Utah Compiled Genealogies
The term genealogy is used to describe a variety of records containing family information previously gathered by other researchers, societies, or archives. These records can include pedigree charts, compiled data on families, correspondence, ancestor lists, research exchange files, record abstracts, and collections of original or copied documents. These sources can save time, but because they are compiled from other sources, they must be carefully evaluated for accuracy.
You will find information about some of your ancestors in the following important nationwide genealogical indexes described in the United States Research Outline, in the sections indicated.
Ancestral File "Genealogy" section. Also available on the FamilySearch™ Internet Genealogy Service.
FamilyFinder Index "Census" section. Also on the Internet at www.familytreemaker.com/allsearch.html .
Family History Library Catalog Surname Search "Introduction" and "Genealogy" sections. Also available on the FamilySearch™ Internet Genealogy Service.
International Genealogical Index "Genealogy" section. Also partially available on the FamilySearch™ Internet Genealogy Service.
Index to National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC) "Genealogy" section. Also on Internet at:
Old Surname Index File (on 21 Family History Library films beginning with 1058446.)
Pedigree Resource File consists of unedited, lineage-linked pedigrees submitted over the Internet to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 1999. It also includes the associated family groups, descendant charts, and sometimes notes or sources. It is available for purchase at the Family History Library for use on personal computers.
Periodical Source Index (PERSI) "Periodicals" section. Also available on the Internet at www.ancestry.com/ancestry/search/3165.htm for a subscription fee.
Social Security Death Index "Vital Records" section. This index is also available on the Internet at http://ssdi.genealogy.rootsweb.com
U.S. Military Death Index. This index lists deaths of service men and women in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. It is available at most Family History Centers as part of FamilySearch. For details see the Military Index Resource Guide.
These indexes are available at the Family History Library and many libraries with family history collections.
Web Sites about Your Family
Search the Internet for family history web sites about your surname. To find such sites use the "Search for Ancestors" feature of the FamilySearch™ Internet Genealogy Service at http://www.familysearch.org.
Printing Your Family History
Pulling together a family history is without question one of the most rewarding activities you can do. The end product will provide a wonderful depository for family stories, traditions, and other memories. The fruits of your labors will be appreciated for years to come.
Brigham Young University's Print and Mail Production Center offers facilities and consultants to assist genealogists in printing their family histories. Their consultants can answer questions regarding formatting, layout, scanning photos, and can assist in the printing process.
Print and Mail Production Center's facilities include state of the art digital printing equipment, offset presses, and a full service bindery.
Statewide Collections and Publications
Most archives, historical societies, and genealogical societies have special collections and indexes of genealogical value. Usually, the records must be searched in person.
The library has several collections of family group sheets, pedigree charts, and other information submitted by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These collections include many Utah families. See the Tracing LDS Families Research Outline for more information.
Manuscript Collections and Special Files
Some of the major collections available through the Family History Library are:
- Bennett, Archibald F. Family Genealogical Records Alphabetically Arranged. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1967. (On 19 Family History Library films beginning with 476963.) Contains correspondence, genealogies, pedigree charts, and family group records for some Utah families. The Family History Library Catalog lists all surnames on each film.
- Cummings Collection of Genealogical Questionnaires Relating to Utah Families. [Salt Lake City, Utah]: B. F. Cummings II, 19--? (Family History Library book Q979.2 D2c; film 1592751 item 4.) This source contains genealogical data sheets on 172 Utah families collected before Cummings' death in 1918. The information has been indexed in the Early Church Information File with its former call number of MS 1332.
- Research Notes by Benjamin F. Cummings, Jr.on the Ancestry of Some Early Utah Families. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1954.(Family History Library films 25703–6.) These films are of his research files. They include completed typed genealogies, a few questionnaires, the author's research notes, documents and letters, and a book with many short genealogies regarding Utah families. The notebooks are not confined to one family, so a careful search of the collection is required.
Many pedigrees of Utah families have been published in The Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine mentioned in the "Periodicals" section of this outline. Different segments of a family's genealogy may appear in several issues of the magazine. The family names have been indexed in the Early Church Information File.
The Family History Library also has family histories of many Utah families. They can be found by doing a Surname Search in the Family History Library Catalog. You also can find genealogies for Utahs in the Family History Library Catalog in the Locality Search under:
UTAH - GENEALOGY
UTAH, [COUNTY] - GENEALOGY