Death Records

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About the records

Information in death records at the Utah State Archives may include name, date and place of birth, cause of death, parent's names and birthplaces, spouse and burial location.

Before 1898

No governmental agencies were required by law to record deaths prior to 1898. Though not required to do so, some cities registered deaths prior to 1898. For other areas of Utah, try cemetery and burial records, newspaper obituaries, or private family and church records.

Last Updated April 9, 2024


County clerks became responsible for recording deaths beginning in 1898.

A name index to all counties prepared by the Utah Genealogical Society is available in the Reference Room.

Last Updated April 9, 2024


In 1905, the Utah Department of Health assumed responsibility for creating death certificates for all individuals who died in Utah.

Last Update April 9, 2024


By Utah law, birth certificates are private records for 100 years from the date of birth (Utah Code 26B-8-125 “Inspection of vital records”). To access a more recent birth record, contact the Utah Office of Vital Records and Statistics or most local health districts for a certified copy.

Utah Office of Vital Records and Statistics
PO Box 141012
Salt Lake City UT 84114-1012
Phone Number 801-538-6105

Page Last Updated November 21, 2022.