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Our Genealogy Helper for Provo (aka 'Provo City') ...

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 Provo (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 Provo. 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.

A Few Details for ' . Provo . ' ...

Information from our Profile Page for Provo:

  • Provo was founded in 1849.
  • It was incorporated in April 1850.

Name changes for Provo:

  • Prior to its current name of Provo, it was known as Fort Provo.
  • It was originally named Fort Utah.

If you have information about these names (such as the reason for the change, date of change, the origin of the name), please Contact Us.

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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Provo is located in Utah County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Utah County: Carbon, Duchesne, Juab, Salt Lake, Sanpete, Tooele & Wasatch.

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

  DirDistance
Utah     (The home county for Provo)
  Orem   [Map]     NW   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Christmas City   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Springville   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Bunker   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Lindon   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]<1>
  Vineyard   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]<1>
  Palmyra   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]<1>
  Spanish Fork   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]<1>
  Mapleton   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]<1>
  Lake Shore   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]<1>
  Pleasant Grove   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]<1>
  Benjamin Station   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]<1>
 
Juab
  Rocky Ridge   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Mona   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Eureka   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Mammoth   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Silver City - Historic   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Boulter   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Nephi   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
 
Salt Lake
  Canyon Oak Village   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>
  Draper   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>
  Summerhill Village   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>
  Albion Basin   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Alta   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Snowbird Lodge   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Bluffdale   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Cobblestone Village   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Dimple Dell Village   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Brighton   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Raintree Village   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Riverton Majestic Village   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
 
Summit
  Park City   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Snyderville   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Francis   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Woodland   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  South Snyderville Basin   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Kamas   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Silver Creek Junction   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Summit Park   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Samak   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Altus - Historic   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  North Snyderville Basin   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Peoa   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
 
Tooele
  Mercur - Historic   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Ophir   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Batesville - Historic   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Ajax - Historic   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Tooele   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Bauer   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Stockton   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
 
Wasatch
  Wallsburg   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]<1>
  Charleston   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]<1>
  Daniel   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]<1>
  Independence   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]<1>
  Midway   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]<1>
  Mound City   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  Heber City   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  Timber Lakes   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Cranmer   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Hideout   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Provo ...

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 56 newspapers that have been published in the area around Provo.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Provo. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Provo and those printed in the larger area surrounding Provo.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 23 miles [37 km]<1> of Provo.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 all and free to view - although it should be mentioned that they might link to other websites which do charge.

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

These websites are specific to Utah:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the //archives.utah.gov/

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Utah to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Utah County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Juab County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Salt Lake County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Summit County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Tooele County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Wasatch County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for Utah:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Utah,
Cemeteries of Utah County
 
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Utah
 
FamilySearch.org:   Cemetery Wiki for Utah
 
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page
 
Internment.net:   Cemeteries for Utah, for Utah County

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.

Disaster Stories from Utah

Cemeteries Near Provo ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Provo.

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 click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a Google map will open showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery or some of the headstones.

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 Provo covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles<1>  
  S Provo City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]<1>  
  WSW Ft. Field   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]<1>  
  N East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]<1>  
  NNW Lake View Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]<1>  
  NNW Orem City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Timpanogos Memorial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]<1>  
  SSE Springville City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]<1>  
  SSE Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Lindon City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]<1>  
  S Spanish Fork City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Pleasant Grove City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  

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.<3>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Provo had a population of 5,159 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Provo had a population of 116,702 people.

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

Lakeview   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the West Northwest (WNW) from Provo
 - Lakeview had a post office and railroad service
 
Springville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the South Southeast (SSE) from Provo
 - 1895 population of 2,840 people (with 33,104 people in 2018)
 - Springville had a post office and railroad service
 
Lake Shore   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the South Southwest (SSW) from Provo
 - 1895 population of 54 people
 - Lake Shore had a post office and no railroad service
 
Spanish Fork   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the South (S) from Provo
 - 1895 population of 2,214 people (with 39,961 people in 2018)
 - Spanish Fork had a post office and railroad service
 
Pleasant Grove   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the North Northwest (NNW) from Provo
 - 1895 population of 1,926 people (with 38,428 people in 2018)
 - Pleasant Grove had a post office and railroad service
 
Benjamin   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the South Southwest (SSW) from Provo
 - 1895 population of 54 people
 - Benjamin had railroad service and no post office
 
American Fork   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the Northwest (NW) from Provo
 - 1895 population of 722 people (with 32,519 people in 2018)
 - American Fork had a post office and railroad service
 
Salem   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the South (S) from Provo
 - 1895 population of 527 people (with 8,469 people in 2018)
 - Salem had a post office and no railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Provo. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Provo in the 1890's.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Provo ...

While our initial data about Provo came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Provo 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 Provo.

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

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Notes for Provo:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office

Utah Place Names
(Available from Amazon.com)

Written by: Van Cott, John W.

Published by the University of Utah Press, 1990

1890 Map, unknown title/publisher - shows location of Provo

1900 Map, unknown title/publisher - shows location of Provo

1924 Map of the Lincoln Highway - shows location of Provo


We have found Provo in these Censuses: 2010-1970. See our Census Page for Provo for more information.

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Utah

About Utah County

About Utah

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Provo: www.provo.org/

The official website for Utah County: www.co.utah.ut.us/

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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Provo) to Point B.

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Provo. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.2456, Longitude: -111.6447     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Provo have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>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.
<3>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 Provo, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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