- Utah Department of Heritage and Arts
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- Utah Division of Indian Affairs
- Utah State Library Division
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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.
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:
Complete copies of these books:
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
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.
Search for a person buried in Utah.
Search death certificates from 1900-1960 (outside web site)
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 information about the Cemeteries and Burials Database, contact:
For grant information, contact:
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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.
The Research 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.
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The database page for Markers and Monuments is this page.
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:
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|
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.
If the day or month is unknown, put in a 0 (zero).
Otherwise, use a one-digit number:
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 should either be blank, F, or M.
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:
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.
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.
Contact Amy Oliver at 801-245-7247.
Interested in volunteering to collect cemetery records? Great!
Cemetery volunteers don’t work with us directly, but they often work with local cemeteries. Here are some tips to get you started finding volunteer work:
1. Identify a cemetery or cemeteries for which you would like to volunteer.
2. Find out who owns the cemetery, and who is in charge of the records—usually a sexton. For most cemeteries, you can find this info on the Utah Funeral Directors Association cemeteries directory athttp://www.ufda.org/cemeteries.php.
3. Check to see if the cemetery’s records are already on the Utah Cemeteries Database at http://cemeteries.utah.gov/burials/execute/cemeterylist
4. If so, see #7.
5. If not, you may be able to help the cemetery digitize its records. This means recording the information in the sexton’s records into a database. This database provides information to family and other historians worldwide.
To learn more about the database and possible grants to organizations for digitizing records, contact Amy Oliver at 801-245-7247.
6. The cemetery should then submit the burial records you have digitized to the statewide Utah Burials Database Coordinator at email@example.com
7. The cemetery may be interested in having you document the headstones in the cemetery by photographing and/or recording the information on the stones. This is a great service. However, the Utah Burials Database does not normally accept information from headstones, because the sexton records are the official burial records. However, in a few limited cases, we may accept burial records when sexton records do not exist.
If you’re interested in volunteering in a cemetery, but don’t know how to get started, email Amy Oliver at firstname.lastname@example.org