Uintah County, Utah Genealogy

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Guide to Uintah 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 1880, when the county was formed.

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Uintah County, Utah
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Location in the state of Utah
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Founded February 18, 1880
County Seat Vernal
Website: www.co.uintah.ut.us
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Helpful Facts

County Courthouse

Uintah Courty Courthouse
147 East Main Street
Vernal, UT 84078
Phone: 435.781.5360

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records.
County Recorder has land records.[1]

Dates for major county records[2]
1896-present 1888-present 1896-present 1880, 1900... 1880-present 1880-present
For earlier dates, try...Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries | Parent counties

Parent Counties

Uintah County, Utah Genealogy was created February 18, 1880 from: Wasatch

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

Neighboring Counties

Uintah County, Utah Genealogy is surrounded by: Carbon | Daggett | Duchesne | Emery | Grand | Colorado Counties: Garfield | Moffat | Rio Blanco
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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.


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

Business Records and Commerce



USGenWeb Archives Uintah County, Utah contains a partial list of cemeteries and names.

Link to the Uintah County Cemetery Records. Uintah County Library

  • Deadmans Grave
  • Dry Fork Cemetery
  • Fairview Cemetery
  • Fort Duchesne Cemetery
  • Harms Cemetery
  • Hayden Cemetery
  • Jensen Cemetery
  • Lapoint Cemetery
  • Randlett Cemetery
  • Reeds Cemetery
  • Rock Point Cemetery
  • Tridell Cemetery
  • Uintah and Ouray Indian Cemetery
  • Vernal Memorial Park
  • White Rocks Cemetery

Uintah county cemeteries at the Utah State Historical 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 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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Uintah County, Utah Genealogy guide to history and records of LDS wards and branches

Stake(s): Uintah Stake, Utah

Places: Jensen · Lapoint · Maeser · Naples · Randlett · Tridell · Vernal


Court Records


Ethnic and Other Groups

Funeral Homes

Blackburn Vernal Mortuary[3]
15 East 100 North
Vernal, UT 84078
Phone: 435-789-2611
Toll Free Phone: 800-818-2611
Fax: 435-789-8752


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



A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.


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

NOTE: Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Wikipedia for Uintah county

  • 1776.  Archeologic evidence suggests that portions of the Uinta Basin have been inhabited by Archaic peoples and Fremont peoples. By the time of recorded history its inhabitants were the Ute people. The first known traverse by non-Indians was made by Fathers Dominguez and Escalante, as they sought to establish a land route between California and Spanish America.
  • 1825.  Vernal lies in Ashley Valley, named in honor of William H. Ashley, an early fur trader who entered this area in 1825 by floating down the Green River in a bull boat made of animal hides. Vernal, unlike the majority of Utah towns, was not settled initially by Mormon pioneers.
  • 1831/1832.  Antoine Robidoux, a French trapper licensed by the Mexican government, established a trading post near present-dayWhiterocks. He abandoned the effort in 1844.
  • 1847.  The Great Salt Lake Valley, still a property of Mexico, was first colonized by Brigham Young and his followers. 
  • 1861.  Brigham Young dispatched an exploring party to the Uinta Basin; they reported that "that section of country lying between the Wasatch Mountains and the eastern boundary of the territory, and south of Green River country, was one vast contiguity of waste and measurably valueless." Young made no further effort to colonize the area.
  • 1861.  US President Abraham Lincoln created the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation, reserved for the use and habitation of Utah and Colorado Indians.
  • 1877.  Jensen was first settled and named for Lars Jensen, an early prospector and ferryman.
  • 1878.  The town of Maeser was first settled.
  • 1880. February 18. Uintah County was created from Wasatch County. Uintah county was named for the Ute Indians, the tribe that lives in the basin.
  • 1880.  The Uncompahgre Reservation was created in the southern portion of present-day Uintah County.
  • 1886.  Fort Duchesne was originally a fort, established by the United States Army. Closed in 1912.
  • 1892.  Randlett began as the site of a school for Ute children.
  • 1918.  The northern boundary of Uintah County originally extended to the north border of Utah.The extreme northern portion (lying north of the Uinta Mountain watershed divide) was split off to form Daggett County, Utah.
  • 1930.  Earl W. Bascom (1906–1995), Hollywood actor, artist, inventor, rodeo cowboy, Utah Sports Hall of Fame, "Father of Modern Rodeo" who lived and worked at the Old Grey Mine in 1930.

Land and Property

The Uintah County Recorder's office has historical land records for Uintah County from 1894 to the present.

Herdsmen branded their cattle to keep track of stray animals. A 1913 directory displays the marks used by various Uintah County, Utah Genealogy cattle owners:

  • Peterson, H.F. Brand Directory, Comprising Davis, Weber, Summit, Morgan, Wasatch, Part of Utah and Part of Uintah Counties. Wanship, Utah: H.F. Peterson, 1913. Digital version at Internet Archive.

Law and Legislation


Google highway map of Uintah County 2012



Nataive Races

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


Template:RAOGKcourthouse Uintah County Clerk-Auditor
147 E Main
Vernal, UT 84078
Phone: (435) 781-5361
Fax: 435-781-6701

County seat: Vernal

Family History 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.

Uintah County Library; 202 East 100 North, Vernal, UT 84078. Phone: 435-789-0091.

    • Collections:

Western Heritage Museum
328 East 200 South
Vernal, UT 84078
(435) 789-7399



Vital Records

  • Vital Records (microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog for Uintah County, Utah Genealogy. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see public libraries.
Below are the best sources to find birth information (dates and places of birth and names of parents) for Uintah 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 1880
Uintah County, Utah Genealogy was formed on 18 February 1880.
      If your records show the person was born here before the county was formed,
      search parent counties
Birth 1880 - 1897
No birth records were created for Uintah 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:
  • Utah Death Certificates 1904-1961 give birth date and place (recorded at the time of death), names of parents, and name of spouse. Search by names or by exact death date.
  • Church records usually give birth date and place and names of parents.
  • 1895-1905 Record of Uintah County Births. FHL film 481112 items 1-2 The actual title of this record is Records of births and deaths, 1895-1905; and assessment rolls, 1888, 1889-1890.
  • See also other records that give birth information, such as Death records, Census, Cemeteries, Obituaries
  • See also neighboring counties for birth information, due to family members living in that area, religious preferences, convenience, and other reasons.
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.

Marriage License Division / County Clerk
147 E Main
Vernal, Utah 84078
(435) 781-5361


Birth & Death Certificates
133 South 500 East
Vernal, Utah 84078 (435) 247-1177

  • 1900-1905 - Record of Uintah County Deaths. FHL film 481112 item 3 The actual title of this record in the FHL catalog is Records of births and deaths, 1895-1905; and assessment rolls, 1888, 1889-1890.

Utah Death Certificates 1904 - 1956 - A free internet access to the 1904-1956 death certificates can be viewed on the 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

Voting Registers

Towns and Communities


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Uintah, Utah Page 688 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., c2009,9341
  4. "Uintah County, Utah: Family History and Genealogy, Census, Birth, Marriage, Death Vital Records and More," Linkpendium, http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/UT/Uintah/, accessed 1 February 2012.