Iron County, Utah Genealogy

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Guide to Iron County, Utah genealogy. Birth records, marriage and death records, cemeteries, census, church records, probate records, and obituaries—resources to find parents and family history since 1850, when the county was formed.

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Iron County, 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[1]
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County 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.
Clerk District Court has divorce,
probate and court records. [2]

Dates for major county records[3]
1898-present 1888-present 1898-present 1850, 1856... 1851-present 1870-present
For earlier dates, try...Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries and Utah Territory

Parent Counties

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

Boundary Changes

See UT: Index of Counties... from Newberry Library's Utah Atlas of Historical County Boundaries, for a timeline of boundary changes for Iron County, Utah Genealogy.

Neighboring Counties

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


Bible Records

The term "Bible records" refers to the practice of keeping family dates and events in a family Bible. This was a common practice in many European countries and carried over to America. Many of these family Bible records are still in existence and preserved by the descendants of the immigrants. In some cases these family Bibles have found their way into libraries and other repositories.

For an explanation of how to find Bible records and for helpful links see Utah Bible Records. See also United States Bible Records.


Business Records and Commerce


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 Iron County, Utah Genealogy cemeteries
Online Transcripts
(names) or Images
Published Grave
Lists of Cemeteries
in the County
FindAGrave FamilySearch Library FindAGrave Early Church Info File USGenWeb Tombstone Project
Utah Cemeteries and Burial Database (Select the county) WorldCat UTGenWeb Cemeteries
Utah Gravestones Utah Periodicals Epodunk
UTGenWeb Cemeteries Utah Hometown Locator Cemeteries
Billion Graves Utah Cemeteries Search (Select the county)
Linkpendium Genealogy Trails
Veterans to 1966
See Utah Cemeteries for details about each 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


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.

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.

Churches and Religious Groups

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

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Iron County, Utah Genealogy guide to history and records of LDS wards and branches

Stake(s):Parowan Stake, Utah

Places: Avon · Buckhorn Springs · Cedar City · Enoch · Hamilton Fort · Kanarraville (formerly Kanarra) · Newcastle · Paragonah · Parowan · Summit

List of Iron County stakes and wards to about 1948


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

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

History Books and Articles
History Timeline

See UT: Index of Counties... from Newberry Library's Utah Atlas of Historical County Boundaries, for a timeline of boundary changes for Iron County, Utah Genealogy.

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

Land records (especially deeds) often give the name of a spouse, heir, other relatives, or other clues for further research. They often have other clues for further research, such as witnesses or the other parties who may be relatives or in-laws. See Utah Land and Property for more.

  • 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.


Google highway map of Iron County 2012


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

Declarations of Intent before 1906 often include the nation of origin, his* foreign and "Americanized" names, residence, and date of arrival. See Utah Naturalization and Citizenship for more information.    (*Women were not naturalized until 1922 in the United States.)

  • Utah, State Archives Records, 1848-2001, a FamilySearch digital collection, contains certificates of naturalization, 1878-1896 and 1896-1933; declaration of intentions 1874-1896 and a1904-1906; petition and record 1907-1942.


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

Probate cases include court actions regarding property and estates of individuals who have died. Records may locate relatives, provide death dates, and identify property. See Utah Probate Records for more information.

Public Records

Religion and Religious Life


Social Life and Customs


Vital Records

Below are the best sources to find birth information (dates and places of birth and names of parents) for Iron County, Utah Genealogy. Also available: How to Find Birth Information in Utah.
Follow the suggestions under the year span that matches when your ancestor was born:
Birth before 1850
Iron County, Utah Genealogy was formed in 1850 as Little Salt Lake County.
      If your records show the person was born here before the county was formed,
      search parent counties
Birth 1850 - 1897
No birth records were created for Iron County, Utah Genealogy by either by county or state civil authorities in this time period.
Follow these suggestions to find birth information for this time period:
Birth 1898 - present
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.
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.
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


Links to indexes or images of records:

Links to Iron County, Utah Genealogy collections:

Sites that gather links to the Internet

  • Linkpendium
  • CyndisList


Resources for Iron County, Utah Genealogy are available in repositories (such as libraries and archives) at all levels: the town, the county, the state, and the nation. Check their websites and catalogs for Iron County, Utah Genealogy items.

When you find items you'd like to access, see Get a Copy

See Courthouse · FamilySearch Centers · Libraries · Societies sections.

See also: Websites


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

FamilySearch Centers


Local public libraries usually have histories, genealogies, indexes of cemeteries, copies of local newspapers, or other records for the area they serve. Many libraries in Utah have an area dedicated to local collections and manuscripts.

Check for Iron County, Utah Genealogy items in catalogs and holdings of: Utah Archives and Libraries · University Libraries and Special Collections in Utah · United States Archives and Libraries

See also Utah Public Library Directory, which provides links to library web pages, addresses, phone numbers, hours, and maps. Does not mention holdings.


Towns and Communities


  1. "List of counties in Utah," Wikipedia.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Iron County, Utah Page 687 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. 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.
  4. Funeral Home &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,937.
  5. Funeral Home &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; 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.