Welcome to Utah County History and Genealogy!

My name is Mary Ann Hetrick, I am the Coordinator for Utah County. I don't live in Utah County, but I do have many paternal roots in the county. I will do my best to add what we can to help you find your ancestors. I can't do research for you, or answer queries, what I know will be posted on these pages.

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Short About

In March and April, 1996, a group of genealogists organized the Kentucky Comprehensive Genealogy Database Project. The idea was to provide a single entry point for all counties in Kentucky, where collected databases would be stored. In addition, the databases would be indexed and cross-linked, so that even if an individual were found in more than one county, they could be located in the index. In June, as the Kentucky Project was coming to completion, it was decided to create this page for all states. Volunteers were found who were willing to coordinate the collection of county pages for each state page.

Utah County is a proud part of the UTGenWeb Project, and USGenWeb Project. You can Learn more About Us. If Utah County is not the County your looking for look at The UTGenWeb County Selection Page.


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Facts About Utah County

  • County Seat: Provo
  • Year Organized: 1849
  • Square Miles: 2,003.45
  • Originally Named: Cedar
  • Became Utah County, Utah: 3 Mar 1852
  • Cedar County: created; 5 Jan 1856-17 desolved;Jan 1862, Land was divided between Tooele County and Utah County, the records were transferred to Utah County. The Cedar County records were then transferred from Utah County to the Utah State Archives in March 2003.
    Per Laws of Utah;1855-56, p. 7; 1861-62, p. 51
  • Named for: Yuta, the Spanish name for the Ute tribe
  • Before the valley was settled by Mormon pioneers in the 1840s and 1850s it was the home of the Ute Indians. They lived along the eastern shore of the lake and used fish from the lake as their main food source. These Indians were described as peaceful and kind by the Spanish Catholic priests Dominguez and Escalante, who observed them in 1776. Dominguez and Escalante were trying to find a route between Santa Fe, New Mexico, and what is now southern California. When they came down Spanish Fork Canyon in the summer of 1776 they were the first non-Indians to enter Utah Valley

    ~Roger Roper

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