San Juan County, Utah Genealogy

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San Juan County, Utah
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Location in the state of Utah
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Founded February 17, 1880
County Seat Monticello
Address Monticello, UT
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County Courthouse

San Juan County Courtcouaw\
117 South Main Street
Monticello, Utah 84535

Quick Facts 

Parent County

  • 1880--San Juan County was created 17 February 1880 from Kane, Iron, and Piute Counties.
    County seat: Monticello [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Before 1300 the Anasazi Indians were inahabitating the land that would some day becoame San Juan. The cliff dwellings and petroglphs 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 Natinal 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 the economic resources are mostly tourists because of the many parks within the County both National and State, the other the resources are livestock, and agriculture.

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

Early Settlements

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.


Populated Places

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

Neighboring Counties

Emery | Garfield | Grand | Kane | Wayne | Arizona counties: Apache | Coconino | Navajo | Colorado counties: Dolores | Mesa | Montrose | San Miguel | San Juan County, New Mexico



San Juan county cemeteries at the Utah State Historical site 

Blanding City Cemetery, Blanding Indian Graveyard, Bluff City FHL Book: 979.259 V3t


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


LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Blanding
  • Bluff
  • Grayson
  • La Sal
  • Lockerby
  • Monticello - Portrait of our past a history of Monticello Utah Sake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints FHL US/CAN book 979.25 K2

Early church records, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for San Juan 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.


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



Local Histories

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


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



One major resouce for newspapers throughout Utah is the University of Utah's, Utah Digital Newspapers project "with more than 600,000 pages of digitized Utah historical newspapers." One newspaper from San Juan County is included in this digital project, the San Juan Record. Read more... about using Utah newspapers for your family history research.



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.


Vital Records

Marriage license records, 1888-1966 FHL US/CAN film 483508

Register of births and deaths, 1897-1917 FHL US/CAN film 483511 Item 1-2 Western States Marriage Index

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

Archives, Libraries, and Museums

Societies - Genealogical, Historical, Lineage

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).


  1.  Wikipedia,_Utah
  2. City of Monticello, Utah
  4. Blanding, Utah - DesertUSA
  6. Alice Eichholz,Ph.D.,CG Editer 3rd Edition RED BOOK (Ancestory 2004) 67
  7.  Albert R. Lyman "History of Blanding 1905-1955 Commemorating the 50th Annivesary of Blanding, Utah "