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Guide to Piute 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 1865, when the county was formed.

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Piute County, Utah
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Location in the state of Utah
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Location of Utah in the U.S.
Founded January 16, 1865
County Seat Junction
Address Junction, UT
Named for: [1]
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Helpful Facts

County Courthouse

Piute County Courthouse
550 North Main Street
P O Box 90
Junction, UT 84740
Phone: 435-557-2840

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1898, marriage records from 1887, divorce, probate and court records from 1872.[1]

Dates for major county records[2]
1898-present 1872-present no known records 1870, 1880... 1868-present 1869-present
For earlier dates, try...Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries and Parent counties

Parent Counties

Piute County, Utah Genealogy was created January 16, 1865 from Beaver

Boundary Changes

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

Neighboring Counties

Piute County, Utah Genealogy is surrounded by: Beaver | Garfield | Sevier | [[Wayne County, Utah|Wayne
Piute CountySevier CountyEmery CountyWayne CountyMillard CountyBeaver CountyIron CountyGarfield CountyPiute4.JPG


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 Piute 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.
  • "Marysvale Cemetery Records 1887-1978" and "Record of Junction Town Cemeteries 1881-2001" in included in the FS digital collection [[*Probate record books 1862-1896|Utah, State Archives Records, 1848-2001]].
  • Cemeteries(microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog for Piute County, Utah Genealogy. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see public libraries.

Piute county cemeteries at the Utah State Historical 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.

Churches and Religious Groups

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

Historically, most people in Utah were Latter-day Saints. 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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Piute County, Utah Genealogy guide to history and records of LDS wards and branches

Stake(s): Garfield Stake, Utah  · South Sevier Stake, Utah

Places: Circleville · Junction · Kingston · Marysvale ·

List of Piute County stakes and wards to about 1948
Circleville Ward • Junction Ward Utah • Kingston Ward Utah • Marysvale Ward • Panguitch Stake •


Court Records


  • Directories(microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog for Piute 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



A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.
  • Genealogy(microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog for Piute County, Utah Genealogy. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see public libraries.


The County was named for the Paiute tribe of Native Americans.

History Timeline
  • Boundary changes timeline for Piute County, Utah Genealogy from "UT: Index of Counties," Newberry Library's Utah Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

NOTE: Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Wikipedia for Piute County

  • 1864. Circleville was originally settled. Robert Leroy Parker, alias Butch Cassidy, spent childhood here.
  • 1865. Piute County was created with Junction as the county seat and was named for the Paiute tribe of Native Americans.
  • 1890's -1910. Kimberly (now a ghost town) was originally settled as a mining town and is located high in Mill Canyon.  In the 1930's Kimberly had a minor rebirth.
  • 1905. Dixie Forest Reserve establish.
  • 1915-1930. Alunite (now a ghost town) located some 5 miles south of Marysvale, near the mouth of Cottonwood Canyon was a small but important mining town during World War I.

Land and Property


Google highway map of Piute County 2012



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.


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:

UTGenWeb has started a free page on Piute County Obituaries.



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 Case Files No. 1-1831 1895-1932 are included in the FS digital collection: [[*Probate record books 1862-1896|Utah, State Archives Records, 1848-2001.]]
  • Probate Records(microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog for Piute County, Utah Genealogy. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see public libraries.

Public Records


Vital Records

  • Vital Records(microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog for Piute County, Utah Genealogy. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see public libraries.
Below are the best sources to find birth information (dates and places of birth and names of parents) for Piute 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 1865
Piute County, Utah Genealogy was formed on 16 January 1865.
      If your records show the person was born here before the county was formed,
      search parent counties
Birth 1865 - 1897
No birth records were created for Piute 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.

Utah Death Certificates 1904 - 1956 -A free internet access to the 1904-1956 death certificates can be viewed at Family Search .  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. More information at Utah Death Certificates (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Utah State Burial Index for death before 1904

USGenWeb Archives, Piute County, Utah you will find the following three " Date of Deaths" or more like an obiturary for all three. 

  • Baldwin, Russel Jesse, Christianson, Ida Sorenson, and Christianson, Male Stillborn

Voting Registers



Resources for Piute County, Utah Genealogy are available in repositories (such as libraries and archives) at all levels: the town, the county, the state (including universities), and the nation.

Check websites and catalogs of archives and libraries for items for this county. Examples: Piute County, Utah Genealogy items in FamilySearch Library (Utah) or Allen County Public Library (Indiana).

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

See Courthouse · FamilySearch Centers · Libraries · Societies sections.


Piute County Courthouse
550 N Main
Junction, UT 84740
Phone: 435-577-2840
FAX: 435-577-2433

County seat: Junction

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.

  • No libraries in Piute County. Piute County Bookmobile Repository Library serves outlying communities without immediate access to city libraries in Sevier, Piute and Wayne counties
    • Collections: approximately 5,000 items that are frequently rotated with items from the Headquarters collection. We offer access to inter-library loans for those hard-to-find books.[4]

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

Circleville Junction Marysvale
Greenwich Kingston Pittsburg


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Piute County, Utah Page 687 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. 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.
  3. "Piute County, Utah: Family History and Genealogy, Census, Birth, Marriage, Death Vital Records and More," Linkpendium, http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/UT/Piute/, accessed 1 February 2012.
  4. Tri-County Bookmobile website. Accessed 5/25/2013