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Our Genealogy Helper for Brian Head ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Brian Head (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Brian Head. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the west contained birth and death records; the county to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Brian Head is located in Iron County.

To see how the shape of Utah's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Iron County: Lincoln (NV), Beaver, Garfield, Kane & Washington.

Below are the counties that are near Brian Head. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Brian Head:

  • Iron County     (The home county of Brian Head)
    • Summit [Iron County]
    • Parowan Adobe Fort [Iron County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Parowan Adobe Fort
      • Parowan Adobe Fort [Iron County] was located 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the north of Brian Head
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Parowan Adobe Fort. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<3>
    • Parowan [Iron County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Parowan
      • Parowan [Iron County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the north of Brian Head
      • Estimated population in 2019: 3,165 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Parowan
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Parowan<2>
    • Enoch [Iron County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Enoch
      • Enoch [Iron County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Brian Head
      • Estimated population in 2019: 7,180 people
      • Former name for Enoch:
      • Johnson Springs
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Enoch
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Enoch<2>
    • Fort Johnson [Iron County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fort Johnson
      • Fort Johnson [Iron County] was located 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Brian Head
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fort Johnson have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Johnson's Fort [Iron County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Johnson's Fort
      • Johnson's Fort [Iron County] was located 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Brian Head
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Johnson's Fort. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<3>
      • Johnson's Fort has also been known as:
      • Johnson Springs
    • Cedar Highlands [Iron County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cedar Highlands
      • Cedar Highlands [Iron County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the west of Brian Head
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cedar Highlands
    • Cedar City [Iron County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cedar City
      • Cedar City [Iron County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the west of Brian Head
      • Estimated population in 2019: 34,764 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cedar City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cedar City<2>
    • Paragonah Fort [Iron County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Paragonah Fort
      • Paragonah Fort [Iron County] was located 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the north of Brian Head
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Paragonah Fort. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<3>
    • Paragonah [Iron County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Paragonah
      • Paragonah [Iron County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the north of Brian Head
      • Estimated population in 2019: 545 people
      • Former names for Paragonah:
      • Paragoonah
      • Red Creek
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Paragonah
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Paragonah<2>
    • Hamiltons Fort [Iron County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hamiltons Fort
      • Hamiltons Fort [Iron County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the west of Brian Head
      • Former names for Hamiltons Fort:
      • Fort Hamblin
      • Fort Sidon
      • Fort Walker
      • Hambleton
      • Hamblin
      • Shirts Creek
      • Sidon
      • Hamiltons Fort has also been known as:
      • Hamilton Fort
      • Hamilton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hamiltons Fort
    • Fort Kanarra [Iron County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fort Kanarra
      • Fort Kanarra [Iron County] was located 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Brian Head
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Fort Kanarra. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<3>
    • Kanarraville [Iron County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kanarraville
      • Kanarraville [Iron County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Brian Head
      • Estimated population in 2019: 407 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kanarraville have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kanarraville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kanarraville<2>
  • Beaver County
    • Minersville [Beaver County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Minersville
      • Minersville [Beaver County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the north of Brian Head
      • Estimated population in 2019: 920 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Minersville have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Minersville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Minersville<2>
    • Adamsville [Beaver County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Adamsville
      • Adamsville [Beaver County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the north of Brian Head
      • Former names for Adamsville:
      • Beaver Iron Works
      • Wales
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Adamsville
  • Garfield County
    • Panguitch Lake Resort [Garfield County]
    • Asay [Garfield County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Asay
      • Asay [Garfield County] was located 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the east of Brian Head
      • Asay has also been known as:
      • Asay Town
      • Asays
    • Hatch [Garfield County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hatch
      • Hatch [Garfield County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the east of Brian Head
      • Estimated population in 2019: 142 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hatch have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hatch
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hatch<2>
    • Panguitch Fort [Garfield County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Panguitch Fort
      • Panguitch Fort [Garfield County] was located 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the east of Brian Head
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Panguitch Fort. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<3>
    • Panguitch [Garfield County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Panguitch
      • Panguitch [Garfield County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the east of Brian Head
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,682 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Panguitch
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Panguitch<2>
    • Hillsdale [Garfield County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hillsdale
      • Hillsdale [Garfield County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the east of Brian Head
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hillsdale have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hillsdale
    • Bear Valley Junction [Garfield County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bear Valley Junction
      • Bear Valley Junction [Garfield County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Brian Head
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bear Valley Junction
    • Bryce Canyon City [Garfield County]
    • Bryce Canyon [Garfield County]
  • Kane County
    • Duck Creek Village [Kane County]
    • Long Valley Junction [Kane County]
    • Alton [Kane County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alton
      • Alton [Kane County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Brian Head
      • Estimated population in 2019: 120 people
      • Former names for Alton:
      • Graham
      • Roundy's Station
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Alton<2>
    • Glendale [Kane County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glendale
      • Glendale [Kane County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Brian Head
      • Estimated population in 2019: 407 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Glendale have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glendale
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Glendale<2>
    • Orderville [Kane County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Orderville
      • Orderville [Kane County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the south of Brian Head
      • Estimated population in 2019: 592 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Orderville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Orderville<2>
    • Mount Carmel [Kane County]
  • Washington County
    • Blue Springs [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Blue Springs
      • Blue Springs [Washington County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the southwest of Brian Head
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Blue Springs
    • Fort Harmony [Washington County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fort Harmony
      • Fort Harmony [Washington County] was located 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Brian Head
    • New Harmony [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for New Harmony
      • New Harmony [Washington County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Brian Head
      • Estimated population in 2019: 234 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on New Harmony
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for New Harmony<2>
    • Springdale [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Springdale
      • Springdale [Washington County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the south of Brian Head
      • Estimated population in 2019: 629 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Springdale
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Springdale<2>
    • Grafton [Washington County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Grafton
      • Grafton [Washington County] was located 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the south of Brian Head
      • Former name for Grafton:
      • Wheeler
    • Rockville [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rockville
      • Rockville [Washington County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the south of Brian Head
      • Estimated population in 2019: 269 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rockville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rockville<2>
    • Virgin [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Virgin
      • Virgin [Washington County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Brian Head
      • Estimated population in 2019: 658 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Virgin
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Virgin<2>
    • Toquerville [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Toquerville
      • Toquerville [Washington County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Brian Head
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,735 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Toquerville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Toquerville<2>

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Brian Head, see our County-by-County Page for Brian Head.

Newspapers Published in Brian Head ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 7 newspapers that have been published in the area around Brian Head.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Brian Head, there are papers which were published within 24 miles [38.6 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Brian Head.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Brian Head:

  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • Stories from Utah

Cemeteries Near Brian Head ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Brian Head.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Brian Head covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<6>

While we didn't find Brian Head in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Brian Head.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Brian Head, with the one closest to Brian Head listed first.

  • Parowan [Iron County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Parowan
    • Parowan [Iron County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the north of Brian Head
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 514 people
    • Estimated population in 2019: 3,165 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Parowan had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Parowan
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Parowan<2>
  • Cedar City [Iron County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cedar City
    • Cedar City [Iron County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the west of Brian Head
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 967 people
    • Estimated population in 2019: 34,764 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Cedar City had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cedar City
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cedar City<2>
  • Paragonah [Iron County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Paragonah
    • Paragonah [Iron County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the north of Brian Head
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 234 people
    • Estimated population in 2019: 545 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Paragonah had a post office and no railroad service
    • Former names for Paragonah:
    • Paragoonah
    • Red Creek
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Paragonah
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Paragonah<2>
  • Kanarraville [Iron County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kanarraville
    • Kanarraville [Iron County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Brian Head
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 156 people
    • Estimated population in 2019: 407 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Kanarraville had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kanarraville have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kanarraville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kanarraville<2>
  • Panguitch [Garfield County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Panguitch
    • Panguitch [Garfield County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the east of Brian Head
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 436 people
    • Estimated population in 2019: 1,682 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Panguitch had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Panguitch
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Panguitch<2>
  • Glendale [Kane County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glendale
    • Glendale [Kane County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Brian Head
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 152 people
    • Estimated population in 2019: 407 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Glendale had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Glendale have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glendale
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Glendale<2>
  • New Harmony [Washington County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for New Harmony
    • New Harmony [Washington County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Brian Head
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 103 people
    • Estimated population in 2019: 234 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, New Harmony had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on New Harmony
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for New Harmony<2>

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Brian Head. See our List of 1890's Communities around Brian Head.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Brian Head ...

While our initial data about Brian Head came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Brian Head in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Brian Head.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Utah Place Names
(Available from Amazon.com)

Written by: Van Cott, John W.

Published by the University of Utah Press, 1990

We have found Brian Head in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Brian Head for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Brian Head. See our Misc Page for Brian Head for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Utah

About Iron County

About Utah

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Brian Head: brianheadtown.utah.gov/

The official website for Iron County: www.ironnet.org/

The official website for State of Utah: https://www.utah.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Brian Head) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Brian Head. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Brian Head

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Brian Head. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.6981, Longitude: -112.8451    
<2>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<3>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<4>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<5>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<6>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Brian Head, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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