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In 1896, Utah was created a state from the Territory of Utah. Statewide registration of births began in 1905 in Utah and was generally complied with by 1917. The counties have copies of these records.  
 
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<br> Looking for a birth certificate for an ancestor might seem like the first place to start your genealogical research, but no government agencies in Utah were required by law to record birth before 1898. Though not required to do so, Salt Lake City and Ogden began registering births in 1890 and Park City began registering births in 1892. <ref>↑ Utah Government Services, Division of Archives and Records Service, Birth Records at http://archives.utah.gov/research/guides/birth.htm (accessed 13 September 2012).</ref> State registration of births began in 1905 and were generally complied with by 1917. During the time period from 1898 to 1905 or later, you may wish to search individual county records. See [[Utah_Vital_Records|Utah Vital Records]].
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In 1896, Utah was created a state from the Territory of Utah. Statewide registration of births began in 1905 in Utah and was generally complied with by 1917. The counties have copies of these records.


Looking for a birth certificate for an ancestor might seem like the first place to start your genealogical research, but no government agencies in Utah were required by law to record birth before 1898. Though not required to do so, Salt Lake City and Ogden began registering births in 1890 and Park City began registering births in 1892. [1] State registration of births began in 1905 and were generally complied with by 1917. During the time period from 1898 to 1905 or later, you may wish to search individual county records. See Utah Vital Records.


Next Step: When did the birth occur? [edit | edit source]

Choose a time period to search for your ancestor's birth record:

Learn more about U.S. Birth Records

Births before 1898[edit | edit source]

Utah was created from the Territory of Utah in 1896. Before 1898, no births were recorded by the county or state. You must search substitute records to locate your ancestor’s birth date and place.

Records that give birth information:
Death Records
Cemetery Records
Newspapers
Church Records
Census
Military Records
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Births from 1898 thru 1912[edit | edit source]

In 1896, Utah was created from the Territory of Utah.

  • 1898 - Utah law required counties to record births
  • 1905 - Utah Statewide registration began
  • 1917 - Utah statewide registration generally complied
  • From 1977 to the present, the births are indexed by computer and may be found at the county vital records offices. Before 1905, you will need to contact county offices also.


If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, try searching for birth information in other records.

For births that exist during the time period, try the following databases.

Utah Births Databases Index

Try 1st:


Utah, Births and Christenings, 1892-1941 Free at FamilySearch.org: Utah Births mixed, none passed 1910 and two christenings from Idaho.
Try 2nd:



For more information on this topic see How to Find Birth Information in Utah
Can't find your ancestor in the index? Tips for searching indexes
No birth record for your ancestor? Other records with birth information
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Births from 1913 thru 1930[edit | edit source]

[edit | edit source]

  • 1917 - Utah statewide registration generally complied

STEP ONE: Find Birth Information[edit | edit source]

Limited births maybe found in the following databases. Try each link. If you do not find your ancestor's birth or if you want order a copy of the certificate, then contact the Utah Department of Health office.

Utah Births Databases - Includes Index and Digital Images

Try 1st:


1898-1930 - At Utah Division of Culture and History Free; most counties go to 1930: list of county coverage (right side of the screen); collection also contains delayed birth records
Try 2nd:


1898-1930 - At FamilySearch.org Free; not all counties are complete to 1930: list of county coverage (right side of the screen); collection also contains delayed birth records; click on "view partner website" to see a copy of the image
Next try:

Includes Index Only

Choose one of the following:


1898-1969 - use at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center




1898-1969 - use your Ancestry subscription $, To obtain a subscription to Ancestry; Ancestry is often available through your local public library for free




Can't search the index listed above? Go to Step Two listed below and order a search for your ancestor from the Utah Department of Health State Office.
Can't find your ancestor in the index? Tips for searching indexes
No birth record for your ancestor? Other records with birth information

STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate[edit | edit source]

With an exact date (from your records or the index above), you can order a copy of the birth record for a fee from the following locations:

To Order Birth Certificates
From County of Birth From UT Dept. of Health State office
Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state County websites can be more difficult to use Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee May be more expensive than ordering from the county

If you do not know the exact date or place of birth:
For a fee, the Utah Department of Health office will do a 3 year search.

Restrictions for persons born within the last 100 years:
To obtain a copy of the birth certificate for those born within the last 100 years, you must be:

  • The person on the certificate
  • The parents and grandparents of person on the certificate
  • The wife or husband of the person on the certificate
  • The children and grandchildren of the person on the certificate
  • The brothers or sisters of the person on the certificate
  • Anyone who has legal interest in the certificate
NOTE: A copy of the birth record cannot be obtained by anyone except those listed above until 100 years have passed from the date of the birth.

If you do not want to order the birth record, there are other records with birth information you can search.

Return to top: Choose another birth year


Births from 1931 thru 1969[edit | edit source]

Limited births maybe found in the following databases. Try each link. If you do not find your ancestor's birth or if you want order a copy of the certificate, then contact the Utah Vital Registration office.

STEP ONE: Find Birth Information[edit | edit source]

Includes Index Only

Choose one of the following:


1898-1969 - use at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center




1898-1969 - use your Ancestry subscription $, To obtain a subscription to Ancestry; Ancestry is often available through your local public library for free




Can't search the index listed above? Go to Step Two listed below and order a search for your ancestor from the Utah Department of Health State Office.
Can't find your ancestor in the index? Tips for searching indexes
No birth record for your ancestor? Other records with birth information


STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate[edit | edit source]

With an exact date (from your records or the index above), you can order a copy of the birth record for a fee from the following locations:

To Order Birth Certificates
From County of Birth From UT Dept. of Health State office
Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state County websites can be more difficult to use Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee May be more expensive than ordering from the county

If you do not know the exact date or place of birth:
For a fee, the Utah Department of Health office will do a 3 year search.


Restrictions for persons born within the last 100 years:
To obtain a copy of the birth certificate for those born within the last 100 years, you must be:

  • The person on the certificate
  • The parents and grandparents of person on the certificate
  • The wife or husband of the person on the certificate
  • The children and grandchildren of the person on the certificate
  • The brothers or sisters of the person on the certificate
  • Anyone who has legal interest in the certificate
NOTE: A copy of the birth record cannot be obtained by anyone except those listed above until 100 years have passed from the date of the birth.

If you do not want to order the birth record, there are other records with birth information you can search.

Return to top: Choose another birth year


Births after 1969[edit | edit source]

  • From 1977 to the present, the births and deaths are indexed by computer and may be found at the county vital records offices. Before 1905, you will need to contact county offices also

With an exact date (from your records or the index above), you can order a copy of the birth record for a fee from the following locations:

To Order Birth Certificates
From County of Birth From UT Dept. of Health State office
Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state County websites can be more difficult to use Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee May be more expensive than ordering from the county

If you do not know the exact date or place of birth:
For a fee, the Utah Department of Health office will do a 3 year search.

Restrictions for persons born within the last 100 years:
To obtain a copy of the birth certificate for those born within the last 100 years, you must be:

  • The person on the certificate
  • The parents and grandparents of person on the certificate
  • The wife or husband of the person on the certificate
  • The children and grandchildren of the person on the certificate
  • The brothers or sisters of the person on the certificate
  • Anyone who has legal interest in the certificate
NOTE: A copy of the birth record cannot be obtained by anyone except those listed above until 100 years have passed from the date of the birth.

If you do not want to order the birth record, there are other records with birth information you can search.

Return to top: Choose another birth year


Related Wiki Articles[edit | edit source]

  • ↑ Utah Government Services, Division of Archives and Records Service, Birth Records at http://archives.utah.gov/research/guides/birth.htm (accessed 13 September 2012).