Societies generate genealogies, biographies, histories, and indexes of local records. They may publish periodicals, lists of members and ancestors, yearbooks, or surname indexes. Utah has many societies and associations interested in genealogical research and preserving history and records of Utah. Other groups are lineage societies for descendants of pioneers, soldiers, and ethnic groups.
Lineage and Hereditary Societies
The following are major lineage and genealogical societies in Utah.
- The Daughters of Utah Pioneers maintains a museum with pioneer memorabilia, library of family histories, and many pictures and photographs. Yearly they publish a volume about the history of Utah including histories of pioneers of Utah. The list of publications are in Utah Biographies.
- The following two indexes are available on their internet site. You can type in your ancestor's last name. A list with the full name including maiden names, birth date and death date will be given. You may then request a copy of either the history or the photograph for a minimal cost.
- The Sons of Utah Pioneers maintains a library with histories, research books, compact discs, and family group sheets. A database of pioneers with biographical information is available and the society keeps files on the Mormon Battalion.
- They publish the magazine, Pioneer. Salt Lake City, Utah: National Society of the Sons of Utah Pioneers, 1953–. At various libraries (WorldCat) FHL film 824069; book 979.2 H25p
Many of the national lineage societies have chapters in Utah. The following are some of the major statewide societies.
Sons of the American Revolution Utah Chapter
- The society supports historic research and preservation of material relating to those who gave service in the Revolutionary War. The website has Membership requirements, links to genealogical data, and State Society Secretary, with links to emails.
- A roster giving names of members and their patriot ancestors and biographies are included for most members from 1895 to 1992 is:
Genealogical and Historical Societies and Organizations
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. See below for for the hours of operation.
The Utah State Historical Society publishes the Utah Historical Quarterly, a helpful resource for Utah research since 1928.
300 Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1106
Research Center hours:
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday
Closed Saturday and Sunday
The Research Center serves both the Archives and the Historical Society.
The Utah Genealogical Association is interested in worldwide genealogical research methodology, sponsoring week-long courses annually at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). Pioneer certificates are issued to anyone proving pioneer heritage in Utah.
Utah Jewish Genealogical Society
The Utah Jewish Genealogical Society provides a way for those interested in there Jewish ancestors to research, learn techniques, and about available records.
Finding other Local Societies
Be sure to look under Utah Archives and Libraries for holdings in major libraries.
Some counties and towns in Utah also have local historical and genealogical societies. You can find local society addresses by using directories cited in United States Societies page.
Also, look in the wiki for name of the county and the subject, "Societies" and "Archives and Libraries."
Society pages and the Society adopt-a-page option
- Societies can have their own page in the wiki devoted specifically to their organization. See the Help article: "creating a society page" for more details
- Societies are encouraged to adopt-a-wiki-page related to their own content expertise. See the Help article for more details about the opportunity to adopt a wiki page.