Utah Research Guide Digital Download

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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

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, especially during the California Gold Rush and the Mexican War.
  • Although some counties began keeping birth and death records as early as 1898, the state didn’t require civil registration until 1905. The Utah Division of Archives and Records Service has name indexes for births and deaths.
  • Early land and court matters were handled by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; a system of civil courts didn't form until 1850, when Utah became a federal territory.

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.

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