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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.)  
 
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.)  
  
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/2001084 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.<br>
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*'''1848-2001''' - [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/2001084 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.<br>
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*'''1906-1930''' - {{RecordSearch|2174938|Utah Naturalization Records, 1906-1930}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
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Guide to Wayne County, Utah ancestry, family history, and genealogy. Birth records, marriage and death records, cemeteries, census, church records, probate records, and obituaries—resources to find parents and family history since 1892, when the county was formed.

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Wayne County, Utah
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Facts
Founded March 10, 1892
County Seat Loa
Courthouse
Address 18 S Main Street
Loa, UT 84747
Phone: (435) 836-1320
Website: www.waynecountyutah.org
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County Facts[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named from Wayne County, Tennessee. The County is located in the south center area of the state. [1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Wayne County Courthouse
18 South Main Street
P O Box 189
Loa, UT 84747
Phone: 435-836-2731

County Clerk has some birth and death records 1898-1927 and marriage, divorce, and probate records from 1898.
County Recorder has land records from 1898.[2]

Wayne County, Utah Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Wayne for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1898 1898 1898 1898 1898 1898 1851
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1905. General compliance by 1917.

Records Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Parent Counties[edit | edit source]

Wayne County, Utah Genealogy was created Mar 10, 1892 from: Piute

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Utah County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Utah County Boundary Maps" (1849-1960) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

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

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Wayne County, Utah Genealogy is surrounded by: Emery | Garfield | Grand | Piute | San Juan | Sevier

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[4]

Towns
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns


Resources[edit | edit source]

The types of records that follow are used for genealogy and family history. Most tell what you may learn and how to locate the records. Links to Internet sites usually go directly to Wayne County, Utah Genealogy entries with names, images, or information.

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Business Records and Commerce[edit | edit source]

See United States Business Records
See also Utah Business Records

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
FindAGrave Family History Library FindAGrave
UTGravestones WorldCat Tombstone Project
BillionGraves (name) Utah Periodicals Utah Cemeteries and Burials
BillionGraves Linkpendium
USGW Cemeteries Genealogy Trails
Hometown Locator
Epodunk
See Utah Cemeteries for more information.

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.

  • Published transcripts of cemetery records are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog at the town level (space, then select the town) or the county level (select Cemeteries).

Cemetery Records -- Wayne County, Utah, by Genealogical Society of Utah. (FHL US/CAN Book #979.254, V3c)

Cemeteries at the Utah State Historical site

Census[edit | edit source]

Census records 1850 and later list names, ages, and places of birth (state or nation) for everyone in the household. Censuses locate the family and have other clues to find more records about them.

Churches and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

The information given in church records depends upon the practices of each religious group. Most include the names of members, often with ages and birth places. Several give birth, christening, or blessing dates for infants. See Utah Church Records for details about various denominations.

  • Church records (microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed for Wayne County, Utah Genealogy at the town level (space, then select a town) or county level (select Church topics) in the FamilySearch Library Catalog.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)[edit | edit source]
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Historically, most people in Utah were Latter-day Saints. Their records are, therefore, very important for early Utah research. For additional information, see Tracing Latter-day Saint 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

Guide to history and records of wards and branches of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Stake(s): Wayne Stake, Utah

Caineville · Fremont · Grover · Hanksville · Loa · Lyman · Teasdale · Torrey

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Many of your ancestors may be found in court records as defendants, plaintiffs, witnesses, or jurors. Court records can establish family relationships and places of residence, occupations, and other family history information. See Utah Court Records for the various courts through the years.

For specialized court records, see Divorce  · Guardianship  · Land  · Naturalization  · Probate

Directories[edit | edit source]

See Utah Directories

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic and Other Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

See Utah Gazetteers

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.


History[edit | edit source]

"Grit Enough to Stick With It" Stories from Blue Valley, edited and introduced by Kent Davis & Kristen Rogers Utah Historical Quarterly Summer 2000 vol. 68 no 3 pg 223

A History of Wayne County online at Marriott Library Digital Archives.

Wayne County Histories

The Family History Library has two Wayne County histories in its collection in Salt Lake City, Utah which can be accessed by visiting the Library. These books may also be available through interlibrary loan.

A History of Wayne County, by Mariam B Murphy (a Utah Historical Society publication) 979.254 H2m. It can also be purchased at the County Clerk's office in Loa.

Rainbow Views: a History of Wayne County, by Anne Snow (a Daughters of Utah Pioneers publication) 979.254 H2s 1977.

Interesting Facts

Hanksville was a supply post for Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch, who would hide out at Robbers Roost in the desert southeast of town.

History Timeline[edit | edit source]
  • Boundary changes timeline for Wayne County, Utah Genealogy from "UT: Index of Counties," Newberry Library's Utah Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

NOTE: Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Wikipedia for http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_County,_Utah Wayne County, Utah Genealogy].

  • 1853-54. Fremont was named after the explorer John C. Fremont, who passed through on his last and near fatal winter expedition to the west. It lies along State Route 72 just northeast of the town of Loa.
  • 1879. A.K. Thurber, built the first house in Thurber.
  • 1880's. Torrey is established as a town by Latter-day Saint settlers, and initially known as Youngstown, after John Willard Young. Located on State Route 24 in, eight miles from Capitol Reef National Park.
  • 1881. More cattlemen settled along Fish Creek. These early settlers referred to their settlement as Carcass Creek (now Grover).
  • 1885 Hanksville took the name, after Ebenezer Hanks, who was the leader of the group of pioneers who established the small Latter-day Saint settlement.
  • 1887 The Latter-day Saint residents in Carcass Creek were organized into a congregation called the Carcass Creek Branch.
  • 1890s The growing town of Carcass Creek was granted a post office, and the name was changed to Grover in honor of U.S. President Grover Cleveland.
  • 1892 Wayne County was created 10 March 1892 from Piute County. Most of its towns were settled after 1880 because of the remote location and limited resources. County seat: Loa [5]
  • 1893 Lyman was originally known as East Loa and became a distinct place from Loa.The original townsite was changed to the present location at the advice of Apostle Francis M. Lyman and was named in honor of him.
  • 1897 The town of Thurber moved to a new location due to sandy soil and poor water conditions and became Bicknell, a town along State Route 24 in Wayne County, Utah, United States.
  • 1900 The first log school/church/community building was built in Grover.
  • 1914 Thomas W. Bicknell, a wealthy eastern author, historian, and Education Commissioner for Rhode Island, offered a thousand-volume library to any Utah town that would rename itself after him. The town of Grayson also wanted the library prize, so in a compromise in 1916, Grayson took the name of Blanding, Mr. Bicknell's wife's maiden name, as a tribute to her parents. The two towns split the library, each receiving 500 books.

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

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.

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]
World War I[edit | edit source]
World War II[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

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.)

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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:

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Poor and Welfare Records[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Online Probate Records

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

See also How to order Utah Vital Records or download an application for Utah Birth CertificateMarriage or Divorce CertificateDeath Certificate Applications to mail.

Birth[edit | edit source]
Below are the best sources to find birth information (dates and places of birth and names of parents) for Wayne 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 1892[edit | edit source]
Wayne County, Utah Genealogy was formed on 10 March 1892.

      If your records show the person was born here before the county was formed,
      search parent counties


Birth 1892 - 1897[edit | edit source]
No birth records were created for Wayne 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[edit | edit source]
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.
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Marriage[edit | edit source]
Divorce[edit | edit source]

Divorce records give the names of the parties and may give the date and place of their marriage. See Utah Vital Records for excellent information.

Death[edit | edit source]
  • 1904-1964 - Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964 at FamilySearch — index and images . 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, birth date, parents, gender, marital status, spouse and place of residence.
  • Pre-1904 - Utah State Burial Data Base This site includes information on many Utah residents, who died before 1904.

Voting Registers[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

Links to indexes or images of records:

Links to Wayne County, Utah Genealogy collections:

Sites that gather links to the Internet

  • Linkpendium
  • CyndisList

Archives, Libraries, etc.[edit | edit source]

Resources for Wayne 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.

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

Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Wayne County Courthouse, 18 South Main St., Loa, UT 84747. Phone 435-836-2765

Wayne County website

FamilySearch Centers[edit | edit source]

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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.

  • No libraries in Wayne County.

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

Societies[edit | edit source]

See also a List of Utah Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Towns and Communities[edit | edit source]

Incorporated Places[edit | edit source]

Bicknell (originally Thurber), Hanksville, Loa, Lyman, Torrey

Unincorporated places[edit | edit source]

Caineville, Fremont, Fruita, Grover, Notom, Teasdale

Ghost Towns[edit | edit source]

Fruita, Giles

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Wayne, Utah" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_County,_Utah accessed 5 Dec 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wayne County, Utah Page 688 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wayne County, Utah . Page 686-688 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 676-677.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Wayne County, Utah," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_County,_Utah, accessed 17 February 2019.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. "Wayne County, Utah: Family History and Genealogy, Census, Birth, Marriage, Death Vital Records and More," Linkpendium, http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/UT/Wayne/, accessed 1 February 2012.