|Utah Wiki Topics|
|Local Research Resources|
- FamilySearch Places
- Utah Hometown Locator
- Utah State Post Offices
- Utah Counties
- The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns Stephen L Carr. The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns. Digital Publisher FamilySearch International
- Utah Gazetteer and Salt Lake Directory R L Polk. Utah Gazetteer and Salt Lake Directory. Salt Lake City Salt Lake Herald Pub. Co. ... [et al.] R.L. Polk 1874
- Utah Gazetteer 1892-93 Utah Gazetteer 1892-93, containing a complete index to residents and business firms of Salt Lake City, resources of Utah and reliable business directory of the Territory. Salt Lake City, Utah, Stenhouse & Co.1892
- Utah Gazetteer and Business Directory 1922-23 R L Polk. Utah Gazetteer and Business Directory 1922-23. Salt Lake City : Polk, R. L. 1922
- Origins of Utah Place Names Utah Writers' Project. Origins of Utah Place Names, 1940. Digital Publisher FamilySearch International
Print Only Gazetteers
- The Post Offices of Utah John S. Gallagher. The Post Offices of Utah. Burtonsville, Maryland : Depot, The, c1977
- Five hundred Utah place names : their origin and significance Rufus Wood Leigh. Five Hundred Utah Place Names : their origin and significance. Salt Lake City, Utah : Deseret News Press, c1961
- Utah State Gazetteer and Business Directory 1903-1904 R L Polk. Utah State Gazetteer and Business Directory 1903-1904. 1904
- Utah place names : a compilation : a comprehensive guide to the origins of Utah place names John W Van Cott. Utah Place Names : a compilation : a comprehensive guide to the origins of Utah place names. Salt Lake City, Utah : University of Utah Press, c1990
- Utah : A guide to the state Utah : A Guide to the State. New York, New York : Hastings House, 1945, c1941
- Utah atlas & gazetteer DeLorme Mapping Company. Utah Atlas & Gazetteer. Freeport, Maine : DeLorme, c1993
- Utah History Atlas David E. Miller. Utah History Atlas. [S.l.] : D.E. Miller, c1968
Why Use Gazetteers
A gazetteer is a dictionary of place-names. Gazetteers list or describe towns and villages, parishes, states, populations, rivers and mountains, and other geographical features. They usually include only the names of places that existed at the time the gazetteer was published. Within a specific geographical area, the place-names are listed in alphabetical order, similar to a dictionary. You can use a gazetteer to locate the places where your family lived and to determine the civil and religious jurisdictions over those places.
There are many places within a state with similar or identical place-names. You will need to use a gazetteer to identify the specific town where your ancestor lived, the state the town was or is in, and the jurisdictions where records about the person was kept.
Gazetteers may also provide additional information about towns, such as:
- Different religious denominations
- Schools, colleges, and universities
- Major manufacturers, canals, docks, and railroad stations
- The population size.
- Boundaries of civil jurisdiction.
- Ecclesiastical jurisdiction(s)
- Longitude and latitude.
- Distances and direction from other from cities.
- Schools, colleges, and universities.
- Denominations and number of churches.
- Historical and biographical information on some individuals (usually high-ranking or famous individuals)