Iron County, Utah Genealogy

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Dates for major county records[1]
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For earlier dates, try...Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries and Utah Territory
Iron County, Utah
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Location in the state of Utah
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Founded January 31, 1850
County Seat Parowan
Address Iron County Courthouse
68 S 100 E
Parowan, UT 84761
Named for: local iron mine[2]
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Helpful Facts

County Courthouse

Iron County Courthouse
68 S 100 East P O Box 429
Parowan, Ut 84761
Phone: 435-477-8341

Formerly Little Salt Lake County, name changed to Iron 3 Dec 1850,
County Clerk has marriagerecords from 1887; county recorder has
land records from 1852; Clerk District Court has divorce,
probate and court records[3]

Parent Counties

Iron County, Utah Genealogy was created in 1850 as an original county from Utah Territory

Neighboring Counties

Iron UT.jpg

Iron County, Utah Genealogy is surrounded by: Beaver | Garfield | Kane | Washington | Nevada county: Lincoln


Bible Records


Business Records and Commerce


Iron County Cemeteries at the Utah State Historical site

The USGenWeb Archives, Iron County, Utah:

  • Kanarraville Cemetery (partial/ link not active)

BillionGraves pages: Google map, headstone photos with transcriptions.

Cedar City Cemetery

Address: 745 North Main, Cedar City, Utah 84720 Phone: 435-586-2950

BillionGraves Google map, headstone photos, searchable database


The 1850 [1851], 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 U.S. federal population schedules of Iron 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.

  • 1850 (1851)
  • 1856
  • 1860
  • 1870
  • 1880
  • 1890
  • 1900
  • 1910
  • 1920
  • 1930

The US GenWeb Archives, Iron County, Utah contains various pages of the following three census: (you may need to scroll up or down depending what you are looking for)

  • 1850 Census (transcribed information containing  pages 18 - 23)
  • 1860 Census you will find an  Index of names, comments, Hamilton's Fort, Cedar City, Parowan, and Red Creek.
  • 1870 Census you will find information on: Cedar City, Eagleville, Iron City, Paragoonah, Parowan, and Summit.

Church History

Church History Records(microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog for Iron County, Utah Genealogy. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see public libraries.

Church Records

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Cedar City
  • Cedar City 1
  • Cedar City 2
  • Cedar City 3
  • Cedar City 4
  • Cedar City 5
  • Cedar College
  • Enoch
  • Kannara
  • New Castle
  • Paragonah
  • Parowan
  • Parowan 1
  • Parowan 2
  • Parowan E.
  • Parowan W.
  • Summit

Early church records, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for Iron County Wards and Branches can be found on film and are located at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The film numbers, for each ward, can be locate through the Family History Library Catalog at Or by refering to Jaussi, Laureen R., and Gloria D. Chaston. Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers. 2 vols. Provo, Utah: Genealogy Tree, 1982. (FHL book 979.2258 A3j; fiche 6031507). These volumes contain the film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple record films.

Court Records


  • Directories(microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog for Iron County, Utah Genealogy. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see public libraries.

Ethnic and Other Groups

Funeral Homes

Southern Utah Mortuary[4]
190 North 300 West
Cedar City, Utah 84720
Toll-Free: (888)586-4040
Phone: (435)586-4040
Fax: (435)586-4343

15 East 100 North
Parowan, UT 84761
Phone: 435-586-4040
Toll Free Phone: 888-586-4040
Fax: 435-586-4343

Swindlehurst Funeral Home[5]
2071North Main St.
Cedar City, Utah 84720
Phone: 435-867-5566
Fax: 435-867-5559



A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.



Interesting Facts

  • Histories(microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog for Iron County, Utah Genealogy. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see public libraries.

Iron County was originally named Little Salt Lake Valley, and renamed for the iron mines west of Cedar City. 

History Timeline

NOTE: Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Wikipedia for Iron County, Parowan, Utah and Ceder City, Utah

  • 1776. Ancestors of present day Paiute Indians met the Dominguez-Escalante Expediton in this area. 
  • 1850. January 31. Iron County was created as an original county. [6]
  • 1851 January. First settlement at Parowan as “Iron Mission”.
  • 1851. Cedar City settled by Mormon pioneers.
  • 1858. Iron works closed, but mining continued.
  • 1900’s. Sheep and dairy industries well established.
  • 1923. Became tourist gateway with railroad connection to county.
  • 1933. Cedar Breaks National Monument established.
  • 1961. Utah Shakespeare Festival founded by Fred C. Adams.
  • 1964-1965. Brian Head Ski Resort opened for skiing.
Notable People

Michael O. Leavitt was born and educated in Cedar City. Governor of Utah, administrator of the United States Environment Protection Agency and secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Land and Property



Early migration routes to and from Iron County, Utah Genealogy for emigrant settlers included:


The USGenWeb Archives, Iron County, Utah containes World War II, Army Enlistments, 1938 - 1946.

Native Races

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.

  • Newspapers(microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog for Iron County, Utah Genealogy. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see public libraries.


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

Public Records

Religion and Religious Life

Resource Repositories

County Courthouse

Template:RAOGKcourthouse  Welcome to Iron County, Utah - Official Website

Iron County Courthouse
68 S 100 E
Parowan, UT 84761

The County Courthouse in its various departments has land records, marriage records, and tax records.

County seat: Parowan

Family History Centers
Societies and Social Groups


Social Life and Customs


Vital Records

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 1898–1905 Series 83761 for Iron County, Utah Genealogy 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. :**FamilySearch Library copy: FSL film 485222 item 2-4 . There is one record of birth for December 1897. There are no names of children in the records. (Census or church records will help.) :*1906-1910 online images for Iron County, Utah Genealogy at the State Archives. Browse the "not yet indexed" area by year and county. Most entries do have names of children.
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 :*You may contact the local Beaver County Public Health Department for a birth certificate. 75 West 1175 N. Beaver UT, 8473 Phone: (435)438-2482
1888-1938 - Western States Marriage Index. Includes Iron County 1888-1938.[10]

Utah Death Certificates 1904 - 1956 -A free internet access to the 1904-1956 death certificates can be viewed at .  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.

Utah State Burial Index for death before 1904

Death Record Substitutes

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

Voting Registers

Towns and Communities


  1. 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.
  2. "List of counties in Utah," Wikipedia.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Iron County, Utah Page 687 {WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  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. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  7. "The Pioneer Story: The Mormon Pioneer Trail" in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at (accessed 18 July 2011).
  8. "Jefferson Hunt" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at (accessed 6 September 2011).
  9. Wikipedia contributors, "Union Pacific Railroad" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at (accessed 14 September 2011).
  10. "Iron County, Utah: Family History and Genealogy, Census, Birth, Marriage, Death Vital Records and More," Linkpendium,, accessed 1 February 2012.