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Guide to Utah 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 1852, when the [[Utah County, Utah#Parent_Counties|county was formed.[[Image:Template:UTUtahProvoPeak]]

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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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County 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.[1]

Dates for major county records[2]
1898-present 1887-present 1898-present 1850, 1856... 1851-present 1859-present
For earlier dates, try...Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries | Parent counties

Parent Counties

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

See also Green River County

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

Neighboring Counties

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


Business Records and Commerce


Cemetery records often reveal birth, death, relationship, military, and religious information. The spouse and children who died young are frequently buried nearby.

More than tombstone inscriptions, cemetery records include sextons (caretakers) records and interment (burial) records, each with slightly different information. See Utah Cemeteries.

State and national resources for Utah County, Utah Genealogy cemeteries
Online Transcripts
(names) or Images
Published Grave
Lists of Cemeteries
in the County
FindAGrave FamilySearch Library FindAGrave
Interment.net Early Church Info File USGenWeb Tombstone Project
Utah Cemeteries and Burial Database (Select the county) WorldCat UTGenWeb Cemeteries
Utah Gravestones Utah Periodicals Epodunk
UTGenWeb Cemeteries Utah Hometown Locator Cemeteries
Billion Graves Utah Cemeteries Search (Select the county)
Linkpendium Genealogy Trails
Veterans to 1966
See Utah Cemeteries for details about each site.
  • 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.


  • See Utah Census for online indexes and images of US federal censuses. of: 1852, 1856, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940.
  • See statewide printed indexes, including 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)
Utah County, Utah Genealogy guide to history and records of LDS wards and branches

Stake(s), 1930: Alpine Stake, Utah · Kolob Stake, Utah · Lehi Stake, Utah  · Nebo Stake, Utah  · Palmyra Stake, Utah  · Sharon Stake, Utah  · Timpanogos Stake, Utah  · Tintic Stake, Utah  · Utah Stake, Utah

Places: Alpine · American Fork · Fairfield · Genola · Goshen · Highland · Lehi · Lindon · Mapleton · Mill Fork · Payson · Pleasant Grove · Provo · Salem · Santaquin · Spanish Fork · Springville · Thistle · Vineyard


Court Records

  • Court Records(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.
  • Utah County Justice Court  deals with class B and C misdemeanors, violations of ordinances, small claims, and infractions committed within County jurisdiction. The Justice Court shares jurisdiction with the Juvenile Court over minors 16 or 17 years old, who are charged with certain traffic offenses. See the Juvenile Court below for other types of juvenile cases.
Utah County Justice Court
151 South University Avenue
Suite 3300
Provo, Utah 84601
Phone: 801-851-7200
 Fax: 801-851-7201
  • Juvenile Court handles juvenile cases concerning automobile homicide, alcohol or drug related traffic offenses, reckless driving, fleeing an officer, and driving on a suspended license are excepted. Juvenile Court shares jurisdiction with the Justice Court over minors 16 or 17 years old, who are charged with certain traffic offenses besides those listed above.
4th District Juvenile Court - Provo Office
2021 South State St Provo, UT 84606
Phone: (801) 354-7200
Fax: (801) 373-6579
  • District Court


  • 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

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

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

  • 1849.  Provo was originally called Fort Utah when settled, but was renamed Provo in 1850 for Étienne Provost, an early French-Canadian trapper who arrived in the region in 1825.
  • 1850.  American Fork was settled by Mormon pioneers, and incorporated as Lake City in 1852.
  • 1850.  Mormon pioneers settled the area now known as Lehi, at a place called Dry Creek, near the head of Utah Lake. It was renamed Evansville in 1851, after David Evans, a local bishop in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Other historical names include Sulphur Springs and Snow’s Springs.
  • 1850.  Mapleton was first settled, and for a time was known as Union Bench.
  • 1850.  Payson first settled. Originally named Peteetneet, after a Ute Indian chief who lived near Payson's current location.
  • 1850.  The original name of Pleasant Grove was Battle Creek. It was named for a battle which took place there in 1849 between Mormon settlers and a small band of Ute Indians.
  • 1850.  Springville was originally settled. The city was first called Hobble Creek by early pioneers. Later, as the town grew, the name was changed to Springville because of the many freshwater springs in the area.
  • 1851.  The first ward of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in American Fork was organized with Leonard E. Harrington as bishop.
  • 1852. March 3- Utah County was created from the Utah Territory. [1]
  • 1852.  Lehi grew so rapidly that, Bishop Evans petitioned the Utah Territorial Legislature to incorporate the settlement. Lehi City was incorporated by legislative act on February 5, 1852 and approved a request to call the new city Lehi.
  • 1853.  Daniel H. Wells, the head of the Nauvoo Legion (Utah Territorial Militia at the time), instructed settlers in American Fork to move into specific forts. At a meeting on July 23, 1853 at the schoolhouse in American Fork, Lorenzo Snow and Parley P. Pratt convinced the settlers to follow Wells' directions and all move together into a central fort.
  • 1855.  The town of Fairfield was established when John Carson, his four brothers, and others settled in the Cedar Valley. The settlement was soon known as Frogtown.
  • 1855 to 1860.  Between 1855 and 1860, the arrival of pioneers from Iceland made Spanish Fork into the first permanent Icelandic settlement in the United States.
  • 1860.  Settlers changed the name of Lake City to American Fork.
  • 1861.  Frogtown became Fairfield; named after Amos Fielding, who participated in establishing the community.
  • 1861.  Lindon was settled. It was originally named "String Town" because of the way the houses were strung up and down the street. An old linden tree (Tilia) growing in town in 1901 inspired the present (misspelled) name.
  • 1870.  American Fork served as a rail access point for mining activities in American Fork Canyon.
  • 1870.  Highland was settled by homesteaders,so named by Scottish Mormon immigrants who felt the area resembled the highlands of Scotland.

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

Land records (especially deeds) often give the name of a spouse, heir, other relatives, or other clues for further research. They often have other clues for further research, such as witnesses or the other parties who may be relatives or in-laws. See Utah Land and Property for more.

  • County Recorder's Office: check deeds, file mining claims, get assistance in finding ownership of a particular property, and obtain copies of county plat maps. This office has county plat records dating back to 1878, prior records having been destroyed in a fire.
  • Utah County Online has Web Access to Utah County Land Records (1980's forward) . This includes property searches by name, address, etc., map searches, document searches and document images.
  • Most of the land in Utah was originally obtained from the US federal government by a patent. These General Land Office Records are available and searchable free of charge. The minimum information needed for a search is the state where the land is located and the name of the person receiving the patent. Surveys and Land Status Records can also be searched here.
  • Land and Property(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.

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:

  • 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.


  • Maps(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.


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


Naturalization and Citizenship

Declarations of Intent before 1906 often include the nation of origin, his* foreign and "Americanized" names, residence, and date of arrival. See Utah Naturalization and Citizenship for more information.    (*Women were not naturalized until 1922 in the United States.)

  • Utah, State Archives Records, 1848-2001, a FamilySearch digital collection, contains certificates of naturalization, 1878-1896 and 1896-1933; declaration of intentions 1874-1896 and a1904-1906; petition and record 1907-1942.

Native Races

  • Native races(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.


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:

  • On the GenWeb site you will find Deaths/Obits of Yergensen, Pearl, Nuttall V, and the Information from the Daily Herald Obits from October 2004 - Feb 2004 (selected months).



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).


  • Schools(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.

Probate Records

Probate cases include court actions regarding property and estates of individuals who have died. Records may locate relatives, provide death dates, and identify property. See Utah Probate Records for more information.

  • Probate records at FamilySearch (free) (browseable images 1878- 1930) online for Utah County, Utah Genealogy

Public Records


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:
Birth 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
Birth 1852 - 1897
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:
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.
  • Marriages for Utah from 20 Feb 1851 to 25 Aug 1941 are listed on the Western States Marriage Index. Data is incomplete as there are no civil government recorded marriages in Utah County prior to 1887.  Some early divorce records were also indexed and included.
  • 1887–1966 — Utah County. (Utah). County Clerk. Marriage Records of Utah County, 1887–1966 FHL Films 482939 (first of 45 films). These are also indexed in the Early Church Information File for marriages up to 1914.

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


Links to indexes or images of records:

Links to Utah County, Utah Genealogy collections:

Sites that gather links to the Internet

  • Linkpendium
  • CyndisList

Archives, Libraries, etc.

Resources for Utah County, Utah Genealogy are available in repositories (such as libraries and archives) at all levels: the town, the county, the state (including universities), and the nation.

Check websites and catalogs of archives and libraries for items for this county. Examples: Utah County, Utah Genealogy items in FamilySearch Library (Utah) or Allen County Public Library (Indiana).

When you find items you'd like to access, see Get a Copy

See these headings for Utah County, Utah Genealogy details: Courthouse · FamilySearch Centers · Libraries · Societies


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

FamilySearch 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.

See also Utah Public Library Directory, which provides links to library web pages, addresses, phone numbers, hours, and maps. Does not mention holdings.  


  • PAF Users Group (renamed?)

Towns and Communities


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

Ghost towns

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



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  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.
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  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].
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