Links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.
- The Mountain West Digital Library is a search portal for an aggregation of digital collections from more than 50 universities, colleges, public libraries, museums, and historical societies in Utah, Nevada, and Idaho. It is in partnership with 60 academic libraries, public libraries, museums, historical societies, cities, counties, and state agencies from Utah, Nevada, Idaho, and Hawaii (coming soon: over 60 new partners in Arizona!)
- Pioneer: Utah's Online Library includes Centennial county history series; Utah historical serial publications; Utah Session Laws from 1851 (requires a [Utah] library card).
State Historical Society and State Library at the Rio Grande Railroad Station in Salt Lake City
State and County Repositories[edit | edit source]
Research Center for Utah State Archives and Utah State History[edit | edit source]
300 S Rio Grande St
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Phone: (801) 531-3847
Open M-F 9 a.m.-4 p.m
The Research Center is in the historic Rio Grande building and serves researchers of both the Utah State Archives and the Utah State Historical Society below.
- 346 S Rio Grande St
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Phone: (801) 531-3848
Internet: Utah State Archives
- The Utah State Archives and Records Service is a state government agency that works with records created by state and local governmental entities in Utah. Records of historical value are preserved and are available for research. The Archives also has the Records Service: Name Indexes database.
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- 300 S Rio Grande St
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Telephone: (801) 245-7225
Internet: Utah State History
- Records of early settlements, Great Basin colonization, Mormon pioneers, mining, and records not available at other repositories. Utah State History’s mission is to preserve and share the past for a better present and future. Services include the Utah Historical Quarterly, Library and Collections, Historic Buildings preservation, and antiquities.
Research is by appointment only. The public may call or email to make a request or to schedule a research appointment.
Utah State Library
Telephone: (385) 468-0820
Historical records created by agencies within the Salt Lake County government, including vital records, property records, and photographs.
Utah State Library in Salt Lake City
250 North, 1950 West, Suite A
Salt Lake City, UT 84116-7901
Internet: Utah State Library Division
- Their collection includes almost every state, county, or local history of Utah. Salt Lake City, Utah, family histories, photographs, books, manuscript collections, telephone directories, maps, newspapers, yearbooks, and periodicals are available in the Research Center and online.
Utah Vital Records Office
PO BOX 141012
288 North 1460 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-1012
Telephone: (801) 534-4694
Internet: Vital Records Office
- Statewide births and deaths since 1905; marriages and divorces since 1978.
History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Library in Salt Lake City
Church History Library
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints History Library
15 East North Temple Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84150-3800
Library Telephone: 801-240-2745
Archives Telephone: 801-240-2272
Internet: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints History Library
- The Church History Library collection is especially strong for early Utah and Mormon pioneers. You will need to bring identification with a photograph, such as a driver's license, to use some of the records. Church History Library material does not circulate to Family History Centers.
Daughters of Utah Pioneers
The Daughters of Utah Pioneers Memorial Museum in Salt Lake City
300 N Main Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84103
Internet: Daughters of Utah Pioneers
- Houses many records pioneers brought with them including Bibles, photos, diaries, journals, and letters. Also has compiled genealogies on nearly every pioneer that arrived before 1869.
26 East Forest Street
Brigham City, UT 84302
Internet: Research Center - Family History]
- Good genealogy collection for Utah settlers.
255 North Main
Logan, UT 84321
E-mail: Ask a Librarian form
Internet: Logan Library
- The library has received the collection from Everton Library. The Everton collection had around 80,000 genealogical volumes.
Salt Lake City Public Library
209 East 500 South Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Internet: Salt Lake City Public Library
- The Salt Lake City Public Library has a good heraldry collection, and better than average Western Americana collection including books about Latter-day Saint and other ethnic pioneers. They participate in inter-library loan service. Their noteworthy genealogically related databases include: HeritageQuest Online, The Pioneer (Utah's online library), Utah Digital Newspapers, Digital Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps 1865-1970, Gale Virtual Reference Library, and the Biography Resource Center.
University Libraries may have unique collections useful for history and genealogy. These may include oral history interviews, family collections, and doctoral dissertations, to name a few.
BYU Harold B Lee Library in Provo
Brigham Young University Harold B. Lee Library
P.O. Box 26800
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602-6800
E-mail: Ask a Librarian
Internet: BYU Harold B. Lee Library Internet site
- An outstanding research library including county and local histories, records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, diaries, journals, periodicals, newspapers, government documents, maps, and computer databases.
DSU Val A Browning Library in St. George
Dixie State University Val A. Browning Library Special Collections
225 South 700 East
St. George, Utah 84770
- A large manuscript collection for early Utah pioneers, and a big genealogy collection with many records about out-of-state people.
SUU Gerald R. Sherratt Library in Cedar City
Gerald R. Sherratt Library Special Collections
Southern Utah University
351 W. University Blvd.
Cedar City, UT 84720
U of U Marriott Library in Salt Lake City
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
USU Merrill-Cazier Library in Logan
USU Merrill-Cazier Library[edit | edit source]
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322
- Best western "mountain man" collection anywhere.
WSU Stewart Library in Ogden
Weber State University
2901 University Circle
Ogden, UT 84408-2901
Toll Free 877-306-3140
Major Family History Centers[edit | edit source]
Family History Library in Salt Lake City
35 North West Temple Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84150
Internet: FamilySearch Family Tree pedigrees, Memories photos, Search historical records, Genealogies, FamilySearch Catalog, and FamilySearch Wiki
- 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, and records of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Many Utah microfilms are also at branch FamilySearch Centers in local church buildings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and described in their online FamilySearch Catalog.
- The following guide book will help in using the library. It gives suggestions on preparing to visit the library, genealogy research tips, and helps in using the library.
- A history of the Genealogical Society of Utah was written during the centennial of the society. This book covers the beginning of the society to 1994. It contains a history of the library, of microfilming, and an overview of the Granite Mountain Records Vault.
The BYU Family History Library is in the Harold B. Lee Library in Provo
Harold B. Lee Library
150 East 1230 North
P. O. Box 26800
Provo, UT 84602-6800
Family History Reference Desk: 801-422-6200
Family History Librarian: 801-422-7661
Internet: BYU Family History Library
- An excellent research library and Introduction to Family History Centers with genealogical material from the United States and all over the world, including immigration sources.
Logan Utah Family History Center
50 North Main
Logan, Utah 84323
Reception Desk: 435-755-5594
- Unique early Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming sources about ranching, settlers, cattlemen, farmers, trails, and railroads.
Ogden Family History Center
539 24th Street
Ogden, Utah 84401
3740 W Market Center Dr.
Riverton, Utah 84065-8026
- Mostly computers and classrooms; almost no collection.
St. George Family Search Library
162 North 400 East 2nd Floor
St. George, Utah
Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley in California
University of California, Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Telephone: 510-642-6481 Reference desk
Website: The Bancroft Library
- Good early Utah collection. Premier Western Americana, and Latin Americana collections, including Native Americans, Spanish encounter and colonial settlement, exploration of western America, maps and atlases, the Mexican War, westward migration, the Gold Rush, mining, land surveys, religious and Utopian communities, and ethnic communities. This library has more about western North America than any other site. 
National Archives at Denver (Broomfield, CO)
17101 Huron Street
Broomfield, Colorado 80023
Internet: National Archives at Denver
- Archival holdings consist of Federal records from the mid-1800s to the late 1900s received from over 100 Federal agencies and courts in Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. Includes Utah plural marriage cases, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and federal naturalizations. The Federal Records Center maintains non-current retired Federal records.
To locate libraries in Utah, the state library maintains an updated site to public libraries.
- Utah State Library Directory The directory has links to each library web page, provides addresses, phone numbers, hours, and maps.