Utah Fast Facts and Key Resources

By Maureen A. Taylor Premium

Fast Facts

Statehood: 1896

First federal census: 1850 (actually taken in 1851)

Available state censuses: 1856, 1872 (the latter is primarily statistical)

Statewide birth and death records begin: 1905

Statewide marriage records begin: 1887

Public-land state

Counties: 7 in 1850; 23 today

Contact for vital records:

Utah Department of Health Office of Vital Records

Box 141012, Salt Lake City, UT 84114

(801) 538-6105



Cyndi’s List: Utah <cyndislist.com/us/ut> Public Pioneer: Utah State Library
<onlinelibrary.utah.gov> Utah Digital Newspapers <digitalnewspapers.org> Utah GenWeb Project <rootsweb.ancestry.com/~utgenweb> Utah State Digital Archives <archives.utah.gov/digital> Western States Historical Marriage Record Index <abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/


Utah Place Names by John Van Cott
(University of Utah Press)

Utah’s History edited by Richard D. Poll
(Utah State University Press)

Archives & Organizations

•Bureau of Land Management Utah State Office
440 W. 200 S., Suite 500, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, (801) 539-4001, <blm.gov/ut>

•Brigham Young University Family History Library

Harold B. Lee Library, 4th Floor, Provo, UT 84602, (801) 422-6200, <sites.lib.byu.edu/familyhistory>

•Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City
27 C St., Salt Lake City, UT 84103, (801) 328-8641, <dioslc.org>

•Family History Library
35 N. West Temple St., Salt Lake City, UT 84150, (866) 406-1830, <www.familysearch.org>

•J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah, 295 S. 1500 E., Salt Lake City, UT 84112, (801) 581-8558, <lib.utah.edu>

•LDS Church History Library and Church Archives
15 E. North Temple St., Salt Lake City, UT 84150, (801) 240-2745, <history.lds.org>

•National Archives at Denver
17101 Huron St., Broomfield, CO 80023, (303) 604-4740, <archives.gov/denver>

•Research Center for Utah State Archives
346 S. Rio Grande St., Salt Lake City, UT 84101, (801) 533-3848, <archives.utah.gov>

•Salt Lake Valley Health Department Bureau of Vital Records 2001 S. State St., Suite S2-600, Salt Lake City, UT 84190, (385) 468-4100, <slco.org>

•Utah Genealogical Association
Box 1144, Salt Lake City, UT 84110, (801) 259-4172, <ugagenealogy.org>