Uintah County, Utah Genealogy

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Uintah County, Utah
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Founded February 18, 1880
County Seat Vernal
Website: www.co.uintah.ut.us
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County Courthouse

Template:RAOGKcourthouse www.co.uintah.ut.us/
Uintah County Clerk-Auditor
147 E Main
Vernal, UT 84078
Phone: (435) 781-5361
Fax: 435-781-6701

Quick Facts

Parent County

  • 1880--Uintah County was created 18 February 1880 from Wasatch County.
    County seat: Vernal [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Interesting Fact

Uintah county was named for the Ute Indians, the tribe that lives in the basin.


NOTE: Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned fromWikipedia 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 - 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.


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Carbon | Daggett | Duchesne | Emery | Grand | Colorado counties: Garfield | Moffat | Rio Blanco



(Utah Genweb Project - Uintah County Cemeteries and Mortuaries)

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 


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

  • Ashley
  • Bonanca
  • Bennett
  • Davis
  • Glines
  • Hayden
  • Jensen
  • Lapoint
  • Leota
  • Maeser
  • Moffatt
  • Mountain Dell
  • Naples
  • Randlett
  • Tridell
  •  Union
  • Vernal
  • Vernal 1
  • Vernal 2
  • Vernal 3
  • Whiterocks

Early church records, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for Uintah 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 https://www.familysearch.org/. 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.



A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.


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

Local Histories

A History of Uintah County online at Marriott Library Digital Collections.





  • One major resource 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." Two newspapers from Uintah County are included in this digital project, the Uintah Papoose and Vernal Express. Read more... about using Utah newspapers for your family history research.

The following site has Early Uintah County Newspaper-Papoose and Vernal Express. http://www.uintah.lib.ut.us/LocalNewspapers.html



Vital Records

Birth & Death Certificates

133 South 500 East
Vernal, Utah 84078

(435) 247-1177

Marriage License Division / County Clerk

147 E Main
Vernal, Utah 84078
(435) 781-5361
Western States Marriage Index

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

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers


Western Heritage Museum

328 East 200 South

Vernal, UT 84078

(435) 789-7399

Web Sites


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