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The following archives, and libraries have collections or services helpful to genealogical researchers. Before you visit an archive or a library, contact the organization and ask for information on the collections, hours, services, and fees.

See also United States Archives and Libraries for a more extensive list of libraries on a national basis.

Family History Library

For more information on this facility and its services, see Family History Library.

35 North West Temple Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84150
Telephone: 801-240-2331
Fax: 801-240-1584
E-Mail: fhl@ldschurch.org
Internet:Family History Library

This is the largest library devoted entirely to genealogical research in the world. It is also associated with more than 4,500 Family History Centers throughout the world. The holdings include a large collection of Utah records. Information on the hours, holidays, catalog, collection, services, key resources, and how to prepare to visit the library are on the FamilySearch web site.

The following guide book will help in using the library. It gives suggestions on preparing to visit the library, genealogy research tips, and helps in using the library.

  • Parker, J. Carlyle. Going to Salt Lake City to Do Family History Research. 3rd ed. Turlock, California: Marietta Publishing, 1996. WorldCat 20057575

A history of the Genealogical Society of Utah was written during the centennial of the society. This book covers the beginning of the society to 1994. It contains a history of the library, of microfilming, and an overview of the Granite Mountain Records Vault.

  • Allen, James B., Jessie L. Embry and Kahlile Mehr. Hearts Turned to the Fathers: A History of the Genealogical Society of Utah. 1894-1994. Provo, Utah: BYU Studies, Brigham Young University, 1995. WorldCat 32013266

Other guides and reference works at the Family History Library that may be helpful include:

  • Guide to Archives and Manuscript Collections in Select Utah Repositories. Salt Lake City, Utah; Utah State Historical Society, 1990. (Family History Library compact disc no. Four Parts 1-4.) The compact disc copy is available through the Utah State Archives. It is also part of the LDS Family History Suite 2 described in Utah Biography
  • The Family History Library has published directories for the libraries in Utah. One covers the special libraries and the other lists the public libraries.
  • Directory of Special Information Resources in Utah Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Directory of Public Libraries in Utah, 1988-1989. Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah State Library Division, 1989. 

Utah State Archives and Record Service

Utah State Archives and Record Service
300 South Rio Grande
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Phone: 801-533-3535
Fax: 801-533-3504 

Internet: Utah State Archives and Record Service

Research Center hours:
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Monday - Thursday
Closed Friday and Saturday
Online Catalog

The Utah State Archives and Records Service is a state government agency that works with records created by other state and local governmental entities in Utah. Records of historical value are housed in our permanent collections and are available for research. See the website for holdings and services which include an online catalog and both inhouse and online documents and photos. .

The Archives shares a the historic Rio Grande building with the Utah State Historical Society. The Research Center serves researchers of both organizations. 

Church History Library

For more information on this facility and its services, see Church History Library.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints History Library
15 East North Temple Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84150-3800
Library Telephone: 801-240-2745
Archives Telephone: 801-240-2272
Internet: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints History Library

The Church History Library is a stand alone building that sits on the block northeast of Temple Square. You will need to bring identification with a photograph, such as a driver's license. Church History Library material does not circulate to Family History Centers.

National Archives Rocky Mountain Region (Denver)

For more information on this facility, see National Archives Rocky Mountain Region (Denver).

Building 48, Denver Federal Center
West 6th Avenue & Kipling
Denver, CO 80225
Telephone: 303-407-5700
Fax: 303-407-5707
Internet: National Archives Rocky Mountain Region (Denver)

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 25307
Denver, CO 80225

Utah State Historical Society

300 Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1182
Telephone: 801-533-3535
Fax: 801-533-3504
Internet: Utah State Historical Society

Office hours
7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Monday - Thursday
Closed Friday and Saturday

The Historical Society and the Utah State Archives and Record Service are both housed in the historic Rio Grande building. They share a research facility, the Research Center where there are thousands of photographs, books, manuscript collections, maps, newspapers and periodicals Center and online.

Research Center hours
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Monday - Thursday
Closed Friday and Saturday
Online Catalog

The Utah State Historical Society publishes the Utah Historical Quarterly, a helpful resource for Utah research since 1928.  A guide to some manuscripts and photographs at the Utah State Historical Society is:

  • Utah State Historical Society. A Guide to Unpublished Materials at the Utah State Historical Society. Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah. State Historical Society Library, 1989. Only large collections of manuscripts are listed. The manuscripts and photographs are listed by person or topic. No index or cross reference is included.

Salt Lake County Archives

Salt Lake County Archives
4505 South 5600 West
West Valley City, Utah 84120
Phone: 385-468-0820
Email: archives@slco.org

Website: Salt Lake County Archives

Research Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30-12:00, by appointment

The County’s official repository for its records of long-term value, dating from 1852 to the present.  A sample of these records includes birth, death, and marriage records, divorce records from the 1800s, and photographs and documentation of residential and commercial buildings in Salt Lake County from the 1930s to the 1980s. For specific information on records holdings contact the County Archives directly, or visit our website.

Harold B. Lee Library

For more information see Harold B. Lee Library
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602
Telephone: 801-378-2926

Utah Valley Regional Family History Center

Telephone: 801-378-6200
General Reference Telephone: 801-378-2927
Fax: 801-538-1050
Internet:Utah Valley Regional Family History Center

Marriott Library

University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Telephone: 801-581-8364
Fax: 801-585-3464
Internet: Marriott Library

Merrill Library

Utah State University
Logan, UT 84322
Telephone: 801-797-2678
Fax: 801-797-2880
Internet: Merrill Library

Salt Lake City Public Library

For more information on this facility and its services, see Salt Lake City Public Library.

209 East 500 South Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Telephone: 801-524-8200
Fax: 801-524-8289
Internet: http://www.slcpl.lib.ut.us/index.jsp

Gerald R. Sherratt Library Special Collections

Southern Utah University
351 Center Street
Cedar City, UT 84720
Telephone: 435-586-7933 or 435-586-1955
Fax: 435-865-8152
Internet: http://www.li.suu.edu/

Stewart Library

Weber State University
2901 University Circle
Ogden, UT 84408-2901
Telephone: 801-626-6545
Fax: 801-626-7045
Internet: http://www.weber.edu/

Logan Public Library

For more information on this facility and its services, see Logan Library.

255 North Main
Logan, UT 84321
Telephone: 435-716-9120
Internet: http://library.loganutah.org/

Web Sites

  • Guant, Christine and John Fuller. Utah Resources. In Genealogy Resources on the Internet [Internet site]. N.p., 6 January 1998 [cited 26 October 1999]. Available at umich.edu . This site provides links to vital record offices, genealogical and historical societies, queries, mailing lists, county-by-county Internet sites, and gopher sites.
  • RLIN, a guide to archives and manuscript collections in selected Utah repositories, is an online national database maintained by the Research Libraries Group accessible at member libraries. In Utah, the Utah State Archives, Utah State Historical Society, and Brigham Young University's library catalogs are online.

Some societies have biographical and genealogical records. For example, the Society of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers has a library and has published many histories. See the Tennessee Societies wiki article for more information.