Utah County, Utah Genealogy

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Dates for major county records[1]
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For earlier dates, try...Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries | Parent counties
Utah County, Utah
Map of Utah highlighting Utah County
Location in the state of Utah
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Location of Utah in the U.S.
Founded March 3, 1853
County Seat Provo
Address Utah County Health & Justice Building
100 East Center, Suite 2200
Provo, UT 84606
Website: www.co.utah.ut.us
Named for: Ute Tribe Native Americans
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Helpful Facts

County Courthouse

Utah County Courthouse
100 East Center #3600
Provo, Utah 84606
Phone: 801-370-8108

County Clerk has marriage records from 1887, divorce and probate records from 1859, and court records from 1885.
County recorder has land records.[2]

Parent Counties

Utah County, Utah Genealogy was created March 3, 1852 Utah Territory.

See also Green River County

Neighboring Counties

Utah County, Utah Genealogy is surrounded by: Carbon | Duchesne | Juab | Salt Lake | Sanpete | Tooele | Wasatch
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Bible Records


Business Records and Commerce


  • Cemeteries(microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog for Utah County, Utah Genealogy. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see public libraries.
  • Professional Genealogists who specialize in State Research helps you compare the expertise, credentials, and rates of professional researchers who can help you access these records.


  • The 1850 [1851], 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 U.S. federal population schedules of Utah County are available online, at Family Search Historical Records
  • 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.
  • 1856
  1. "Utah Census Returns" Historical Department of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. [3] [4]
  2. Index (Index Publishing) [5]
  3. Index (AIS) [6]
  4. Family Search
  • GenWeb site containes an Index of the Utah 1850 Census. On the Index page you have five different censes pages to view.
Census Designation Places

Benjamin | Elberta | Lake Shore | Palmyra | Spring Lake | West Mountain

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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Utah County, Utah Genealogy guide to history and records of LDS wards and branches

Alpine  · American Fork  · Birdseye · Cedar Fort · Cedar Hills  · Colton  · Dividend  · Draper  · Eagle Mountain · Elk Ridge  · Fairfield · Forest City · Genola · Goshen · Highland  · Lehi  · Lindon  · Mapleton · Mill Fork · Mosida · Orem  · Payson  · Pleasant Grove  · Provo  · Salem · Santaquin  · Saratoga Springs  · Spanish Fork  · Springville · Thistle · Tucker · Vineyard · Woodland Hills  ·

{{UTLine4endofTopic} Early, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church records for Utah County Wards and Branches can be found on film and are located at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City or at the Family History at BYU. The film numbers, for each ward, can be locate through the Family History Library Catalog . 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

Utah County Justice Court
151 South University Avenue
Suite 3300
Provo, Utah 84601
Phone: 801-851-7200
 Fax: 801-851-7201
4th District Juvenile Court - Provo Office
2021 South State St Provo, UT 84606
Phone: (801) 354-7200
Fax: (801) 373-6579


  • 1867 - Owens, George. Salt Lake City Directory: Including a Business Directory of Provo, Springville, and Ogden, Utah Territory. Salt Lake City: G. Owens, 1867. Digital version at Internet Archive.
  • 1879-1880 - Culmer, H.L.A. et al. Utah Directory and Gazetteer for 1879-80: Containing the Name and Occupation of Every Resident in the Towns and Cities of Salt Lake, Utah, Weber and Davis Counties: and a Very Complete List of the Merchants, Manufacturers, Professional Men and Officials: Together with Full Gazetteer Information. Salt Lake City, Utah: Printed for H.L.A. Culmer & Co. by J.C. Graham & Co., 1879. Digital version at Internet Archive.
  • Utah Directory, 1890: Salt Lake City, Logan, and Provo Ancestry.com ($) Data from Utah Gazetteer and Directory of Logan, Ogden, Provo and Salt Lake City, 1884.

Ethnic and Other Groups

Funeral Homes

Anderson & Sons Mortuary[7]
49 East 100 North
American Fork, UT 84003
Phone: 801-756-3564
Fax: 801-763-0799

Warenski Funeral Home [8]
1776 North 900 East
American Fork, UT 84003
Phone: 801-763-5000
Fax: 801-763-5002

Wing Mortuary[9]
118 E Main St.
Lehi, UT 84043
Phone: 801-768-9514
Fax: 801-768-3534

Berg Mortuary[10]
185 East Center Street
Provo, Utah 84606
Phone: 801-373-1841
Fax: 801-371-0110

500 North State Street
Orem, Utah 84057
Phone: 801-225-2131
Fax: 801-371-0110

525 East Fourth South
Springville, Utah 84663
Phone: (801) 489-4233
Fax: (801) 371-0110

Sundberg-Olpine Mortuary[11]
495 South Statee St
Orem, UT 84058
Phone: 801-225-1530
Fax: 801-225-9720

Walker Sanderson Funeral Home[12]
646 East 800 North
Orem, UT 84097
Phone: 801-226-3500
Fax: 801-226-3531

85 East 300 South
Provo, UT 84606
Phone: 801-373-6668
Fax: 801-374-2151

587 South 100 West
Payson, UT 84651
Phone: 801-465-3846
Fax: 801-465-2507

187 South Main St
Spanish Fork, UT 84660
Phone: 801-798-2169

Olpin Family Mortuary[13]
494 South 300 East
Pleasant Grove, UT 84062
Phone: 801-785-3505
Fax: 801-785-9963

Brown Family Mortuary[14]
66 South 300 East
Santaquin, UT 84655
Fax: 801-754-1225

Wheeler Mortuary[15]
211 East 2nd South
Springville, UT 84663
Phone: 801-489-6021



A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.


Interesting Facts

Lehi is named after Lehi, a prophet in the Book of Mormon.

Orem was known as Sharon, a Biblical name for a mostly level strip of land running between mountains and the sea; Another former name was Provo Bench.

History Timeline

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

Named for the Ute Indians, Spanish word Yuta.

Local Histories

The City of Orem was named after W.C. Orem, builder of the railroad which ran through the town. Payson was named after an early settler, James Pace. The community was previously known as Fort Peteetneet after a Ute Indian chief. Of course, the County and the State are named after the Ute (or Utah) Indians.
Springville was once known as Hobble Creek because a member of a Mormon exploring party lost his horse's hobbles in or near the creek. Pleasant Grove, named after a cottonwood grove near the original town site, was once known as Battle Creek since it was the site of the first conflict between Indians and settlers. Elberta was named for its Elberta peach orchards and Salem was named after New Salem, Massachusetts, but was first called Pond Town after the large pond that today is known as Salem Pond.
The first library in Provo was opened in 1854 and there has been an official U.S. Post Office in the city since at least 1894. Provo General Hospital opened in 1903 and gave way to Utah Valley Hospital in 1939. The Utah State (Mental) Hospital dates back to 1880 but was formerly known by less politically correct names. Electric service first came to the valley in 1890.
The Provo area is known worldwide as the home of Brigham Young University. Brigham Young issued a deed of trust to establish Brigham Young Academy on October 16,1875. The fledgling institution went through some rough years and nearly folded on occasion before officially becoming Brigham Young University on October 23, 1903. From humble beginnings with sometimes only a handful of students, it is now a major university with some 30,000 students.
1900 to the Present Day
The County population grew slowly and steadily through the years of World War I, the Great Depression and World War II. The official census counted 23,768 citizens in 1890 and that number grew to only 49,021 in 1940. Today, the county has 516,564* residents.
For many years, Geneva Steel was one of the few major employers outside of agriculture, government and schools. Geneva was built during World War II to provide steel for the war effort. But starting in the 1980s and throughout the 1990s, the valley became one of the entrepreneurial hot spots of the nation and, in particular, has become a Mecca for high-tech, computer-related companies.

Land and Property

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



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


Naturalization and Citizenship

Native Races


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:



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


Utah County, Utah Courthouse
100 E. Center Street
Provo, Utah 84606

Clerk/Auditor: Room 3600
Phone 801-851-8109
Fax 801-851-8232 and 801-851-7201

County seat: Provo

Family History Centers



Vital Records:

Below are the best sources to find birth information (dates and places of birth and names of parents) for Utah 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:
Before 1852
Utah County, Utah Genealogy was formed on 3 March 1852.
      If your records show the person was born here before the county was formed,
      search parent counties
No birth records were created for Utah 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:
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.
  • Utah County Health Department, Health and Justice Building, 151 S. University Ave., Provo, UT 84601, Phone 801 851-7000.

Wiki articles describing a collection is found at: Utah, County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)


Utah Death Certificates 1904 - 1956 -A free internet access to the 1904-1956 death certificates can be viewed as the Historical Records .  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  You can search this data base for deaths before 1904.

Death Record Substitutes

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

Voting Registers

Towns and Communities


Birdseye | Dividend | Cedar Fort | Fairfield | Genola | Goshen | Vineyard | Woodland Hills

Ghost towns

Colton | Forest City | Mill Fork | Mosida | Thistle | Tucker



  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. 2.0 2.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Utah County, Utah Page 688 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "HBG" defined multiple times with different content
  3. "FHLC Film 505913" (Salt Lake City, Utah : GSU, 1981).
  4. 1856 Utah census returns (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1856).
  5. 1856 Utah census index : an every-name index (Salt Lake City, UT : Index Pub., 1983), [FHL book 979.2 X22d 1856].
  6. "FHLC Book 979.2 X22u 1856" (Bountiful, Utah : Accelerated Indexing Systems, c1983 ).
  7. Funeral Home &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,937.
  8. Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory. (Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,937.
  9. Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,938.
  10. Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,938.
  11. Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,938.
  12. Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,938.
  13. Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,938.
  14. Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,938.
  15. Funeral Home and Cemetery Directory.(Youngstown, OH: Nomis Publications, Inc., c2009,938.
  16. "Oregon California Trails Association" at http://octatrails.micromaps.com/ (accessed 18 July 2011).
  17. "The Pioneer Story: The Mormon Pioneer Trail" in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at http://lds.org/gospellibrary/pioneer/pioneerstory.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).
  18. "Jefferson Hunt" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefferson_Hunt (accessed 6 September 2011).
  19. "Central Overland Route" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Overland_Route (accessed 13 September 2011).
  20. Wikipedia contributors, "Union Pacific Railroad" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Pacific_Railroad (accessed 14 September 2011).
  21. Wikipedia contributors, "Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denver_and_Rio_Grande_Western_Railroad (accessed 14 September 2011).
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