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<br>County Clerk has birth records 1897-1905, death records, 1898-1905, marriage records from 1888, divorce, probate and court records from 1878 and land records from 1870.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Sanpete County, Utah Page 687 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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Guide to Sanpete 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 1852, when the county was formed. [[Image:Template:UTSanpeteUinta National Forest]]

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Sanpete County, Utah
Map of Utah highlighting Sanpete County
Location in the state of Utah
Map of the U.S. highlighting Utah
Location of Utah in the U.S.
Founded March 3, 1852
County Seat Manti
Address Sanpete County Courthouse
116 North Main Street
Manti, UT 84642

County Facts

County Courthouse

Sanpete County Courthouse
116 North Main Street
Manti, UT 84642

County Clerk has birth records 1897-1905, death records, 1898-1905, marriage records from 1888, divorce, probate and court records from 1878 and land records from 1870.[1]

Dates for major county records[2]
1898-present 1888-present 1898-present 1851, 1860... 1855-present 1852-present
For earlier dates, try...Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries | Parent counties

Parent Counties

Sanpete County, Utah Genealogy was created 3 March 1852 from: part of the Utah Territory.

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

Neighboring Counties

Sanpete County, Utah Genealogy is surrounded by: Carbon | Emery | Juab | Millard | Sevier | Utah
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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 Sanpete 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.


Business Records and Commerce

See United States Business Records
See also Utah Business Records


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 level (space, then select the town) or the county level (select Cemeteries).
State and national resources for Sanpete County, Utah Genealogy cemeteries
Online Grave Transcripts
or Images
Published Grave
Lists of Cemeteries
in the County

Utah Cemeteries and Burial Database
Utah Gravestones
UTGenWeb Cemeteries
Billion Graves
Ephraim Park Cemetery
Veterans to 1966

FamilySearch Library (bullet above)
Early Church Info File
Utah Periodicals

USGenWeb Tombstone Project
UTGenWeb Cemeteries
Utah Hometown Locator Cemeteries
Utah Cemeteries Search
Genealogy Trails

See Utah Cemeteries for details about each site.

List of Sanpete County Cemeteries


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.

  • See Utah Census for online indexes and images of US federal censuses. of: 1851 1856, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940.
  • See statewide printed indexes, including 1856.

Church Records

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 Sanpete County, Utah Genealogy at the town level (space, then select a town) or county level (select Church topics) in the FamilySearch Library Catalog.
    • Also check under "Jewish" topics
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

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

Stake(s): Gunnison Stake, Utah  · Moroni Stake, Utah  · South Sanpete Stake, Utah  · North Sanpete Stake, Utah

Places: Axtell  · Centerfield  · Chester  · Clarion · Ephraim  · Fairview  · Fayette  · Fountain Green  · Freedom  · Gunnison · Indianola · Manti  · Mayfield · Milburn  · Moroni  · Mount Pleasant  · Spring City · Sterling  · Wales ·

List of Sanpete 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  · Probate


See Utah Directories

Ethnic and Other Groups

Funeral Homes

Rasmussen Mortuary[3]
96 North 100 West
Mount Pleasant, UT 84647
Phone: 435-462-2427
Toll Free Phone: 800-206-5653
Fax: 435-462-2179

Magleby-Buchanan Mortuary[4]
195 West 100 North
Manti, UT 84642
Phone: 435-835-2311
Toll Free Phone: 866-MAGLEBY
Fax: 435-896-8526



A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.


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.


Sanpete County was created on 3 March 1852.[5]
The origin of the Sanpete County name came from a mispronunciation of a local Indian tribe, the San Pitch.[6]
Nestled at the base of the mountains, the communities of San Pete county were set up primarily as agricultural communities.The early pioneers set up farms with the use of canals and wells. A vanguard group of 224 men, women, and children settlers were first sent to the area from the Salt Lake Valley in 1849. [7]
Although the first Scandinavian settlers, consisting of mostly Danish immigrants, may have reached the Sanpete Valley as early as 1852, the main influx didn’t begin until 1853 and 1854. Upon arriving, the first group of Scandinavians joined other settlers in present-day Ephraim. [8]
The area population peaked from about 1900 to 1910, and then declined until the 1970s.
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Sanpete County, Utah
History Timeline

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

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.




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.)


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 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


Vital Records

Below are the best sources to find birth information (dates and places of birth and names of parents) for Sanpete 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 1852
Sanpete County, Utah Genealogy was formed on 3 March 1852.
      If your records show the person was born here before the county was formed,
      search parent counties
Birth 1852 - 1897
No birth records were created for Sanpete 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.
  • Central Utah Public Health Department, North Sanpete County Office, 20 South 100 West, Suite 30, Mt. Pleasant, UT 84642. Phone (435) 462-2449. South Sanpete County Office, 40 West 200 North, Manti, UT 84631 Phone (435) 835-2231.

The Sanpete County marriage records index is available online from 1850.This list is alphabetical by surname of the groom. Each entry shows groom's and bride’s full names, certificate number, and complete date of marriage. [1]


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.


Sanpete County Death Register 1898-1904. The scanned images are online and searchable at the Utah State Division of Archives & Records Services.

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 Sanpete County, Utah Genealogy mortality schedule.

Voting Registers


Links to indexes or images of records:

Links to Sanpete County, Utah Genealogy collections:

Sites that gather links to the Internet

Archives, Libraries, etc.

Resources for Sanpete 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: Sanpete 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 these headings for Sanpete County, Utah Genealogy details: Courthouse · FamilySearch Centers · Libraries · Museums · Societies


Sanpete County
Template:RAOGKcourthouse County Clerk:
160 N. Main, PO Box 219
Manti, Utah 84642
Phone: 435-835-2131

County seat: Manti

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.

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

Ghost Towns

Clarion | Dover

Sources and Footnotes

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Sanpete 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. Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,938.
  4. Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,938.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Sanpete County
  7. Albert C.T. Antrei and Allen D. Roberts, A History of Sanpete County (Salt Lake City: Utah State Historical Society, Sanpete County Commission, 1999), 25.
  8. Scandinavian Heritage Festival
  9. "Sanpete County, Utah: Family History and Genealogy, Census, Birth, Marriage, Death Vital Records and More," Linkpendium, http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/UT/Sanpete/, accessed 1 February 2012.
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