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Contact the Cemeteries and Burials Program

Thank you for visiting the Utah Cemeteries and Burials program. Please use the form below to contact us with questions, comments, or concerns regarding the cemeteries program or the database.

Please note: If you are seeking a correction to a burial record, please contact the cemetery where the individual record is located. Our records may only receive updates from the originating party.

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Please include the date needed or timeframe, and the names of persons or places relevant to your request. If you are attempting to locate an individual, please include as much of the following information as possible (First, Last, Middle, Maiden names; date of birth, place of birth, date of death, place of death, religious affiliation, cemetery, cities they may have lived in)

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Digital Resources from the Utah Division of State History

The Utah Division of State History (State History) has many online resources available to the public for research purposes. Some of our current digital resources include:

State History resources digitized in partnership with U of U Marriott Library:

Digital photos:  70,000 historical photos online at http://history.utah.gov/digital-photos

Newspapers:  300,000 newspaper pages scanned and on Utah Digital Newspapers, http://digitalnewspapers.org   These newspapers cover crucial periods of Utah history.

  • Salt Lake Telegram:  1867, 1902, 1907-1912, 1914-1949
  • Ephraim Enterprise:  1891-1972
  • Inter-Mountain Republican: 1906-1909
  • Manti Messenger:  1893-1973
  • Salt Lake Herald:  1870-1920

Archaeological site records: 35,000 records online, available for licensed archaeologists

Publications: 47,000 pages online at http://history.utah.gov/publications

Complete copies of these periodicals:

  • Utah Historical Quarterly—scholarly  journal published since 1928
  • Beehive History—magazine with short, interesting stories published from 1974-2002
  • History Blazer—brief history anecdotes published as part of Utah’s centennial celebration, 1995-1996
  • Utah Archaeology—annual professional journal published by State History and partners
  • Antiquities Section Selected Papers—a monograph series examining the prehistoric cultures of Utah
  • Utah Preservation—historic preservation magazine published annually 1997-2007

Complete copies of these books:

  • 29 Centennial County Histories—A volume on each county published as part of Utah’s centennial celebration
  • A Way of Seeing: Discovering the Art of Building in Spring City, Utah
  • Brigham Street
  • Building by the Railyard
  • Carbon County: Eastern Utah’s Industrialized Island
  • Corinne—The Gentile Capital of Utah
  • Emery County: Reflections on Its Past and Future
  • First 100 Years: A History of the Salt Lake Tribune
  • Historic Buildings of Downtown Salt Lake City
  • Let ‘Em Holler: A Political Biography of J. Bracken Lee
  • Not by Bread Alone: The Journal of Martha Spence Heywood
  • Of Work and Romance: Discovering Utah’s Barns
  • On the Ragged Edge: The Life and Times of Dudley Leavitt
  • San Juan County, Utah: People, Resources, and History
  • The Architecture of Fort Douglas, Utah, 1862-1995
  • The Avenues of Salt Lake City
  • The Peoples of Utah
  • Utah’s Historic Architecture, 1847-1940

Other State History digital resources:

Cemeteries and burials:  information on nearly 600,000 deceased persons online at http://history.utah.gov/cemeteries . This database was named by Family Tree magazine as one of 2013’s best state-run genealogy websites. Visitors may also go to http://cemeteries.utah.gov/ directly.

Information on researching and rehabilitating historic buildings at http://history.utah.gov/info-resources-hist-bldgs

Catalogs and indexes to research library, manuscripts, phone directories, newspapers, and yearbooks at http://history.utah.gov/history/collections-2

Markers and monuments:  text from historical markers statewide at http://history.utah.gov/markers-and-monuments-database

Sister Agency Resources Digitized by Marriott Library

  • State Fine Art Collection
  • State Folk Art Collection
  • Utah American Indian Digital Archive:  Articles, books, documents, oral histories, photographs, and maps on Utah’s tribes at http://utahindians.org/archives/
  • Microfiche:  6,000 sheets of microfiche for State Library
  • Utah State Bulletin:  digitized and online at State Library

Cemeteries & Burials

PLEASE NOTE: If you find an error in the database, please contact the cemetery, so that the official record can be corrected. To ensure that our database matches the official record, we do not correct records in the database unless the update comes from a cemetery. Thank you! -AO, 09/25/2013

The Utah State Cemeteries and Burials database is used by cemeteries, researchers, genealogists, and individuals to locate the sites of burials and cemeteries throughout the state. We work with all cemeteries throughout the state to make this information available to the public in one comprehensive location.

Weeping Angel Tombstone, Mount Olivet Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Utah

Weeping Angel Tombstone

 

Search for a person buried in Utah.

Find a cemetery in Utah, or view a list of cemeteries.

Search death certificates from 1900-1960 (outside web site)

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The Utah Cemeteries and Burials Database is recognized by Family Tree Magazine as one of the Best State Web Sites for family history research.

 

 

About the data collection

This state database contains names and other information about people who are buried in Utah cemeteries. Data is collected in three ways:

1. We give small grants to cemeteries to help them digitize sexton records. (Cemeteries do not computerize the information on grave markers). The cemeteries then submit the data to the database.

2. We encourage cemeteries that already have their records in digital format to donate their data to the database.

3. Private groups and individuals sometimes offer to survey a cemetery. If you would like to do this, please see our tips for cemetery volunteers. You must have permission from the cemetery and contact us about format requirements and the submission process. We will not accept data unless they are in the proper format.

4. Access to the database is free to the public through our online search. We do not offer back-end access or data files. If you would like a cemetery’s complete database record, please contact the cemetery directly. 

5. Data is provided by cemeteries. If you find an error in the database, please contact the cemetery to verify the information and ask them to send us an update. We are unable to correct individual records without the cemetery’s updated file.

For cemeteries wishing to submit data, please refer to our submission guidelines, and contact Amy Oliver, 801-245-7247, for more information.

Contact us

For information about the Cemeteries and Burials Database, contact:

Amy Oliver
801-245-7247
Fax: 801-533-3503

For grant information, contact:
Debbie Dahl
801-245-7233
Fax: 801-533-3503

Research Center: Special Hours

Did you know? The Downtown Farmer’s Market is coming to the Rio Grande Depot every other Saturday during the winter. In conjunction with these events, the Research Center will be open from 10am – 2pm on the following Saturdays:

  • November 9th, 2013
  • November 23rd, 2013
  • December 7th, 2013
  • December 21st, 2013

Take advantage of these extended hours to get your holiday research projects done!

Read more about the services offered at the Research Center here.


Cemetery Inventory Grants Available

Grant funds are now for municipal, private, and local cemeteries. These grants help cemeteries digitize their sexton records and make them available online. Using these grants, cemeteries can create a database and map of their cemetery and burials. The data will be available online on the Utah Cemeteries and Burials Database. This database is one of the state’s most popular online services, receiving 100,000+ hits per month. See our grants page or call Amy Oliver at 801-245-7247 for more information.


Library & Collections

The Library and Collections staff invites you to discover Utah’s history. Thousands of photographs, books, manuscript collections, maps, newspapers and periodicals are available to you in our Research Center and online. Visit us and discover how Utah’s history is your history.

Research Center Hours: M – F, 9am- 4pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday.

The Research Center will be closed Friday September 26 for the

Utah State History Annual Conference

manuscripts

Collections

Search Markers and Monuments

The database page for Markers and Monuments is this page.

Markers and Monuments Database

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Submit Burials Data

Note: Only authorized representatives of cemeteries may submit burial data for inclusion in the Utah Cemeteries and Burials database.

Do you have a correction to the database?

Would you like to survey a public or private cemetery? Follow these steps:

  • Obtain written permission from the cemetery.
  • Contact us about the correct format and submission of data, or if you have any questions.

Steps to submitting data

Prepare and format your data

Download and use our Microsoft Excel Template

Submit data

Correct individual records

Contact us if you have any questions.

Prepare and format data

Cemeteries my export to the Utah Burials Database all or part of their records, including updates (usually new burials since the last update).

Data must be submitted in comma-separated value (CSV) format or in a Microsoft Excel file. The data must be submitted in the following order:

Column Header Type and (Maximum number of characters)
BURIAL_ID NUMBER (7) REQUIRED
LAST_NAME TEXT (25) REQUIRED
FIRST_NAME TEXT (40)
BIRTH_MONTH NUMBER (2)
BIRTH_DAY NUMBER (2)
BIRTH_YEAR NUMBER (4)
BIRTH_PLACE TEXT (75)
DEATH_MONTH NUMBER (2)
DEATH_DAY NUMBER (2)
DEATH_YEAR NUMBER (4)
DEATH_PLACE TEXT (75)
BURIAL_MONTH NUMBER (2)
BURIAL_DAY NUMBER (2)
BURIAL_YEAR NUMBER (4)
SOURCE TEXT (100)
CAUSE TEXT (75)
GRAVE_LOCATION TEXT (30)
COMMENTS TEXT (100)
GENDER TEXT (1)
GRAVEMARKER_MATERIAL TEXT (15)
GRAVEMARKER_TYPE_OF_MARKER TEXT (20)
GRAVEMARKER_IMAGERY TEXT (100)
GRAVEMARKER_ARTISAN TEXT (40)
GRAVEMARKER_EPITAPH TEXT (2000)
GRAVEMARKER_COMMENTS TEXT (100)
RELATIVE1_NAME TEXT (40)
RELATIVE1_RELATIONSHIP NUMBER (1)
RELATIVE2_NAME TEXT (40)
RELATIVE2_RELATIONSHIP NUMBER (1)
RELATIVE3_NAME TEXT (40)
RELATIVE3_RELATIONSHIP NUMBER (1)
RELATIVE4_NAME TEXT (40)
RELATIVE4_RELATIONSHIP NUMBER (1)
RELATIVE5_NAME TEXT (40)
RELATIVE5_RELATIONSHIP NUMBER (1)

 

General instructions:

Make sure the required fields contain data.

Make sure you keep text fields within the required maximum number of characters.

If you don’t have any data for any field, do not delete that column on your Excel spreadsheet! Leave that field blank. Exception: for dates, put in a 0 (zero).

Please don’t add any additional categories or columns. Our database won’t accept them.

Days and months:

If the day or month is unknown, put in a 0 (zero).

Otherwise, use a one-digit number:

  • 1-12 for birth, death, or burial month
  • 1-31 for birth, death, or burial day

Years

If the year is unknown, put in a 0 (zero)

For a known year, use four digits (any year between 1700 and the current year).

Gender

Gender should either be blank, F, or M.

Relatives

You can include up to five relatives in the database.

Either fill in both the name and relationship, or leave both empty.

To fill in the relationship field, use these numbers:

  • Mother = 1
  • Father = 2
  • Spouse = 3
  • Children = 4
  • Sibling = 5

Note that these numbers do not have to correspond with the Column Headers. For instance, RELATIVE1_RELATIONSHIP does not have to be Mother. Or, for instance, RELATIVE3, RELATIVE4, AND RELATIVE5 could all be children.

This is fine, but again, you cannot include more than five relatives at this time.

Correct individual records

Corrections of individual burial records must be coordinated through the local cemetery records keeper, where the master record is kept.

If you see an error, please contact the records keeper at the cemetery. That person will make the change in the master record, who will then notify our office. At that point, we will make the change in the statewide burials database.

Questions?

Contact Amy Oliver at 801-245-7247.