Archive for September 25th, 2013

 I’ve been getting many questions over the last several weeks about where to look when you have Utah ancestors. As with any state or country you first want to go to the FamilySearch Wiki and read the country or state page.

Mormon Pioneers, who first arrived in the summer of 1847, settled Utah. The records of the wagon train and handcart companies, which arrived before1869, when the railroad was finished can be founds on Utah Mormon Overland Trail 1847-1869.  This website has not only the list of people in each company, but their birth, and often death dates, as well as excerpts from journals and newspapers to put their adventures into context.

A second wave of early immigrants came from Europe, mostly the British Isles and Scandinavia. These immigrants usually came as groups or congregations on the same ship.  The Mormon Immigration Index has the passenger lists

A good source for early Utah marriages is the Western States Marriage Index . This is a collection of marriages from Utah and surrounding states, and is an on going project.  This is an index only, but you will be given book and page number to locate the original.

Utah Cemeteries –  While Find a Grave and Billion Graves are both wonderful sources for cemetery records – Utah Cemeteries is part of the State Archives and can help you find nearly any grave in Utah. It gives the cemetery and the burial plot.

Utah has chosen to put their digitized newspaper collection on line at  Utah Digital Newspapers is fairly comprehensive and a great way to locate ancestors and discover how they lived.

Utah Death Certificates cover from about 1904 – 1961. You will see the actual image, which you can download or print.

Arizona Birth/Death Records 1938 – 1963– Arizona and Utah were once part of the Utah Territory, and as a result many Utah people find their ancestors records in Arizona. This collection includes births that occurred 75 years ago and deaths that occurred at least 50 years ago. As with the Utah Death Certificate Site you see the actual image.

Mountain West Digital Library has a huge digital collection with links to other sites.

Don Snow and his late wife Diane put together a wonderful collection of web sites and information for Utah family historians. It has places to look that you might not readily think of.

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