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Dates for major county records[1]
1898-present 1887-present 1897-present 1880, 1890... 1883-present 1888-present
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San Juan County, Utah
Map of Utah highlighting San Juan County
Location in the state of Utah
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Location of Utah in the U.S.
Founded February 17, 1880
County Seat Monticello
Address Monticello, UT
Named for: [1]
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Helpful Facts

County Courthouse

San Juan County Courthouse
117 South Main Street; PO Box 338
Monticello, Utah 84535
Phone: 448-587-3223

County Clerk has marriage and probate records from 1888, divorce and court records from 1891.[2]

Parent Counties

San Juan County, Utah Genealogy was created February 17, 1880 from:Iron Kane and Piute

Neighboring Counties

San Juan County, Utah Genealogy is surrounded by: Emery | Garfield | Grand | Kane | Wayne | Arizona counties: Apache | Coconino | Navajo | Colorado counties: Dolores | Mesa | Montrose| Montezuma| San Miguel | New Mexico counties: San Juan County
San Juan CountyMontezuma CountySan Miguel CountyDolores CountyMontrose CountyMesa CountyApache CountyNavajo CountyCoconino CountySan Juan CountyKane CountyGarfield CountyWayne CountyEmery CountyGrand CountyColoradoArizonaNew MexicoSanJuan44.JPG


Bible Records


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

Business Records and Commerce


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

San Juan county cemeteries at the Utah State Historical site 

Blanding City Cemetery, Blanding Indian Graveyard, Bluff City FHL Book: 979.259 V3t USGenWeb Archives, San Juan County, Utah

USGenWeb Archives San Juan County, Utah provides a list of 18 cemeteries containing the names of individuals buried there. 


The 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 U.S. federal population schedules of San Juan 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.

  • 1880
  • 1890
  • 1900
  • 1910
  • 1920
  • 1930

Churches and Religious Groups

  • Monticello - Portrait of our past: a history of Monticello Utah Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints FHL US/CAN book 979.25 K2
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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San Juan County, Utah Genealogy guide to history and records of LDS wards and branches



Church units without place names:


Court Records

The County Court and county records are located in the county seat :

Court minutes of San Juan County, Utah 1892-1899

District Court minutes 1896-1921, FHL US/CAN film 483511 Item 3

County Court minutes 1892-1899 FHL US/CAN film 483511 Item 4


Ethnic and Other Groups

Funeral Homes

San Juan Mortuary [3]
370 South Main St.
Blanding, UT 84511
Phone: 435-678-2612
Fax: 435-678-7848



 * Genealogies for San Juan County may be found at http://genealogytrails.com/utah/sanjuan/


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

Before 1300 the Anasazi Indians were inhabiting the land that would some day become San Juan. The cliff dwellings and petroglyphs of the Anasazi still interest many. When pioneers came to the area they not only found a wild country, but Piutes and Navajos. The Spanish explorers had left the country naming the river that flowed though the area, San Juan in memory of Saint John. The State Legislature named the county after the the San Juan River.

The County is located in the southeastern corner of the State having 7,725 square miles more land than any other county in Utah. It also has many state and national parks including Edge of the Cedars Museum and the Goosenecks of the San Juan River. The National parks include part of Canyonlands, Glen Canyon, Hovenweep and Manti-La-Sal Forest. The Natural Bridges and Rainbow Bridge National Monuments are within San Juan County, as well as Cedar Mesa and Comb Wash.

San Juan County had a great deal of growth in the 1940's and 1950's because of the uranium mines in the County and oil which accounted for 94 percent of all property tax in those years. Today the only operating Uranium Processing plant operates in Blanding, San Juan County. Today in all the towns, a major economic resource is tourism because of the many parks within the County both National and State, the other economic resources are livestock and agriculture.

History Timeline
Local Histories

A History of San Juan County online at Marriott Library Digital Collections.

Lonesome Trails of San Juan the Ranching legacy of J. A. (Al) Scorup FHL US/CAN book 979.25 H2v

"A History of San Juan County" In the Palm of Time, by Robert S. McPherson, Utah Centennial County History Series, 1995 Utah State Historical Society, San Juan County Commission

Land and Property


Maps of Hole-in- the Rock, Utah FHL US/CAN film 1019732

Google Highway map of San Juan County 2012


Native Races

The Navajo Mountain Community a Social Organzation and Kinship Terminology  by Mary Shapardson and Blodwen Hammond, Publication University of California Press,c 1970 Family History Library (FHL) US/CAN book 970.3 N227


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:


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 register of estates 1888-1966 FHL US/CAN film 483509

Probate records 1888-1912 Record of wills 1922-1966 FHL US/CAN film 483510

Inhertance tax 1907 

A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.

Public Records

Resource Repositories


Clerk/Auditor: P. O. Box 338
Monticello, UT 84535
Phone: (435)587-3223
Fax: (435)587-2425

County seat: Monticello

Family History Centers


Vital Records

Below are the best sources to find birth information (dates and places of birth and names of parents) for San Juan 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:
Before 1880
San Juan County, Utah Genealogy was formed on 17 February 1880.
      If your records show the person was born here before the county was formed,
      search parent counties
No birth records were created for San Juan 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:
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.
  • 1888-1966 - Marriage license records, 1888-1966 FHL US/CAN film 483508
  • 1897-1917 - Register of births and deaths, 1897-1917 FHL US/CAN film 483511 Item 1-2
  • 1898-1917 - San Juan Register of Deaths. FHL film 483511 items 4-5. The catalog record is titled Register of births and deaths, 1897-1917 and it appears there are only 2 volumes of vital records on this film, but it appears that 2 volumes of deaths were filmed. They cover the years 1898-1905, 1910-1917.
  • 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, birth date, parents, gender, marital status, spouse and place of residence.
Utah State Burial Index for death before 1904

USGenWeb Archives San Juan County, Utah provides the Draft Cards - Birth information of 1917 -1918

Voting Registers

Towns and Communities

Aneth Halls Crossing Halchita, Navajo Mountain Tselakai Dezza
Blanding La Sal Montezuma Creek Monument Valley White Mesa
Bluff Mexican Hat Monticello Spanish Valley

The earliest pioneer settlers to the San Juan area were part of a group which came to be called the "San Juan or Hole-In-The-Rock Mission." The Mission was sent by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints or Mormon's  to win the favor of the indians and to establish good relations thus they needed to find a route in that wild country. Before they could come Captain Silas Sanford Smith was asked to lead twenty-four scouts, cattle and other loose animals besides their pack-horses. Two families Harriman and Davis familys  were to prepare to help the other pioneers that would take part in the "Hole-In -The-Rock Mission" A list of many of those early settlers is available online.


  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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), San Juan County, Utah Page 687 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Funeral Home & Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,937.
  4. "San Juan County, Utah: Family History and Genealogy, Census, Birth, Marriage, Death Vital Records and More," Linkpendium, http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/UT/San_Juan/, accessed 1 February 2012.

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