You may also want to review the United States Cemeteries page for more information on cemeteries and grave markers.
The Family History Library has transcriptions for many Utah cemeteries. Cemetery records often include birth, marriage, and death information. They sometimes provide clues about military service, religion, or membership in an organization. These records are useful in identifying children who died young or women who were not recorded in family or government documents. They are helpful in establishing family relationships and locating family members. For Utah, there are statewide indexes and collections for many cemeteries. Some of these have been indexed in the Early Church Information File (on 75 Family History Library films beginning with 1750655.)
Searching by Ancestors Names: Utah sites
- Utah Burials Search at Utah State History
- Utah Gravestones The mission of this project is to capture digital images of gravestones of our ancestors.
- Interment.net This site has minimal records of burials for the following counties: Beaver, Box Elder, Cache, Grand, Iron, Salt Lake, Sevier, Summit, Tooele, Uintah, Utah, and Weber. Not all the cemeteries are listed for the above counties.
- BillionGravescan be searched by name, surname, or cemetery. It provides a photo and the GPS location of the grave marker.
- Find A Grave can be searched by the name of a person, family or cemetery. Usually gives birth and death dates and often comes with a picture of the tombstone. May also give obituaries, biographical information and names of family members with links to their information in Find A Grave.
The following are listed by cemeteries:
- Utah State History Cemetery Search is the largest database of cemeteries in Utah. You can search for a cemetery, by a city or town, by the county, or you can search by part of a cemetery name.
- Utah HomeTownLocator Cemeteries
- Utah Cemeteries in D'Addezio.com
- Names in Stone leads you to a list of cemeteries in alphabetical order. You will find a link to the cemetery's website which may or may not list the people who are buried there.
Genealogical society members often copy and publish tombstones inscriptions. The USGenWeb Archives have records from more than 46 Box Elder, Davis, and Washington county cemeteries listed on their Internet site at:
This is a county-by-county list of scores of cemeteries. The highlighted cemeteries include tombstone abstracts.
This Internet site indexes cemetery abstracts and other items. Select the state of interest, type the name of the ancestor you seek in the "Query" field, and click the Search button. For best results, use the "Search Tips" and examples at the bottom of the web page. The computer will list any matches it finds and give you the option of viewing the full transcript.
The Utah State History Section of the Utah Department of Community and Culture has a Cemetery and Burial Database that contains and index listing of Utah cemeteries and burials.
This searchable database contains over a half-million names from many cemeteries scattered throughout Utah. More cemeteries are added periodically for this ongoing project. The standard search is for surname, given name, dates, and places. The results list shows the name of the deceased, birth and death date, and burial place. The long individual display may also include the birthplace, death place, cause of death, relatives, comments, and grave location.
Another free Utah transcription database can be found at Access Genealogy database.
Indexes and Records
An important collection of cemetery and burial transcripts for more than a hundred cemeteries, excluding Salt Lake City Cemetery, is:
Genealogical Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Cemetery Records of Utah. Salt Lake City: The Society, 1953. WorldCat 83203059 FHL 979.2 V3c v. 1 to FHL 979.2 V3c v. 10-12 index also on film at FHL 874349 to FHL 874346 Item 1
The records are listed by cemetery and grouped together by county. The counties are not arranged alphabetically or geographically. There is a separate index for each volume. The cemetery listings will give you the name of the deceased, location of the grave, birth date, and the parent or spouse. This has been indexed in the Early Church Information File.
An alphabetical list of the names of persons buried the largest cemetery in Utah is:
Salt Lake City Cemetery Records, 1847–1992. Orem, Utah: Automated Archives, 1994. (Family History Library compact disc no. 9 pt. 168.) This compact disc lists more than 100,000 burials, many of pioneers. The information on this record includes the name of the deceased, birth date and place, death date and place, including addresses, burial date, and burial location in the cemetery.
The library also has copies of plat books, interment records, registers and other records for the Salt Lake City Cemetery indexed to help locate your ancestors. The records of the dead give name, birth date and place, death date, cause of death, physician, and burial plot. Similar information is also located in the Interment records. After finding the location of burial, you may look at the plat books and see if family members are buried nearby. These records are located under:
Salt Lake City Cemetery, Sexton. Cemetery Records, 1847-1976. Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah State Archives, 1976. (On 68 Family History Library films beginning with 1293881.)
A book and Internet index for Utah County give the names of all known people buried throughout the county and their birth date, death date, and cemetery. One appendix gives the cemeteries indexed in the book and the Family History Library call numbers. It is:
Parkinson, Diane. Index to the Utah County Cemeteries. Two Volumes. Provo, Utah: D.R. Parkinson and L. Youngstrom, 1997? (Family History Library book 979.224 V32p.)
Utah Valley Regional Family History Center. Utah County, Utah, Cemetery Index. In Ancestry.com. Orem, Utah: Ancestry, 1998, 1999 [cited 20 October 1999]. Available at:
http://www.ancestry.com/ancestry/search/3169a.htm. This has roughly 85,000 entries from Utah County. Each entry lists (when available) surname, given name(s), birth date, death date, and cemetery location.
Veteran Burial Records
Although a complete list of veterans buried in Utah does not exist, there are several important collections. Two of the sources for the state are:
Records of Veterans with Federal Service Buried in Utah, Territorial to 1966. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1966. (On Family History Library films beginning with 485245.) The first film in this collection is an index to names from all the counties listing name, war served in, county, city, and cemetery of burial. The rest of the collection is arranged by county, city, and cemetery. The record may give name, rank, organization and branch of military, date of enlistment and discharge, date and place of birth and death, and place of burial.
Utah State Archives and Records Service. Database-Alpha Listing; Veteran Burials. Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah State Archives and Records Service, 1986. (Family History Library ].) This record gives birth and death dates, place of burial, and military service information such as rank, unit, and enlistment and discharge dates. It covers from the 1860s to 1986.
The Nationwide Gravesite Locator, an online service of the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Search for burial locations of veterans and their family members in VA National Cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries, various other military and Department of Interior cemeteries, and for veterans buried in private cemeteries when the grave is marked with a government grave marker.
Cemetery directories help you find the location of cemeteries. Many cemeteries in Utah have the same name as the city. For larger cities, directories help identify the cemeteries. One directory of Utah cemeteries is:
Cemeteries of Utah. N.p., 1983?. (Family History Library fiche 6018248.) This directory is arranged into three alphabetical lists, one by cemetery name, and the others by the city and the county.
A county-by-county list of cemetery record transcripts and the book and film numbers to locate them at the Family History Library as of 1988 is:
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Family History Library (Salt Lake City, Utah). Index to United States Cemeteries. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1988. (Family History Library films 1206468-94.) Utah is on film 1206491 among other states.
To locate more cemetery indexes and sexton records, use the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:
UTAH, [COUNTY] - CEMETERIES
UTAH, [COUNTY], [TOWN] - CEMETERIES