Tooele County, Utah Genealogy

From FamilySearch Wiki
Revision as of 20:44, 16 July 2012 by Wyzer17 (talk | contribs) (Added image)

Jump to: navigation, search

United States go to Utah go toTooele County

Dates for major county records[1]
1898-present 1887-present 1898-present 1850, 1851... 1852-present 1870-present
For earlier dates, try...Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries | Parent counties
Tooele County, Utah
Map of Utah highlighting Tooele 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 Tooele
Named for: [1]
Adopt-a-wiki page
Utah GA Logo.jpg This page adopted by:
Utah Genealogical Association
who welcome you to contribute.
Adopt a page today

Helpful Facts

County Courthouse

Tooele County Courthouse
47 South Main Street
Tooele, Ut 84074
Phone: 435-843-3140

County Clerk has birth and death records 1897-1905
and marriage records from 1887,
Clerk District Court has divorce, probate and court records
County Recorder has land records[2]

Parent Counties

Tooele County, Utah Genealogy was created March 3, 1852 as an original county from Utah Territory lands.

Neighboring Counties


Tooele County, Utah Genealogy is surrounded by: Box Elder | Davis | Juab | Salt Lake | Utah | Weber | Nevada counties: Elko | White Pine


Bible Records


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

Business Records and Commerce


Tooele county cemeteries at the Utah State Historical site

LDS Cemetery Records
US Vol. 21 page 188 - Mercur Cemetery

USGenWeb Archives Tooele County, Utah gives names of individuals buried in the Old Pioneer Cemetery from 1849 - 1867 and later removed to the New Cemetery.

USGenWeb Archives Tooele County, Utah provides information on the Woodmen of the World burials

Individual cemeteries


Note about Iosepa Cemetery* This cemetery is some distance from any town, and may have been associated with a settlement by the same name. It is in the next valley west of Tooele Valley, where most of today's popuation is. To reach it, you have to use Skull Valley Road or State Highway U-196. However, that number may not be on signs, as this road was assigned to get a number by the state legislature during a bitter legal dispute over a proposed nuclear waste repository somewhat further south of this cemetery's location in the early 2000s, and hence not even the freeway exit sign off I-80 may have this number on it.


The 1850 [1851], 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 U.S. federal population schedules of Tooele 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.

  • 1850 (1851)
  • 1856
  • 1860
  • 1870
  • 1880
  • 1890
  • 1900
  • 1910
  • 1920
  • 1930

USGenWeb Archives of Tooele County, Utah provides the 1850 census records

Church History

Church Records

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Benmore
  • Burmeister
  • Clover
  • Deep Creek
  • Erda
  • Grantsville
  • Grantsville 1
  • Grantsville 2
  • Iosepa
  • Lake Point
  • Lake View
  • Mercur
  • Ophir
  • St. John
  • Stockton
  • Tod Park
  • Tooele
  • Tooele 1
  • Tooele 2
  • Tooele 3
  • Tooele 4
  • Tooele 5
  • Tooele 6
  • Tooele 7
  • Tooele 8
  • Tooele 9
  • Tooele 10
  • Tooele N.
  • Tooele S.
  • Vernon
  • Wendover

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

Court Records

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


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

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic and Other Groups

Funeral Homes



A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.



Interesting facts
This county was originally spelled "Tuilla" and is still pronounced that way by locals.

Wendover Air Force Base, now closed, was the training base of the Enola Gay crew which dropped the first atomic weapon in 1945.

History Timeline

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

  • 1849. Mormons established the first white settlement in the area.
  • 1850 January. Tooele County formed as one of six original counties in Deseret, later called Utah Territory
  • 1850's–1860's. Troubles between white settlers and Goshute Indians.
  • 1852. March 3 - Tooele County was created as an original county.
  • 1852. By this year, Grantsville, Batesville, and Pine Canyon (later called Lincoln) were settled by Mormons.
  • 1855. Richville named as county seat.
  • 1861. Territory of Nevada created, establishing the permanent western border of Tooele County.
  • 1861. County seat moved to Tooele City.
  • 1864. Gold, silver, lead, and zinc were discovered in Tooele County, spurring an influx of non-Mormons to the area.
  • Before 1874. The county courthouse was built.
  • 1874–1879. The Republic of Tooele was established by non-Mormon politicians. Only taxpayers were allowed to vote, and there were complaints of fraud. The recorder's office was even jeopardized!
  • 1876. Territorial legislature passed a bill requiring voter registration and women's suffrage. Tooele County and it's political problems earlier were likely the spur to this law.

A History of Tooele County available online at Marriott Library Digital Collections.

Land and Property



Early migration routes to and from Tooele County, Utah Genealogy for emigrant settlers included:


Minorities - History

Native Races - Genealogy

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:

Officials and Employees


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

Public Records

Resource Repositories

County Clerk, 47 South Main
Tooele, UT 84074
Telephone: (435) 843-3140
Fax: (435) 882-7317

County seat: Tooele

Family History Centers


Vital Records

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

Utah Death Certificates 1904 - 1956 -A free internet access to the 1904-1956 death certificates can be viewed on the 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 infomation at Utah Death Certificates (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Utah State Burial Index for death before 1904

Tooele Genweb site has further information on Births, Marriages, Deaths record sources.

Death Record Substitutes

  • 1870 - U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885 at Ancestry ($). Includes 1870 Tooele County, Utah Genealogy mortality schedule.

Voting Registers

Towns and Communities


  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), Tooele, Utah Page 688 {WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. "Oregon California Trails Association" at (accessed 18 July 2011).
  4. "The Pioneer Story: The Mormon Pioneer Trail" in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at (accessed 18 July 2011).
  5. "Jefferson Hunt" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at (accessed 6 September 2011).
  6. "Central Overland Route" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at (accessed 13 September 2011).
  7. "Tooele County, Utah: Family History and Genealogy, Census, Birth, Marriage, Death Vital Records and More," Linkpendium,, accessed 1 February 2012.