You’ll love this if…
- You’re getting started tracing your ancestors in Utah
- You want new ideas and resources to get past a Utah brick wall
- Your genealogy search is focused mainly on Utah
Trace your Utah ancestors with the advice and resources in our State Research Guide! This four-page download includes:
- a how-to article detailing Utah’s history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
- the best websites, books and other resources for Utah research, handpicked by our editors and experts
- listings of key libraries, archives and organizations that hold the records you need
- timeline of key events in the state’s history
- full-color map to put your research in geographical context
Here’s a sampling of the helpful tips you’ll get in the Utah guide:
- Although Mormonism was—and still is—Utah’s dominant religion, people of other faiths settled there during the California Gold Rush and the Mexican War. In the late 19th century, European immigrants of various religious backgrounds sought employment in Utah’s mines, railroads and farms.
- Although some counties began keeping birth and death records as early as 1898, the state didn’t require civil registration until 1905—and full compliance didn’t happen right away. Use the Family History Library catalog to find death records on microfilm.
- The state archives keeps state district court documents, as well as some local probate court records including estate settlements, adoptions (sealed for 100 years), guardianships and name changes.
Plus, each guide contains active web links for one-click access to every recommended online resource. You can view this PDF on your computer and print pages for reference.