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United States Gotoarrow.png Utah Gotoarrow.png Beaver County

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
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Helpful Facts

Dates for major county records
1897-present 1892-present 1897-present 1856, 1860... 1856-present 1856-present
For earlier dates, try...

Remember these collections

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.

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 Transcripts
(names) or Images
Published Grave
Lists of Cemeteries
in the County
FindAGrave FamilySearch Library FindAGrave
Interment.net Early Church Info File USGenWeb Tombstone Project
Utah Cemeteries and Burial Database WorldCat UTGenWeb Cemeteries
Utah Gravestones Utah Periodicals Epodunk
UTGenWeb Cemeteries Utah Hometown Locator Cemeteries
Billion Graves Utah Cemeteries Search
Linkpendium Genealogy Trails
Veterans to 1966
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.

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.

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.

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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

Court Records

  • The Family History Library Catalog lists some court records in Beaver County, Utah. Some of the books – and others – may be on Google Books, on WorldCat, or available at public libraries.


  • The Family History Library Catalog lists some directories in Beaver County, Utah. Some of the books – and others – may be on Google Books, on WorldCat, or available at public libraries.

Ethnic and Other Groups

Funeral Homes



A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.


  • Bradley, Martha Sonntag. A History of Beaver County available at Marriott Library Digital Collections. Searchable.
  • The Family History Library Catalog lists some Histories in Beaver County, Utah Some of the books – and others – may be on Google Books, on WorldCat, or available at public libraries.
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
  • 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 a section of Iron County.
  • 1856. Mormon settlers (from Parawan?) 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. The fort was abandoned after World War I (1914-1918).
  • 1880. Arrival of the Utah Southern Railroad increased development.
  • 1880s. Mining increased development, then declined after World War I (1914-1918).
Decisions, to do
  • Marty Simon is working on historical timelines (started in earnest Aug 28).
  • Scope: events that influenced migration, records, or record-keeping.
  • Purpose: 1) give users a quick guide; 2) give writers a pattern for other states
  • Added value: When completed, include events in other topics as appropriate. **Example: 1872 Fort X was established. This would be of interest under the Military section, especially if that section also discussed records that may exist for that fort.
    • Example 2: "x year, x community was settled by Mormons from x place. They were mostly Welsh." This would go under Migration and under Ethnic Groups. It may also go under Church and be linked to all places mentioned.
    • In other words, the historical timeline is a foundation for many things.
  • Sources: Wikipedia and Utah History Encylopedia (UHE)
    • Exact citations included for UHE.

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:

  • The Family History Library Catalog lists some Land and property records in Beaver County, Utah Some of the books – and others – may be on Google Books, on WorldCat, or available at public libraries.
  • Courthouse - County Recorders Office
    • Here you can check for deed and mining claims; get assistance in finding ownership of a particular property, and obtain copies of county plat maps.
  • State Archives

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

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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

  • The Family History Library Catalog lists some Public records in Beaver County, Utah. Some of the books – and others – may be on Google Books, on WorldCat, or available at public libraries.


Vital Records

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

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
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:

  • Utah Birth Records wiki page (the idea here is to refer to a separate wiki page which is a comprehensive discussion of levels and sources..ie county vs state...why should get both...where orig located in x time period, before moved to present location, etc...history of county record keeping)
    • Decision: if we micro-focus it will sidetrack the project; do this only when the data requires it
  • If you are unsuccessful at locating a birth record in x county, then try Utah Vital Records to search on a broader level. The broader level Utah Vital Records page will miss small county specific resources, but will give you more alternatives/substitute ideas.
    • Decision: How to Find... article does this adequately

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

  • Utah Marriage Index gives names and ages of the bride and groom and the county where they married. Search by surnames and county.

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

Ideas: 28 Nov -- Church records - when wives changed their names, they are on the membership roles under different name; wedding announcements for first marriages (about 1856?); 1907 form e's on; Ogden, SLC - 1852-1888; %?, everyone? leaders mostly? Signature books for marriages - link to Tracing LDS Ancestors. ECIF is online - marriage license card index; 1880-1940's scanned into ecif. (HRC under Utah). Mgs in Endowment House don't give the date when someone was only sealed. Difficult to verify and president's office. Logan were lost, may be found. May be extracted. Pat will call Susan Hilton. Not available for searching.

Blurb: polygamy? Probably need to address it. Instead of explaining on each county page, have a state-level page that addresses it. Sensitive. Handle with care. Don't be apologetic, face it. Records went up to this period of time until polygamy stopped. 2 manifestos. Is there a person who will contact someone: MJM will send an email to Paul Nauta.

See also Statewide collections.

Types of marriage records:

  • Marriage license applications give the names, ages or birthdates, birth places, residences, names of parents, [someone examine these records to know what they contain]

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.

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

Substitutes for death records

Voting Registers


The following links go to the Beaver County, Utah sections of their websites:

Link aggregator sites: The following sites search the web for links to items (sometimes loosely) related to history and genealogy. The links below are to the Beaver County, Utah sections of their sites.




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 [on their website]. [4]

Family History Centers


Resources for Beaver County, Utah 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, yet have resources. Direct links to their online catalogs are given, where possible:
Gotoarrow.png Libraries in Utah
Gotoarrow.png Major Repositories

When you find items you'd like to access, see Get a Copy See also: Archives and 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 in online catalogs. Some have additional resources which are not cataloged.

worldcat - incorporate all libs in one catalog

See also:

Gotoarrow.png Utah Archives and Libraries for links to websites, descriptions of holdings, and catalogs.
one central place to go. dp.la with Archive.org NYPL, etc. is their address trove.nla.gov.au is australian; europeana.eu is european. Wanting to allow to check it out online. More and more joining in. Digitized views.

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:

more ideas to develop

  • WorldCat
  • U of U, Special collections, BYU, Utah State, DUP (in each county), SUP, Church History Library, State Archives, State Historical Society

Be sure to include New York public or others, going there you may find something that no one else would find for your family. What's not in the record -- spotty, or complete.

    • Many are on a city basis - historical/genealogical societies. Only a few. Not good websites. Not many records.
    • If the library section covers the other repositories, we're OK.

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
  5. About Digital Public Library of America. Accessed 5/8/2013