Weber County, Utah Genealogy

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Weber County, Utah
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Founded March 3, 1853
County Seat Ogden
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Address Weber County Clerk/Auditor
2380 Washington Blvd, Ste 320
Ogden, UT 84401
Website: www.co.weber.ut.us
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Quick Facts

Parent Counties

3 March 1852: Weber County was officially formed as an original county despite having been created in 1850 for Census purposes. [1]

Neighboring Counties

Box Elder | Cache | Davis | Morgan | Rich | Tooele

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

History Timeline

Weber County was formed in 1850 for the census but officially made a county in 1852. Named after the Weber river which was in originally named after a trapper John Henry Weber. In 1869, Weber County's growth grew with the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad north of Ogden. This brought freight, passengers and rolling stock in to Ogden, Weber's County Seat.

Another growth spurt happened during World War II with the installation of The Defense Depot, Hill Air Force Base and the Naval Supply Depot in nearby Davis County. These installations provided many jobs for Weber County residents. Weber State University is not only a larger academic force for Weber County but a large employer as well.

Prior to 1824 the Weber County area was occupied by the nomadic Shoshone and Ute Indians for centuries.

  • 1824: Jim Bridger was reportedly the first white man to ee the Great Salt Lake[2]
  • 1825: Peter Skene Ogden visited the area
  • 1843: John C. Fremont accurately maps the area
  • 1843: Miles Goodyear built fort that came to be known as Fort Buenaventura
  • 1847: The area is purchased by James Brown for the LDS Church
  • 1850: The agricultural Weber County area grew to 1,141 residents.
  • 1869: The transcontinental railroad gives Weber’s County Seat, Ogden, the nickname of ‘’Junction City’’. The area explodes with industry brought in by the rapid transfer of goods, passengers and freight.
  • 1879: John M. Browning patented the first single shot rifle that helped put the area on the World Wide Map.
  • 1889: Weber State University was founded as Weber Stake Academy.
  • 1940’s: Weber County grows again with the addition of the Defense Depot Ogden(DDO), the neighboring Hill Air Force Base, and The Naval Supply Depot . These brought in as many as 150 regular and special trains a in a few months time through the County by 1944

Resources

Bible Records

Biography

Business Records and Commerce

Cemeteries

Cemeteries near or within cities/towns, please refer to the list above.

List of cemeteries in Weber County

See the Weber County Cemeteries, Burial Records, and Tombstone Photos page located on the USGenWeb site. The page contains helpful information and links to online cemetery resources for Weber County.

Find A Grave.com has burial information for the following Weber County cemeteries: Abey of the Holy Trinity (Huntsville), Aultorest Memorial Park (South Ogden), Ben Lomond (North Ogden), Eden, Evergreen Memorial Park (Ogden), Good Shepard Columbarium (Ogden), Hooper, Huntsville, Liberty, Lindquist Memorial Gardens of the Wasatch (Ogden), Masonic Gardens (Ogden), Meadow View Cemetery (Eden), Mount Benedict Monastery, Mountain View Cemetery (Eden), Ogden City, Plain City, Poor House Cemetery (Roy), Roy City, Saint Joseph's Church (Ogden), Slaterville, Stone Family Burial Plot (Uintah), Taylor, Uintah, Union Cemetery (North Ogden), Warren, Washington Heights Memorial Park (South Ogden), and West Weber Cemetery.

The Utah Cemetery and Burial Database on the Utah State History Website contains burial information for the following Weber County cemeteries: Ben Lomond (North Ogden), Evergreen Memorial Park (Ogden), Holy Trinity Abey Cemetery (Huntsville), Hooper, Huntsville, Liberty, Ogden City, Poor House Cemetery (Roy), Uintah, and Warren-West Warren Cemetery.

Census

The 1850 [1851], 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 U.S. federal population schedules of Weber County are available online. 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.

See Utah Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book for more information about statewide printed indexes.

  • 1850 (1851)
  • 1856
  • 1860
  • 1870
  • 1880
  • 1890
  • 1900
  • 1910
  • 1920
  • 1930

Church Records

Early church records, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for Weber County Wards and Branches can be found on film and are located at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The film numbers, for each ward, can be locate through the Family History Library Catalog at https://www.familysearch.org/. 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

Template:RAOGKcourthouse The Family History Library Catalog lists several collections of court records for Weber County. Films can be viewed at the Family History Library or sent to family history centers.

Directories

Ethnic Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogy

A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.

Histories

The Family History Library Catalog has several histories for Weber County. Films can be viewed at the Family History Library or sent to family history centers. Books can be used at the Family History Library, public libraries or through Interlibrary Loan (check with your public library).

Pioneer Utah's Online Library has a brief history of Weber County.

The Utah History Encyclopedia has a short history of Weber County.

History for Kids also has brief information on Weber County.

Land and Property

The Family History Library Catalog lists several collections for land records of Weber County.  It also lists collections of land records indexes and land records maps. Films can be viewed at the Family History Library or sent to family history centers.

Maps

For historical maps of Utah and Weber County, see:

David Rumsey Collection for Utah

Perry-Castaneda Map Collection for Utah

Historical Maps of Utah has several maps of Utah counties

Migration

Military

Utah History to Go has information about military installations in Davis and Weber counties.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

  One major resource for newspapers throughout Utah is the University of Utah's Utah Digital Newspapers project "with more than 600,000 pages of digitized Utah historical newspapers." Four newspapers from Weber County are included in this digital project, the Ogden Standard-Examiner predecessors, the Ogden Junction, Ogden Herald, and the Ogden Standard. Read more... about using Utah newspapers for your family history research.

Historical Newspapers

Obituaries

Periodicals

Poor and Welfare Records

Probate Records

The Family History Library Catalog has probate records for Weber County. Films can be viewed at the Family History Library or sent to family history centers. Books can be used at the Family History Library, public libraries or through Interlibrary Loan (check with your public library).

Public Records

Taxation

The Family History Catalog lists some tax records for Weber County. Films can be viewed at the Family History Library or sent to family history centers.

Vital Records

Historical marriage records for this county are difficult to locate and use.  It appears that the original marriage registers beginning in 1887, were microfilmed in the 1950's and then destroyed.  Unfortunately, the staff at the clerk's office are unable to locate the microfilm copies either (as of 2007).  Researchers must resort to the applications and/or the original marriage license returns (microfilmed) to locate specific marriages.  The microfilm is some what confusing to use and is mislabeled.

A considerable number of marriages are listed on the Western States Marriage Index although it is incomplete.  The Ogden Family History Center has a continuing project to document and reconstruct Weber County marriages and will often be the only source of marriage data/documentation.

Utah Death Certificates 1904 - 1956 -A free internet access to the 1904-1956 death certificates can be viewed on the https://www.familysearch.org/ .  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.

Weber County has an Online Certified Marriage License Search database. The database provides groom's name, bride's maiden name, marriage application number, and marriage application date. Digital images of original license applications are available for marriages dating back to 1982. Certified copies of all marriage license applications can be order online for a fee of $10.00.

Utah State Burial Index for death before 1904

Voting Registers

Resource Repositories

Archives, Libraries, and Museums

Courthouses

Family History Centers

Societies and Social Groups

 

Towns and communities

Cities

Towns

Unincorporated Communities

Historical Places:

Bingham's Fort

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  2. Weber County History


Biography and Genealogies

Veterans

The following was taken from USGenWeb Project Weber County

Web Sites

  • "FHLC Book 979.2 D3e" (Salt Lake City, Utah : Western Epics, 1966). <br> Vol. 1 part 1 (Family History Archives)<br>Vol. 1 part 2 (Family History Archives)