Family History is the over-arching term that encompasses both geneaology (study of family pedigrees) and more specialized studies such as people with common surnames or who originate in one location. The Research Center contains many useful primary and secondary sources within the collections of the Utah State Archives and Utah State History.
Our staff will attempt to locate and copy records related to specific individuals, but we can only search those record series that are indexed or otherwise easily accessible. For extensive research, please visit the Research Center in person or make arrangements with an independent researcher to visit.
- Criminal Records
case files, pardons, prisoner and arrest records
- Historical Jurisdiction
- Probate Court Records
estates, wills, guardianships, name changes and Adoptions
- Utah Court System
- Business Incorporation Records
- City & Town Records
Council minutes, ordinances and histories from several regions in Utah. Microfilm copies may be viewed at the Research Center and designated regional repositories. Search the online catalog by city name to see what is available.
Digital Newspapers Program
Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret News and more than 75 fully searchable daily and weekly newspapers
and Local Publications
Mostly from state government agencies, but a portion are from local cities and special districts that may provide insight into past lives.