Your Guide to Researching Utah Ancestors

State Capital: Salt Lake City
First Settled: 1847
Territory:1847 it was still a Mexican Territory; 1850 Utah Territory (part of United States)
Admitted as the 45th state in 1896
First mostly extant federal census: 1850 (actually taken 1851)
Statewide birth and death registration: 1905+
Statewide marriage records: 1887+
Public land state

Wikipedia's Utah entry gives facts and information about the state and you can click on any of the links at the bottom of the page for information about a county, city or other local informtion.





Books, Periodicals, Articles, Tapes, CD's etc.
On The Web

Handybook for Genealogists (10th or 11th edition)
Ancestry's Redbook (you'll want the 3rd edition)
The Family Tree Resource Book for Genealogical Research

-- all have a section on Utah that includes maps, historical information, vital records coverage and a bibliography of resources,


Jaussi. Genealogical Records of Utah. 1974




First, bookmark or print out these FHL documents: Utah Research Outline (see upper right to get a printable .pdf version) and XXX Historical background. Also look at XXXX Statewide Indexes.

Use the catalog at the FHL to find out what has been filmed covering the state Michigan ; Click View Related Places in the upper right to find sources that have been filmed for the county you are researching and once there click View Related Places in the upper right to find sources that have been filmed for the township or city. You will want to check for resources in all three jurisdictions, although most people check the county holdings first, township next and state last.

Bookmark or print out this map of Utah Counties.

Next, see what is available for your counties of interet at at the Utah Gen Web (scroll down to visit the various utah county sites, and see the many other resources available on this site.


Then do the same for the ALHN XXXX page and the AHGP XXXX page.

Visit the websites of these libraries. archives and societies.

State Library
State Archives
Major U or Gen Libs
Gen & Historical Societies

XXXX is served by the National Archives ___ Region, which is housed in XXXX

Cemetery Records

The Utah History Research Center maintains a database of Utah burials.

Find burials at



The 1880 census can be searched for free at Find other online cesus records and more sensus informaiton at's XXX links.


County Histories



The XXX Newspaper Project will help you locate newspapers. Those that have been filmed can usually be borrowed on interlibrary loan. Once you've identified a newspaper you want to see, ask the Librarian at your local library to try to get it on interlibrary loan.

Vital Records

To get information about vital records, check the XXX Vital Records (official page) or the Vitalrec VVVV Page

Special populations

Black Sheep

Finally, check out XXXX Black Sheep Ancestors

Help! Queries and Lookups

More links

  • Access Genealogy List of XXX Links
    Cyndi's List XXXX Page
  • GenealogyToday's State Gen Site: XXX
  • Genealink's XXXX page
  • Linkpendium's XXXX Page
  • Rootsweb U.S. Resources: XXXXXX