources may be listed.


Locating  original, microfilmed, digitized and/or name searchable or indexed versions of these records can be tricky as no one repository has them all. Key places to check are:

It is anticipated as researchers discover the existence, availability and location of WikiProject Utah Experimental County probate records, they will share the information in the appropriate categories on the x county Probate Record Page.


Public Records




Vital Records

Vital records are records of birth, marriage and death kept by a goverment agency at town, county or state levels. When vital records do not exist, other records such as church and cemetery records are used.

See clues for using vital records at Utah Vital Records

Below are the best sources to find birth information (dates and places of birth and names of parents) for WikiProject Utah Experimental County. Also available: How to Find Birth Information in Utah.
Follow the suggestions under the year span that matches when your ancestor was born:
Before 1856
Beaver County, Utah was formed in January, 1856.
  • If your records show the person was born here before 1856, search the records of Beaver's parent counties.

No birth records were created for WikiProject Utah Experimental County by either by county or state civil authorities in this time period.
Follow these suggestions to find birth information for this time period:
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.
  • Online index to births 1897–1905 Series 83773for WikiProject Utah Experimental County by the Utah State Archives. (Free) Search by names of parents, as many entries do not give the child's name. Each entry includes date of birth, sex, residence, etc.
  • 1898-1905 Series # at Utah state archives. Not online. Copies available through FamilySearch Library: FSL film 485235 item 1 . There is one record of birth for December 1897. There are no names of children in the records.
    • Idea: use censuses and church records to learn those missing children's names.
  • 1906-1910 online images for WikiProject Utah Experimental County at the State Archives. Browse the "not yet indexed" area by year and county. Most entries do have names of children.
  • Online Utah, Births and Christenings, 1892-1941, a FamilySearch Historical Records Collection. .
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.

  • Southwest Utah Public Health Department (Beaver County) PO BOX G Beaver, UT 84713 Phone: (435) 438-2108
  • Beaver County Public Health Department, 75 West 1175 N. Beaver UT, 8473 Phone: (435)438-2482
To Do - Births:

Style guide and Decisions - Births

Style guide

  1. Birth year spans - 3 only
    1. before county formation
    2. Span when no civil birth records were created
    3. After year civil birth records started. This is separated (in bold) by "Available to the public" and "Restricted Records"
  2. Format: Bold the year spans
    1. Italics and indent the explanation for that year span
    2. Bullets and indent the items for that year span
  3. Time period for when no civil birth records were created was deeply planned, so it was tight, gave strategic information, and linked to other county topics.
  4. Repeated information for each county is put into a template as much as possible.
  5. No long paragraphs
  6. Citing sources of information
  7. Explanation page for specific sources as appropriate. Example is the Chronicling America page for newspapers.

New ideas that were spurred

Other decisions:


Marriages in Beaver County, Utah started being recorded by civil authorities in [verify year - found some in the index below in 1892.]

The actual marriage records usually give: Name of the groom Name of the bride Names of the officiator and witnesses Date of the marriage Residences of the bride and groom Age of the bride and groom

See also Statewide collections.

Types of marriage records:


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.

Template:Box fckLR

Birth information: Date, place, names of parents, maiden name of mother

Substitutes for death records


Voting Registers

Find Records



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. [4]

Family History Centers


Local libraries frequently collect resources of the surrounding area, including genealogies, histories, and transcripts of cemeteries, censuses, probate records, and other records. Even small libraries in Utah often have a room or section designated for those resources.

- list local libraries likely to have local collections or manuscripts of value to genealogists.

Search Other Libraries

Note: include WorldCat, Google Books, Inter-library loan, FHC's WorldCat. See what books are near your zip code (About) Unless there is a good explanation, people can't really use it easily Ordering Microfilm or Microfiche Community Meeting Agenda 6 October 2009 has discussion on worldcat, inter-library loan, etc. FamilySearch Wiki:Contributors Meeting 27 September 2012 also. Interlibrary loan is a separate page. Public libraries.com hathitrust.com (digitizing resource)

Convenience link to Libraries area of talk page



Guides to Using Records

Towns and Communities

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


  1. "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).
  2. "Jefferson Hunt" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefferson_Hunt (accessed 6 September 2011).
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Union Pacific Railroad" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Pacific_Railroad (accessed 14 September 2011).
  4. County Website
Retrieved from "https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/index.php?title=FamilySearch_Wiki:WikiProject_Utah_Experimental_County&oldid=1166217"