Episcopal Diocese of Utah Database of Indexed Parish Records is Now Online

The Episcopal Diocese of Utah made available a database of indexed parish records from it’s no longer functioning congregations in Utah. Besides being a project associated with the Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board, it is also an informal kick-off to the Diocese’s sesquicentennial in 2017. It is hoped that besides documenting the Episcopal Church in Utah it may also be of use to genealogists with other than LDS Utah roots and those whose ancestors may have physically followed mining in the western United States.

The initial database covers the years 1870 to 1975 and records individuals in Arthur, Brigham City, Castle Gate, Corinne, Dugway, East Garfield (now known as Magna), Eureka, Frisco, Garfield, Helper, Kelton, Kenilworth, Layton, Logan, Myton, Provo, Roosevelt, Silver Reef, Standardville, Terra, and Vernal (some of which are now authentic ghost towns).

The database contains 4,163 line item entries covering Baptisms, Confirmations, Marriages, Burials, Communicant members, Clergy, services held, and in Archdeacon Ridgley’s case. “persons to be visited”. The Baptism section includes one done by Bishop Tuttle “on board the U.P.R.R. train near Hanging Rock, Utah” and the services section records services not being held due to heavy snow, several scarlet fever outbreaks, and when the person with the key to the Kenilworth schoolhouse unexpectedly took it out of town for the weekend.

The indexed early Diocesan records may be found at: http://www.episcopal-ut.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Merged-Index-final-1.xls.

Note: The index is a spreadsheet in Excel (xls) format. Depending upon the software installed in your computer, simply clicking on the link may or may not open the spreadsheet. If it does not, you can download the spreadsheet (try right-clicking on the above link) and then view it with almost any spreadsheet program, such as Excel, Macintosh Numbers, Google Sheets, Zoho Sheet, LibreOffice Calc, OpenOffice Calc, or any other spreadsheet program that can import xls files.

My thanks to Diocesan Historiographer Kurt Cook, the project coordinator, for telling me about this new online resource.

One Comment

Valerie R R Koutek July 20, 2016 at 6:18 am

This was very interesting to me, being a lifelong Episcopalian. I sent the article to our rector. He replied that here in Minnesota we don’t have such a data base, but we do have this: Guide to Finding Episcopalians in Minnesota for Genealogists and Historians
This Guide is a listing of all known closed Episcopal churches in Minnesota and the location of their extant parish records. Also included is a reference to a number of known Episcopal Church cemeteries and known transcript of the tombstones. This is a valuable resource for anyone who needs to search parish records for genealogical or historical information. The Guide was compiled by Arthur Louis Finnell, Historiographer/Archivist for the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. http://episcopalmn.org/assets/pdfs/management/FINDING-EPISCOPALIANS.pdf Thank you for a great newsletter.

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