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San Juan County Utah

San Juan County is located in southeast Utah.  It is named for the S uan  San Juan River which flows through the county. San Juan County was formed in 1880 from Kane County. Monticello is the county seat. The Navajo Native American tribe occupy a large part of the county from the San Juan River south to the Arizona border. There were a few white settlers in the county before 1879 but the first group to settle in the area were the 230 Mormon pioneers who first arrived in Bluff via the famous Hole-in-the-Rock trail on 6 April 1880.  As the full-scale settlement of the county progressed some of the pioneers moved from Bluff and helped to settle Blanding and Monticello where they were able to dry farm and ranch. These new settlements were not as prone to floods and drought as Bluff. So the population center of the county moved north. The 1990 population figures for the county have the population at 12,621. The population from the 2010 census is 14,807. The population of the two major towns in 2013 was Blanding, the most populous at 3,581, Monticello is the county seat with a population of 1,975.  County demographics are 50.2% White, 46.6% Native American. The economy of the county at this time is based on livestock, agriculture, mining, and tourism.  

San Juan Links

San Juan County Clerk:
117 S Main St/PO Box 338
Monticello, UT 84535 (435) 587-3223

San Juan Record - weekly newspaper
49 South Main - P.O. Box 879
Monticello UT 84535-0879 - (435) 587-2277
Search online digital archive of San Juan Record 1919-1953 here: http://digitalnewspapers.org/newspaper/?paper=San+Juan+Record

Blue Mountain Shadows
- local magazine has published history and folklore of San Juan county since 1986.
San Juan County Libraries 
San Juan County Utah Rootsweb Message Board
FamilySearch Wiki page for San Juan county
1895 map of San Juan County
Navajo Nation Genealogy - FamilySearch Wiki
Ute Indian Genealogy - FamilySearch Wiki

Mailing List:  
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Utah Vital Records

Online Death Certificates 1904-1962: Digital images of the actual death certificates
Utah Department of Vital Health: Birth and death certificates can be ordered by fax, online or phone through www.vitalcheck.com
Vital Record Information - Utah: This site has information about where and how to obtain Utah vital records and includes a guidelines page.



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