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Established 1852
Previous to 1868 Salt Lake County was known
as Great Salt Lake County


Salt Lake County was named for the Great Salt Lake.

Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah is the County Seat 

Its county seat and largest city is Salt Lake City. It occupies a valley, Salt Lake Valley, as well as parts of the surrounding mountains, the Oquirrh Mountains to the west and the Wasatch Range to the east. In addition, the Great Salt Lake is partially within the northwestern section of the county.

The area that was to become Salt Lake County was settled in 1847 when Mormon Pioneers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, fleeing persecution in the East, arrived in the Salt Lake Valley after traveling through Emigration Canyon. Brigham Young, their leader, declared "This is the right place" after seeing the valley, which was at the time arid, dry, and unpromising. However, they soon developed a flourishing, self-sufficient city, Great Salt Lake City, through extensive irrigation techniques. Thousands of Mormons from around the world followed in the next several decades. The county was officially formed on January 31, 1850, with just over 11,000 residents recorded. Settlements were scattered across the valley and beyond, and the territorial capital was moved to Great Salt Lake City in 1857, when the name was subsequently shortened to Salt Lake City.

Fifteen cities and one town (Alta) have been established in the county:

Alta, incorporated in 1970
Bluffdale, incorporated in 1970s
Cottonwood Heights, incorporated in 2005
Draper, incorporated in 1978
Herriman, incorporated in 1999
Holladay, incorporated in 1999
Midvale, incorporated in 1900s
Murray, incorporated in 1902
Riverton, incorporated in 1946
Salt Lake City, incorporated in 1851
Sandy, incorporated in 1893
South Jordan, incorporated in 1935
South Salt Lake, incorporated in 1938
Taylorsville, incorporated in 1996
West Jordan, incorporated in 1941
West Valley City, incorporated in 1980

[Source: wikipedia.org]


Submit Your Obituaries
Obituaries are one of the most important resources used by researchers in tracing their family roots. Please
consider contributing any obituary information you may have by filling out the transmittal form
and submitting them here.
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Submit Your Headstone Transcriptions
Another source of genealogical information that is very useful are cemetery headstones. They provide key
data such as dates of birth, marriage information and dates of death.
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Website Updates:
July 2013: NEWS: Obituaries/Death Notices: Death notices for J. Neely Johnson, General Eli M. Barnum and Orson Pratt submitted by Jim Dezotell; death notices for James Thornton Cobb and Abiel Leonard submitted by Kim Mohler.
NEWS: Travel: Travel news re: Lloyd Burbridge and Miss Clark submitted by Jim Dezotell.
December 2012:
NEWS: Obituaries/Death Notices: Ex-Senator Thomas Kearnes submitted by Barbara Ziegenmeyer.
BIOGRAPHIES: Biography for W. T. Webb submitted by Barbara Ziegenmeyer.
PHOTO GALLERY: A Photo Gallery page has been added with a photo of Salt Lake City in 1869.

June 2012: BIOGRAPHIES: Biographies for Samuel P. Lemmon, Charles Anderson, Norman W. Erekson, C. Oscar Peterson, L. Loraine Bagley, Maj. Benjamin W. Black, M.D., J. P. Jensen, Charles L. Gray, D.C., and H. B. Spangler, M.D., all submitted by Christi Boyer.
February 2012:
OBITUARIES: Obituaries for Janet Cook Sharp, Frank Royle Olson, Rachel Hardman, Emanuel Master Murphy, Delamore Fisher & Mary E. Hazen submitted by Barb Ziegenmeyer.
BIOGRAPHIES: Biography for David L. Hoggan submitted by Jim Dezotell.
BIOGRAPHIES: Biographies for Maude Adams, George Washington Bartch, Henry William Blair & Frank Jenne Cannon submitted by Therman Kellar.
OBITUARIES: Obituaries for Thorou H. Woodbury, Mary Armstrong Madsen, Lew Dallin, Maria T. Goff, John Charles Carlisle, John Marlon Graham, Amelia Woodard Mulliner, William S. Romney, Archibald Stewart Higham, Edward H. Snow, Elijah E. Malin, W. A. Wright, Eugene Kimball, James Jardine, Phil H. Margetts, Margaret Snedden Treseder, Peter C. Peterson, Gordon S. Bills, James Bernard Keysor & Mrs. Joseph J. Meyers submitted by Barb Ziegenmeyer.
BIOGRAPHIES: Biographies for William C. Winder, Charles MacLean Anderson, Alma Swenson, Samuel J. Lindsay, William H. Rothwell, M.D., James Edward Talmage, Clarence Cecil Jacob, William A. Banks, Clarence Leroy Cooper, Jedediah M. Blair & S. J. Schneitter submitted by Wayne Cheeseman.
BIOGRAPHIES: Biography for Abraham William Brooke submitted by Charlotte Slater.
MILITARY: Korean War Casualties submitted by Nan.
CEMETERIES: Early Burials in Salt Lake City Cemetery submitted by Tracy McAllister.
BIOGRAPHIES: 90 biographies submitted by members of the Genealogy Trails Transcription Team.
BIOGRAPHIES: Biography for Harry Dorr Niles submitted by Andrea Stawski Pack.

January 2012: NEWS: Post Office: List of Letters submitted by Peggy Thompson.
NEWS: Death Notices: Maria Lillian Morris, William E. Keller, Sarah Edna Richardson, George W. Larkin, Jr., Phillip E. Bertoch and Amanda Morgan Miller submitted by Marla Zwakman.
HISTORY: The “Deseret News” - The Pioneer Newspaper of the West and the First University of Deseret Party submitted by Richard Ramos.
CENSUS: 1883 List of Pensioners submitted by Richard Ramos.
HISTORY: The Hillstrom Case submitted by Andrea Stawski Pack.
OBITUARIES: Obituaries for Edson Barney, Philemon Christopher Merrill and Elmina S. Taylor submitted by Andrea Stawski Pack.
OBITUARIES: Obituaries for George H. Sperry and James Daniel Murphy submitted by Dale Donlon.
BIOGRAPHIES: Biography for Frank C. Bramwell submitted by Jim Dezotell.
BIOGRAPHIES: Biographies for Arthur Brown, Clarence Emir Allen, Wallace Foster Bennett, John Milton Bernhisel and Reva Zilpha Beck  Bosone submitted by Anna Newell.

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