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Guide to Rich 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 1864, when the county was formed.

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Founded January 13, 1854
County Seat Randolph
Address Coalville, UT
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County Facts

County Courthouse

Rich County Courthouse
20 North Main Street
P O Box 218
Randolph, Ut 84064-0218

Formerly Richland County, the name was changed to Rich on 29 Jan 1868
County Clerk has marriage records from 1888, divorce, probate and court records from 1872.
County recorder has land records.[1]

Dates for major county records[2]
1898-present 1888-present 1898-present 1870, 1880... 1872-present 1872-present
For earlier dates, try...Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries | Parent counties

Parent Counties

Rich County, Utah Genealogy was created January 16, 1864 from: Cache

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

Neighboring Counties

Rich County, Utah Genealogy is surrounded by: Cache | Morgan | Summit | Weber | Idaho county: Bear Lake|Franklin| Wyoming county: Lincoln |Uinta
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The types of records that follow are used for genealogy and family history. Most tell what you may learn and how to locate the records. Links to Internet sites usually go directly to Rich County, Utah Genealogy entries with names, images, or information.

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.


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

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.

  • Published transcripts of cemetery records are listed in the FamilySearch Library catalog at the town (space, then select the town) or the county level (select Cemeteries).
State and national resources for Rich County, Utah Genealogy cemeteries
Online Transcripts
(names) or Images
Published Grave
Lists of Cemeteries
in the County
FindAGrave FamilySearch Library (bullet above) 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.


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 information given in church records depends upon the practices of each religious group. Most include the names of members, often with ages and birth places. Several give birth, christening, or blessing dates for infants. See Utah Church Records for details about various denominations.

  • Church records (microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed for Rich County, Utah Genealogy at the town level (space, then select a town) or county level (select Church topics) in the FamilySearch Library Catalog.
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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Rich County, Utah Genealogy guide to history and records of LDS wards and branches

Stake(s): Bear Lake Stake, Idaho · Woodruff Stake, Wyoming

Places: Garden City · Laketown · Randolph · Woodruff ·

List of Rich County stakes and wards to about 1948


Court Records

Many of your ancestors may be found in court records as defendants, plaintiffs, witnesses, or jurors. Court records can establish family relationships and places of residence, occupations, and other family history information. See Utah Court Records for the various courts through the years.

For specialized court records, see Divorce  · Guardianship  · Land  · Naturalization  · [[Rich County, Utah#Probate_Records|Probate]


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


Guardianship of orphans or adults unable to manage their own affairs were handled by the probate and the Federal District courts. See Utah Court Records.


History Timeline

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

  • 1811 - The belief was that the county was first visited by European descendent explorers
  • 1811 - Joseph Miller discovered the Bear River.
  • 1827 - First annual rendevous of trappers on the south shore of Bear Lake.  Tradition continues today.
  • 1863 - First permanent settlement in Round Valley.
  • 1864. January 16: County created.
  • 1864 - Laketown settled (now a ghost town).
  • 1870 - Randolph settled.
  • 1868 - County created. 
  •   1811.  Joseph Miller, a trapper, dicovered the Bear River
  •   1827.  First annual Rendevouz occured on the South Shore of Bear Lake. celebrated each year.      
  •   1863.  First permanant settlement in County at Round Valley.
  •   1864.  Town of Laketown settked.
  •   1868.   Rich County created.
  •   1870.   Town of Randolph settled.  County seat of Rich County. 
  •   1872.   Last county size alteration occured.
  •   1877.   Garden City settled.  LDS branch organized.
  •   1879.   Branch in Garden City reorganized as a ward.
  •   1969-1971. David M. Kennedy served as Secretary of the U.S. Treasury.  Born 1905 in Randolf.

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.




USGenWeb Archives, Rich County, Utah. you will find transcribed information of the following:

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.


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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


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

Vital Records

Below are the best sources to find birth information (dates and places of birth and names of parents) for Rich 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 1864
Rich County, Utah Genealogy was formed on 16 January 1864.
      If your records show the person was born here before the county was formed,
      search parent counties
Birth 1864 - 1897
No birth records were created for Rich 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.
  • Bear River Health Department, Garden City, 115 South Bear Lake Blvd., 84028, Phone (435) 881-3383. Randolph, 275 North Main Street, 84064, Phone (435)793-2445.


Divorce records give the names of the parties and may give the date and place of their marriage. See Utah Vital Records for excellent information.


Utah Death Certificates 1904 - 1956 -A free internet access to the 1904-1956 death certificates can be viewed at https://www.familysearch.org/ .  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 Rich County, Utah Genealogy mortality schedule.

Voting Registers


Links to indexes or images of records:

Links to Rich County, Utah Genealogy collections:

Sites that gather links to the Internet

  • Linkpendium
  • CyndisList

Archives, Libraries, etc.

Resources for Rich 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: Rich 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 · Museums · Other Repositories · Societies sections.


Rich County Courthouse
20 S Main St , P.O. Box 218
Randolph, UT 84064
Phone: (435) 793-2415
Fax:(435) 793-2410

County seat: Randolph Template:RAOGKcourthouse

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.

  • Carden City Library; 69 N Paradise Parkway, Bldg. A, Garden City, Utah 84028. Phone: 435-946-2950 .
    • Collections:
  • Rich County Community Library; Rich County Senior Citizens Center; 21 North Main Street, Randolph, UT 84064. Phone: 435-793-2122.
    • Collections:

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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Rich 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. "Rich County, Utah: Family History and Genealogy, Census, Birth, Marriage, Death Vital Records and More," Linkpendium, http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/UT/Rich/, accessed 1 February 2012.